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Director of Family Ministries

The Director of Family Ministries is a vital member of the staff of Foundry United Methodist Church, a
large downtown Washington DC church whose diverse, ecumenical congregation and tradition of
leadership in the community date to 1814. The Director of Family Ministries shares Foundry’s core
values, among them a belief in Christ and His teachings, the commandment to serve others and to act and
speak for the powerless, a compelling desire for diversity and full inclusion of all God’s children in the
life of the church, and the critical nature of curiosity and intellectual honesty as we discern God’s path for
The Director of Family Ministries is responsible for developing, energizing, and maintaining a vibrant
system for supporting Foundry’s children, youth and families in their faith journeys from infancy through
adulthood. The Director, utilizing a collaborative style, works with and relies on teams of volunteers to
carry out a vision and program that provide a firm foundation for the growth of children and youth in
Christian faith, engages them in learning the stories of the Bible, gives them practice in worship, mission,
and service, and seeks to strengthen family relationships. Throughout these ministries, the Director and
volunteer ministry teams will strive to create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and fun that attracts and retains
children and youth as they encounter a wide variety of challenging learning experiences.
Essential Functions
 Envisioning, creating, and implementing a system of generational ministries for children, youth
and families that gains the support of the congregation.
 Collaborates with staff and laity ministry teams to strengthen the Scope of Work for Family
 Enlisting, equipping, training and empowering volunteer ministry teams to staff ministry areas for
children, ministries for youth, and ministries for families, encouraging each of the ministry teams
to be open to innovative ideas for change and improvement.
 Collaborating with church staff and lay leaders to ensure that children, youth and family ministries
are fully integrated into the life of the church.
 Continuing and strengthening existing ministries for children, including but not limited to
Children’s Choir, Sunday School, Bible Sunday, Community Christmas Festival, Christmas
Pageant, and the Community Easter Egg Hunt.
 Continuing and strengthening existing ministries for Youth, including but not limited to Sunday
Morning Youth Leaders, Confirmation, Youth Ministry, Fundraising, Lock-Ins, Monthly
Gatherings, Mission Leaders, Scholarships and Youth Sunday.
 Developing and strengthening community partnerships to collaborate on Family Ministries
programs, missions, and ministries.
 Creating and developing a vision for supporting families, as well as continuing and strengthening
existing programs to engage and support families, including providing a Nursery/Toddler Room,
conducting a Family Camp, and holding Parent Sessions on a variety of topics relevant to families.
Director of Family Ministries
 Employing curricula for the children, youth, and family ministries that encompass a full range of
learning and experiences from cradle to college, coupled with a robust system for identifying,
enlisting, orienting, and training teachers.
 Engaging with the Worship Pastor to strengthen the monthly Children’s Church as a forum for
preparing children for the adult worship experience and nurture children in worship roles.
 Overseeing all aspects of Safe Sanctuary implementation, including communications, training,
background checks, and maintenance of records and files.
 Establishing and maintaining connections with associated ministries at the district and conference
levels, as well as collaborating with nearby United Methodist local churches such as Asbury UMC
to share program opportunities.
 Actively engaging lay leaders and a wide range of members throughout the congregation in order
to share the scope, value, and opportunities for service in children, youth, and family
opportunities, while at the same time gaining knowledge of the congregation and its gifts
Other Functions
 Attending staff meetings, retreats, etc.
 Managing the Family Ministries budget
 Establishing and maintaining appropriate connections with other churches, etc.
 Participation in pastoral care as part of the clergy/care ministry team
 Providing data and support for Charge Conference, statistical and other reports, as required
Core Competencies
 An understanding of, and commitment to, the ministry, values, mission, goals and Statement of
Call of Foundry Church.
 Ability to craft and communicate a vision for children, youth, and family ministries within the
overall mission and vision for Foundry Church.
 Leadership ability, with a knack for enlisting, developing, and inspiring volunteer ministry teams
and an ability to collaborate effectively with others on the staff and in the congregation.
 Understanding of systems, their development and implementation, and the importance of follow-
 Ability to communicate with, and relate to, diverse groups and individuals, coupled with the
ability to show interest and empathy.
 A broad knowledge of developments in the field of children, youth and family ministries and an
ability to integrate new concepts, as appropriate into Foundry’s programs.
Demonstrative maturity, including acceptance of responsibility, openness to criticism, and an
ability to defuse through personal example.
Proven leadership and experience in growing children and youth ministries in church or other
organizational setting.
Recognizes the importance of, and practices, maintaining healthy personal and professional
boundaries, accepting full responsibility for one’s own work, understanding its limits, and
avoiding interference in the work of others.
 Maintains a healthy work/life balance, giving appropriate attention to personal development, self-
care and enjoying a sabbath day for rest and reflection.
 Spiritual Maturity: Attentive to personal spiritual development, discipline and growth. Models
and encourages spiritual growth and discipleship in others.
Start Date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2019
District Of Columbia
Foundry UMC
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
Youth Ministry
United Methodist Church (UMC)