Pinelake Church

Director of Pinelake Kids



Why I Love This Opportunity

Kenny Conley


Pinelake is a church that has a remarkable vision for the state of Mississippi. This 50-year-old church has had an amazing journey that has helped them truly understand who they are, and they have placed a significant focus on internal health. Pinelake is committed to being a place where staff and leaders thrive in every way – spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and in their work. This church has made major investments in the next generation and is building a ministry that profoundly impacts kids, teenagers, and families. A seasoned Children’s Pastor will be privileged to guide the Kids’ Ministry at Pinelake across every age group and campus!

About This Organization

“It’s hard to believe that what began in a mobile chapel on Spillway Road in February 1971 would grow to become the church that we experience today, where people from all over Mississippi gather in multiple locations for worship each Sunday.

Since the launch of the church, our journey has involved three senior pastors, all of whom provided timely and God-given leadership during their tenure. In January 1999, God brought Dr. Chip Henderson, Pinelake’s Senior Pastor, to lead the congregation. Shortly afterward, God blessed our church with seasons of rapid growth, and it was quickly apparent there would not be enough space at the Spillway Road location for what God intended to do.

A little over a year later, in February 2000, the church’s leadership aggressively searched for a new location that would provide the necessary room to reach more people. In November 2000, the church met on land off of Lakeland Drive in Flowood, MS, to dedicate the immense and beautiful 170 acres that God provided as a new location.

By November 2003, the new facility was completed, and the Pinelake congregation held its first services at the Reservoir campus. While the new facilities were wonderful, the journey with God over the previous five years would forever mark the people and remind them that church isn’t about buildings but about God working in His people.

After three more years of rapid growth, in 2006, the Pinelake Elders and Senior Leadership Team felt God leading the church to expand by launching additional campuses in Mississippi. In the fall of 2006, the church launched the second Pinelake campus in the Madison area. In January of 2009, Pinelake launched its third campus in Clinton, Mississippi. In 2011, the fourth campus in the Starkville area launched. In 2015, the fifth Pinelake campus was launched in Oxford.

Today, more than 11,000 people attend weekly worship at one of Pinelake’s five campuses. We believe Pinelake is a movement of God, and we have yet to see the end of God’s action plan for our church. Pinelake remains a church committed to seeing Mississippi change one life-change story at a time. Our mission is to help people Learn from Christ, Live in Christ, and Lead others to Christ.

Position Description

The primary responsibility of the Director of Pinelake Kids and Little Lakers is to provide spiritual, visionary, team-based, value-driven leadership for Pinelake’s preschool and elementary-aged ministries (birth through fourth grade) in a manner consistent with the vision, mission, values, and major objectives of Pinelake Church. The role is tasked with developing, coaching, and resourcing Pinelake Kids and Little Lakers ministries by cultivating and leading strategy, facilitating collaboration and teamwork, and serving as a catalyst for spiritual development and growth within our ministry teams and families.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide vision, strategy, coaching, alignment, and resourcing to Pinelake Kids and Little Lakers ministries across Pinelake campuses
  • Establish goals and objectives for Pinelake Kids and Little Lakers ministries and initiate strategies to fulfill them
  •  Relationally shepherd, mentor, and care for the Pastors and Ministers within Preschool and Kids ministries to support their personal and ministry health.
  • Develop and coach strategies to be implemented across Pinelake campuses regarding ministry structure, discipleship, outreach, camps, and special events.
  • Shape and supervise Pinelake’s effort to onboard, equip, and develop coaches and servant leaders for Pinelake Kids and Little Lakers in keeping with the principles taught in Ephesians 4:11-12.
  • Influence the NextGen Ministry culture by modeling and equipping for spiritual, emotional, relational, physical, and organizational health.
  • Provide oversight for and leadership to Pinelake’s Our House Promise through vision casting, ongoing training, and ensuring that campus-level leadership adheres to policy enforcement.
  • Maintain consistent communication with the Campus Pastors, Directors of Ministry, and Family Pastors regarding their staff in Pinelake Kids and Little Lakers ministries, as well as One Church’s strategy and vision.
  • Collaborate with One Church Student Ministries regarding the scope and sequence of Next Gen strategy, spiritual development, and discipleship.
  • Collaborate with Pinekake’s Resourcing and Communications team regarding curriculum, content, and marketing for Pinelake Kids and Little Lakers ministries.


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 that 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 build what is required.
  • Team Player: Has a collaborative approach, seeking to include others and build bridges.


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