JRKids Pastoral Assistant


Job Summary

To work closely with the Family Ministries Director in the oversight of JRKids Ministries. Assist with teaching, production, media, and project management.  Strategic part of curriculum and event planning concerning both areas.  Assist the Family Ministries Director in other events and areas as assigned.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

Large Group Prep

  • Contributes with planning and coordinating elements for executing large group ministry.
  • Be familiar with building and maintaining pro-presenter schedules for Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Prepare props, costumes, illustrations, supplies needed to execute large group ministry.
  • Serve as a member of the curriculum team developing ongoing curriculum for James River Kids.
  • As a part of the team – assist with maintaining front of house, backstage areas, prop room is kept clean and organized.


Online and Video Preparation

  • Assist team by preparing needed props, costumes, supplies for video elements
  • Coordinate schedules and individuals needed for video shoots as required.
  • Be familiar with the necessary upkeep and use of video and lighting equipment
  • Maintain a neat and organized production room for Elementary.


Service Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of JRKids Leadership – be able to provide clear direction to Dream team as needed in an assigned venue.
  • While with the Director, pastoral assistant will keep detailed notes and send follow-up to other individuals on team as necessary.
  • Be able to effectively communicate to kids in venues. This role may at times be required lead at any of the 4 physical JRC Campuses.



  • Assist in managing curriculum flow and responsibilities
  • Ensure timeline and deadlines are being met for all areas needed for curriculum


Projects and Events

  • Throughout the course of the year, the Pastoral Assistant will assist the Director in church events that fall outside normal Sunday/Wednesday programming. These events would include but are not limited to:
    • CAMPS
  • Be able to acquire necessary supplies and resources for projects/events.
  • Recruit teams as needed to help carry out necessary tasks and building projects involved with events.


Ministry Related Meetings and Workdays:

  • Responsible to attend all scheduled staff meetings
  • Scheduled Family Night meetings
  • Scheduled Event Workdays
  • Event staff planning meetings/vision days
  • Take detailed notes in all meetings and follow up with the Director on tasks assigned to team and follow-up needed by leadership
  • Build a weekly report gathering information from all campuses


Job Requirements

  • A daily walk with Christ and an attitude and lifestyle that reflects this walk.
  • A heart to serve God and people.
  • A willingness to serve wherever and whenever the need arises, regardless if it’s in your job description or even department.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • An ability to learn and execute technical and production elements involved in the chapel and event ministries.
  • Flexibility to make small or large changes in procedures, services, position or other areas of ministry.
  • Creativity to help create an atmosphere in James River Kids that will help kids experience God in a way they’ll never forget.

Code of Conduct & Character

James River Church is Pastor-led and staff driven with board oversight. James River Church staff are expected and considered to share in the responsibility of practicing and propagating the Christian gospel message and upholding the doctrine of the Church (the employer), as stated on our website and in our Bylaws. As leaders and ministers of the gospel, staff therefore agree to the following:

  1. Develop and maintain a close personal walk with the Lord including:
    • Daily devotional time with Lord.
    • Daily dependence on the empowerment of the Spirit.
  2. Develop a strong marriage and family life. This includes:
    • Communicating and sharing with your spouse.
    • Spending time together on days off and when extra time is available.
  3. Keep personal finances in order with no delinquencies.
  4. Attend all regularly scheduled services in the church. Special services and functions will be required as deemed necessary by the Lead Pastor.
  5. Maintain a high level of personal integrity, honesty and confidentiality in dealing both with the staff and congregation.
  6. Maintain a Christian outlook and attitude at all times.
  7. Maintain loyalty to the staff and church, actively promoting unity within the church.

Heart Behind All We Do


Smile at EVERYONE you encounter!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Phil 4:4 (NIV)
“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Ps 16:11 (ESV)

Be enthusiastic about your role, about the church, & about what God is doing in your life and in the church.
“Zeal for your house has consumed me…” Ps 69:9 (ESV)
“I was overjoyed when they said, ‘Let’s go up to the house of the Lord.’” Ps 122:1 (TPT)

Be encouraging with your countenance, with your words, and with your actions to the team and to everyone you connect with as you serve!
“So encourage each other and build each other up…” 1 Thess 5:11 (NLT)
“…Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.” 1 Thess 5:15 (MSG)

Show compassion & represent the love of Jesus!
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7 (NLT)
“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” Jn 13:34 (NLT)

How can we help you with what you need? If needed, connect the individual to someone who can help.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Pt 4:10 (NLT)
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mt 20:28 (NLT)
“…Through love serve and seek the best for one another.” Ga 5:13 (AMP)

Commitment to Ministry


By submitting my application for this position, I confirm I have read and accept the above Job Description/Code of Conduct and believe God has called me to serve in this capacity.

Have Questions? Contact Human Resources at humanresources@jamesriver.church