Children and Youth Director

February 14, 2023

Position Status: Part-time; Approximate 20 – 25 hours per week
Salary: $20,000 - $30,000 based on experience, education, and ordination status
Job Summary: Responsible for Children's and Youth Ministries

General Qualifications:

  • Professing Christian in a growing relationship with Christ
  • Sets an example and serves as a role model in personal life
  • A call to ministry in and spiritual gifts relevant to ministry in the areas of Children's and Youth Ministries
  • Committed to continued personal, spiritual, and educational growth
  • Pray for staff and families of SFUMC
  • Cooperate fully with Senior Pastor and church leaders for the good of the church
  • Work closely with relevant ministry teams:  Church Council, Children's and Youth Ministry Team, Preschool Board
  • Attend staff meetings in accordance with the direction of the Senior Pastor
  • Communicate regularly with the Senior Pastor, relevant ministry teams, and congregation on ministry plans and policies
  • Demonstrate willingness and flexibility to work in other ministry areas as needed
  • Maintain regular office hours and times of availability to the congregation 1–2 days/week
  • Support the vision and mission of SFUMC
  • Comply with SFUMC's Safe Sanctuary policies
Specific Qualifications:
  • Specific skills in administration, communication, training, volunteer recruitment, and organization
  • Prefer specialization and experience in children and/or youth ministry,  
  • Ideal candidate is licensed, commissioned, or ordained in the United Methodist Church
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Recruit volunteers for children's and youth ministries
  • Recruit and screen all volunteer staff utilizing the guidelines of the Safe Sanctuary policy
  • Teach, train, and equip all volunteer staff for children's and youth ministry
  • Plan, develop, and provide resources for volunteers for Christian Education for children and youth, including
    • Children's and Youth Sunday School classes
    • Children's Moments during worship time
    • Nursery
    • Youth Bible studies
    • Lead youth activities including Sunday night programming and other youth events
    • Maintain regular communication with youth and parents using text messages, newsletter, social media, e-mails, flyers, announcements, etc.
  • Participate in outreach ministry to the youth of the church, both those who regularly participate in youth activities and those who don’t, and including youth visitors for worship.
  • Oversee planning meetings with youth and adult/parent volunteers
  • Oversee other special spiritual formation and education experiences such as confirmation, retreats, or mission and outreach experiences
  • Coordinate and supervise special programs or events throughout the year for children and youth such as:
    • Vacation Bible School
    • Easter Egg Hunt
    • Fall Festival or Trunk or Treat
    • Breakfast in Bethlehem
  • Plan and coordinate special fundraisers as needed
  • Prepare a proposed annual Children's and Youth Ministry budget and manage expenses according to the approved church budget for children's and youth ministries.
  • Maintain contact with Scout troop and encourage the congregation’s involvement in scout programs and activities
  • Serve as a liaison to Project Transformation interns, children, and families for our summer day camp ministry
  • Assist with other pastoral duties as needed under the direction of the Senior Pastor

Organization: Smyrna First United Methodist Church

Address: 300 Sam Hager Street Smyrna TN 37167

Phone: 615-459-2826

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