Minister to Children and Their Families — Westminster Presbyterian Church — Grand Rapids, MI

Thriving, downtown, 1400-member church in a vibrant West Michigan community seeks collaborative, communicative, energetic full-time pastoral staff member responsible for Christian Education to serve approximately 100 children, ages infant through fifth grade, and their families, in a range of programs including worship hour, education hour, and regular workshops.  Background in Christian Education preferred; ordination not required.  For details, see the full position description:  


The Minister to Children and Their Families (MCF) will envision, plan, and administer Westminster’s ministry for children, infant through 5th grade, and their families through teaching, mentoring, organizing, and directing the following aspects of Westminster’s ministry. The MCF, while responsible for the faith formation and education of children, works collaboratively with the Adult Ministries and the Minister to Youth and Their Families to create a lifelong, coordinated approach to formation and education for all persons.


  • Ensure relevance of existing curriculum (see Attachment), select and write new elements as needed, identify areas for improvement and adaptation to new methodologies and/or topics

  • Teach in programs and workshops as needed or desired

  • Conduct workshops for families in conjunction with other staff members 


  • Recruit, train, supervise, mentor, and resource approximately 70 volunteers as teachers, greeters, and care takers for programs listed below

  • Schedule and maintain calendar of events, ensuring proper staff/volunteer coverage for all events

  • Manage the budget for all programs

  • Communicate and promote programs in collaboration with office and communications staff

  • Serve as administrative leader of Family Camp in conjunction with Children’s Ministries and

    Family Life Committee 


  • Supervise the work of the Program Assistant (see job description for further details)

  • Supervise the Nursery Supervisor

  • Ensure appropriate health and safety rules are observed

  • Ensure that all volunteers have passed background checks and are approved to serve with



  • Attend Session meetings as a non-voting observer to answer questions as needed

  • Serve as staff resource for the Children’s Ministries and Family Life Committee – attend monthly

    committee meetings and provide required resources

  • Serve as liturgist for worship on a regular basis

  • Collaborate with Pastoral Care team as appropriate

  • Team with Minister to Youth and Their Families and with Adult Ministries to offer parents

    information and resources about the spiritual and emotional development of children

  • Work with Worship Committee and staff to envision and develop opportunities for children to

    lead worship

  • Recruit and prepare children to serve as worship leaders

  • Work closely with the Minister for Music and Children’s Choir Directors to coordinate themes

    and schedules throughout the program year 


      • Flexible, collaborative, resilient

  • Strong organization and management skills

  • Educator, motivator, mentor

  • Loves teaching and learning alongside children

  • Clearly communicates a vision for children’s education and faith formation to the congregation

    and community

  • Serves pastorally with children of all ages, volunteers, and parents 


  • Maintain confidentiality concerning financial contributions, pastoral care, counseling, and any information about members or friends of the church received directly or indirectly

  • Maintain confidentiality and professionalism among staff relationships

  • Maintain a caring, supportive attitude toward all who come into the WPC building 


  • Rooted or grafted into the Reformed tradition

  • Understand and enthusiastically support the theological identity of Westminster Presbyterian

    Church as articulated in its 2016 Mission-Vision Statement 

This position reports to the Head of Staff.    


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in education and/or theology and/or religious studies

  • Theological education

  • 1-3 years of relevant experience 




Program Assistant - Education
Job Description
Westminster Presbyterian Church


This is a part-time position supporting programs for children birth through fifth grade and family ministries at Westminster, reporting to the Minister for Christian Education & Family Ministries (MCE) and working alongside the Committee for Children & Family Ministries. The Program Assistant will average 10-12 hours per week during the program year (mid-August through May.) It is expected that at least four of these hours will be on Sunday mornings, 8:15 am to 12:15 pm. Summer hours will be fewer and negotiated with the MCE.

Duties and Expectations:
Nursery (ages 0-3)

  • Keep track of the families using the nursery and keep a current roster, marking the transition to Nurturing Center by gifting the child a Story Bible.

Nurturing Center (ages 3-4)

  • Distribute lesson plans and materials to volunteer leaders each week
  • Organize and set out materials each week

Little Steps (Pre-K – Kindergarten, Education Hour)

  • Distribute lesson plans and materials to volunteer teachers each month

Workshop Rotation (1st-5th Grades, Education Hour)

  • Organize and set out materials for each workshop
  • Greet the children as they arrive, make sure parents sign them in, and direct them to the proper workshop or choir
  • Be prepared to lead a workshop in the absence of a volunteer
  • Collect nametags and put away workshop materials at the end of Education Hour

Other Duties

  • Work with Associate for Children & Families to support children and families as they transition from one program to another. (Nursery to Nurturing Center, Nurturing Center to Worship Center, kindergarten classroom to 1st grade, etc.)
  • Meet with MCE bi-weekly to coordinate lesson plans, special events, calendar needs, and program opportunities
  • Work with the Administrative Assistant for Programs to send information regarding family events, special program events, and choir schedules
  • Create, with MCE, and maintain the Family Life Calendar (web-based and/or paper-based) and ensure it is available to families in a timely manner
  • Attend Children & Family committee meetings
  • Maintain supplies in all education and worship spaces, notifying MCE when orders are necessary.
  • Assist with special events throughout the program year, including: Family Camp, Celebration Sunday, Third Grade Bibles, family events, special worship services, and other events.
  • Maintain the materials in the Worship Bags and Worship Folders, used by children 3 years old – 5th grade during worship
  • Other duties as assigned

Education, Experience, and Values

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required
  • Knowledge of biblical stories and themes, and the ability to speak to the ways in which faith intersects with daily life
  • Willing and able to be a model and resource for volunteer leaders and parents.

About Westminster & Our Programs
Westminster Presbyterian Church is an historic PCUSA congregation in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Ours is a community of Christians committed to the common purpose of praising God, learning from God's Word, and offering a service and witness to our community and the world.

Programs Offered During Worship:
Nursery: birth – age 3
Nurturing Center: ages 3-4 (11 am service only)
Worship Center: age 4 – 2nd grade

During Education Hour:
Nursery: birth – age 3
3-5 year olds: Church School/Cantus Choir
1st & 2nd graders: Workshop Rotation/Cherub Choir
3rd-5th graders: Workshop Rotation/Carol Choir

To apply, please send a resume, two references, and a short letter of interest to:
Rev. Sarah Juist.
47 Jefferson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
sarahj@wpcgr.org // 616-717-5541