Director of Christian Education (DCE)
The Director of Christian Education (DCE), as a person of faith; develops, supports, and coordinates programs to spiritually engage the children, youth and adults of The Congregational Church in Exeter, UCC
*Bachelor’s degree required.
*Theological training and/or Christian Education experience preferred.
*Experience working in a church, either in a volunteer or professional position.
*A commitment to working in an ONA (Open and Affirming) UCC setting.
*A vibrant, inspirational, and engaging personality with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
*Successful completion of a thorough reference and criminal background check.
Accountability and Support:
The DCE will uphold the covenant, mission statement, and by-laws of The Congregational Church in Exeter, UCC.
The DCE reports to the pastor and works directly with the Christian Growth Committee, which oversees educational programming for children, youth, and adults.
The work of the DCE will be reviewed annually based on the criteria of the position description. This review and other professional support conversations will be carried out by the pastor in cooperation with the Staff Relations Ministry Team.
The DCE will partner with an administrative assistant, providing flexibility in schedule from 20-30 hours per week. The DCE shall provide a consistent schedule of office hours on at least two weekdays for accessibility to the congregation and to assure regular communication with the pastor, administrative assistant, and other church staff.
Subject to periodic review and in consultation with the pastor and lay leadership, the following constitute the major responsibilities of the DCE:
Assists with the confirmation program in consultation with the pastor.
Plans and implements a weekly church school program for children and youth (pre-K-grade 8)
*offers theological guidance related to the curriculum
*helps recruit and provide support and feedback to volunteers
*communicates with families of children and youth regarding church school programs
*welcomes and integrates new families
Plans and implements a seasonal adult education program
*helps recruit and support lay leadership/volunteers
*communicates with congregation with regard to adult education programs
Creates opportunities for youth participation in Sunday worship services.
*coordinates the weekly children’s message to be delivered by the DCE, the pastor, or lay members of the congregation
*assists in the planning and implementation of Youth Sunday, Children’s Sunday, and Christmas Eve
*assists pastor with worship planning and implementation, with an eye to facilitating the participation of children and youth in worship
Explores periodic inter-generational, alternative worship services.
If experience and time allows, occasionally participates in leading worship, including preaching (if mutually desired and in collaboration with the pastor).
Takes primary leadership and builds high school, middle school and 3rd-5th grade fellowship activities.
*inspires adults to participate as leaders and assistants with youth fellowship activities
*assists volunteers in planning events and coordinating activities for each of these groups
Participates in supporting/planning ecumenical youth activities (We The Youth) in conjunction with other local congregational leadership.
Works with the Mission and Action Committee to plan and promote intergenerational mission trips.
Recruits and supports adult volunteers to lead congregational fellowship events, activities, and trips; such as ski trips, camping trips, Holiday parade float, retreats, dinners, etc.
Works with an administrative assistant to communicate with the congregation regularly regarding opportunities for Christian Education (bulletin boards, announcements, phone calls, e-mails, website, and social media)
Provides a monthly report for the Christian Growth Committee and Church Council
Contributes monthly submissions to the church’s newsletter
Prepares and administers the CE budget, carefully tracking expenditures throughout the year and fundraising as needed.
Attends monthly Christian Growth Committee meetings and monthly Church Council meetings.
Attends weekly staff meetings.
Other duties as required.