Christian believers band together as congregations to worship, minister to their own members and provide outreach to the community. Churches organize their activities and ministries in various ways, usually under the leadership of a pastor, priest or board of elders. As the number of programs and activities grow, it can become necessary for someone in the organization to coordinate resources, facilities, schedules and communications. Ministry coordinators perform this role.
Mission and Goals
According to the Bible in Acts 6:2 (New International Version), the 12 apostles, becoming burdened with administrative tasks, called a meeting of disciples and stated, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” They then appointed helpers for church work. This illustrates the spiritual mission of ministry coordinators--to assist with administration of church programs and free the leadership of the church to focus on spiritual matters.
Responsibilities depend on the structure of the church and the particular set of programs coordinators are called to coordinate. For example, a children’s ministries coordinator may facilitate communication between the denomination’s children’s ministry department and local church leaders, work with a children’s ministry team and build partnerships with families, teaching them ways to instill faith at home. Coordinators may perform strategic duties such as providing a vision for a program. They may work on such practical matters as ensuring the environment is safe or purchasing materials.
Just as responsibilities vary, so do qualifications. Most groups set some kind of spiritual and membership requirements dealing with the candidate’s church affiliation and attendance, lifestyle and beliefs. Some may ask whether the coordinator feels the work is a calling from God. A church may set minimum educational or experience requirements. In the case of children’s ministry roles, a candidate may be asked to complete a felony background check.
Relationships play an important part in the work of a ministry coordinator. Generally, the coordinator reports to a church committee, parish council, group of elders, senior pastor or other staff member. Often, coordinators must meet with these persons or groups to provide information and collaborate in the development of programs, initiatives and communication strategies. Of course, they must also interact effectively with leaders of the programs they coordinate.
A ministry coordinator in a volunteer capacity may be asked to work only a few hours weekly and to serve for a limited period of time, such as one or two years. However, full-time, paid positions do exist. Work schedules typically include evenings and weekends. A church may provide training or an experienced mentor. The church determines what compensation, if any, to offer. The Occupational Information Network provides no estimates of wages for paid ministry coordinators; however, full-time clergy in 2009 averaged $20.65 hourly or $42,950 annually.
- National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry: Sample Youth Ministry Coordinator Job Description
- Adventist Family Ministries: Local Church Family Ministries Coordinator Job Description
- Children’s Ministries: The Ministry of Children’s Ministries Coordinator
- Ginghamsburg Church: Ginghamsburg Church Children’s Ministry Coordinator Job Description
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