St Luke UMC is prayerfully seeking a Christ-centered, compassionate, high-energy, self-motivated, and a loving leader to serve as Director of Children’s Ministry. Bachelor’s degree and experience in Children’s Ministry is required; Master’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership abilities, excellent interpersonal skills, be a team player, and have the ability to recruit, inspire, develop and empower a team of volunteers.
Position Title: Director of Children’s Ministry
Position Summary: Oversee and manage all aspects of the Children’s Ministry, which includes children from birth through fifth grade, providing a warm, loving atmosphere in which the children can begin to know Jesus Christ through activities such as Sunday School, Children’s Church, Corner Kids programming, Bible Study, season events, St. Luke Summer Camp, and other appropriate areas. Champions the vision of partnering with parents and ensures that the children’s ministries align to the mission to make and grow disciples of Christ.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Manages and leads the Children’s educational ministries (birth through fifth grade), including but not limited to the Children’s Sunday School, Children’s Church, Corner Kids, Sunday night Bible Study, Wednesday night activities, summer ministries with children, seasonal events related to children’s ministry including Christmas programs, Easter programs, mission trips, Vacation Bible School, Advent, Children’s Sunday, Palm Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, St. Luke Summer Camp, etc.
- Coordinates with the staff of the church to partner with parents to develop children into mature disciples of Christ.
- Plans, develops and implements (in consultation with other staff members) confirmation classes which include weekly classes. Other confirmation responsibilities include securing confirmation mentors, and coordinating confirmation breakfast, day retreat and overnight trip to Epworth by the Sea and Savannah.
- Develops curriculum and programming for Sunday School, Children’s Worship, small groups and other children’s ministries.
- Recruits, trains, equips and guides and nurtures children’s Sunday School leaders and volunteers as small group leaders, music and skit ministries, etc.
- Manages and directs full- and part-time children’s ministry staff.
- Responsible for all church nurseries.
- Manages the Children’s Ministry and nurseries adherence to St. Luke Safe Sanctuary and St. Luke Safety and Security policies and procedures.
- Equips and maintains all areas used in children’s ministry with emphasis on hygiene, safety, appearance, and suitability of furnishings and toys.
- Oversees appropriate communication and ministry to parents of children as a way of partnering with families in the spiritual growth of their children.
- Interacts and partners with St. Luke School, ELC and Preschool.
- Coordinates St. Luke Summer Camp, to include recruiting adult counselors, youth counselors, and camper registration. Works out details for the week schedule for overnight camp. Collects registration fees, secures scholarships, develops budget, plans menus, orders food, crafts and supplies, and makes all other arrangements.
- Coordinates gathering and distribution of toys for December 1st Saturday mission outreach.
- Participates in workshops and other opportunities for professional development.
- Develops children’s budget each year in consultation with staff and Church Administrator. Manages monthly expenditures of the children’s area budget to ensure adherence to approved budget.
- Other duties as assigned
Skills/Qualifications: The ideal candidate:
- Has earned a 4-year college degree in a related field
- Possesses a strong and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ and exhibits a Christ-like attitude in words and actions
- Has a heart, passion and love for children
- Is committed to the values and vision of St. Luke UMC to make and grow disciples of Christ
- Enables and empowers others to carry out the work of the Children’s Ministry and is supportive of their efforts
- Relates well to children, Sunday School leaders and parents
- Is team-oriented; able to work with a large team of volunteers
- Has excellent organization skills, including advance planning skills, and written and verbal communication skills