Minister of Faith Formation and Mission

Emmaus United Church of Christ is an open and affirming congregation, 125 members strong, located in Vienna, VA. We are a vibrant, growing congregation of families and singles, in all stages of life, many of whom are working in positions of great responsibility or have served distinguished careers at home and abroad.  We come from various faith traditions and appreciate the many ways we study Christ’s influence, both historically, and through his relevance to our daily lives.

Emmaus United Church of Christ is seeking an energetic, passionate person to provide Christian educational and spiritual growth experiences to children and adults.  He or she will also recruit and support volunteer teachers and assistants, and encourage family members in the ministry of educating their children. The Minister of Faith Formation and Mission will work with key lay leaders to vision and execute our mission programs, engaging all ages in deepening their understanding of the church's call to care for "the least of these." Faith formation and mission are an integral part of our church identity. The Minister of Faith Formation and Mission, working with the Senior Minister, will participate in planning, leadership, preaching and integrating our children into community worship.

We maintain an average weekly worship of 70 adults and 35-40 children. We will hold a second Vacation Bible School week and our middle and high school youth are looking forward to a week-long international mission trip this  summer. The congregation is looking forward to our third all-church weekend retreat this fall. Our adult faith formation leaders have greatly expanded our adult education programming and are committed to caring for those in need, along with many ongoing mission activities. Emmaus hosts an annual Hunger Action month filled with intergenerational activities and teaching moments. Monthly, we gather for intergenerational worship and are exploring new creative ideas to engage all ages in the worship of our Creator.


1. Faith Formation

  • Work closely with the Senior Minister and the Faith Formation Lead to develop long-range goals and short-term objectives for ongoing, age-appropriate faith formation programming opportunities for all.

  • Become familiar with our curriculum, Spark House Digital, in order to answer questions and give guidance and suggestions to our teachers.

  • Recruit, train, schedule, equip and support volunteers to lead the Sunday school ministry.  Oversee training and supervision of Nursery staff.

  • Work with Youth Group volunteer teachers to plan and implement programs for youth study, fellowship, and mission trips.

  • Coordinate occasional nursery and childcare events for meetings or adult programing.

2.  Intergenerational Worship

  • Provide theological support and guidance to Faith Formation Leaders and volunteers.

  • Teach Adult Education 6-12 times annually.

  • Work with the Senior Minister, to envision and develop monthly intergenerational worship services, and coordinate the involvement of youth in worship services.

3.  Mission

  • Work with the Senior Minister and lay leadership to implement Emmaus’ vision for mission services across all ages.

  • Represent the Senior Minister and congregation at community functions when necessary.

4.   Administration

  • Be present at Sunday morning worship and Sunday school to guide families, children, and church members.  Gather information from visiting families about children’s names, ages, and possible allergies, among other information that may be useful in carrying out faith formation activities.

  • Ensure that registration forms and attendance records are accurate and up-to-date, maintained in the church office and available to the Church Administrator and Senior Minister.

  • Order, distribute, and guide the effective use of the curriculum materials, equipment, and supplies.

  • Provide regular communication to the congregation through weekly messages sent by the Church Administrator.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Divinity or similar degree.

  • Experience in leading Christian Education activities, including recruiting, training and supporting volunteers.

  • Demonstrated experience leading project-based mission activities.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all age groups.

  • Ability to work successfully as part of a ministry team with other staff and lay volunteers.

CLASSIFICATION:      Salaried Part-time based on Central Atlantic Conference Guidelines

SCHEDULE             20 Hours per week including special events/Youth Activities (mutually agreed dates)
REPORT                      Senior Minister

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume and cover letter including details of your interest and information about your theology and church experience to Carmen Sánchez,