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Children’s Pastor



Hope Church in Springfield, Illinois is all about second chances. It’s an epicenter of God’s grace and truth where people from all walks of life can drop and deal with their baggage. With over 1000 attendees each weekend, and an average of 150 kids across three services, the need for a remarkable Children’s Pastor is evident. The next director of Hope Kids needs to be a relational leader-of-leaders that can inspire and equip teams so kids will come to know, love, and follow Christ. As a core member of the NextGen team, the Children’s Pastor will be responsible to lead from the front and behind in order to establish strategic, scalable, and sustainable ministries. Hope Church is positioned for spiritual and numerical growth. The leadership and church family are fired up to bring on a Children’s Pastor that will grow with them and partner with God to make it happen.

Church Description

Walk into Hope Church today and you’d never guess its roots go back to 1907. The energy of the people and worship service are electric, inviting, magnetic. This midwestern church is located on 60 acres just 15 minutes west of downtown Springfield, Illinois’ state capitol. It draws followers and non-followers of Jesus from all over the region. Since 2014, Senior Pastor Brian Mills has led and taught with a healthy balance of intentionality, inspiration, and intensity. The pastoral staff and core volunteer leadership are committed to being “on-mission” with Jesus, and it’s no wonder over 1,000 people call Hope Church home weekly.

On and off campus support ministries, like Hope Students, Outreach & Sports, Community Care, Spiritual Growth Groups, and more, meet real needs in the community seven days-a-week. Each weekend, Hope Kids comes to life for approximately 150 children (infants-5th grade) across three services (Sat. 5:30pm, Sun. 9:00am & 10:45am). With so many families in the area seeking parenting direction and a spiritual foundation at home, Hope Church needs an inspiring and dynamic leader-of-leaders for this key pastoral position to build into its current base of 150 volunteers and robust children’s ministry infrastructure.

Position Description

Hope Church is looking for a passionate Children’s Pastor who’s dedicated to disciple making so kids know, love, and follow Jesus for life. For this to happen, Hope Kids wants whoever steps into this key role to be an inspiring team builder and dynamic ministry developer. They will provide strategic direction and oversight to all areas of the children’s ministries for infants through 5th grade. Additionally, they’ll need to raise the discipleship bar for families by strengthening the church-home partnership and building up Hope Church’s special needs ministries.

The Children’s Pastor will serve on the NextGen Team at Hope Church. They’ll be responsible to work alongside staff and through volunteers to enhance the church’s overall vision, mission, and goals. By pushing the creative envelope, the Children’s Pastor will find ways to create outstanding on-campus environments as well as develop new programs that reach into kids and family’s lives in the community. Hope Kids has tremendous potential and needs the right leader to forge the way forward.

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