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Director of Children and Family Ministry

The director of children and family ministry at Messiah UMC will recruit, develop, and deploy layperson teams and partner with parents to grow children infant to fifth grade into champions for Christ.


Provide vision, development, leadership and oversight to all aspects of Children’s Ministry (Sunday and Wednesday Church School and other weeknight programming, VBS, special events, etc.)
Develop strong volunteer and unpaid leadership teams to do the work of the ministry by implementing dynamic recruiting, training, motivating, and support systems that will in turn be able to equip young disciples for the service of Christ through classes, events and small groups
Provide discipleship opportunities for special needs children with appropriate classroom management
Select, train and lead part-time nursery care workers, with a longer-term strategy to eliminate paid nursery staff and replace with volunteer laypersons
Support and partner with parents in the spiritual formation of their children, training and equipping them to have discussions with and to teach their children about God’s love for them, what it means to be a follower of Christ, and what it means to be part of a community of faith
Guide the selection of relevant curriculum for children that teach biblical principles and truths appropriate for the various developmental levels present, fitting in with the overall door-to-core church strategy
Provide leadership for radical hospitality and prompt follow-up at all times throughout the ministry for new visitors as well as regular attendee children and families
Create and deploy serving and mission experiences for children and for children with their families
Create and nurture a safe sanctuary environment for children and their families, following the Safe Sanctuary model, where they experience the love of God most powerfully through the relationships they build with one another and with the larger community of faith
Make daily ministry and administrative decisions on behalf of children’s ministry
Partner with the communications coordinator to ensure regular and ongoing communication with children and their families
In conjunction with the associate pastor/director of ministries oversee the children’s ministry budget and expenditures
Attend applicable training and be proactive in researching, reading, and learning about/from other successful children’s ministry initiatives across the country


Bachelor’s degree in a related field
Proven track record of success in a paid children’s ministry position preferred, with the ability to lead/supervise layperson teams & part-time nursery care workers
In partnership with the executive pastor be able to provide vision and direction for all aspects of children’s ministry
Self starter that is able to work independently under minimal supervision
A demonstrated passion and commitment to the spiritual growth of children in partnership with their families
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate, inspire, equip and encourage layperson teams
Strong ability to partner with parents and engage parent involvement in ministry; understands that connecting with parents & adult servants is the most crucial part of the role
Expertise and continuous learner in Children’s Ministry
Strong overall written and spoken communication skills
Capable and gifted teacher of children
Systems thinker, planner and implementer

DOQ, Competitive

Application Info:
Send letter of application, resume and references to Pastor Tami Luckhardt.

Position Type:
Full time

Contact: Tamara Luckhardt

Address: Messiah UMC, 17805 County Road 6 Plymouth, MN 55447

Phone: 763-473-6968



Messiah United Methodist Church
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