Emmaus Way Church—an open and affirming, ecumenical community with laity from diverse theological backgrounds—seeks a pastor (approx. 20–25 hrs/wk) to enliven our existing ministry among children and youth. Founded in 2005, Eway has been perpetually shaped by intentional dialogue among disparate voices seeking fresh, liberating ways into God's redemptive work. Recent years have substantially grown the presence of new parents and children in that conversation, such that young people (birth to teen) now comprise one-third of our congregation. Because we understand children as whole people rather than incomplete adults, we find ourselves amidst energizing tension around where their growing presence reshapes our shared efforts to understand and be about the Kingdom of God. We deeply desire a pastor who will lead us creatively into that tension, as we continue fostering intergenerational, gospel-shaped community that integrates and empowers children (and adults) as full participants.
This pastor will be an integral voice within an egalitarian staff of equals, who collaboratively invite laity into common life alongside a God still active in our midst. We desire a candidate who will bring their full self to bear among us, letting their unique gifts and perspective shape both their work with children/youth and our broader community. As such, we imagine this pastor will prioritize curating vision and possibility for children/youth ministry, but also shape other spaces where their gifts and passions intersect our life together (e.g., arts, missional partnerships, communal dialogue, theological discourse, worship curation). More specifically, we anticipate this position will encompass the following responsibilities:
- lead and nourish our children’s ministry (currently nursery-age through early high school), connect staff to a lay children’s team, and invite the community into children’s formation
- coordinate our Sunday evening opportunities for kids, including curriculum decisions, volunteers, safe sanctuary adherence, and classroom materials
- generate vision and a framework for more robust youth ministry
- foster integration of children and adults into honest, life-giving community
- engage as a full, collaborative member of the staff team in shaping all aspects of our community
- provide pastoral care to adults and children of Emmaus Way
An ideal candidate will possess:
- a proactive, radically hospitable spirit and an imaginative, collaborative approach to ministry
- perspectives and experiences that enhance the diversity of God’s Kingdom in our midst; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply
- MDiv, MTS or equivalent education/experience
- 2+ years of relevant ministry experience
- Cover letter, resume, and three references.
- A short (i.e. 500 words or less) response to each of the following prompts. 1) Choose a story from the Bible and describe how you’d tailor the teaching of that story for different age groups (pre-K, elementary, and middle-school children). 2) What does it look like for children and adults to build intergenerational, gospel-shaped community?
- Optional: additional writing or creative materials that reflect your gifts and perspective.