Position Description

Title: Director of Christian Formation

Type of Position: Full-time

Christian formation is a lifelong spiritual journey. Swarthmore Presbyterian Church offers Christian formation programs for every stage of life from infancy through adulthood. Given that faithful discipleship takes place in every sphere of our lives, Christian formation should be multi-disciplinary across the arts and sciences as well as rooted in biblical and theological studies. It takes place in the classroom, the sanctuary, our homes, the outdoors, and the community. We strive to engage the whole person, in developmentally appropriate ways, through different modes of activity, such as service learning, study, reflection, conversation, artistry, music-making, and recreation. In our desire to become spiritually mature disciples of Christ in a religiously diverse world, we value questions as much as answers, and we believe that a family of faith is responsible for offering a range of experiences that both nurture and challenge us in our faith formation.

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (SPC) seeks a Director of Christian Formation to be responsible for the program area of Christian Formation, which spans Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Adult Education. We seek a candidate, lay or ordained, who exhibits a mature Christian faith and a strong sense of call to serve and build up the whole church. This person will have the heart and skills of a teacher and will relate well with persons of all ages. S/he will have the desire and ability to work in a pastoral and collegial manner with the staff, Session, and congregation to the end that God will be glorified and the body of Christ will be built up.

SPC has a tradition of prioritizing the Christian formation of youth and children. We know the significance of raising up future generations of faithful disciples. According to the results of the US Congregational Survey, one of SPC’s most important values relative to other congregations is in “caring for young people,” where we rank in the 79th percentile nationally (as compared with 16 percentile for Presbyterian churches nationally and 20 percentile for all other congregations). Over the past 12 years, our Youth Ministry has grown into a nationally recognized program. We seek a leader who will build upon this tradition and utilize the resources that SPC has committed to the Christian formation of our children and youth to grow the church in measurable ways.

Qualifications: Candidates may be ordained or lay persons. We seek theologically trained candidates who have a Master of Divinity or Master’s degree in Christian Education or in Theological Studies from an accredited institution. Although candidates may have different denominational backgrounds, candidates must be knowledgeable in biblical interpretation, Reformed theology, Presbyterian polity, and Worship and Sacraments, consistent with Presbyterian polity and tradition, in addition to the subject matters of human growth and development and religious education theory and practice. We seek candidates who have relevant professional or volunteer experience. Candidates must be highly organized and responsible.

Accountability: The Director of Christian Formation is directly responsible to the Pastor as Head of Staff, and s/he will work closely with the Session and other staff members. The Director of Christian Formation will supervise the Program Manager for Christian Formation and any summer youth trip leaders.

Responsibilities: The Director of Christian Formation is responsible for leading Christian Formation for Swarthmore Presbyterian Church to be aligned with and to further the mission and growth of SPC.
The Director of Christian Formation is expected to develop the benchmarks, curricula, and programs for Christian Formation that are informed by current research and best practices in Christian education and by the developmental stages of children, adolescents, and young adults.

S/he is expected to plan, develop, direct, and, with teams of lay leaders, lead the Christian Formation programs of the church in accordance with the policies and direction of the Session and in collaboration with the pastors, staff, Session committees, and program volunteers. Working closely with and supervising the Program Manager of Christian Formation, s/he is responsible for ensuring strong administration, communication, and program management of the whole program area of Christian Formation.

In addition, s/he is expected to assist in worship leadership, preaching, counseling, and pastoral care, and other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

A detailed job description can be found here: http://bit.ly/2EWzq8T

To apply, please go to: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/mid-council-ministries/clc/

For inquiries, please contact:
Stacy Clements
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 610.909.0578