Crossroads Community Church - (Central) Children's Ministry Pastor

  • NextGen
  • Freeport, United States

Crossroads Community Church - (Central) Children's Ministry Pastor

Job description

On the cutting edge of ministry being done as “one church in multiple locations,” Crossroads currently has seven campuses in the Northern Illinois-Southern Wisconsin area and they are passionate about working together in reaching and serving people who live in a rural context with the message of the Gospel. Currently Crossroads averages a combined total attendance of approximately 2200 in these services. The Freeport Campus serves as the "Central" Campus. The campuses span as far west as Galena and east to Sycamore. The furthest south campus is in Morrison, IL and CCC has a campus as far north as Monroe, WI.

Crossroads Church believes God has called them to help bring transformation to rural communities for the cause of Christ. They are a Spirit-filled, non-denominational church and are progressive in their worship and methodology, while conservative in theology. They trust that God has a deep and lasting work to do in all people, and want to see the fruit of that in their impact on the communities and people that surround them.

Crossroads is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. They have been at their current location in Freeport since 1983 and have had five lead pastors serve over the past 50 years. The church was founded with a vision to serve and reach their community. This vision is foundational to why they decided to move to multi-site beginning in 2004. They had people driving from neighboring communities sometimes 45 minutes or more to be a part of what God was doing in Freeport. They currently have people from over 100 communities who regularly attend their seven campuses. The seven campuses and their start dates are: Freeport (1969), Polo (2004), Galena (2006), Monroe (2006), Morrison (2009), Winnebago (2011) and Sycamore (2012).

Crossroads Children's Ministries (Kidzlink) seek to create engaging environments for those in the nursery through fifth grade.


Trained staff care for the children in a loving, secure environment.

The nursery serves those from birth to 35 months old.


Each week is fun-filled with crafts, snacks, game time, and a Kidzlink service in the “Totatorium” where kids learn Biblical truths and even memorize Scripture.

Kidzlink Jr. serves those 3 years old through Kindergarten.


After check-in, kids report to their designated game room where the fun begins. Ten minutes into the service time, they are transferred to the Small Auditorium where they experience a complete service, including praise and worship, teaching time, small groups, and wacky games.

Kidzlink serves those in first through fifth grade.


Kidzlink is currently using (and adapting) the Orange curriculum. Each campus has a Kidzlink Champion (Director) who works with the volunteer teams at their respective campus.




Working under the leadership of the lead pastor and partnering with campus pastors and campus Kidzlink champions to fulfill the vision of Kidzlink as it relates to ministry at Crossroads Community Church. This will include preparing curriculum and training, traveling to and supporting campuses including onsite weekend service training in lesson leading, worship, tech, nursery, coordinating, registration, volunteer recruitment and retention, vision casting, and Kidzlink DNA. (How a campus should look and feel, specializing in Kidzlink Elementary, Kidzlink Jr. and Nursery.)

Reports to: Lead Pastor and Central Executive Administrator


  • Is growing and has an authentic Christian walk that serves as a good role model to staff, children and parents
  • Is a visionary and self-motivated
  • Is committed to excellence in ministry and programming
  • Has passion for people and reaching the lost for Christ
  • Excellent leadership skills with demonstrated abilities to resolve diverse problems, to understand the importance of structure, organization, and to complete critical tasks in a timely manner
  • Experience or ability to supervise staff (hire, train, assign work, motivate and manage performance)
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Campus Pastors and Kidzlink Champions
  • Ability to develop and give oral presentations to both large and small groups
  • Demonstrated flexibility and excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize work and function independently completing a high volume of work and variety of tasks accurately and with close attention to detail under pressure of deadlines with frequent interruptions or distractions
  • Is a self-starter that has the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines


  • General Leadership
  • Setting and implementing yearly and quarterly goals for the ministry
  • Collaborating with Campus Pastors and Kidzlink Champions to set goals throughout the year
  • Preparing the Kidzlink annual budget for the Network and collaborating with campus pastors on budgets for their campuses
  • Overseeing the launch of Kidzlink at new campuses and partnering on the weekend with campuses that need support or additional training
  • School of Ministry
  • Mentor and train students to lead Kidzlink during weekend services
  • Partner with School of Ministry staff to develop leaders that are equipped to serve and lead
  • Training & Volunteer Development
  • Onboarding for new campus pastors
  • Training new Kidzlink champions as new team members join the team
  • Updating and implementing online leader training as needed and posting on Vimeo for use
  • Providing on-sight training during ministry service times as requested by the champion or campus pastor
  • Visiting campuses throughout the year to ensure that the DNA of Kidzlink is solid and alignment is in order
  • Weekend Ministry
  • Joining campuses during weekend services, more specifically the Freeport Campus, to minister to kids and evaluate the effectiveness of ministry
  • Assisting campuses in ministry as they add additional services, transition campus pastors or campus champions
  • Communication and Meetings
  • Assembling and sending out weekly debriefs to champions for weekend ministry review
  • Evaluating those debriefs and touching base with campus pastors and champions when needed
  • Assembling a weekly pillar report that provides details of ministry for each campus and the collaboration between pillar and campus pastor or champion that occurred throughout the week
  • Calling campus pastors or champions throughout the week when needed
  • Leading and participating in weekly, monthly, and quarterly meetings. This would include meetings with the campus pastors, fellow pillars, campus champions and All Staff
  • Branding
  • Partnering with the graphic designer to design logos and Kidzlink graphics
  • Ordering t-shirts, signage, banners, and promotional invites or materials when needed for campuses
  • Camp and Outreach
  • Partnering with Village Creek Bible Camp to offer a week-long camp experience for our 3rd through 5thgraders
  • Collaborating with the champions to provide opportunities for Kidzlink kids to give of their time or resources