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Director of Children’s and Family Ministries

First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor is an open and affirming congregation, and we welcome qualified candidates of all races and ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and stages of life, abilities and disabilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.  We are a large, downtown church adjacent to the University of Michigan with approximately 1000 members and 80 families with young children.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to by December 5, 2021.

Role Title: Director of Children’s and Family Ministries

Role Type/Scope: Full-time, lay staff (exempt) 

Reports to: Lead Pastor

Direct reports (if any): Children’s Ministries Associates

Purpose/Overview of role

The Director of Children’s and Family Ministries is a full-time position focused on the development of all events, activities, worship and education designed to engage and foster faith formation in children (birth through grade 6) and their families.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute weekly curriculum for children (and their families, as appropriate)
  • Coordinate and communicate with the small group leader volunteers committed by age group to deliver material to children
  • Make personal connections with every child through birthday and periodic greetings
  • Work collaboratively with Director of Youth Ministry and Director of Adult Faith Formation to create a continuum of faith formation offerings across age groups
  • Supervise Children’s Ministries Team and collaborate with clergy and lay staff to align messaging, curriculum, events and activities

Budget Responsibilities (Spending authorization)

  • Oversee expenditures with budget allotment for supplies and materials to support Children’s Ministries

Qualifications and Required Skills 

  • MA in Christian Education or MDiv preferred. BA/BS or equivalent in education, early child development, psychology, religious studies or related considered
  • Excellent communication, planning, organizational and relational skills with children and adults
  • 2-5 years experience working with children in a church setting preferred
Ann Arbor
First United Methodist Church
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Children's Ministry
United Methodist Church (UMC)