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Part-time Children’s Director

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Part-time Children’s Director


The part-time, approximately 20 hours, Children’s Director oversees a ministry helping children from nursery through fifth grade who are taking steps toward an understanding of Jesus Christ while attending St. John’s United Methodist Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The Children’s Director reports to the Senior Pastor and the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC).

Experience, Gifts, and Skills:

  • Mature Christian with strong, personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Calling or desire to build and nurture other relationships with Jesus Christ
  • Seasoned leader with experience working directly with children and their parents
  • Ability to build trusting relationships with children, their parents, and greater church family
  • Enthusiastic, team-player who creates a culture of recruitment, training, and empowerment of volunteers
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication
  • Research and preparation of meaningful and topical, age-appropriate curriculum
  • Effective time management and organizational skills



  • Children’s Participation
    1. Establish a program engaging children from Kindergarten through fifth grade in the church
    2. Plan and promote all major events which targets weekly participation


2)     Relationship Building

  1. Become familiar with the names of children and parents on the church rolls
  2. Contact via email, text, or call at least two inactive student’s parents a week
  3. Spend face-to-face time with every student on the children’s directory at least once a year
  4. Be visible at student events on school campuses or other events and invite volunteer leaders to accompany you at those visits
  5. Seeking to be informed about any special victories, concerns or challenges, hospitalizations being faced by the youth and his/her family and, as often as reasonable, pass that information on to the youth leaders for personal follow-up
  6. Attending youth ministry major events enthusiastically, thanking volunteers, and helping out with clean up
  7. Being available for youth and their families as needs arise for pastoral care and support


3)     Volunteer Leader Development

  1. Assist with recruiting children’s ministry volunteers for children’s activities no later than one month before they begin
  2. Ensure all children’s ministry volunteers complete an application, background

check, and training before they become involved

  1. Meet personally with each children’s ministry volunteers once a year and check in with them on a quarterly basis


4)     Event Planning

  1. Complete event notebooks for each major event and update those notebooks after each event completes


5)     Children’s Council

  1. Coordinate the work of the Children’s Council
  2. Develop and distribute control documents in a timely fashion (the children’s directory, the children’s ministry calendar, calendar requests, event and trip registration forms, leaders directory, first-time directory, etc.)
  3. Keep compliance documents up-to-date and distributed to all involved parties

(copyright licensing, background checks on volunteers and staff, website announcements, etc.)


6)     Worship Involvement

  1. On Communion Sunday, bring the children back into the sanctuary from Children’s Church to participate


7)     Church Staff Coordination

  1. Communicate with the church staff, particularly the Senior Pastor, so they are informed and are enthusiastically supportive of the priorities and programs of the children’s ministry
  2. Attend church staff meetings as needed


8)     Visitor Follow-up

  1. Personally follow up with all first-time, visiting families with children within a week of their visit


9)     Troubleshooting

  1. Troubleshoot problems in children’s ministry to honor the concerns of those who bring them and offer timely, creative, and God-centered solutions


10)     Communication

  1. Ensure communication needs of the children’s ministry are handled in a professional and timely manner including:
    • Bulletin boards, photography, attendance
    • Newsletters, bulletin and church school announcements, social media, website, or other electronic media
    • Forms and registrations


11)     Personal Investment

  1. Personal
    • Living by the St. John’s UMC Youth Leader Covenant
    • Living out the values of the St. John’s UMC Children’s Ministry
    • Being supportive and enthusiastic about pursuing the mission and goals of the John’s UMC
  2. Attendance
    • Sunday morning worship, regularly attending/visible in alternating services throughout the year
    • Sunday evening R.E.A.L. Kids for Christ
    • Church staff meetings
    • Regular meetings with Senior Pastor
  3. Leadership
    • Teaching on Sunday mornings as needed
    • Participating in worship as needed
    • Conduct devotions and plan engaging activities for E.A.L. Kids for Christ
    • Teaching or leading Bible studies with a volunteer to share the responsibilities for that part of the ministry
    • Preparing an annual budget for the children’s ministry


Organization name:
St Johns United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church


130 Tom Hall Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715


Date Posted:
April 24, 2018

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