Children's Ministry Pastor - Willow Chicago

Children's Ministry
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Job Description

We believe kids and students are not just the future of the church, they are the church, and we want to create engaging environments where they can experience God’s love, take steps in their faith, and use their gifts and talents to lead and serve. 
As the Children’s Ministry (Promiseland) Pastor you’ll report to the Chicago Campus Pastor with dotted line reporting to the Core Ministry Promiseland Director.  You will build, develop, and execute the children’s ministry (birth to 5th grade) at Willow Chicago.  This includes hosting impactful programs, training and empowering volunteers, and supporting and equipping families. You’ll be able to collaborate with the Core Ministry team and campus leadership to set the direction, vision, goals, and initiatives of the ministry and contribute as a key part of the overall vision for Willow Chicago.



  • Champion the vision and strategy for children's programming for infants-5th grade at Willow Chicago in alignment with the overall mission, vision, and strategies of Willow Chicago and the Promiseland Core.
  • Oversee, develop, and support the Promiseland volunteers to execute excellent weekend experiences, small groups, and other events.  
  • Recruit, train, and develop a highly engaged and motivated volunteer team, ensuring they are well equipped, supported, and encouraged.
  • Uphold the risk and protection policies, including correct minimum student to leader ratios, to deliver a safe experience for every child in the ministry.
  • Plan and manage the budget for your ministry, utilizing resources effectively to achieve maximum impact.
  • Serve as the primary support to all parents of young children at the campus as they help their kids take their next steps with God.


Thriving kids ministry where staff feel supported and resourced, fosters creativity and innovation, volunteers are equipped and encouraged, and the kids of Willow know they are loved by God and take steps in their faith.



  • Pastor -- has a heart to care deeply for the parents, kids, volunteers and congregation at large.
  • Vision Casting -- they bleed the mission, vision and values of a Christ-centered church.
  • Team Building -- can build teams and identify high capacity leaders to build more teams.
  • Developer of People -- proven track record of developing leaders.
  • Coaching -- encouraging volunteers constantly.
  • Conflict Management -- able to identify problems and find solutions.
  • Recruiting -- always on the lookout for new leaders and volunteers
  • Total Quality Manager -- looking for ways to improve; sensitive to misses; committed to godly excellence.
  • Organizer -- can effectively manage details personally, and recruit others to do the same.
  • Problem Solver

Personal Characteristics

  • Self-starter - ability to own a project and run with it.
  • Learner- Someone who desires continued growth in their area of ministry.
  • Innovative - Seeks out new ideas and is unafraid to fail.
  • Collaborative & Team Player - Loves working with others and assumes the best in each other
  • Team Mobilizer- Able to build effective teams 
  • Self Aware - Knows their own strengths and weaknesses and is moving towards health, exemplifies humility and confidence
  • Encourager- Able to see the good in others and is intentional in affirming it.
  • Approachable- Is warm, inviting and easy to get along with.
  • High Emotional Intelligence - Intuitive about others emotions and able to respond appropriately.
  • Hard working - Is aware of the importance of their role and works hard to do their best.
  • Effective communicator - Able to give and receive healthy feedback
  • Loves kids, loves students - Feels passionate about ministering to kids and students
  • Jesus Follower - Lives a life of integrity and pursues a personal relationship with Jesus.

Education & Experience

  • Promiseland Pastors likely have an undergrad degree or higher, ideally in the field of education, social work, biblical studies, or psychology (or equivalent experience). 
  • Likely served in a leadership position at a church or campus
  • Has proven experience leading teams.
  • Experience working with kids (birth - grade 5)
  • Has experience caring and shepherding others.

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