Immanuel Presbyterian Church is an inclusive, thoughtful, creative and involved Christian community. We are seeking a person called to minister to youth, children and families in our progressive congregation.

Purpose of the Position:

To grow the ministry to youth, sustain and strengthen children’s ministries, and develop a ministry with families.


* Create a connection with our youth and build engaging programming that helps them explore and deepen their spiritual lives. This ranges from weekly youth group to mission activities.

* Sustain and strengthen our Sunday School program, engaging and enabling congregation members to teach Sunday School.

* Build on our tradition of Wild Goose Adventures, a week-long opportunity that engages children with a theme related to our faith (summer).

* Engage with our church and local community on issues relevant to our families and faith.

* Develop innovative, engaging activities with youth, children and families.

* Craft and coordinate a confirmation program for our youth.

* Coordinate and supervise nursery staff, providing age-appropriate lessons for this age group.

* Communicate with families, the congregation, the Children and Youth Ministries (CYM) Committee, the minister and administrative assistant.

* Attend monthly CYM Committee meetings.


We seek a candidate who has a demonstrated commitment to Christian education and the development of youth and children. Because we are seeking depth in our programs and experiences, a theological background is required. Specifically, a bachelor’s degree in Christian education or the equivalent is desired, as is at least three years of experience in a similar role. The candidate should understand and be able to express her or his own Christian life and faith.

We seek a candidate who can make a multi-year commitment to our community, youth and children.

Experience and commitment to youth is prioritized. While the ideal candidate also demonstrates proficiency with children and Sunday School programming, a willingness to grow in this area would be considered.

Specific qualities we seek are:

* understanding of the emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of children and youth

* interpersonal and communication skills (with adults, youth and children)

* organization

* ability to work independently and with others

Commitment and Compensation:

20 hours per week: Sunday mornings, some evenings, other hours are flexible.

Salary: $25,000-$30,000 per year, depending on experience (tentative).

To Apply:

Please send a letter that describes your interest in this position with your resume and three references to [email protected]

About Immanuel Presbyterian Church:

Immanuel Presbyterian Church ( is a theologically progressive church in Tacoma, Wash.’s historic North End. We believe

* That everyone is a child of God, loved extravagantly in the midst of any and all life circumstances, lifestyles and life choices.

* That God’s love for us calls us to love others through caring relationships and service, especially to the poor and marginalized.

* That exploring the sacred within a community is an important part of identity formation and is integral to our emotional, intellectual, moral, creative and spiritual growth.

* That playfulness, compassion and joy are central to our community and to what we believe about God’s intention for a full, holy human life.