Director of Family Ministries
The Church of the Heavenly Rest, an Episcopal parish in Abilene, Texas, is seeking a full-time Director of Family Ministries.
Founded in 1883, Heavenly Rest is a dynamic, growing parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas. This diverse community is a spiritual home to people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. In addition to services in English, the parish offers worship in Swahili. Thanks, in part, to a tradition of strong lay and clergy leadership, Heavenly Rest recently completed several major building projects, including the renovation of the parish’s Sunday School wing.
As we emerge from the pandemic, Heavenly Rest is poised to resume and reinvigorate its ministry with young people. The parish recently completed a discernment process that examined the ministries with youth and children at Heavenly Rest. The process revealed a desire to nurture a safe space where young people are free to explore their faith, wrestle with their doubts, and discern how God is present in their lives. There is also deep interest in creating opportunities for intergenerational connections among members of the parish.
The Director of Family Ministries will be responsible for administering and coordinating ministry opportunities for young parishioners and their families. This will include recruiting Sunday School teachers and other youth leaders, supervising the nursery staff, creating sustainable structures for Christian formation for children and youth, equipping parishioners of all ages to develop meaningful cross-generational relationships, and providing pastoral support to children, youth, and families. The Director will work with clergy and other members of the staff to design and implement compelling programming for intergenerational audiences, as well as leveraging the intergenerational opportunities that currently exist in the parish. Additionally, the Director will produce edifying written content for Heavenly Rest’s various publications, including the website and the monthly newsletter.
The ideal candidate for this position should love working with young people. She or he should have excellent verbal and written communication skills. The Director should exhibit administrative capacity. She or he should be flexible and willing to try new things. The Director should be able to work effectively and collaboratively with clergy, staff, and lay volunteers. She or he should be a compassionate and empathetic listener. The Director should be sensitive to and interested in the variety of cultures represented at Heavenly Rest. She or he should be willing to explore creative ways, both digital and otherwise, to support the spiritual needs of families in the parish. Most importantly, the best candidate for this position will be enthusiastic about sharing God’s love as it has been revealed in Jesus Christ.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (degrees in Christian Education or Divinity preferred)
Demonstrated experience providing leadership in a church context
Working knowledge of basic computer programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, etc.)
Compensation and benefits commensurate with experience.
Please send a letter of interest with resume and references by August 15, 2021 to:
The Reverend David F. Romanik