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NOW HIRING: Children’s Minister

Messiah Children’s Minister
Messiah Lutheran Church, Reynoldsburg, OH

This job merges the responsibilities of the Messiah Christian School (MCS) Director and also the Messiah Lutheran Church (MLC) Congregational Children’s Minister.
Please reply to be considered for this job with resume and references to Pastor Karl Hanf, email only,

Broad Job Expectations: Lead the Messiah Christian School providing appropriate academic and spiritual growth. Lead the Messiah Children’s Ministry providing spiritual growth and parental support. Bring together the MCS and Messiah Congregation, making each a good presence in and for the other.

Educational Requirements: Bachelor of Education. Early Childhood Major preferred.

Experience Requirements. Preferred five years of early childhood teaching, leadership/management experience. Current church involvement and/or church leadership required.

Compensation: $40,000 base salary, (July-June), additionally-approximately $6000 in benefits, to be negotiated with Messiah Church Council. Two weeks of vacation in first year.

Hours Required: 40-45 hours per week. Weekly hours are flexible as long as a month long average equals this weekly expectation. Daily presence at MCS September thru May, expected.

Responsible to: MCS Board, Church Council, Education Chair, Senior Pastor

Direct Reports: MCS Assistant Director, teachers, aids, kitchen staff of MCS, nursery nannies

Since this position is a merging of two current positions, it makes sense for this job description to describe each of those positions separately.

MCS Director

Key activities include: organization, supervising, staffing, scheduling, curriculum development, communications, interfacing with the Church, meeting licensing requirements, health and safety issues and fair treatment of the professional staff. Assuring that all specific job descriptions of employees are being carried out in a prompt and professional way.

Hours Required: The MCS Director is in the building four days a week during the MCS school year from 8:30 till 3:30. They should post dedicated times to MCS, per state guidelines.

Responsible for overseeing:
Organization of projects, special events , in-service meetings, and Parent Programs
Ordering Supplies and picking up supplies as needed
Distribution of all communications
Meeting needs of MCS Board, staff, children and parents
Abiding by regulations as outlined in MLC bylaws
Meeting Licensing requirements
Resolving all school personnel matters
Communicating with church staff and council, congregation, school staff, parents, including maintenance of MCS Manual
Maintaining equipment and facility, equipment purchase and maintenance scheduling
Arrangement for room-usage
Classroom, Storage and maintenance needs
Snack, dietary and medical needs
Oversee the work of the MCS Assistant Director
Tuition payments
All invoice and receipt reimbursements
Attendance Records, Student Files, Staff Files
All parental communications
Lunch program

Planning, reviewing and/or preparation of:
Classroom Newsletters License Renewal Family outings
Special Events Web site updates Summer Mailing
Publicity/Advertising Correspondence Book Fairs (2 per year)
Yearly Calendar Enrollment Forms Food Drive (November)
Staff Handbook Parent Handbook Snack Calendar
Chapel planning Lunch program Hat, Coat, and Mitten Drive

Personnel Management:
Continuing Education Staff trainings
Personnel Files Staff evaluations
Hire and train new teachers and assistants
Hire and train substitute teachers (if needed)

Congregational Children’s Minister

Broad Job Expectations: Encourage the spiritual grown of children fifth grade and under at Messiah. Supporting and encouraging parents at Messiah. Training and enabling members of Messiah to lead and serve in Children’s Ministry. Bring enthusiasm to the staff and congregation at Messiah for Christ.

Hours Required: Sunday mornings 9-Noon. Wednesday evenings 5:30 thru 7:30 September through May. Planning and preparation hours throughout the week. Monthly weekend activity with children and parents. Week long Vacation Bible School Annually.

Ministries Responsible to Maintain:
Sunday Morning Education for preschool and academic grades K-5
Structure, room assignment, curriculum, volunteers, training, presence
Wednesday Evening Education/Activities for preschool and academic grades K-5
Structure, room assignment, curriculum, volunteers, training, presence
Vacation Bible School, one week in the summer
Structure, room assignment, curriculum, volunteers, training, presence
A minimum monthly Servant/Fellowship Activity for preschool and grades K-5
Maintain and expand programs and rituals that help our parents keep their baptismal promises to raise their child in the faith, eg. entering Sunday School, First Bible, First Communion.
Nursery Maintenance and Training
Child Safety Policy maintained
Weekly Messiah Staff Meeting
Monthly Youth and Children’s Ministry Staff Meeting
Support of Education Chair

Sanctuary Renewal Revision

It has been months of work by many volunteers, but we are ready to announce revisions to the original sanctuary renewal concept that will match our congregation hopes with the nearly $170,000 raised.


We will remove the pews, replace the center support board with solid wood and upholster the seats.  We will reinstall the pews at an angle, allowing better sight lines for the altar and more wheelchairs spaces.

Audio Video

We will replace the screen and the projector with better, updated equipment to enhance our visual experience. We will continue to use the same swinging post to hide the screen when not in use, but we will move the post back to the last beam in the chancel area, so that when it lowers it does not hinder movement in the chancel. We will reroute the sound jacks in the chancel to limit cords and clutter.

Chancel (Stage)

The altar and the multilayer pedestal that the altar sits upon will not move. This means the choir will not be able to be seated behind the altar, as in the original concept. Instead, we will raise the entire floor of the chancel to the level that the communion rails currently sit. The communion rails will only be visible on the Sundays they are needed for communion.

Raising the floor to this level, will make the entire chancel one level, except the pedestal holding the altar. This will allow the grand piano and organ to be placed next to each other on one side and the band to be along the other  wall as depicted in the original concept. Three foot vanity walls will be built in front of the band and organ to hide their clutter from the congregation. The new hollow floor will allow for jacks, outlets and ports to easily be installed in key places to hide the clutter of wires. The original pulpit will move off of the steps and become a portable piece of furniture. Craftsman will take the wood of the lectern and create a new baptismal font, similar to our current font, but larger to balance the pulpit on the opposite side of the chancel.

Nave (seating area)

The stained glass windows will be framed to make them stand out from the brick wall. Soffits matching the current speaker soffits in the chancel will be built to cover the two side aisles of the nave. Spot lights will be in these soffits to both add lighting for parishioners and to highlight our stained glass.


All of the red carpet will be replaced with durable carpet tiles, similar in manufacture to what is in the Fellowship Hall. No color for the carpet has been determined. The flooring under the pews will be covered with vinyl planks, simulating hardwood.

Hoped for additions if money allows…

  • upholstering the back of the pews
  • lightly refinishing the pews
  • installing duct work in the soffits for future air conditioning improvements
  • making the sacristy lounge entrance door a double door
  • sound board improvements

Major items in original concept not being considered…

  • skylights
  • sacristy and sacristy lounge remodeling
  • office suite remodeling
  • remodeling of the sanctuary loft
  • new air conditioning
  • replacing the rear wall of the knave with plate glass
  • purchase and use of any pew chairs

So, what now?

Property Chair Geoff Campbell and member Tom Marquart will work together to choose one of three contractors that formally bid on this project. They will then work with the contractor to obtain the necessary permits and commission the necessary drawings for construction. Geoff and Tom will also appoint a separate group that will choose the color of the carpeting, vinyl planks, paint for new drywall and refinished wood. It is hoped that construction will begin in April. At this time, we do not know how construction will affect our worship life in the sanctuary or when construction will be completed.

1 Peter

This is the first of six podcasts on the life of Peter, the leader of the disciples of Jesus.  Pastors Karl and Thadd use  Michael Card’s book, A Fragile Stone, for their discussion.  This podcast tells the beginning of Peter’s story, referencing Luke 5:1-11 and the first 45 pages of Card’s book.

Click to listen: 1 Peter

Friendship Between Jonathan and David

This podcast is the second in five discussions on the life of David between Pastors Thadd and Karl.  It uses the book on David, Leap Over a Wall, by Eugene Peterson for enrichment.  Today’s conversation is on the friendship between Jonathan and David at the center of I Samuel 18-20.  May this be a good part of your Lenten journey.

Click to listen: Jonathan and David

For the original posting of this podcast with comments, please see our Pastors’ Blog.

David and Goliath

This podcast is a discussion between Pastor Thadd and Pastor Karl on the David and Goliath story in I Samuel 17.  It is one of five discussions on David’s life we will post in the season of Lent.  We are using the book Leap Over A Wall, by Eugene Peterson to add to our conversation.  May this be a good part of your Lenten Journey.

Click to listen: David and Goliath

For the original posting of this podcast with comments, see our Pastors’ Blog.