Director of Children's Ministry - Douglas FUMC
Our Vision: We are called by God to make Disciples for Jesus Christ, especially with our children, who are a gift from God. We believe God has entrusted to our care these little ones so that we can “train up a child in the way they should go.” Starting with our nursery and going through our older children’s programs we seek to help everyone “come alive together in Christ.” Basic Purpose of Job. The Children’s Director helps plan, organize, and implement a wide range of activities for children, from toddler through tweens. Recruits and trains adult volunteers. Works with church staff and volunteers to help implement the church mission, especially in the children’s area. General Qualifications: Douglas FUMC seeks a person who must demonstrate Christian character and commitment in daily life and the ability to articulate a personal faith journey. This person must have a solid understanding of the foundations of the Christian faith, United Methodist tradition, or is willing to learn, and who has a strong desire to nurture children in the Christian faith. They need an ability to organize programs and activities, and to delegate responsibilities with a minimum of supervision and follow-up. Help develop yearly programs and ministries. Work with parents developing a “team approach” to ministry. Communicate to congregation of upcoming activities and programs. Be open to new and creative ways to work with children. The Children's Director plays a major role in the faith development of all ages within the church, both as a leader and as an example. A two year degree from college or comparable work experience with children is required. This person must have a LOVE FOR CHILDREN and have a natural connection with them. Accountability: The direct supervisor is the pastor of the church unless the church adds an intermediate level of supervision to the church staff. Annual reviews of your work performance will be done with the pastor and Pastor Parish Relations committee. Specific Responsibilities: (What is my job?) Recruit, coordinate, and direct volunteers to run Wednesday programs for children, Sunday School, nursery for Sunday School and early/late service worship, Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, and other special events. Supervise paid nursery staff to ensure they are following proper guidelines of Safe Sanctuary. (Safe sanctuary guidelines are in the office). When nursery staff is absent, help recruit volunteers to fill in. Provide and ensure safe sanctuary training for all adults who help with children’s ministry. (No one can volunteer as nursery worker, volunteer on Wednesday nights and special trips without being safe sanctuary trained and back ground checked). Solicit volunteers, or give the children’s moment yourself at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Meet with church staff and pastor for weekly staff meetings. Please keep the pastor in the loop with opportunities where he can be involved. Help select curriculum for Sunday School, Wednesday night programs for the children, Vacation Bible School, and communicate with the Christian Education Representative. Encourage children to be involved with all forms of ministry of the church including worship, Sunday School, mission and fellowship. Help develop a financial budget for your area of ministry yearly that will be turned into the finance committee in November of each year. Coordinate and help transport children to Epworth by the Sea and other special events. Develop a children’s committee/team to ensure all ideas and concerns are being communicated to staff and pastor. Work closely with the children’s representative who will attend the administrative board meetings and help you collaborate with parents and the rest of the church. Any other duties relating to children ministries that your supervisor requests. Continuing education is encourage and approved through the pastor/PPR. Working Conditions: The Children's Director position requires flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. The position is part time and salaried based upon 12 hours per week in the school year and 20 hours per week during the Summer. The actual number of hours required during any given week are those needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. It is recognized that the schedule may vary at different times of the year. The Director will keep the church office and the Pastor informed as to how he/she may be contacted. Notify the pastor and church office prior to any unforeseen absence from regularly scheduled hours, events or duties, and provide a suitable substitute in case of anticipated absence. Google shared calendar is a means of keeping everyone aware of your activities. Actual hours and schedule will be discussed and agreed upon as needed with the Pastor and Staff/Parish Relations committee chair. Weekly hours expected to work: (10-12 hours per week) Wednesdays 3 to 4 hours Sundays (8:30 to 12:30) 4 hours Volunteer oversight/preparation 3 hours Special Events once a month: 3 hours Summer Schedule: (20 hours per week) Weekly activities for children at least twice a week. You may want to separate younger and older children to plan creative spiritual growth activities. Special Trips --- out of town, state parks, Christian concerts, Wild Adventures, etc. During the summer special events such as Camp 151, will require the Children’s Director to be involved with special support to the Camp. VBS will require more hours of preparation and involvement. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF CHURCH POLICY MANUAL FOR PASTOR PARISH COMMITTEE (April 1994 version) for sick leave, vacation days, general philosophy of staff ministry, personnel policies, paid vacation, paid leave, reimbursement policy, office holidays, unpaid leave, grievance procedures and policy concerning sexual harassment and evaluation. Pay level review will be annually.
Contact: Doug Walker