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First United Methodist Church

Director of Children's Ministry

First United Methodist Church
Springfield, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 02/05/2015
Categories: Christian Education
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



For us, children’s ministry is all about helping kids become disciples of Jesus that transform this world. As a growing church of 1,200 in weekly attendance, we are looking for an experienced leader to oversee our KidLife ministry for those birth through fifth grade and their families.  If you like to grow as a person, want to join a great team, love to have fun, and have a passion for sharing the word of God with children, we want to hear from you. This is a full-time position.


Desired Qualifications


  • A tested love for God, a humble spirit, and a commitment to prayer as a deeply devoted disciple of Jesus
  • Deep affinity with the mission, vision, and core values of Springfield First United Methodist Church
  • Clear vision of children’s ministry
  • Heart for ministry demonstrated by a proven ability to work with a wide range of people in a church ministry setting
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to inspire and equip others
  • Experience in building dynamic ministry teams for children, birth through fifth grade
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a leadership role in ministry or children’s education
  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in related field  




  • Oversee all ministries for children, particularly Sat. night & Sunday morning
  • Oversee nurseries and nursery staff
  • Recruit, equip, and manage volunteers for the ministries
  • Partner with the Director of Student Life to develop an integrated program for children and youth
  • Select and evaluate curriculum
  • Strategically plan with parents, children, and volunteers to grow the ministry
  • Plan and implement a weeklong vacation bible school
  • Effectively communicate with parents
  • Ensure that the area used for the children’s ministry is appropriate, safe, functional and appealing to children and parents



If this connects with your heart and what Christ is doing in you, please send your resume to our Executive Director, Lana Salomonson at or call 217.793.9760, ext. 230.