This person will be organized, deeply relational and love engaging children. They will be supported by a children’s ministry team, a church staff ready to support them and a pastor who oversees their work.
The role is approximately 30 hours a week with a competitive salary that acknowledges experience and can grow with the position.
All interested persons should send their resume (including experience) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 27th.
• Oversees all ministries to children from birth to sixth grade
• Works closely with the Children’s Ministry Committee to create and sustain ongoing programs for children: Sunday School, Children’s Church, Nursery, Preteen Ministry, Special Needs, and any others
• Coordinates with SPR in recruiting and hiring staff for programs that require them
• Provides and tracks training for all Children’s program volunteers and employees. Training includes job duties, CPR, Safe Sanctuaries and any other required training
• Recruits and supports volunteers for programs that require them. Tracks adult volunteers to ensure that they have all training, background checks, and other qualifications to work with youth
• Selects or creates curricula for Children’s Ministry programs. Orders and/or shops for any resources needed for Children’s Ministry programs
• Schedules nursery workers for all worship services and any meetings for which they are required
• Communicates with staff, volunteers and parents for all programs using multiple methods, both print and electronic
• Coordinates calendar with the calendars of other programs to prevent conflict. Advises Administrative • Assistant of items that need to be on the main church calendar.
• Oversees special events that involve children; Trunk or Treat, Promotion Sunday, Christmas play, and others
• Coordinates the use and upkeep of classrooms and equipment with Preschool and Trustees
• Visits Sunday School classes and Children’s Church regularly
• Assists Children’s Committee chair in preparing for and leading Children’s Ministry meetings
• Compiles and maintains Sunday School attendance records for children’s grades
• Provides formal and informal recognition of volunteers
• Assists SPR and/or Senior Pastor with feedback on nursery employees
• Proposes annual Children’s Ministry budget; oversees expenditures within the budget
• Recruits Vacation Bible School director, and assists director with planning VBS and recruiting other volunteers
• Manages annual Promotion Sunday/Teacher Recognition
• Contacts children when notified of illness and family concerns
• Other duties as assigned
Skills and Requirements:
• Volunteer Management: strong, proven ability to create and maintain a broad network of adults who are willing to work in Children’s Ministry
• Physical, Emotional, Religious, and Moral Development skills: Understanding of the developmental changes of childhood, and how their relationship to God, the church, and the world change during those transitions
• Educational skills: Familiarity with different teaching techniques and the ability to assess which ones are appropriate in which situations
• Supervisory Skills: Supervises both volunteer Sunday School Teachers and paid staff, nursery workers
• Organizational Skills: Maintains inventory of educational equipment and supplies, manages the needs of multiple volunteers at one time
• Understanding of the Christian faith in the Methodist tradition.
• Teamwork: ability to coordinate his/her work with others on the church staff, meeting his/her own goals while being considerate of the needs of other team members
• Stewardship: Recognition of God’s gifts to us in the form of buildings, equipment, and space that we share with other Christians. Ability to be a responsible steward of those gifts, making sure that they’re both welcoming and well cared-for
• Staff Meetings, usually weekly
• Church Council, usually monthly
• Preschool Board, usually bimonthly
• Children’s Council, usually monthly
• Occasional other meetings as requested
• Sunday Mornings, 8:00-12:30
• Office and activity hours during the week total an average weekly presence of 30 hours per week. Limited work can be done offsite, but a presence is necessary to maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
• Senior Pastor for day-to-day functions and evaluations
• Staff-Parish Relations committee for compensation and personnel issues