Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
First United Methodist Church- Clarksburg, WV
The Director of Children’s, Youth and Family Ministries will develop, plan and guide ministry for persons ages birth through young adulthood. Our church is looking for someone who has a passion to develop and grow creative, vibrant and meaningful ministry opportunities for children, youth and families that honors God by making faithful disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
•Displays a love for and belief in Jesus Christ
•Demonstrates success in growing and sustaining children’s and youth ministries and involving adults in ministry with children and youth
•Has the ability to work independently under minimal supervision
•A demonstrated passion and commitment to the spiritual growth of children in partnership with their families
•Considers this position a ministry calling and not a job
•Possesses strong organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to exercise vision, creativity and initiative
•Highly motivated and self-directed team player who loves and enjoys working with people of all ages
•Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate, inspire, equip and encourage layperson teams
•Strong ability to partner with parents and engage parent involvement in ministry; understands that connecting with parents & adult servants is the most crucial part of the role.
•United Methodist background is not required, but must be supportive of the standards, theology and policy of First United Methodist Church, as well as the larger United Methodist Church
•Fostering safe, inviting and engaging ministry environments for children, youth and adults year-round on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights and other times when programming and/or ministry occurs while:
•Recruiting, training, equipping, and nurturing those who teach and/or lead others in discipleship formation, all of whom will follow Safe Sanctuaries policies.
•Evaluating and selecting curriculum in concert with FUMC leadership that promotes key values such as biblical literacy, community, mission, evangelism, inclusivity, outreach, service and love/care of God and neighbor.
•Overseeing the coordination of small group ministry, Sunday school, Wednesday night programming, Vacation Bible School (VBS), the youth mission trip and other discipleship opportunities that arise.
•Welcoming, following up with, connecting and resourcing families new to or already affiliated with FUMC.
•Support and partner with parents in the spiritual formation of their children, training and equipping them to have discussions with and to teach their children about God’s love for them, what it means to be a follower of Christ, and what it means to be part of a community of faith
•Coordinating outreach opportunities for people of all ages that follow the Triad approach and strive to increase discipleship in ways that include but are not limited to:
-Fun outings, projects, or offerings (all-church, specific to life stage, etc.)
-Promoting United Methodist opportunities, mission and church camps.
-Engaging children, youth and families in service to God and neighbor within the church, the larger community and beyond.
-Coordinating and leading youth mission trips (along with the execution of one major fundraising event for the mission trip per year).
-Preparing weekly Children’s Time messages for children and creating/updating/maintaining intentional practices and tools for children to use that enable them to engage wholeheartedly in worship.
-Coordinating and scheduling nursery attendants and/or volunteers for church events and worship services; and overseeing the nursery environment, supplies and curriculum, when applicable.
-Advocating for children and youth so as to encourage spiritual growth at home and in the life of the church.
-Regularly meeting, brainstorming and planning with ministry teams specific to children’s, youth and family ministries.
-Participating in weekly staff meetings and check-ins with the pastor.
-Maintaining ministry files and all documentation pertaining to all children, youth and the volunteers who work with them.
-Advertising, communicating and promoting children, youth and family ministry offerings to the congregation and larger community through a variety of mediums including social media.
-Preparing and following an annual budget for Children, Youth and Family Ministries, along with maintaining and ordering supplies and equipment for ministry use.
-Adhering to the policies and procedures outlined in the church’s Employee Handbook and publicly support the pastor, staff and mission of the church.
-Fulfilling additional duties as assigned.
•Ongoing numeric and programmatic growth of children, youth, families and adult volunteers in ministry.
•Increased numbers of FUMC attendees engaged in active discipleship.
•Multiplication of ministry opportunities and subsequent participation fostering accountability, discipleship, outreach, relational care, and mission.
•Increase presence in the community through community service projects
Start Date: Immediately
Compensation: commensurate with experience, ranging from $35,000 to $45,000, with benefits
To apply: Send letter of interest and resume with references to:
Susan Wilmerink, Chair SPRC
First United Methodist Church
117 N. 2nd Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Location/Region: Clarksburg, WV