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Director of Children and Youth Ministries

First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois is seeking a full-time Director of Children and Youth Ministries. This individual will oversee the discipleship programs that help children and youth participate in God’s bold love, as both a recipient of God’s love and a disciple of Jesus who serves others. Ideal for this role would be an innovative, detail-oriented, hands-on minister who collaborates with and empowers teams of volunteers within a sustainable model of ministry. This position reports to the Pastor of Faith Formation.

Primary responsibilities for the position include:
● Map out the overarching scope & sequence of discipleship from birth through high school
● Actively engage with children, youth, and families, both inside and outside the church walls
● Recruit, train, coordinate, and support teams of volunteer leaders
● Create pathways for children and youth to serve with other ministry teams and regularly participate in intergenerational opportunities
● Provide supportive resources for parents
● Organize the infrastructure of the ministry, ordering paperwork, guiding processes, implementing systems, and managing child protective policies
● Communicate regularly with key ministry stakeholders, both inside the church and those who are a part of the community
● Steward the budget and maintain the financial accountability of the ministry

Qualifications for this position are:
● Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university preferred
● Experience in implementing and leading teams towards sustainability, either in a faithbased setting or a related field
● Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing
● Ability to organize and keep accurate and detailed records
● Strong competence and comfort with technology, including effectively utilizing platforms of digital communications, social media, and church-specific software
● Ability to work as part of a team
● Demonstrated leadership skills and strong work ethic
● Passion for helping children, youth, and their parents know and love Christ
● A person of Christian faith with an understanding of and alignment with the theology of a reconciling congregation in the United Methodist tradition Qualified candidates should send their resume along with a cover letter to

Arlington Heights
First UMC of Arlington Heights
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Youth Ministry
United Methodist Church (UMC)