Job Title: Director of Family Ministries (birth through high school)
Overview: First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth is a loving and faith-filled congregation of 800 members, located midway between Detroit and Ann Arbor. The Director of Family Ministries will work with, coordinate, participate in, and oversee all aspects of FPCP’s programs for children and youth with the goal of building a foundation on which they can become lifelong disciples of Christ. The Director will carry out the duties and programs as assigned by the Associate Minister in conjunction with the Christian Nurture Committee (CN), as listed in the objectives outlined below. Children’s ministry covers birth through grade five; youth ministry covers middle school through high school. This position will help recruit, work closely with, and oversee key adult volunteers to implement each ministry’s respective programs.
Reports To: Associate Minister; works in conjunction with CN.
Hours/Salary range: Full time – 40 hours per week; $46,000-$52,000 annually.
- Develop, implement, and participate in objectives-based programs that allow children and youth to engage in age-appropriate spiritual and biblical formation actively, creatively, and joyfully. Examples include (but are not limited to) Sunday School, midweek programs, Vacation Bible School, mission activities and trips, retreats, fundraising, and fellowship events.
- Work with children’s and youth ministry volunteers and the CN committee to expand current programs and develop new ones, including ones that reach our less-connected families who are attending worship online.
- Support the confirmation leaders and provide input for the confirmation class, confirmation retreat, and other confirmation activities.
- Coordinate the family ministry budget with the CN and Finance Committees to ensure alignment with the overall church budget.
- Liaise with parents and the adult volunteers to help children and students transition well throughout various stages of the program (Ex: elementary-aged programs to middle school programs, middle school programs to high school programs, and post-high school programs)
- Supervise the Nursery Care Coordinator and assist with general nursery maintenance.
Pastoral Care, Spiritual Development, and Community-Building
- Provide compassionate care as needed to children, youth, and their families.
- Develop rapport and relationships with children, parents, and volunteers.
- Partner with parents and volunteers to provide a space where children are affirmed as they begin to engage in faith exploration, and where youth can ask questions about faith and life and thus develop into spiritually mature disciples of Christ.
- Utilize a variety of tools (emails, mailings, social media, texting apps) to communicate regularly with parents about what children and youth are learning in various ministries and to advertise for future events.
- Invite and integrate children and youth into worship, reflecting the desire for greater intergenerational fellowship.
- Network with parents and the congregation to recruit volunteers.
- Educate, train, and follow-up with volunteers to ensure program execution, growth, and leadership development.
- Participate in church meetings, staff meetings, and CN meetings as appropriate.
- Maintain a yearly calendar, work plans, and a summary report of duties performed.
- Maintain office hours as agreed to by the Associate Minister.
- Report issues as appropriate to the ministerial staff.
- Perform other duties and tasks as required.
The successful candidate also will comply with denominational and state safety regulations when working with minors and will adhere to church family ministry safety policies.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred, but not required.
Must have relevant experience in leading and coordinating children and youth ministry and education.
Note: This listing is for a full-time position that leads family ministry at FPCP. Success in this position will rely greatly on the candidate’s ability to nurture and work effectively with a group of adult volunteers that will assist with implementing the respective programs for children and youth.
As we seek the individual God is calling, we are happy to consider candidates who prefer a half-time position that would be responsible for one (but not both) of these ministries. If you are interested in one of these part-time positions, please refer to the job posting for “Director of Children’s Ministry” or “Director of Youth Ministry” (both of which can also be found on this website). Or contact us directly via the email below.
To Apply: Please send email with resume to our search committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, Michigan
Presbyterian Church USA
701 Church Street Plymouth MI 48170
July 4, 2022