Children and Youth Ministry Director
Oversees the ministry that seeks to help students from kindergarten to college age to make steps toward deeper maturity in Christ so that as they graduate the program they are prepared for adult discipleship in whatever context they may encounter. As part of fulfilling the Great Commission in Matthew 28, the director will, with the help of the people of this church, build a sustainable Children and Youth Ministry that makes disciples and disciple-makers for the transformation of the world.
For this document, children is defined as students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Youth is students 7th grade up to 12th grade. College age are students in college or had graduated from high school in last 4 years.
Reports to the Senior Pastor for spiritual and ministry guidance. The Staff Parish Relations Committee provides an annual evaluation on performance, as all staff are evaluated. Much adhere to United Methodist policy and doctrine. Required to submit a budget to the finance committee annually.
Position is a part-time position with an expectation of 20 hours per week commitment. Director is responsible for balancing time expended to average 20 hours, but adjusting other weeks to balance. Benefits offered include continuing education funds, travel expenses, and budget for the ministry.
Must embrace United Methodist doctrine and theology
A bachelor’s degree in a related field
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, conflict management skills, and fluent in current technology used by youth
Must possess a proven ability to work effectively with children and youth, diverse individuals, and teams of volunteers
Descriptions and Responsibilities
A program that engages a growing number of students weekly in some aspect of the church.
Planning and promotion of all major events and weekly programming has taken place in such a way that the targeted number participate.
The Children and Youth Ministry Director knows the names of every child and parent in the student directory.
Inactive students or parents have been contacted personally by email or phone.
Ensure a member of the Children and Youth Ministry team has contacted each student in the student directory at least quarterly.
Ensure a member of the Children and Youth Ministry team (those in organizational chart above) has made face-to-face contact with everyone in the student directory at least once a year.
Ensure at least one member of the Children and Youth Ministry team or director is visible at student events once a month during the school year and volunteer leaders have been invited to accompany those visits.
Verify all child protection and safe sanctuary processes, including background checks, are completed per policy.
Serves as a liaison between the church and other community organizations, people, and resources related to children and youth.
Discipleship Development Specific
Determine intentional faith development path to be used (potential done with help of committee for this purpose)
Select material and order
Determine how the structure of Children and Youth Ministry model enables for faith development
Train small group leaders on intentional faith development path
Engage and train confirmation mentors, when appropriate
As number of children grow, position has potential to become full-time.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Rev. Teresa Poole, firstname.lastname@example.org