Leading Christian Formation for Adults, Children, and Families
Within the personnel structure of First Presbyterian, the APCE reports directly to the Head of Staff. The APCE coordinates and collaborates with the Head of Staff and the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministries and supervises, guides, encourages and evaluates the Coordinator for Christian Education (CCE). The position seeks an enthusiastic and energetic leader who will establish a vibrant and transformative Christian Education environment.
As Associate Pastor for Christian Education, the APCE is expected to:
- Envision, create and facilitate innovative and vibrant faith formation programming for adults, families and children that fosters knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for the grace and love of Jesus Christ in a way that guides us to respond with joyful commitment to God and to faithful care for God’s creation.
- Work with the Christian Education Committee and lead the development, execution and ongoing planning for Adult, Family and Children Christian educational programs.
- Encourage varied spiritual practices for lifelong learning and growth in relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Use imagination and digital resources to resourcefully and innovatively extend learning opportunities and ministry communication beyond physical walls, structured scheduling, and other boundaries that have traditionally impeded spiritual learning.
- Build relationships with and among adults, parents, children and church leaders that nurture a sense of belonging, strengthen the church community and encourage active engagement.
- As part of a life-long learning community, take advantage of continuing educational opportunities.
- Know and implement research-based best practices to encourage spiritual growth.
- Schedule and lead regular meetings with the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministries and the Coordinator of Christian Education for the purpose of:
- Planning and coordinating the full spectrum of Christian Education programming.
- Providing mutual support and maintaining collegial relationships.
- Preparing the annual budget recommendations for Christian Education.
- Overseeing the management of the Adult, Children and Families approved budgets.
- Ensuring compliance and implementation of the Child/Youth Protection Policy. Track evolving issues in child safety and make recommendations when needed for updates to policies and child safety programs.
As a member of the Teaching Elder Staff of the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, the Associate Pastor for Christian Education (APCE) is called in many directions; to be a colleague, mentor, mentee, student, teacher, leader, follower, worship leader and participant, and always a prayerful witness to God’s love at work in his/her own life, the life of the First Presbyterian congregation, in the life of the greater Libertyville community, the Presbytery and in the lives of all whom he/she encounters.
As a member of the Teaching Elder Staff of the church, the APCE is expected to:
- Pray regularly for the staff, congregation and the Church.
- Provide pastoral care to members of the congregation and those serving on the First Presbyterian staff as either requested or needed.
- Be a friend and colleague to all members of the First Presbyterian team.
- Be an exemplar of the staff covenant.
- Participate in staff meetings and participate in naming and claiming the staff covenant.
- Give and receive constructive feedback from those with whom the IAPCE works.
- Collaborate with, supervise, and mentor the Coordinator for Christian Education (CCE) offering support and regular feedback.
- Attend all meetings of the Session and the Presbytery as necessary.
- Serve as the Teaching Elder Staff liaison to committees and boards as coordinated by the Head of Staff.
- Undertake other responsibilities as from time-to-time may be determined by the Head of Staff or Session.
The APCE is also a regular participant in the worship life of the church. As a worship leader, the APCE is expected to:
- Assist in the worship life of the congregation as coordinated by the Head of Staff.
- Participate in regular worship planning meetings.
- Preach periodically and be responsible for designing and coordinating the worship service for that day.
- Participate in other special worship services as requested.
- Officiate at weddings and funerals.
- Administer sacraments.
The Associate Pastor for Christian Education will have many demands on their time. It is expected that the APCE working with the Head of Staff will find a balance between those demands and the need to renew, deepen and continuously develop their own spiritual and personal life.
For more information on this position or to submit your resume, please email FirstPresLibStaffOpenings@gmail.com