Pastor to Children and Families
Highland Park Presbyterian Church
Highland Park Presbyterian Church, located in the heart of the Park Cities area of Dallas, currently has 1,800 attendees each Sunday, 300 of which are children and students.
For almost 90 years, Highland Park Presbyterian Church has been a mission-driven, multi-generational and multi-cultural congregation committed to leading people into a transforming relationship with Jesus. “Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we express our love for God through tangible acts of compassion and justice in our everyday lives. And using our gifts and resources, we seek to glorify God through heartfelt worship, a life rooted in Scripture, and an experience of authentic community” (from Mission Study Task Force Report 2013).
The first statement on the children’s website page reads, “Even the youngest child can know the love of Christ. That’s why it’s never too early to intentionally share the message of God’s love with our children.” This rings true in every part of the ministry to children at HPPC. With a deep desire to be a place where families are welcomed and feel their children are being ministered to on an age-appropriate level, coupled with a sense of community and fellowship, HPPC demonstrates how they value families. Recently, there has been a rise in new families attending on Sundays.
The children’s ministry has been without a person in this role since the fall of 2015. The staff is leader-driven and has a desire for this role to be filled with someone who has vision, is approachable, and will be invested in the families and the staff.
A handpicked search committee has already been praying for the next pastor. They are hoping to find someone who is an empowering leader who can take the church into the next season of ministry to young families as a whole church body. The church has adopted the “Sticky Faith” model in many areas. With a strong desire to connect generations through opportunity and value, there is room for the next leader to develop an intergenerational opportunity for investing.
Most recently, the minister to families oversaw all of birth through 12th grade. Since the ministry has grown, the role has been re-focused into two lead opportunities. This is intended to provide more specific and balanced leadership in the areas of Tween, Elementary and Early Childhood, and the parents represented.