Website Walnut Grove UMC
Walnut Grove United Methodist Church Job Description
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Overview: This position works under the supervision of the Senior Pastor. Walnut Grove UMC is a vibrant congregation seeking to empower laity in their faith journeys. Walnut Grove UMC is a joyful and active United Methodist Church seeking to love God and neighbor with a focus on disciple-making and missional outreach. The Director of Children and Youth Ministries prioritizes discipleship opportunities by focusing on spiritual growth and formation with children from birth to 5th grade and youth from 6th-12th grades along with their respective families. The Director of Youth and Children will be part of the church ministry staff team, supporting as well as encouraging laity and staff in ministry together. The church is open to a full-time or part-time position.
Qualifications: The director is primarily a leader, organizer, trainer, and resource person for the congregation’s children, youth, families, and leaders.
As a leader, the director must be mature, a good listener, intrinsically motivated, have good boundaries, and time management skills. The director should work well with others, to empower and enlist volunteers with a collaborative and forward thinking spirit.
As an organizer, the director needs excellent administrative and communication skills. The director should communicate effectively and intentionally using a variety of methods to ensure awareness and ease for families.
As a trainer, the director should have an understanding of children and youth ministry, be a constant learner to best equip volunteers, and have a growth mindset with a willingness to learn and try new approaches when needed.
As a resource person, the director should be familiar with United Methodist resources, encourage conference and district ministries, and use materials that are in keeping with United Methodist doctrinal standards.
Key Responsibilities and Duties:
o Develop and assess age level programming from infants to high schoolers.
o Coordinate with the Sunday school superintendent when needs arise for Sunday school. Serve as a substitute for teachers when/if there is a need.
o Oversee and plan Kids Krew (our weekly children’s ministry). Lead and use volunteers when needed for snacks, crafts, and games. Work with the Director of Music when preparing special programs (i.e. Christmas, Easter, etc.). Plan occasional social and missional opportunities to enhance community among kids and parents in the Kids Krew Community. Seek to grow Kids Krew with more children and families as opportunities arise with excellent communication skills and advertising.
o Oversee and plan UMYF (youth ministry) weekly gatherings and annual trips including Pilgrimage (a yearly trip with NC Conference youth), winter retreat, and a summer mission trip. The director is responsible for planning these events with leadership and attendance being essential. This may include fundraising duties if necessary. The director plans social gatherings and other missional opportunities throughout the year.
o Encourage children and youth throughout the year. Build relationships with children, youth, and their families. Learn their gifts, strengths, and callings. Motivate children and youth to serve in the church and community. Attend sports events or musical concerts of our youth when possible. Pray with youth and offer resources to strengthen children and youth in their daily walks with Christ.
o Safe Sanctuaries: Work to have safe sanctuary policies implemented across all ministry areas of the church. Keep current records of volunteers in keeping with our safe sanctuary policy. Update policy as needed.
o Empower new volunteers for ministry. Work with laity to discern gifts for serving of all ages (children through adulthood) to assist in children and youth ministries.
o Plan Vacation Bible School and other activities such as Camp Chestnut Ridge Traveling Day Camp well in advance. Enlist volunteers, organize snacks, and ensure parents are well informed of summer plans and schedules far in advance of events.
o Organize all children and youth activities well in advance.
o Develop a marketing strategy to share events and ministry opportunities in a variety of ways including online (Facebook and church website), interior and exterior signage, and community signage.
o Work with our administrative assistant on the weekly newsletter when needed to promote ministry opportunities and write an article for our Nutshell (name of newsletter) in a rotation with other staff.
o Support Duke Divinity school interns when needed in a collaborative effort when part of the ministerial team.
o Attend staff meetings and maintain a supportive and respectful role towards staff. o Annually complete relevant continuing education.
o Honor confidentiality and act in a professional manner.
o Assist the pastor when needed in other areas of ministry.
o Grounded in Christian faith and formation, preferably in the United Methodist Church.
o A strong desire to build the children and youth ministry programs at Walnut Grove UMC.
o Flexible, adaptable, and a collaborative spirit when working with others.
o Excellent relational and communication skills.
o Keen sense of boundaries while maintaining a good work/life balance.
o Faithful example of kindness, respect, patience, and joy with a heart to see others grow while growing personally in a deeper Christian faith.
Education and Experience
o A four year bachelor’s degree at minimum in a related field. Advanced degree desirable.
o Experience with children and youth ministries in a church setting desired.
o Commensurate with education and experience
o Salary will include continuing education monies and mileage reimbursement
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