First UMC The Colony: Director of Children's Ministries
Date Posted: 10/25/2019
First UMC The Colony, The Colony, TX
The Director of Children’s Ministry will be responsible for leading the congregation to specifically and effectively meet the spiritual needs of children and families. An effective director will encourage all children in the congregation and community to grow in faith as Christian disciples. The director will work with other church and community leaders to address the needs of children so that all God’s children grow in grace. This person needs to be a committed servant-leader who directs the spiritual care of children birth through fifth grade.
Statement of Understanding: First United Methodist Church The Colony is a religious organization. All staff play an important role in conveying the church’s message and carrying out its mission to lead others toward Christian maturity. Staff is expected to be Christians committed to living a life that reflects the Gospel. This means we expect a higher-than-average level of discernment in your behavior, especially your public-facing behavior. Examples include, but are not limited to, posting appropriately in social media (including personal accounts); speaking thoughtfully in any public setting (church, restaurant, workplace, party or other), writing all communications carefully and respectfully, etc. Since it is not possible to include every behavioral item, as a guideline ask the question “Would this behavior or communication be appropriate for any member of the church to be aware of?” When in doubt, err on the side of caution.
Reporting Relationship: Reports to Senior Pastor
- Direct the spiritual life of children in the church and community
- The director will work to plan and implement a comprehensive program for children that includes worship, study, fellowship, service, and other experiences that help children grow in faith
- Lead and direct Sunday school by ensuring there are effective and qualified teachers, curriculum, and resources for every age group
- Lead and direct the church to connect to the wider community through children and family outreach events like Vacation Bible School, Trunk-R-Treat, Easter Egg Hunt, and other special activities
- Responsible for the GRACE Kids program
- Directs the Children’s Ministry team to plan and implement the children’s ministry programs that accomplish the stated goals.
- Recruit, train, and retain volunteers for the Children’s Ministry
- Holds regular Children’s Ministry team meetings and communicates with team members effectively
- The leader will advocate that all children are welcome and expected to be fully engaged in the life of the church
- Enable and empower children to participate in missions and ministries
- Maintaining inventory of supplies and purchasing supplies as needed
- Creates an annual budget, prioritizing the various aspects of Children’s ministry needs, and submits it to the Finance Committee
- Accomplishes administrative tasks in an organized and timely manner
- Attend church, district, and conference training opportunities
- Ensure that all MinistrySafe guidelines are understood and followed within the Children’s Ministry
- Attends staff meetings and Administrative Council meetings as required
- Performs all other related duties as assigned
- Works cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers, and is an effective team member
- This position requires being available and physically present at the church facility on certain days (Sundays, during Children’s ministry meetings, during Administrative Council meetings, Easter, Christmas and other holidays as defined by the Pastor)
- Academic and/or specialized training or at least two years of experience in Children’s ministry, child development or related background
- Ability to build relationships with children, parents, and volunteers of diverse ages and backgrounds
- Familiarity with the theology, traditions, and polity of the United Methodist Church
- College graduate or equivalent preferred.
- Strong organizational skills, strong attention to detail, strong communication skills, ability to maintain confidentiality
Supervisory Responsibility: This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and electronic equipment.
Physical Demands: This role requires a high level of energy in order to work with children.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work: This is a part-time, salaried position (approx. 20-24 hours/week), emphasis placed on meeting the responsibilities assigned to the position and sometimes additional hours are needed to achieve objectives.
Travel: Travel to be part of North Texas UMC Conference Children’s retreats or summer camps at Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center is encouraged.
How to Apply
Send resume to Rev. Adam Young at
Contact Phone: 972-625-1281