Minister for Children’s and Family Ministries

The United Church has a comprehensive and multi-faceted Youth and Children’s Ministry program that goes from infants through high school students. This position focuses primarily on children (birth through early middle school) and parents. The church has a Pastoral Resident for Youth Ministry who is responsible for older middle school through high school youth.


  • Sunday Mornings:
    •  Childcare for infants and toddlers.
    • Pre-K and Kinder program in the Nurture Center
    • Elementary-age classes for Kinders through early Middle Schoolers (sometimes clustered, depending on enrollment)
    • Children’s Choir (K’s -4th graders)
  • Special Events:
    • Monthly Family and Friends Nights
    • Regular outreach and service involvements for children and youth.
    • Day Trips
    • Intergenerational Worship Services (every 4-6 weeks—eg., Epiphany Pageant, Mardi Gras, Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving)


(with teachers, caregivers, senior minister, lay leaders)

  • Oversight of ministry with children from birth through middle school
  • Curriculum and program development (working with Children’s and Youth Team, Senior Minister, Ministry Resident for Youth)
  • Primary supervisor for Children’s staff (currently includes part-time Teachers, Childcare Provider, Nurture Center Teacher; Children’s Choir Director)
  • Direct leadership of the Young Adventurers (early middle school)
  • With Senior Minister, provide staff training in children’s ministry and faith formation (e.g., engaging children and parents with the Bible at any age; child development, program organization, teaching techniques, current issues in children’s ministry).
  • Recruit and help train volunteers for children’s ministries.
  • Communication with congregation and wider community about United’s children’s ministries.
  • Help develop and lead special activities for children and parents (eg. day trips, service projects, etc.)
  • Administrative oversight (e.g., completed background documents for all adult volunteers).

FAMILY/PARENT MINISTRIES (with lay leaders, pastoral resident, and senior minister)

  • Develop educational and faith development opportunities for parents. (eg., “Ages and Stages of Childhood and Youth,” “Growing in My Own Faith,” “Talking with Kids about Hard Things,” etc.)
  • Develop ongoing engagement with parents and communicate with Senior Pastor needs or pastoral concerns.
  • Help in assessment of current opportunities to determine what programs need to be developed.


  • A person of deep faith with a progressive understanding of Christianity.
  • Passion for helping children and parents grow in their faith and live that faith in the world.
  • Commitment to the life and ministries of a local congregation.
  • Willingness to engage the questions and doubts of children and parents and offer direction and affirmation of the faith.
  • Elementary, Middle School or Parent teaching experience and/or Children’s Ministry or other children’s program leadership.
  • Strong work ethic and excellence in previous children’s ministry or education settings.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and taking initiative.
  • Team player/team builder.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to relate to all ages inside and outside our congregation.
  • Sense of humor (which goes without saying).


  • Bachelors in related field (eg., education, Biblical studies, religion, etc.)
  • Preference given to persons with M.A., STM or M.Div.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Sara Bailey at


Organization name:
United Church of Santa Fe

Churches of Christ


1804 Arroyo Chamiso Road, Santa Fe


Date Posted:
October 31, 2019

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