Director of Children's Ministries

Location
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Posted
Oct 07, 2020
Closes
Nov 06, 2020
Job Function
Education / Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Bachelors
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
Professional

Under the supervision of the senior pastor and in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Church Council and Wesley United Methodist Church, the purpose of the Director of Children’s Ministries is to provide leadership, vision, oversight, and implementation of the children’s ministry for infant through fifth-grade students and to support the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Classification: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt (per Staff-Parish Relations Committee)

Reports To: Senior Pastor

Salary and Benefits: The salary is commensurate with experience and expertise. Benefits for this position include PTO (Paid Time Off) and any applicable benefits as outlined in the Employee Policy Handbook.

Hours: 40 hours +/- per week (schedule may vary)

Purpose: Under the supervision of the senior pastor and in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Church Council and Wesley United Methodist Church, the purpose of the Director of Children’s Ministries is to provide leadership, vision, oversight, and implementation of the children’s ministry for infant through fifth-grade students and to support the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Requirements:  

  • Skills, Attributes, Education, Experience
  • Must feel called by God to serve in children’s ministry
  • Proven experience as a children’s director or relevant role 5 or more years of on the job experience with a Children’s Ministry role that includes a church that has 1000 or more members and an average attendance of 500-600.
  • BA in Ministry or related field, required.
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in directing and supervising children’s activities, lesson plans, trips, service projects, and related endeavors
  • Excellent moral character, dependable, trustworthy, maintains a high level of confidentiality/discretion
  • Self-motivated, strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and meet changing deadlines
  • Superior interpersonal and leadership skills, excellent communicator, friendly, engaging
  • Must work well with other staff members and demonstrate flexibility in all areas of ministry
  • Scheduling flexibility to include evenings and weekends
  • Must demonstrate a capability, willingness, and desire to integrate into the culture of Wesley UMC and actively participate in the life and ministry of the church
  • Must be willing to work in support of the mission and vision of the church
  • Mental – Requires a high degree of mental acuity to plan and execute complex elements of administrative and ministry-related responsibilities, including, but not limited to: focus on organizational tasks; supervise and ensure the safety of children; effectively manage a classroom, student instruction, and activities
  • Physical – Must have the ability to:
  • Lift up to 40lbs
  • Perform walking, standing, forward bending, stooping, crouching (e.g., to navigate the building; conduct activities and events; position/reposition furniture, equipment, staging, etc.)
  • Have mobility to supervise and participate in physically demanding children’s activities, ensure the safety of children
  • Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ascend/Descend stairs (to enter/exit dais, stage, Chancel areas)
  • Manual Dexterity – To participate in physically demanding children’s activities; record written information; operate office, sound, and computer equipment; position/reposition various items as mentioned above
  • Audible Demands – To detect and discern sounds needed to effectively supervise and ensure the safety of children, communicate with others in person and via telephone, receive verbal instructions, manage a classroom and student instruction  
  • Visual Demands – To supervise and ensure the safety of children; examine written communications, instructions, and other documentation; operate equipment as mentioned above; manage a classroom and student instruction 
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    • Environmental – Church environment with lighting and climate control; frequently works in outdoor conditions
    • Maintain knowledge of and compliance with all provisions set forth in the Wesley UMC Employee Policy Handbook, including, but not limited to: policies, rules and regulations, the Safe Sanctuaries Policy, the Code of Conduct, and the Code of Ethics
    • Consent to a criminal background check in compliance with the Wesley UMC Safe Sanctuaries policy and have no record of criminal conduct that would diminish suitability to perform the job

    Responsibilities:

    General

    • Function as the primary staff person relating to infant through fifth-grade students
    • Supervise and direct the work of employees in this area of ministry
    • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers
    • Develop a sense of community between the children and their parents at Wesley and the local community to strengthen their growth and Christian formation
    • Provide timely and accurate information on children’s program schedule to staff; add to the church calendar
    • Communicate with the congregation and parents about children’s activities
    • Attend weekly staff meetings

    Sunday Mornings

     

    • Develop a weekly engaging and relevant program for children infant through fifth grade
    • Plan with the goal of reaching children and families that they may know Christ, grow in their knowledge of Him, and have a chance to serve Him

    Wednesday Afternoons/Evenings

     

    • Develop a weekly engaging and relevant program for children infant through fifth grade during the Wednesday after-school ministry and evening programming
    • Work with the Director of Music Ministries as it relates to Children’s Choirs
    • Plan with the goal of reaching children and families that they may know Christ, grow in their knowledge of Him, and have a chance to serve Him

    Special Trips/Events

     

    • Plan and organize all aspects of special trips/events for children of all ages through fifth grade (e.g., promotion, booking, fundraising, registrations, recruiting leaders, and execution). Trips and events include but are not limited to children’s retreats, mission trips, Eggstravaganza, Roundup, VBS, Children’s Musical, etc.
    • Plan special service projects, social events, and spiritual retreats specifically for older children of “Club 345.”  

    Finances/Fundraising

     

    • Develop and oversee an annual children’s ministry budget in partnership with the Finance Committee
    • As needed, organize and execute fundraisers for general program needs or upcoming children’s events

    Leadership Development

     

    • Recruit adult leaders to serve with children’s programs
  • Strategically meet with these leadership teams to plan events, continually cast the children’s ministry vision, and foster the personal growth and development of each leader
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Cultivate awareness in the community of the children’s ministry