Associate Pastor of Families and Education Survey

April 17, 2020

Hello Fellow JHBC Member:

First of all, I hope you all are doing well. I am writing this letter in mid-April and most of you will be reading it around the first part of May so I don’t know what the status of the COVID-19 crisis will be at that time. My hope and prayer is that as you read this letter things have greatly improved and we are very close to resuming our normal schedule of church activities and services.

As you know Rich Wood resigned as Associate Pastor of Families & Education on March 12, 2020. As has been stated this was an unexpected turn of events and it caught us off-guard. With Rich’s resignation the Personnel Committee now has the job of implementing a search to fill this staff vacancy.

As we have done in the past, one of the first steps in this process is to survey you, the members of Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church to get your feedback regarding the desired characteristics of potential candidates, what elements of family ministry and education may need more focus, and the adequacy of the current job description in describing what is expected of this staff position.

Along with this cover letter you will find a survey and a copy of the current job description. Please remove the survey, fill it out, and return it to the church. We also plan to send out the survey by email which you may complete and return by email. We are using two methods of distribution in order to try to ensure everyone receives a copy of the survey. We ask that all completed surveys be returned to the church no later than one week following the no-gathering order being rescinded. We will have labeled collection boxes at various locations including the main hallway outside the sanctuary, the library, the vestibule, and outside the church offices.

In addition to the survey, we plan to hold several town hall meetings with various groups within the church including a congregational town hall. The purpose of these meetings is to review data gathered from the survey with you and to receive any additional feedback you may have. Of course these meetings are not scheduled yet since at the time of this writing the no-gathering order is still in place. As soon as is feasible they will be scheduled and you will be notified.

Your participation in this process is very important. Once we have the results of the survey and the town hall meetings we will compile the data to develop a profile of the desired candidates which we will use as a guide as we review applicants.

Lastly, but most importantly, before you begin filling out your survey please pray earnestly over it. Pray for God’s wisdom as you put your thoughts down on paper. Please also pray for the Personnel Committee as we begin this process. And pray for the person whom our Sovereign God has already selected and even now is preparing to be the next Associate Pastor of Families & Education at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church.

Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church

Personnel Committee (2019 – 2020)

Ronnie Rouse – Chairman, Ramona Bowling, Vickie Wilkins,

Tommie Angel, Stephen Graham, Ben Wood

 

Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church

Associate Pastor of Families and Education Survey

The Personnel Committee is requesting your input as we begin the search for the next Associate Pastor of Families and Education. Please provide your prayerful answers and return to the church no later than one week following the no-gathering order being rescinded.

 

Please check your age range:

____Youth (Grades 6 – 12)

____Adult

____Senior Adult (Over 55)

 

1. Check your ideal age range for this position:

____22 – 29

____30 – 39

____40 – 49

____50 Plus

____Age Irrelevant

 

2. Check you ideal experience range for this position:

____1 – 5 years

____6 – 10 years

____11 – 15 years

____16 years-plus

 

3. Check your ideal educational level for this position:

____Undergraduate Degree

____Seminary/MDIV Degree

____Doctorate Degree

____Other _________________________

 

4. What is your vision of what you would like to see in the family ministry at our church?

 

 

 

 

5. What qualities/characteristics do you think a new family minister will need to minister effectively to our church?

 

 

 

 

 

6. What kinds of family ministry activities do you think best help all of our church members to worship together meaningfully?

 

 

 

 

 

7. Do you think the current job description effectively describes the needs of the church? (Job description attached at end of survey). If not, what changes would you recommend?

 

 

 

 

 

8. Based on the current needs of the church, please rank in order of emphasis the elements of the job description for the Pastor of Families and Education (1-6)

  • Children ___
  • Youth ___
  • College age ___
  • Families ___
  • Education ___
  • Other ___

Job Description--Associate Pastor of Families and Education

The Associate Pastor of Families and Education shall in cooperation with the Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor of Music, and the Children, Youth, and Nursery Committees be responsible for leading, planning, implementing, supervising, and evaluating a Christian-based family ministry. The Associate Pastor of Families and Education shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Children and Youth Ministry teams, Nursery Committee, and Christian Education Council. The Associate Pastor of Families and Education shall work under the general supervision of the Senior Pastor with the support and guidance of the Personnel Committee. The Associate Pastor of Families and Education shall be evaluated by the Personnel Committee and the Senior Pastor with consultation and consideration from the Children and Youth Ministry teams, Nursery Committee, and Christian Education Council.

General Duties

  • Maintain open communication with the Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor of Music, church staff, and congregation concerning all planned activities (e.g., the Announcer, Sunday bulletin, flyers, email, web page, One Call, and mailings).
  • Provide a written monthly report of all ministry activities to the Senior Pastor.
  • Attend and provide a report at regularly scheduled and called business meetings.
  • Be available for spiritual counsel and guidance.
  • Participate in worship planning, hospital visitation, and other pastoral duties as appropriate. In the absence of the Senior Pastor, provide pastoral leadership. This may include preaching, teaching, weddings, crisis visitation, funerals, and representation in the community and at meetings outside of the church body (e.g., state meetings, CBF).
  • Guide appropriate committees in the preparation of the annual budget.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Pastor.

Family Ministry

  • Partner with the Family Ministry Team and Ministerial staff to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to integrate children, youth, college-age and family ministry programs.
  • Provide support, guidance, and leadership of ongoing ministry activities and special events. Currently includes but not limited to:
    • Children: Mission activities, Nursery, Extended Sessions I and II, Children’s Sunday School, Children’s sermon, Children’s worship service, Children’s Sunday, Hallelujah Harvest, Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp, and Parent’s Night Out.
    • Youth: Youth Worship, Mission trips, Youth Sunday School, Youth Sunday, and Disciple Now.
    • College-Age: Fellowship activities and other events.
    • Family: Small groups, quarterly family “fun” night, training events that strengthen family relationships.
  • Provide leadership and support to all appropriate committees related to specific age-graded ministries that contribute to the spiritual formation of children, youth, college students, and their families.
  • Recruit, equip, and develop leaders for the children, youth, and family ministries.

Educational Ministry

  • Meet quarterly with the Christian Education Leadership Council.
  • Provide training for Sunday School teacher/small group leaders semi-annually.
  • Provide seminars and forums of various topics in the life of the church semi-annually.
  • In coordination with, and support of the Christian Education Leadership Council, lead Vacation Bible School for adults.
  • Promote and coordinate Sunday School for all ages, with the Sunday School Director.
  • Train all children and youth volunteers on the Sexual Harassment Policy at least annually.
  • Selecting literature for Sunday School with input from the Sunday School and Discipleship Training directors.

Accountability

  • Honor and keep commitments.
  • In the event of an unplanned absence, the Administrative Assistant will be the primary contact person with the Senior Pastor as the second contact person.
  • Leave requests must be coordinated with other ministerial staff members to ensure that the church family has a minister in the church field at all times.
  • Participate in professional growth and development to support job requirements.
  • In coordination with the Senior Pastor, maintain office hours (approximately 40 hours per week).

Communication

  • Be cooperative and supportive of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association and promote Associational programs through the church as it relates to children, youth, college age activities, and educational opportunities.
  • Maintain a cooperative, pleasant, positive, and enthusiastic attitude.