Church of the Cross, Austin, TX
COTC is a young and growing Anglican church in Northeast Austin composed of about 200 active worshippers. As a community of many young families, children are a numerous and important part of our community. From our beginning about three years ago, the care and formation of our children has been a priority and strength of our common life. We value children as members of our community and long to see them formed as disciples of Jesus, rooted in Scripture, guided by ancient practices of the church, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Since our beginning, a team of devoted volunteer leaders have crafted curriculum, coordinated volunteers, taught, and developed and implemented polices and plans for safety and quality. We are now at the stage where a director is need to help bring cohesion and leadership to our efforts. We are looking for an individual with a heart for Jesus, His church, and the care and formation of children in the Gospel. Our desire is that this person would play a significant role in helping to raise up the children of COTC in the knowledge of the Gospel and God’s love, equipping them to be ministers of God’s grace to the world.
The Ideal Candidate
Is a disciple of Jesus who loves and obeys God (Matthew 22:37-38; Luke 9:23), loves the church, and longs for more people to know Christ.
Is passionate about the formation of children in the Gospel and as members of the body of Christ
Enjoys children and people, is able to teach kids and lead others
Is highly self-motivated, works well independently, enjoys problem solving, organization, and long-range planning.
Takes prayer seriously and has a heart for worship, including liturgical Anglican worship.
Is affable, warm, creative, hospitable, flexible, and loyal.
Is, or is willing to become, an active participant in the life of COTC, wholeheartedly embracing our vision, values, and theological convictions.
We see this role having three primary areas of responsibility: leadership of our weekly children’s ministry, the equipping of families, and reaching out.
Leadership of The Garden (consists of Seeds (ages 0-2), Seedlings (ages 3-5), Sprouts (K-Gr. 3), and Roots (Gr. 4-6))
Providing direction and support to our team of lay leaders in crafting a comprehensive and cohesive curriculum that attends to children’s whole discipleship in the Gospel through their various stages of development. Our hope is for The Garden to be “staff-supported” with the director working alongside a team of dedicated and empowered volunteers.
Alongside our Ministry Coordinator, ensuring all childcare workers are trained and working in conjunction with COTC values end expectations during worship and other gatherings (home groups, retreats, classes)
The Director will be responsible for all volunteers and workers are being properly vetted and trained, adhering to our diocesan policies regarding the protection of children.
Coordinating weekly setup and tear down of the children’s space through staff (Ministry Coordinator) and volunteers.
Being the “face” of The Garden, engaging with volunteers, families, etc. as needed.
Equipping of families
Resourcing parents, helping to equip them in the discipleship of children within the home
With the rector, planning and implementing education opportunities and strategies for families (e.g. courses, workshops, materials).
Leading our summer A Rocha “Creation Care Camp”, held in June for 30 children from COTC and the neighborhood beyond
Developing other opportunities for engagement with kids and families
Salary, Vacation, and Holidays
This is a part-time position. Salary will be determined by the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.
The Director of Children’s Formation will answer to the Rector. There will be an annual job performance evaluation, along with annual compensation adjustments based on the recommendation of the rector to the Parish Council.
We invite qualified applicants prayerfully to consider submitting a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three references via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.