Compass Church

Children's Ministry Director/Pastor

Monterey County,


Why I Love This Opportunity

Chris Lagerlof

Senior Associate

I love Compass Church and its passion for Children and families. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with a passion to build a ministry in a church that is growing and impacting their community. If you’re passionate about the next generation and want to help lead a strong ministry with fantastic staff, volunteers, and facilities, this opportunity might be for you!

About This Organization

Compass Church was founded in 1869 as a Presbyterian church. For most of their 150+ year history, they were called The First Presbyterian Church of Salinas.

In the last decade, the congregation moved away from the PCUSA denomination and became aligned with the ECO Presbyterian denomination. That is also when the church name was changed to Compass Church.

Compass is intentionally evangelistic at its core. Hundreds of people come to faith in Jesus each year through the work and efforts of the Compass congregation.

Five years ago, the church opened its first satellite campus in Marina, one of the fastest-growing towns on the central coast. Compass has always been passionate about presenting God’s word in today’s world.

Compass is a unique church that is diverse in both age and ethnicity.

In the last few years, 435 people have become Christians at Compass, almost 200 last year alone. More than 60% of new members are either by conversion or reaffirmation of faith.

Compass Church’s strategy for winning people’s allegiance to Jesus is working — being a lighthouse in their communities, with people driving as far as 60 miles to worship.

Position Description

The Children’s Director/Pastor is responsible for overseeing the planning, coordinating, and implementation of ministry environments for children from birth through fifth grade. The role is tasked with developing, coaching, and resourcing Sonhine Kids (birth-1st grade) and Kid’s Central (2nd-5th grade) ministries by cultivating and leading strategy, facilitating collaboration and teamwork, and serving as a catalyst for spiritual development and growth within kids ministry teams and families.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide vision, strategy, coaching, alignment, and resourcing to Sonshine Kids and Kid’s Central ministries across Pinelake campuses
  • Be an advocate for children’s ministry and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns, and needs of children in the local church and community
  • Plan, lead, and execute weekly weekend programs and services
  • Recruit, Train, & Lead volunteer teams for weekend programs, including Kids’ Check-in.
  • Provide leadership and serve as a shepherd to the children’s volunteers and ministry leadership teams
  • Effectively create and communicate a vision for children’s ministry that is aligned with the overall church
  • Proactively reach out to parents and families. Provide support, care, and resources as needed.
  • Ensure safety and adequate support for all Kids programs; be able to step into any area of Kids Ministry, including welcoming families, checking children in, facilitating large or small groups, coaching, or providing creative support with music, design, or tech.


What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Relational skills and an enthusiastic presence when meeting with kids, volunteers, and parents.
  • Ability to communicate in large and small group environments.
  • Highly relational recruiter and team builder
  • Able to work with a team in planning and executing creative, fun, and relevant programs that reach kids and help them grow as disciples.
  • Self-motivated and able to follow through on plans.
    A team player with a positive attitude.
  • Enthusiastic vision caster





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