Children's Ministry Leader

Anthem Church

Job Description


At Anthem Church we want to create an engaging environment where children can experience God's love, take steps in their faith, and use their gifts and talents to lead and serve. 

You will build, develop, and lead the children's ministry (6 months to 5th grade). You will help to create a thriving children’s ministry where the children of Anthem Church know they are loved by God, are having fun and are taking steps in their faith, where impact is being made into the community and where volunteers feel supported, resourced, equipped and encouraged, which in turn fosters creativity and innovation, 

In addition you will have the opportunity to train and empower volunteers, as well as support and equip families. You will collaborate with the leadership team and staff to set the direction, vision, goals, and initiatives of the ministry. You'll report to Anthem Church’s Senior Leader with dotted line reporting to the Worship Leader, and you will be mentored by members of the staff team. 


Anthem Kids Ministry Vision and Curriculum 

  • Develop and implement the vision for Anthem Kids, within the context of Anthem Church’s vision and in conjunction with the leadership team. 
  • Prepare curriculum — either purchased, written or both — that executes on the agreed vision for Anthem Kids Ministry. 
  • Through the Anthem Kids ministry, reach out into the neighborhood and beyond. 

Lesson Planning and Supplies 

  • Plan and distribute weekly lessons, order and / or restock supplies, and work with worship leaders to incorporate kids' worship into lessons. 

Volunteers and Parents

  • Recruit and train volunteers (teachers and team leaders).
  • Maintain regular communication with volunteers and parents.
  • Meet quarterly with team leaders and biannually with teachers.
  • Check in before and debrief after Sunday services with volunteer teams. 

Anthem Kids Events 

  • Responsible for children's arrangements for all church events (e.g. arrange child care for training events, etc.). 
  • Plan fun events for the children and families on (but not exclusively) Easter Sunday, Fall / Halloween and Christmas. 
  • Work towards hosting a summer VBS or summer camp. 


  • Draft and manage annual budget, agreed by the Finance Team. 
  • Oversee all safety protocols and compliance regulations; including volunteer background checks.
  • Create a monthly Anthem Kids newsletter.

Leadership Development 

  • Meet monthly with your ministry mentor and leadership coach. 
  • Look for opportunities to attend Children’s Ministry conferences and connect with Children’s Ministry leaders from other churches (within the city and beyond). 


  • Pastoral Care: Holds a deep care for parents, children, volunteers and the congregation at large.
  • Self-Starter: Ability to own a project and run with it. 
  • Learner and Innovator: Desire for continued growth in yourself and your area of ministry.
  • Collaborator and Team Player: Loves working with others and assumes their best. 
  • Team Mobilizer: Ability to recruit and build effective teams of volunteers and volunteer-leaders. 
  • Encourager: Ability to see the good in others and are intentional in affirming it.
  • Approachable: Warm, inviting and easy to get along with. 
  • Emotionally Intelligence: Intuitive about others emotions and has the ability to respond appropriately. 
  • Hard Worker: Aware of the importance of your role and works hard to do your best. 
  • Effective Communicator: Ability to give and receive positive and constructive feedback.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; preferably in the field of education, social work, biblical studies, or psychology (or equivalent experience). 
  • At least 2 years of experience working with children in a children’s ministry context. 
  • Experience in a leadership position at a church or campus.
  • Proven experience leading teams and caring / shepherding others.

About Anthem Church

Each and every experience, each and every person—and most of all, God’s faithfulness—continue to shape the DNA of Anthem Church.

In May of 2004, Steve and Debs Sudworth set out with their family from South Africa, convinced of the call of God to plant a church in Chicago. In the beginning, even when numbers were few and accommodations scarce, their faith remained strong that the Lord had a mighty destiny and a great inheritance for the city. Sometimes the journey was exhilarating, sometimes terrifying. But God’s faithfulness has always been sure.

Today, Anthem Church still rests in that same, unchanging faithfulness of God. Throughout the years we find ourselves crying out to God for His purposes in our city.  We cry out for the Kingdom of Jesus to have its rightful place– in restoration, healing, salvation, mercy and redemption.  We seek to walk daily in grace and obedience to the Holy Spirit.  We believe the flavor of God’s presence—on earth as it is in heaven—is the spiritual destiny of Chicago, a bold, creative and God-yearning city. We crystalize this belief in our rallying cry, “All of Jesus For Everyone.”

We celebrate our past…but revel most in God’s future, trusting that our story will always be wrapped in His. God is on the move in Chicago, in our nation and throughout the world…it’s our privilege to partner with Him!

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Experience Required
1 – 5 years


Education Required
Bachelor’s degree

Date Posted
4 months ago
Chicago, Illinois


Church Size
250-350 people

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