Abundant Life Church

Kids Pastor

Lee's Summit,


Why I Love This Opportunity

Kenny Conley


Abundant Life is a fast-growing church that’s having a profound impact in and around Kansas City. Strong leadership and a laser focus on their mission are helping them make a remarkable difference in their community. Leadership at Abundant Life has made significant investments in the next generation, and they see a healthy and thriving kids’ ministry as a driver for growth and life change. They’re looking for an experienced leader to architect and build a world-class kids ministry – an exciting adventure for anyone with strong children’s ministry experience.

About This Organization

Abundant Life is a non-denominational church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, only 20 miles southeast of Kansas City. Abundant Life began with a small group of families in a basement and saw steady growth through the 1990s. In 1999, they were without a senior pastor, and Phil Hopper, a Kansas City law enforcement officer attending the church, was asked to preach for a Sunday. A few months later, Phil stepped away from his career and became the lead pastor of Abundant Life.

Growth at Abundant Life could only be described as extraordinary. Over the next decade, the church would move into several new facilities, outgrowing each one shortly after moving in. In 2016, Abundant Life opened a beautiful, state-of-the-art worship facility to help the church grow its ministry in Lee’s Summit, the Kansas City region, and beyond.

Abundant Life is boldly entering a season with a clear mission and focus. Reaching over six thousand people weekly at five physical locations around Kansas City, Abundant Life is on mission to see lives changed by Jesus through the power of biblical community.

Position Description

Abundant Life is looking for an experienced, dynamic Children’s Pastor capable of leading a ministry of over 1500 kids (weekly) and beyond. Past leadership missteps have hindered ministry growth in recent years. However, a dedicated base of engaged and committed volunteers and a supportive staff leadership team are in place. All that is required is a seasoned leader who can inspire staff leadership, build healthy volunteer-led teams, and cast a compelling vision for a ministry that changes lives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee compliance with all children’s policies by maintaining processes and procedures to ensure the safety and security of all children.
  • Lead and supervise Lee’s Summit Children’s Ministry staff and volunteer team.
  • Lead, Develop, and Recruit Children’s Ministry Volunteer leaders and teams, including class leaders, storytellers, and small group leaders.
  • Work with a team to create and distribute elementary curriculum to all Abundant Life campuses.
  • Provide pastoral care to children in the areas of salvation, discipleship, and baptism.
  • Lead and develop teaching video productions in partnership with all AL campuses and the Communications Department.
  • Ensure that all applicable rooms are appropriately equipped and presentable for ministry activities.
  • Conduct regular meetings with the Children’s Ministry campus staff at all locations regarding ministry content and short/long-term goals.
  • Provide support for Children’s Ministry leadership at all campus locations regarding vision, weekly content, and support material for training volunteers.
  • Communicate with parents as needed regarding program updates and individual issues with children.
  • Ensure that health and safety procedures are established and all elementary personnel are adequately trained.
  • Prepare and oversee the Children’s Ministry budget.
  • Provide support for family events, such as volunteer appreciation, VBS, etc.
  • Practice discretion and confidentiality in the dissemination of information.
  • Attend pastor’s dinners and other ministry events as needed.
  • Take part in the pastoral rotations of being on-call, making hospital visits, and conducting weddings and funerals to serve the community in any way needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Self-starter: Has a continued pursuit of excellence without being told what to do.
  • Passionate: A hands-on leader who can get into the details with passion and motivation.
  • Developer: Believes true success is developing others (staff and volunteers) and empowering them to carry the ministry.
  • Ministry Builder: An architect of effective ministry strategy. This leader can envision what the ministry needs to look like and can build what is required.
  • Team Player: Has a collaborative approach, seeking to include others and build bridges.
  • Teachable: Being a listener and open-minded to learning how things are done differently.

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