Christian Education Teacher -Updated

August 16, 2023

Title: Christian Education Teacher Reports to: Pastor Status: Part-time Date: July 2023 The Federated Community Church of Hampden is seeking to hire an enthusiastic, collaborative spiritual leader to join us as we launch the construction of “Connecting in the Spirit”, a transformational new faith formation and community outreach ministry. Primary Responsibilities: The Christian Education Teacher will be instrumental in developing and implementing the Sunday morning faith formation program for children and youth (birth to adolescence), as well as quarterly mission service/outreach projects. In addition, the Christian Education Teacher will be active in recruiting, training, and mentoring the staff of volunteer teachers. The Christian Education Teacher is supported by, and takes direction from, the Pastor and the volunteer Children/Youth Faith Formation(CFFY) Ministry Team. Qualifications: An understanding of beliefs and traditions within mainline progressive Christianity. A warm, welcoming personality, a love for children and youth, and a desire to build personal relationships with them and their families. Excellent communication/computer skills, including public speaking, writing and social media. Excellent Administrative skills, including record keeping, volunteer recruitment and training, and event planning. A passion for guiding and accompanying children and youth on their spiritual formation journeys. Teaching experience (in the classroom or other settings) is a strong plus. Hours: 5-8 hours/week, on site Pay: $22/hour Christian Education Teacher Job Description Principal function: the Christian Education Teacher will organize and teach the planning and implementation of the faith formation program for children/youth from birth through adolescence Duties and Responsibilities • Sunday Morning Children/Youth Faith Formation Program:* 1. Seek, train, and mentor volunteer teachers 2. Develop and maintain a system of ongoing meaningful connection for parents/guardians between CYFF happenings and home (e.g. invitation to Sunday program participation, outline of Faith Formation goals, monthly prayer, take-home weekly summary of lesson, upcoming events, other) 3. Maintain connection with children/families through follow-up on absentees (after 2 absences), and handwritten correspondence for significant life events (e.g. birthday, holidays, death of a loved one or pet, special achievement outside of church (school, sports, other) 4. Create and ensure maintenance of clean, well-organized, inviting, and meaningful physical learning environments 5. Inventory and purchase supplies 6. Maintain and report accurate enrollment and weekly attendance records 7. Organize and maintain CYFF storage areas 8. Originate and implement, with the support of other church volunteers, Pastor, and CYFF Ministry Team, special programs (e.g. Christmas, Easter, Children’s Sunday, others) 9. Enlarge CYFF membership 10. Support quarterly church community outreach programs 11. Additional duties which may arise to support CYFF program. In collaboration with CYFF Ministry Team and Pastor:_ 1. Attend all CYFF Ministry Team meetings 2. Develop a budget and maintain ongoing record of expenditures 3. Develop a CYFF Mission Statement and age-appropriate faith formation goals 4. Research and choose curriculum in alignment with faith formation goals, 5. Plan, coordinate, and implement simple quarterly mission service projects for the children 6. Develop and support intergenerational congregational activities in and out of worship (monthly or quarterly) 7. Support intergenerational “Community Connections” outreach activities and programs 8. Annual review and revision of pertinent Safe Sanctuary Policy, including mandatory reporting guidelines. 9. Provide annual training to teachers and church community in pertinent Safe Sanctuary policies. Communication: 1. Christian Education Teacher reports to, and communicates any issues/concerns directly with, the Pastor 2. Keep Pastor informed of a child’s/family’s significant life event, and who may need a pastoral visit. 3. Keep congregation informed of CYFF activities via worship announcements, Weekly News, newsletter, Facebook, other 4. Prepare CYFF Ministry Annual Report 5. Advocate for the CYFF Ministry program through a seat on the Board of Directors (a non-member has a voice, but no official vote) Professional and personal development: 1. Keep abreast of current best practices and resources in children and youth faith formation; take related workshops, webinars, and opportunities to network with peers. 2. Nurture personal spiritual growth and development through a daily spiritual practice and personal and corporate study 3. Participate in yearly performance review

Contact: Federated Community Church

Address: 590 Main Street PO Box 246 HAMPDEN MA 01036

Phone: 4135663711

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