– GERMANTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Summary The Children’s Ministry Director of Germantown United Methodist Church oversees all aspects of Children’s Ministry for GUMC which includes events and activities serving approximately 170 children ages 0-5th grade each week. The Children’s Ministry Director manages a staff of two part-time employees and oversees a weekly volunteer staff of 35. The Children’s Ministry Director works collaboratively with Clergy, Staff and Lay Committees to build a safe, supportive, inspiring environment and a continuity of programming that supports the spiritual growth of children at GUMC.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
– Coordinate, promote, and manage all aspects of the Children’s Ministry of GUMC, including, but not limited to nursery, Sunday School, Summer VBS, and other special programs and events.
– Lead, manage and supervise all Children’s Ministry staff and volunteers, including two part-time Children’s Ministry staff positions.
– Strategically plan and set goals for the Children’s Ministry of GUMC in conjunction with the Children’s Council and clergy.
– Develop and oversee the budget for Children’s Ministries.
– Continually re-evaluate the needs of our children and their families to determine and implement new and innovative age-appropriate activities.
– Ensure adherence to GUMC’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.
– Promote Children’s Ministries and share the vision for Children’s Ministries within the church.
– Meet regularly with the Associate Pastor having oversight of Children’s Ministry.
– Attend Senior Leadership Team meetings.
Progam Management – Oversee GUMC’s Sunday School program for children in the nursery through fifth grade, including programming, curriculum, supplies, facilities, volunteers, and Safe Sanctuary compliance.
– Plan and oversee Wednesday evening program for children.
– Oversee the planning and coordination and set-up for the Vacation Bible School program and other special events such as Third Grade Bible Retreat, Fall Festival, Advent Workshop, Milk and Muffins with Santa, and Easter Egg Hunt, which may include moving tables, hanging decorations, carrying and/or lifting materials, walking or participating in other physical activities.
– Plan missions events and opportunities for children and families.
– Select, evaluate, create, and monitor overall curriculum.
– Ensure the availability of adequate supplies for Children’s Ministry programs and activities.
– Teach/lead sessions and provide direct supervision and care to children in the program as needed.
Communication – Responsible for all communication of children’s programs, events, and responsibilities to parents, children, staff, and volunteers.
– Communicate the vision and purpose of children’s ministry to the church family.
Volunteer Recruitment – Recruit and connect volunteers to areas of Children’s Ministries that fit their individual passion and giftedness.
– Organize training and planning sessions for Children’s Ministry employees and volunteers.
– Effectively liaise and leverage Children’s Council and other lay advisory groups.
Other Duties as Assigned
Education and Experience Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent), preferably in Childhood Education or Child Development, plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching/managing in organized Children’s Christian Education, Elementary Education, or Child Care. Experience in a leadership role strongly preferred.
Experience in the design and selection of age-appropriate curriculum.
Experience in a multi-age group environment preferred.
Experience in planning, coordinating all logistics for and managing special events.
Experience in the recruiting, training, leading, inspiring, and encouraging of volunteers.
Competencies, Working Skills and Attributes
Ongoing commitment to Jesus Christ.
Understanding of and alignment with United Methodist theology and beliefs.
Passion for congregational ministry with particular strengths in working with children, families, and volunteers.
Proven ability to inspire children in both large and small groups.
Must be an encourager to parents with children 0 years – 5th grade.
Possess knowledge of child development, including children with special needs.
Possess an understanding of a child’s faith development process.
Emotional and spiritual maturity.
Solid time management skills and organizational abilities; ability to coordinate several activities at once and to quickly analyze and resolve specific problems.
Computer proficiency: Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, Social Media.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from parents, staff, and congregation.
Proven ability to communicate and establish effective working relationships with people, conveying a genuine concern for their needs and a desire to provide exceptional service.
Able to work efficiently and effectively in team situations and to build strong teams.
Should be detail oriented, flexible, and decisive with the ability to organize and coordinate work, set priorities, meet deadlines, and adapt to a variety of changing events, schedules, and priorities.
Self-motivated and enthusiastic team player.
Basic health and fitness level required: Must have the ability to lift 40 pounds, move quickly to keep pace with toddlers, remain alert and energetic for 8 hours or more.
Work Schedule This is a full-time exempt professional position. For full-time program staff of GUMC, Sunday is a work day, with Saturday and one additional week day (day is negotiable) being days off. Wednesday night work is expected.
Reporting Structure This position reports to the Executive Minister.
For further details please contact Rev. Brad Gabriel at or 901.754.7216