Children’s Ministries Coordinator


Gadsden First United Methodist Church Job Description Job Title: Children’s Ministries Coordinator Reports To: Associate Pastor / Senior Pastor / Staff Parish Relations Committee Position Status: Part – Time Hours: Part-time Position 20 hours per week Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 1 pm – 5 pm (8 hours / adjusted for weekly staff meetings) Wednesday Night: 5 pm – 9PM (4 hours) Sunday: 8 am - Noon (4 hours) Scope of the Position: Responsible for assuring that children are considered and included within the life of the congregation. The coordinator will lead the children’s Ministry Advisory Council, when organized, and will work closely with clergy and other program-related staff. The coordinator will vision, plan, and advocate for children, particularly in the areas of faith development, safety, and discipleship. The coordinator will work with other leaders in the congregation to assure that policies and procedures are in place to help keep all children and the adults who care for and work with them safe.” These policies and procedures include such things as background checks, having at least two adults per group, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid training. “The coordinator will also advocate for mission education for children, including The United Methodist Children’s Fund for Christian Mission” (Discipline, ¶ 256.2a). Purpose: Coordinate GFUMC Children’s Ministries to include a wide range of programs including worship, study, fellowship and service programs. Job Responsibilities and Duties: 1. The coordinator of children’s ministries will be attentive to the hopes, concerns, and needs of children in our community to determine how our congregation might serve them and their families and how they might serve one another as Christian disciples and good neighbors. 2. The coordinator will be familiar with the congregation’s overall goals and how they are achieved through the congregation’s ministry with children and their families. 3. The coordinator will advocate for including children in all aspects of ministry of the congregation. The coordinator will raise congregational awareness of children’s needs and contributions in the community and the world. 4. The coordinator will liaison with organizations, people, and resources in the community that relate to children and seek to connect our congregation with the community for a strong program. 5. The coordinator will develop a Children’s Ministry Advisory Council consisting of the Associate Pastor, and several members (parents) to schedule, plan, and resource children ministry activities. Develop and train a group of volunteer leaders to support programs for Wednesday night activities, Sunday Children’s Church, Cherub Choir, and the Children’s Sunday School Program. 6. The coordinator will guide the work of the Children’s Ministry Advisory Council throughout the year, including planning its agendas, and presiding at its meetings, scheduling, planning and resourcing Children’s Ministries Activities. (i.e. Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, Fall Fest and Children’s Christmas Programs) 7. The Coordinator will keep parents, volunteers, Children’s Ministry Advisory Council, church staff and the entire church congregation by providing content and when necessary developing and publishing social media, updates for the weekly church bulletin, and communicating publicly and privately to the church and community on an on-going basis. 8. The Coordinator will supervise a Nursery coordinator to insure adequate nursery coverage for appropriate church activities. Minimum Requirement/Spiritual Gifts and Qualification: a. Have a vibrant and growing commitment to Jesus Christ and can communicate that faith effectively to others. b. Exhibit an enthusiasm for ministry with children and families, and the role the congregation can play in the development of both. c. Be knowledgeable and supportive with United Methodist Wesleyan Theology. d. Exhibit strong organizational, management and leadership skills. e. Communicate effectively with individuals as well as with large groups of all ages f. Work well with teams. g. Demonstrate familiarity with social media platforms to enhance ministry. h. Thrive in the ever-changing needs and environment of a growing and vibrant congregation. Minimum Job Requirements: a. Successfully pass and complete Safe Sanctuary training and all other required background checks. b. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Early Childhood or Elementary Education, Theology or other ministry-related field. c. Three or more years (preferred) of experience in a leadership role in children and/or Children Ministries. Performance Evaluation: Upon employment, the first six months are considered probationary. Salary and performance will be reviewed by the Staff Parish Relations Committee on an annual basis. Any difficulties or challenges are to be brought first to the Associate Pastor and then the Senior Pastor’s attention for assistance; triumphs and accomplishments are to be shared with Senior Pastor and fellow staff for celebration. With sufficient cause, failure to adhere to the responsibilities outlined may result in immediate termination. Contact: Associate Pastor Andy Yarnell Address: Gadsden First United Methodist 115 S. 5th St. Gadsden, Al, 35901 Phone: (256) 543-8200 Email:

Contact: Andrew Yarnell

Address: 115 S 5th St. Gadsden AL 35901

Phone: 256-543-8200


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