The United States Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSUSA) offers this page as a resource to its members who are seeking candidates for positions (paid or volunteer) in support of their work in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Information posted has been provided by the named individual and/or church, school or organization. CGSUSA neither endorses any organization or information posted nor assumes any liability for services offered or obtained as a result of any posting. Postings will be removed after 90 days if not renewed by the original poster.
CGSUSA National Office – Scottsdale, AZ
CGSUSA Shipping Clerk/Administrative Assistant
Please read the detailed Job Description for more information. To apply for this Scottsdale-based position in the CGSUSA National Office, please complete the CGSUSA Job Application and email to Lisa Kelley.
Purpose and Impact
The Shipping Clerk/Administrative Assistant is responsible the for smooth operations in the National Association by providing clerical and administrative support to the National Office activity while working on the Association’s mission and vision, insuring that the work is moving towards the strategic goals of the Association.
The Shipping Clerk/Administrative Assistant reports to the eStore Manager and works closely with all CGSUSA staff.
Responsibilities & Roles
• responds compassionately, tactfully, and proficiently to pastoral issues arising from concerns of members and customers primarily as they relate to the sales of the eStore and demonstrates knowledge and sensitivity in addressing the needs of the various Christian traditions represented in the Association’s membership
• handles shipping needs for our eStore, orders shipping boxes and supplies and prepares packages
• provide administrative support, including preparing documents and correspondence; copying; filing; scanning; scheduling.
• develops proficiency with the eTapestry Database, and website Word Press.
• maintains and tracks inventory of publications, printed materials and sales items and fills and ships orders for customers.
• answers phone and reads email to general email address, and communicates messages to appropriate staff members
• assembles materials for sale in the eStore
Skills & Attributes
Knowledge of and/or formation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Spanish or Italian language skills are an asset.
Professional appearance and attitude
Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including: Outlook, SharePoint, Word, Excel, & PowerPoint
•24-hour position that calls for flexibility in working with staff, board, and committees through various forms of electronic means including web conferencing, email and phone meetings
• Continues to learn about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd through conversation, reading, courses, etc.
These duties and competencies will be reviewed at least once a year
All Saints – Lakeville, MN
Director of Formation: Early Childhood
Job Purpose: Supports the ministry of the pastor and parish by providing organization and leadership of the Early Childhood formation programs. The person in this position works collaboratively with formation staff to guide and support formation of faith for all parishioners of All Saints Parish.
- Catechetical Functions
- Plan, implement and evaluate Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) program for Early Childhood formation ages 3 to 6.
- Provide supervision, guidance and affirmation of catechists in formation program.
- Work with catechists, and parents in supporting childhood faith development.
- Recruit, train and coordinate catechists and aides for CGS in parish and school atria. In consultation with supervisor serve as a CGS catechists for parish and school programs.
- Direct Baptism formation program for families with children birth to age 5.
- Develop program of follow up and support to families with small children.
- Provide training and support mission partners engaged in Baptism preparation.
- Plan and organize prayer, service, intergenerational opportunities, and outreach with and for families with small children.
- Collaborate with other program directors to provide support and formation to parishioners serving in other parish programs (i.e. adult, liturgy, youth ministry)
- Emphasize the parish’s vision through programs and events recognizing the ongoing need to foster evangelization, prayer and sacraments, catechesis, and discipleship.
- Communicate with both catechetical leaders and families on a regular basis through a variety of communication mediums.
- Administrative Functions
- Collaborate with formation and finance staff of program administration including registration, budget, sacramental records, and Enhanced Essential 3 requirements.
- Coordinate communication to parishioners regarding parish formation programs.
- Parish and Community Functions
- Serve as an example of Catholic faith to parents, children and catechists.
- Facilitate the development of spiritual growth for children, catechists and parents through appropriate prayer, liturgy, service and celebration.
- Collaborate with colleagues regarding sacramental administration, preparation, curriculum, resources, and celebrations.
- Attend commission and other committee meetings as needed or requested by supervisor or pastor.
- Actively participates in parish and staff activities as appropriate and in professional enrichment and continuing education programs.
- Attends workshops, classes, and seminars applicable to the ministry.
- Maintains membership in professional organizations appropriate to the position.
The responsibilities listed above are representative of the job and are not inclusive
Qualifications & Demands
- Demonstrate understanding and acceptance of Catholic doctrine
- Level I Certification in Catechesis of Good Shepherd (Level II preferred)
- BA Religious Education or Education or equivalent (MA preferred)
- Experience working with adults and young children
- Possesses collaborative work skills
- Bilingual Skills (written, spoken, translation and reading) in Spanish and English are a plus
- Able to develop/maintain a productive working relationship with supervisor and pastor
- Enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to work alone without supervision, obtaining direction when needed
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others, maintaining a positive and helpful attitude even during difficult times
- Able to work under pressure and with constant interruptions
- Ability to understand the parish culture and adjust actions to fit that culture
- High level of organizational skills
- Strong communication skills, including email/internet literacy and efficiency
- Ability to be pleasant and service-oriented even when exposed to negative influences
- Work 40 or more hours per week
- Lift and move using proper techniques up to 15 pounds
- Able to work productively in a CGS atrium
- Able to maintain a sitting position for long periods of time
Seton Academy – Villa Park, IL
Lead Catechist for Levels I, II, and III
Seton Academy, a Catholic Montessori school in Villa Park, Illinois, has a need for a catechist for Levels I, II, and III. Located in a quiet neighborhood, Seton Academy boasts large, airy classrooms, dedicated parents and a pleasant work atmosphere.
For the 2020-2021 school year, a lead catechist is needed for all three levels.
Please contact Mary C. Thornton at 630.279.4101 or at email@example.com.
Trinity Presbyterian Church – Charlottesville, NC
Director of Children’s Ministry
If you would like to pursue this position, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to refer an applicant or have additional questions, please contact Graham Scharf, the committee chair, at email@example.com.
GOAL | To cast a vision for the church as to what it means to care for, dignify, disciple, and learn from children as Christ would have us do. To create an environment and equip staff, team members, and volunteers in such a way that this vision can be wholistically implemented in every area of ministry. To support parents and caregivers in carrying out this vision at home.
KEY MINISTRY OBJECTIVES
Cast a vision for Children’s Ministry at Trinity
• Establish a theological vision for what it means to disciple our children from birth–5th grade
• Work with the Spiritual Formation Leadership Team to coordinate the Children’s Ministry vision with the overall vision and mission of SFLT
• Communicate that vision to the congregation through upfront updates and other means of communication such as the Intro to Trinity class
• Educate and encourage the staff and Session in that vision
• Build that vision into the DNA of the church through programming
• Seek to create connections with other churches to learn from and with them
Oversee and lead Children’s Ministry staff
• Hire and manage Nursery Coordinators, My Morning Out (MMO) Coordinator, Sunday School Coordinator, and VBS Coordinator
• Meet monthly with the nursery and MMO coordinators, and separately with the SS coordinator. Meet as needed with VBS Coordinator from January–June
• Provide vision, support, and shepherding for staff
• Create a staff culture of growth and appreciation; look for opportunities to read books, attend training, shadow other programs, etc. Look for ways to appreciate employees
• Conduct annual professional reviews for staff; ensure that everyone is using their gifts well and is being cared for
Oversee and lead Children’s Ministry Team (CMT) and Advisory Team (CMAT)
• Direct the CMT, which is composed of staff and head volunteers who lead the nursery, Sunday School, Expectant Parents Ministry (EPM), Preschool, Adoption and Foster Care Ministry, and Music and Me
• Arrange semi-annual luncheons for the CMT in the fall and spring to create space for people to share about their ministries and pray for one another
• Direct the CMAT, which is a team designed to support the Children’s Director in problem solving and creative thinking
• Arrange quarterly meetings (or schedule as needed): set the agenda, invite feedback and brainstorming from CMAT, then implement the plan
• Seek to impart the overall vision of Children’s Ministry to CMT and CMAT and to excite people about their participation in the overall vision
• Create a space for learning together—provide opportunities for professional and theological growth
• Meet regularly with volunteer heads of ministries (who aren’t included in the monthly staff meetings)
• Communicate appreciation for the work of all CMT ministry leaders and CMAT members
Oversee and lead Children’s Ministry volunteers
• Oversee recruitment for or conduct recruitment for all volunteers
• Inspire volunteers with a vision for how and why their service matters and the vision for Children’s Ministry
• Organize volunteer trainings (Sunday School and VBS)
• Express appreciation for all volunteers
Shepherd the children and families at Trinity
• Cast a vision for parents/caregivers about how to raise their children
• Create resources for parents/caregivers—devotional guides, seasonal emails, etc.
• Provide learning opportunities for parents/caregivers—advise Adult Ed on the family track classes; provide other venues
• Communicate with parents/caregivers about their individual children
• Meet with new families and get to know them
• Support EPM and provide meals and meet new babies when possible
• Send Children’s Worship packets to children as they turn five; packets include resources for parents/caregivers about Children’s Worship curriculum
• Care for families—be a good listener, follow up, think of ways to show care
Orchestrate all Children’s Ministry programs
• Programs include Nursery, Sunday School, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Children’s Worship, Expectant Parents Ministry, Preschool, Adoption and Foster Care Ministry, Music and Me, My Morning Out, and VBS
• Work with staff or volunteer coordinators to come up with and implement a strategy for each ministry (including curriculum choice if applicable)
• Create an annual calendar for each ministry if applicable
• Lead team meetings if applicable (Preschool, EPM, Music and Me)
• Arrange luncheons, get-togethers, and other events for each program
• Buy supplies for programs if applicable
• Oversee the budgets for all programs listed; note that Preschool and Music and Me each have separate budgets
• Implement and improve the safety measures and prevention steps for all programs
• Ensure that all programs are accessible to people of all abilities. Provide resources and buddies for any child who needs additional support
Provide childcare for events at Trinity
• Provide childcare for events like Faith Seeking Understanding Forums, church conferences, congregational meetings, evening events, International Thanksgiving Dinner, etc.
• Communicate with nursery staff about need for nursery for extra events
• Arrange for volunteer or paid childcare helpers for older children
• Put together an activity plan for children who are outside of nursery care
• Seek for ways to create meaningful content that connects if possible with the event being held
Orchestrate special events
• These include the Advent Wreath Workshop, Resurrection Garden Workshop, Bible Move Up Sunday, and VBS
• Procure all supplies needed
• Communicate with families about the event
• Ensure setup and cleanup for the event
Independent Presbyterian Church – Birmingham, Alabama (https://ipc-usa.org/)
Director of Children’s Ministry
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of Children’s Ministry is to create a loving and nurturing environment for children from birth through 6th grade, and to provide opportunities for them to grow in their faith as they become active participants in the church community.
Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) in Birmingham, Alabama, is a 2,000 member Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation. Located in the heart of a vibrant city in a diverse and historic neighborhood, IPC is known for a commitment to local and global missions, beautiful and uplifting worship, and excellent Christian education. For almost 100 years, IPC has operated the Children’s Fresh Air Farm on Shades Mountain with the vision to equip and empower all God’s children. This unique property is host to a number of special programs for the children of IPC and the greater Birmingham community. At IPC, faith formation is recognized as having primary importance, with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method at the heart of Children’s Ministry. The contemplative, developmentally affirming, and Bible- and worship-centered faith methods of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd serve to guide and influence other Children’s Ministry offerings whenever possible.
IPC is seeking a Director of Children’s Ministry who has the passion, vision, and experience to work collaboratively with ministry teams and staff to select and oversee religious offerings for children and their families, and to develop procedures, processes, and systems designed to support the following goals:
• to ignite and deepen the religious life of our children and their parents through faith formation;
• to enhance our relationships with our faith family and our neighbors through fellowship;
• to care for our youngest members in a nurturing and loving environment; and
• to provide opportunities for community service and outreach.
Relationship to Staff Organization
The Director of Children’s Ministry reports to the Director of Christian Education (CE) and manages a staff consisting of the following part-time positions: Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry; Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; Assistant Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; and Manager of Nursery and Childcare. The Director also serves as a member of the Christian Education Ministry Team (a committee of IPC’s Session), staff advisor to the Children’s Ministry Subcommittee, and staff consultant to the Day School Subcommittee. The Director must also work collaboratively with staff and ministry teams for youth, young adults, and music and fine arts to coordinate activities and events and to effectively communicate to our families through digital and print media.
Personal Characteristics, Skills and Abilities
1. A disciple of Christ with a mature spiritual life and a deep faith that is consistent with reformed theology and beliefs.
2. A passion for engaging children and their families to deepen their discipleship, their shared life in the church, and their service to God.
3. Knowledge of stages of developmental growth (physical, social and faith), and care required for infants, toddlers, preschool, and elementary children.
4. Strong leadership, management and interpersonal skills to engage, equip, and inspire parents, volunteers and employees and to work collaboratively with other staff and ministry teams.
5. Ability and experience to plan, organize, direct, and assess all components of this ministry, including the faith formation of children and their parents, worship, service and outreach, music and fine arts, fellowship, and the care and nurture of all children.
6. Ability to create and implement systems, processes and procedures to support the effectiveness and sustainability of all aspects of ministry to children and their families.
7. Excellent verbal, presentation, written communication, and marketing skills.
8. Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Office, Outlook, Google applications, PowerPoint, and Excel and the ability and desire to utilize IPC technical applications.
1. In collaboration with the appropriate ministry teams, subcommittees, and staff (i) objectively review and assess the current mission and plan for Children’s Ministry, the resources available, and the systems and processes that support this ministry; (ii) create and implement a vision,
mission and plan that (a) intentionally integrates all components of Children’s Ministry (faith formation, worship, service and outreach, fellowship, and music and fine arts); (b) supports IPC’s vision, mission, and goals; (c) recognizes the primary role of parents and other adults in the faith formation of our children; (d) focuses on building a church family for all who participate in this ministry; and (e) includes processes and systems to ensure its sustainability; and (iii) evaluate new ideas, proposed programs or activities, and changes to mission and plan.
2. In collaboration with the appropriate ministry teams, subcommittees, and staff, organize, direct, and communicate all regular and special programs, events, and activities for children and their families and ensure that the substance and scheduling of all such programs are well
coordinated with other IPC programs, events, and activities. (See attached calendar of programs, events, and activities held during 2019 which include several key, long-standing programs such as Bibletimes Marketplace at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm and the Advent
3. Manage and support the work and development of employees in this ministry.
4. Attend meetings of session, ministry teams and subcommittees during the week and serve as the onsite leader willing to play any role needed on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings (when programs are planned for children) and other annual and special
events, programs and activities.
5. Oversee the calling into ministry and engagement of catechists, teachers and other volunteers; implement regular training and education opportunities to equip them to be effective and joyful participants in this ministry and to continue to grow in their own faith.
6. Build strong relationships with each child (beginning at birth) and their family members; create opportunities for the families (including both members and visitors) to get to know each other and to feel a part of this faith community.
7. Develop and implement an innovative plan to engage parents, IPC leaders, and other IPC members in the work of Children’s Ministry, and to communicate this ministry’s focus on faith formation and their role in this ministry.
8. Oversee the selection and obtain approval of all curricula for Children’s Ministry.
9. Ensure that all staff members and volunteers are trained and in compliance with IPC’s policies, including the Child and Youth Protection Policy.
10. Plan and present an annual budget; monitor expenditures against budget and collection of fees.
11. During the first year of employment, begin Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd adult faith formation training.
Education and Experience
Undergraduate degree required; at least 5-7 years of experience in education or Christian education preferred; experience with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a plus.
1. Physical stamina and ability to maintain a constant state of alertness to supervise and participate in indoor and outdoor activities with babies and/or children up to age 12.
2. Kneeling, crouching, stooping, reaching, standing, sitting for extended periods in a chair; playing with children on the floor; lifting a child up to 35 pounds.
3. Visual acuity–close and distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to focus with or without correction.
4. Talking–expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
5. Hearing–perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.
Applicants will be required to complete IPC employment screening, which requires disclosure of any history of criminal activity and/or sex offense. Upon preliminary selection of a candidate, IPC will conduct a background check, reference checks, and a pre-employment drug screen. This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. The Director will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required.
Status: Full Time, FLSA Exempt