Grace Chapel Special Needs Director - Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts
Children with special needs are an important part of the Grace Chapel church family. Our SHINE special needs ministry supports families by loving and guiding children and youth with disabilities in a safe and appropriate environment to learn and grow in their faith and knowledge of Jesus. We are looking for a positive, caring individual to oversee this ministry that serves young children and students at the Lexington Campus.
This is a part-time role, reporting directly to the Lexington Children?s Ministry Director.
Meet Grace Chapel
Grace Chapel is a non-denominational, multicultural church that welcomes everyone, no matter what your faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. Our mission is simple ? discovering life with God for the good of the world. We are fully committed and passionate about helping people find and follow Jesus.
We?ve been around for quite a while ? since 1948 in fact, when four families in Lexington, Massachusetts met weekly in a home for a time of worship, Bible study, and prayer. These families had a heart and vision for reaching and serving people in the growing western suburbs of Boston. Since we incorporated in 1956, we?ve grown from a few dozen people in a rented space in Lexington to 4,000 people coming together for Sunday services and midweek programs across five campuses in Lexington, Wilmington, Watertown, East Lexington, and Foxboro, and online. Learn more about the Lexington campus at www.grace.org/lexington .
Our worship services are casual, contemporary, and upbeat and we offer great programs for middle school and high school students at all our locations. Learn more about Grace Chapel at www.grace.org , about Children?s Ministry (Kidstown) at www.grace.org/kidstown , and about the SHINE Ministry at https://www.grace.org/shine .
The Role Will
In this role you will lead a team of volunteers, create curriculum, minister, and work with families on how to best meet their child?s needs to learn and grow in their faith. Working collaboratively with Kidstown and Student Ministries you will aim to provide an environment which welcomes those of all abilities to Grace Chapel. You will:
Participate as a member of the Lexington Campus Team to integrate special needs ministry into the life of the Lexington congregation.
Work collaboratively with and provide consultation support to the Kidstown and Student Ministry Directors across all campuses.
Create and implement a safe and loving environment, tools, routine, and curriculum to help children grow in their faith.
Recruit and oversee a committed team of SHINE Ministry volunteers; educate, train, and equip them to support the children.
C ultivate supportive relationships with parents and develop solid lines of communication.
Serve as an advocate for the children with the church and staff and network with other directors on behalf of the children and families.
Function as a member of the entire Ministry Staff team at Grace Chapel by participating in regular staff meetings, worship, and periodic church-wide initiatives as time permits.
What You Bring
Leader and Influencer: A gifted and energetic team-builder and inspirational leader, who can effectively recruit, develop, and equip a team of volunteer leaders, and effectively grow a healthy and safe special needs ministry.
Team Player: Someone who is energized by the unique opportunities afforded by serving on a large church staff and collaborating in a multi-campus environment.
Pastor/Shepherd: A love and passion for children and youth with disabilities and their parents. A call to help kids learn about God and grow in their faith and knowledge of Jesus. Strong relational skills.
Communicator: The ability to guide and communicate effectively with special needs children and their parents.
Education & Experience
You should be experienced in Special Needs Ministry either as a long-term volunteer or paid staff member. A background in child development and special needs, and an undergraduate degree is a plus.
A growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Energetic with a strong desire to be part of a local church ministry team.
A team building leadership style with proven success at inviting and training volunteers.
Strong skills in the areas of oral and written communication, problem solving, and customer service.
Able to organize, pay close attention to details and manage a variety of tasks.
Proactive, flexible, and able to adapt to last-minute developments typical of church ministry.
What We Offer
Salaries at Grace Chapel are competitive for churches in this area. We offer opportunities to learn and grow professionally, a fun work environment, a community that fosters inclusivity and diversity, and a team of co-workers who are committed and passionate about helping people find and follow Jesus.