Why We Love This Opportunity
Parkview Community Church is a church of conviction: Grace, not Guilt; Relationship, not Religion. The church embodies transparency, seeing themselves as imperfect people surrendering daily to the love and grace offered freely by Jesus. Building on this DNA, they’re gearing up for a transformational future by forming a powerhouse Family Ministry Team!
Church or Org Description
As soon as you set foot on the grounds, you know Parkview Community Church lives up to its name. The modernized campus reflects both the ministry’s deep roots and progressive footprint in a primarily wealthy, suburban, faith-familiar culture. For over 50 years, the church has grown alongside the people of DuPage County, always seeking to be invitational, soulful, formational, and compassionate. Today, Parkview Community Church has 1,200 people engaged weekly – both online and onsite – in dynamic worship, practical biblical teaching, and “everyone’s welcome as is” relationships.
Parkview Community Church is known for meeting churched and unchurched people from all walks of life where they’re at. Many that have been damaged by religion find hope and healing in its community. The ever-growing population of young families love the vibrant next-gen ministries and thriving group life. The church models openness and inclusivity with the surrounding culture, but never at the expense of God’s truth and grace. They’re known for hosting the highest quality experiences for all ages, including a one-of-a-kind summer day camp for kids. Local leadership also recognizes them for faithfully linking arms with impoverished communities, under-resourced schools, and distressed people nearby that easily get overlooked.
Before COVID-19, Parkview regularly hosted 300 kids, 50 middle schoolers, and 20 high schoolers in its weekly programming. Now, given all that’s shifting for children, teens, and parents, Family Pastor Josh Afram is spearheading a new team to crack the code on effective next-gen ministry in and through Parkview long into the future. With a weekly crew of 200 faithful leaders each Sunday, Parkview Kids is a remarkable team that needs a remarkable leader.
While what’s working today in Parkview Kids is rock solid, it can’t stay the same forever. The Family Ministry Team wants a Children’s Pastor who dreams and dreams big! They need someone to build upon the foundation of Parkview Kids in a strategic, scalable, and sustainable way. What issues are kids and families facing during COVID-19 and how can the church meaningfully show up? How will the church look differently with social distancing as part of the equation? While these are today’s questions, fresh questions are inevitably around the corner. The next Children’s Pastor will be called upon to discern and introduce new solutions so families will encounter God and His people in new ways year over year.