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Children's Ministries

Children's Ministries Coordinator


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A Ministry Description for Local Church Leaders

Introduction

Responsible to: The church board.

Relates Closely with: The Sabbath School Committee, the children’s division leaders, the VBS leader, and all other children’s ministry leaders.

Ministry Mission: To coordinate all aspects of ministry to children in the local church; to facilitate two way communication between the conference children’s ministry department and local church leaders.


Responsibilities
Organization and Administration

Chairs the Children’s Ministries Committee, made up of the leaders of Children’s Sabbath School divisions, Vacation Bible School, Children’s Church, and other ministries for children

Represents the Children’s Ministries Committee on both the Sabbath School Committee and the Church Board

Works with children’s leaders to develop a budget; presents the budget to the church treasurer

Coordinates bulk purchasing of supplies and pooling of equipment for the divisions (optional)

Organizes a special program for Children’s Sabbath, the first Sabbath of October, or delegates that responsibility

Distributes information and communications from the conference to all children’s leaders; collects information for reports and submits them online (www.childmin.com) or by mail

Oversees a permanent file of all children, with pertinent information both of church children and guests to outreach programs; contacts ministry leaders to update and maintain the records

Demonstrates a concern for child safety by personally completing the Volunteer Ministry Information Form and by allowing no person to work with children who has not successfully completed the screening process; insists that Guidelines for Volunteers and Caregivers be followed

Mentors a promising leader into the role of Children’s Ministries coordinator Coordination of Children’s Ministries

Develops with the CM committee a coordinated calendar of children’s ministry events for the entire year, distributing it to every family and leader in the church

Coordinates the ministries to children so that leaders work together for the overall good of the children and the church


Time Commitment
    Approximately 2-3 hours per week

Length of Commitment
     One or two years, depending on the practice of the local church

Training

Mentoring by previous coordinator

Basic Children’s Ministries Certification (strongly recommended)

Advanced Children’s Ministries Certification (on-going)

Local conference training (if available)

Volunteer Management training


Qualifications
1. Volunteer Ministry Qualifications - tthe Children’s Ministries Coordinator has made a strong commitment to:

Jesus Christ and to a growing personal relationship with Him

Christ-centered ministry to children

The Seventh-day Adventist Church and its beliefs

A balanced Christian lifestyle

Teamwork and cooperative ministry under the leadership of the pastor and church board

Personal growth and learning, continually upgrading methods and skills

 

2. Special Qualifications


An attitude of servant leadership

A passion for children and children’s ministries

Leadership experience in a ministry to children


Resources
Children’s Ministries: Ideas and Techniques That Work (AdventSource)

Sabbath School Handbook (AdventSource)

www.childmin.com --general Children’s Ministries information and resources

www.gracelink.net --children’s Sabbath School curriculum

www.adventsource.org --free catalog of resources

www.acma-online.org --Adventist Children’s Ministries Association (ACMA); membership provides access to the ACMA lending library and support network, discounts on training and new resources