Bell Shoals Church

Elementary Director/Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Randy Isola


There are exciting days ahead at Bell Shoals Church, and they are poised for a vision-oriented, forward-thinking leader to come and help usher in the next chapter of children and family ministry. With a significant demonstration of commitment to the next generation, the leadership of Bell Shoals is ready for someone gifted and called to build teams, communicate the truth of God’s Word, and lead change to step into the role of leading the elementary age ministry.

About This Organization

Bell Shoals Church, in Brandon, FL, is located about 10 miles east of Tampa near Florida’s Gulf Coast. Started in 1961, they are now a multi-site, Southern Baptist church with five campuses in and around Brandon. Each campus has live teaching every weekend. Their theology aligns with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. There are six key values that Bell Shoals Church holds. Those values are Aggressive Authenticity, Relatable Truth, Unwavering Unity, Community Minded, Bold Moves, and Fearless Generosity. 

In 2019, Dr. Corey Abney came to Bell Shoals Church as their new Lead Pastor. Since then, the church has put a renewed emphasis on all ministries focused on children, students, and families. Under the leadership of the Global Staff Team, which includes a Next Generation Pastor, the church has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in facility renovations to prepare for the next chapter of ministry to kids and families. The church also operates Bell Shoals Academy, a private Christian school for preschool – 8th grade. 


Position Description

The Elementary Director/Pastor oversees the 1st-5th grade ministry at the Brandon campus, the original and largest campus. This person will build and lead a team of committed volunteers while also helping to design and implement elementary-age programming. This includes casting a vision to move from Sunday School to Life Groups as well as implementing a large group worship service. As part of that worship service, the Elementary Director/Pastor must possess the skill and ability to personally communicate the Gospel to the kids in a fun, engaging way while also being able to train and coach volunteers to do the same.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify, recruit, and train volunteers and leaders to be a part of a dynamic and gospel-centered kids ministry.
  • Create and lead Elementary programming, overseeing the worship, and curriculum.
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate safety and security policies/practices for the ministry.
  • Empower parents to be the primary spiritual disciple-makers of their children through consistent communication and collaboration with the NextGen Team.
  • Develop and maintain a strategy for reaching and assimilating new kids and families.
  • Develop an annual budget for Elementary Kids Ministry and manage the spending budget.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

• A passion for God and people.
• A self-starter with attention to detail that thrives in a team environment.
• A conviction to lead while pursuing excellence in all things.
• A heart to serve with a spirit of humility.
• Able to make sound, critical decisions under pressure.
• Willing to make bold moves.

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