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St. James UMC

Director of Children’s Ministries

St. James UMC
Tampa, Florida, United States

Date Posted: 04/15/2014
Categories: Children's Pastor - Church Staff
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Director of Children’s Ministries at St. James United Methodist Church at Tampa Palms


Effective:                      2/1/2014

Directly Supervises:   Associate Director of Children’s Ministries, Children’s Ministries Administrative Asst.

Status:                          Full-time

FLAS:                           Exempt


Job Summary

The Director of Children’s Ministries will provide dynamic growth, leadership and oversight to children ages birth through fifth grade for St James UMC and its community.  The Director will effectively interact with the students, influential leaders in our community that affect our children, staff members of St James UMC, and the parents of the Children’s Ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Required Functions

  • Develop ministries that foster the children’s growth in five key areas: Connecting (Radical Hospitality), Worshiping (Passionate Worship), Growing (Intentional Discipleship), Serving (Risk-Taking Mission and Service), and Giving (Extravagant Generosity).
  • Provide vision, leadership, resources, and  support for direct reports and key volunteers.
  • Develop creative vision and annual ministry plans with achievable and measureable goals for growth.
  • Be active in creating and implementing meaningful outreach events with participative leadership presence.
  • Show support for the community’s children in activities away from St. James (sports, dance, theater, etc.).
  • Cultivate an environment that attracts children to be part of the Body of Christ.
  • Ability to attract, connect, train, and sustain qualified adult volunteers to assist with implementation of ministry vision and plans.
  • Devote your personal and professional life to being an example of what it means to follow Jesus Christ and walk in His grace.

Other Responsibilities

  • Partner with other ministries within St James UMC to form a cohesive ministry team.
  • Create a thorough annual budget and effectively management expenses to accomplish goals.
  • Continually explore opportunities on how to grow the children’s ministry and capture the children’s hearts to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Participate in and complete continued educational courses/studies; stay fresh and relevant in ministry.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited four-year college or university, or equivalent education and experience.
  • Strong commitment to the Christian faith and to the theology of the United Methodist Church.
  • Willingness to adhere to the St. James UMC Staff Policies and Statement of Ethics, to be loyal to the Senior Pastor and church leadership, and be faithful to the St. James UMC mission, vision, and values.
  • Ability to pray, teach, and interact well with others.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to comfortably speak and in front of  large groups and deliver messages.
  • Ability to participate in children’s activities as required for relationship-building.

Core Competencies

  • Vision-casting and leadership ability
  • Team and ministry management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter and dependable
  • Integrity and trustworthiness