Career Opportunities

Director of Children & Youth Ministries – Year Round, Full-Time

This is a full time position with responsibilities to provide leadership for and function as the staff person for the John Wesley United Methodist Church (JWUMC) Sunday School and Youth Group in a manner that enhances the spirit of worship and assists the congregation in praising and
serving God.


The Director of Children and Youth Ministries will possess a strong Christian faith, and will reflect the ethics and values of Jesus Christ. The Director of Children and Youth Ministries understands he/she represents the JWUMC ministry in both work life and private life, and will be sensitive to how others may see him/her in daily life. The Director of Children and Youth Ministries will adhere to the policies and procedures of JWUMC, including, but not limited to the responsibilities of this position. The Director of Children and Youth Ministries will be subject to the Criminal Offense Record Investigation (CORI).


  • Minimum bachelors degree ideally with a specialty in religious education or education
  • Must have flexibility in work times/availability, to include normal days off, overnight trips, weekends, etc. Must have a passion for working with children/youth of all ages, and be able to build relationships with them
  • Must be able to work with parents and adult volunteers as a leader
  • Must be energetic, creative and organized


Office Hours: TBD (likely four out of five days per week)
Monday through Friday subject to flex time

Special Group Meetings:

  • Sunday School and Worship: Sunday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (September through June)
  • Worship Our Way (WoW) and Worship: Sunday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (summer only)
  • Youth Group: High School/Jr. High and Middle School
  • Vacation Bible School (one week in August)


  • Attendance at weekly 8:30 am Chapel Service; 10:30 am Sanctuary Service; Easter Sunday
  • Coordinate 5:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service
  • Coordinate “Hanging of the Greens”
  • Attendance is encouraged but not required at Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services.


Perform the job with the intent:

  • To provide high quality Christian Education to children and youth
  • To provide a safe place to play, learn, and experience God
  • To provide opportunities for fun, fellowship and service
  • To increase student enrollment and attendance

Oversee all aspects of the Sunday School program, including, but not limited to:

  • Research/order curriculum for Pre-K through high school during school year
  • Oversee nursery attendant and needs of the nursery
  • Recruit, train and encourage volunteer Sunday School teachers
  • Conduct regular Sunday School Teacher meetings to discuss plans, issues and concerns
  • Maintain, order and organize supplies for every classroom
  • Work with Altar Guild to provide and train acolytes, ushers and liturgists for Children’s Sundays
  • Maintain attendance records, Sunday School roster and monthly calendar
  • Plan and implement the WoW program during the summer with creative activities to promote faith development
  • Coordinate meetings of Children and Youth Ministry Team
  • Attend monthly Leadership Team Meetings
  • Plan, organize and implement an end of the year Children’s program in June
  • Plan and implement regular family activities and events for children in Sunday School and the community, to engage both kids and adults in safe, fun Christian fellowship such as Easter Egg Hunt, Movie Night, Trunk or Treat, or similar events
  • Plan and implement activities for the Youth Group, grades 5 through 12, which promote faith development, fellowship, service and community, including but not limited to: weekly youth group meetings throughout the school year
  • Special events and projects that are primarily fun, but are intended to foster team building and enhance group dynamics in an atmosphere of Christian fellowship
  • Service projects to benefit the church and/or community
  • Summer Mission Trip and Winter Retreats
  • Regularly update the Facebook page and other social media for JWUMC focusing on Youth/Sunday School, but also including special events of the church
  • Maintain responsibility for JWUMC website
  • Plan, develop, coordinate and implement an annual Vacation Bible School during the summer
  • Give the children’s sermon every other Sunday, in consultation with the pastor, in order to build relationships with the children and youth
  • Assist the pastor in running the Confirmation Class

Maintain strong communication:

  • Communication with children/youth and their families through weekly emails, newsletters, Constant Contact, phone calls and other social media
  • Communication within church, informing the church of Sunday School and youth activities, by updating announcements, website, monthly newsletter column, bulletin board, Facebook, Constant Contact, etc.
  • Build a strong base of adult volunteers to assist with the work of chaperoning Youth Group events, and helping with special Sunday School events
  • Provide necessary administrative materials, such as yearly budget, annual report, CORI forms, permission slips, etc.
  • Attend regular staff meetings with the pastor, as well as The Leadership Team (TLT), other Ministry Teams as needed and other related meetings
  • Assist with other church activities as deemed appropriate by the Senior Pastor


Salary commensurate with experience
Benefits: following the current JWUMC Personnel Handbook

To apply for the Children & Youth Director position, please email the Church Office for an application or submit your resume to For questions, please call the church office at 508-548-3050.