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  • Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministries - Good Shepherd, Knoxville (Part-Time)

    Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd 

    5409 Jacksboro Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918 


    Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministries 

    Job Description 

    The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (“the Church”) recognizes that even the smallest child is already in relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and that children and youth all have deep spiritual gifts given by God. Starting with Godly Play, the Church seeks to set young hearts and minds afire with the mystery, wonder and love of God, respecting each child’s spiritual journey while strengthening them individually and in community so that they become Christ’s hands and heart in the world. The Church is currently seeking an energetic and creative individual to build on the existing program structure and draw children and youth to greater engagement! We are seeking growth! 

    The Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministries is a part-time position supervised by the Rector. The Coordinator works with the Rector, congregational leaders, and church staff to facilitate/lead safe and age-appropriate programming, fellowship, worship, and service opportunities to ensure that children, youth, and their families are engaged in all aspects of parish life. The Coordinator is responsible for development and overseeing the ministries related to children and youth, including but not limited to nursery, Sunday school, youth group, children’s church, Vacation Bible School, and seasonal special events. The Coordinator also works closely with the pastoral staff to ensure that pastoral needs of children, youth and families are met. 


    Specific responsibilities of the Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministries position include, but are not limited to, the following: 

    1. Implementing the tenets of Safeguarding God’s Children’s training curriculum and confirming all volunteers are trained as required. 

    2. Research, develop, and maintain curriculums/materials suitable for different age levels and lead all facets of the Program including Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Confirmation, and Vacation Bible School. 

    3. Develop ways for the children and youth to become further engaged in Sunday services. 

    4. Communicate and coordinate with mission team to ensure that children, youth, and families are involved in Church mission ministries. 

    5. Plan and lead annual retreat for the youth. 

    6. Create, promote, and publicize schedule of children and youth activities to the congregation and the community by utilizing e-News, church website, and display areas within the church. 

    7. Develop and coordinate inter-generational social activities/events. 

    8. Recruit, train, and encourage volunteers to “staff” activities including weekly Sunday School, regular youth activities, Vacation Bible School, and special events (Christmas Pageant, Epiphany celebration, etc.). 

    9. Participate in all staff meetings and other meetings as needed to advocate and coordinate children and youth engagement. 

    10. Communicate and coordinate with other children and youth ministers in Diocese, encouraging participation of children and youth in Diocesan activities as appropriate. 

    11. In collaboration with the Rector, hire, and supervise nursery staff. 

    12. Ongoing evaluation and enhancement of programs to ensure that they are meeting spiritual needs of children. 


    1. Initiate, develop, and maintain a positive relationship with the youth and their families through a variety of activities. 

    2. Warm, loving, Christ-centered spiritual presence. 

    3. Willingness to be active in one’s own spiritual growth. 

    4. Ability to have a good relationship with and relate to people of all ages. 

    5. Ability to research and discern best practices and programs. 

    6. Creativity 

    7. Ability to plan, budget, organize and implement multiple programs and activities. 

    8. Ability to successfully acquire, encourage, and coordinate volunteers 

    9. Energy and stamina. 


    The Coordinator shall submit: 

    1. A monthly report to the Rector and the Vestry Liaison to provide a snapshot of the prior months’ activities 

    2. An annual report to be included as part of the Annual Report to the Congregation by the Vestry. 

    3. Other reports as requested by the Rector, Vestry, or Diocese. 


    Annually, the Rector will meet with the Coordinator for a formal evaluation that will include a process of reflection and assessment of job performance. 


    EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree preferred


    • One-year experience working within a faith-based organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church. 

    • Demonstrated experience in guiding and engaging children, youth and families on their faith journey. 

    • Experience with event planning, budget management, program development and implementation and working with volunteers. 

    • Strong organizational and time management skills. 

    • Ability to identify issues, use discretion, and maintain good boundaries and confidentiality. 

    • Computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications. 

    • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills across an intergenerational community. 

    • Ability to work independently, prioritize, simultaneously manage multiple tasks, and adhere to agreed-upon guidelines. 

    • Ability to adapt to flexible part-time work hours. 

    • Experience growing a religious program. 

    • Maintain own training and coordinate volunteers training of Safeguarding God’s Children. 


    • Ability to pass all background checks and clearances. 

    • Ability and desire to support the mission of the Church and welcome all persons. 

    • Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate with 

    co-workers and stakeholders in person and electronically; to safely engage children and youth where they are 

    • This is an active position that regularly requires walking, standing, stooping, bending, and pushing/pulling. May require lifting of up to 30 lbs. 

    • This position demands flexible work hours including some overnight and infrequent travel. 

    • Free of dependency and abuse of illegal or illicit drugs, alcohol, inhalants, or other chemical substances or controlled substances. 

    TO APPLY: 

    • Submit cover letter, resume, and three work references to with Children/Youth Coordinator in the subject line. 
  • Director of Children's and Youth Ministries - St. Elizabeth's, Knoxville (Part-time)

    St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Farragut is seeking to fill the position of Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries.  We are seeking a candidate who will provide vision and direction in fostering the spiritual development of the children, youth, and families of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, using appropriate resources and volunteers.  In doing so, he/she will be—or will seek to be—well-versed in the Episcopal tradition and will build a program that establishes a foundation of spiritual formation and Christian education in the lives of our children and youth. Candidates should have appropriate skills and experience in organization, teaching, and classroom management for children and youth.  Resumes should be submitted by noon by noon on August 25, 2022 for consideration.  For an online copy of the job description, click here. For a copy of the Position Description and to submit a resume please contact the church office at (865) 675-0450 or

  • Minister for Children and Young Families - Thankful Memorial, Chattanooga (Part-Time)

    Minister for Children & Young Families

    Job Description

    Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church, in the St. Elmo neighborhood of Chattanooga, Tennessee is seeking a part-time Minister for Children & Young Families, beginning May or June 2022.

    Thankful’s current cohort of children ranges in age from 9 months to 11 years and, with more than two dozen children (and growing), makes up roughly a quarter of our congregation. Our young families lead busy lives but are committed to our parish and eager to raise their children in our faith community.

    Our Children’s Ministries program is in the middle of some significant transitions due to changes both in the make-up of our community through the pandemic, with the addition of a number of children and new young families, and in the physical spaces we hope to soon offer to our Thankful kids, with the renovation to the sanctuary undercroft to be begun within the next 3-6 months.

    Thus, the role of our new Minister for Children and Young Families is changing, too, and we are eager to partner with someone who will help us shape our children’s ministry(ies) to suit the congregation we are now and the one we are becoming, as well as the particular needs and strengths of the Minister who is called. There is much in this position that will be negotiable and flexible.

    Thankful’s Minister for Children & Young Families will:

    ● be a lay or ordained person of at least 16 years of age committed to raising up a growing group of Thankful children in the Episcopal faith and tradition and supporting their families and the wider congregation in that work. Expertise or previous experience in children’s education, The Episcopal Church and/or Christian formation is preferred but not required.

    ● be certified in the relevant areas of The Episcopal Church’s Safe Church Training or complete certification within one month of date of hire.

    ● spend 20-25 hours per month in this role.

    ● have some kind of Sunday morning presence or programming for children and/or families for at least half the Sundays of a full year.

    ● work with the Rector, Senior Warden and other staff and lay leaders to imagine, develop and put into action a program/annual routine/ministry plan that makes sense for our current congregation.

    ● meet regularly with the Rector to assess and further develop mutual ministries.

    ● provide an annual report to the Vestry on the status of Thankful’s ministries to children and young families.

    ● engage with parents and others who care for our Thankful kids to discern how Thankful’s community can best support them and invite them into fuller participation in our shared life together.

    ● be adept at use of a wide array of media for communication with our community of young families and the wider congregation.

    The starting stipend for this ⅛-time position is $300 per month, with vacation and other paid time off negotiable.

    Interested candidates are warmly invited to apply. Please send cover letter or email and CV to the Rev. Leyla King, Rector (


    For a PDF of this job posting, click here.

  • Nursery Staff (Non-Daycare, Hourly) - Church of the Ascension, Knoxville

    Job Opening

    Title: Nursery Staff (non-daycare)

    Rate: $12.00 hourly

    Location: The Episcopal Church of the Ascension

    800 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909

    Contact: Rachel Thomas – Director of Children’s Ministries

    Email –

    Phone – 865/585-6469 (call or text)


    Join an enthusiastic team of caregivers at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension!

    *No Episcopal affiliation required*


    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    Assisting with drop off/pick up

    Assisting with toileting and diaper changing needs

    Preparing and overseeing snack

    Leading Bible reading and crafts

    Occasionally acting as a chaperone in older age group classrooms (up to fifth grade)


    Hours include, but are not limited to:

    Sunday morning 830am-1230pm

    One Friday monthly 430-830pm

    Occasional Sunday and Wednesday evenings and special events



    High school diploma or equivalent

    CPR Trained

    Fully Covid-19 vaccinated

  • Nursery Attendant - St. John's, Johnson City (Hourly)

    St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, invites applicants for the position of Nursery Attendant. The position is for approximately two and a half hours on Sunday mornings, from 9:30 am until noon, or until the last child is picked up. For a copy of the position description and to submit a resume please contact the church office at (423) 926-8141 or

  • Child Care Providers (Multiple Openings) - Good Samaritan, Knoxville (Hourly)

    The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan on Cedar Bluff Road is looking to hire 3-4 people to work in their church nursery. The hours are Sundays, 8:15 am -12:15 pm. Our nursery is small; there are typically not many children who need care. There are also occasional opportunities to work during parish dinners, evening services, etc. (Evening work is not a requirement for employment.)  A few housekeeping duties are included in the job. Safeguarding God’s Children training is required and will be offered by the church. Covid protocols will be in place. If you are interested, please contact Ann Backus at