Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Director of Christian Education - Cleveland Heights, OH


Listed 05-12-2020
Forest Hill Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | 216-321-2660 |
Cleveland Heights, OH
Start Date
Full Time

We are a progressive congregation in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. We seek to be a safe, nurturing place to experience spiritual growth and work for change as part of a supportive inclusive community. We believe that God is Love, that each and every person is a beloved child of God, and that following Jesus Christ is the best way for us to share that Love with others and ourselves.

We are committed to diversity and a More Light Congregation. Our mission is focused on racial integration and inclusion. We focus on the balance between justice and charity and are committed to both.

Description: The Director of Christian Education will work with the Ministry of Family, Youth and Children (FYC) to oversee our Christian education programs. This position will report to the Co-Pastors and ultimately to Session through its Personnel Committee. This position is a full-time exempt position.

Nursery (Infants/children birth to age 2)

  • Supervise and schedule nursery staff care of infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings and special events/programs
  • Schedule parent support of nursery

Pre-School Program (Children ages 3-5)

  • Oversee planning and execution of Godly Play curriculum for 3-5-year olds
  • Organize, order and manage materials, including snacks, for lessons and set up classroom

Pathways Program (School age children grades 1-5)

  • Coordinate monthly rotation of worship, Bible study and activities
  • Oversee long-term curriculum evaluation and implementation for Pathways children
  • Communicate with adult leaders in our congregation who work with children to manage volunteers and curriculum

Youth Education (Children in grades 6-12)

  • Plan and lead middle school and high school youth groups
  • Oversee long-term curriculum development for middle school and for senior high
  • Organize volunteers and equip them with resources and training to teach weekly Christian education classes
  • Equip adult leaders in our congregation who work with youth to organize monthly fellowship events/activities
  • Engage in outreach to the community

General Duties

  • Participate in weekly staff meeting
  • Provide communication and information to the church office for congregational distribution
  • Communicate with families, youth and staff regarding programming and activities, including creating and posting signage for programs
  • Collaborate with other local Presbyterian churches for mission, fellowship and educational opportunities
  • Conduct teacher training
  • Implement our Child and Youth Protection Policy and conduct Child Protection Policy

Training for volunteers

  • Coordinate seasonal programming with the Music Director
  • Assist with Family Christmas Eve service with program staff
  • Collaborate with FYC ministry members to manage our Children’s Library

Qualifications, Gifts and Skills:

  • Be a committed Christian with a passion for Christian Education
  • Have a deep love for children of all ages, and be comfortable with a progressive, inclusive and diverse congregation
  • Have sufficient training and experience to nurture our families, children and youth
  • Be committed to building a strong volunteer base, and able to work collaboratively, effectively, and confidentially with families, church members, pastors, and church staff

Preferred education: Certificate of Christian Education or similar certificate; Bachelor’s degree education, child development, ministry, or theology

Hours of Employment: Full time exempt. Attendance on Sundays is required

Compensation: We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package

Contact: Email cover letter, resume, and names/contact information of three references to DCE Search Committee

A background check paid for by Forest Hill Church is a condition of employment.

Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian is an equal opportunity employer.

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