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The Woodlands United Methodist Church

Director of Early Childhood Ministries

The Woodlands United Methodist Church
The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 03/05/2015
Categories: Christian Education - Christian Teacher - Church Staff
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: over 10000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Director of Early Childhood Ministries is responsible for the creative vision, strategic development and implementation of all programs serving families of children ages 3 years through Kindergarten.The Woodlands UMC is a thriving 11,000 member church offering Saturday evening, Sunday morning and mid-week children’s programming with an average attendance of 900+ children on Sunday mornings. Strong emphasis is placed on delivering special events that draw families together to worship, serve and grow together in faith and discipleship. Position is full-time exempt with benefits.


Competencies and Expectations:


  • Lead and inspire a team of staff, volunteers and high school interns to deliver meaningful, intentional and powerful experiences for young children to know the love of Jesus.
  • Maintain strong interpersonal skills bent toward a cooperative, collaborative team leadership style.
  • Select, evaluate and implement curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, theologically sound and establishes a strong biblical framework and love for learning God’s Word.
  • Exhibit best practices using appropriate judgment, discretion, sensitivity, and confidentiality with regard to church policies and procedures. 
  • Develop, encourage and train staff and volunteers to lead with passion and excellence.



  • Provide clear direction and communicate strategies to Early Childhood Ministry team.
  • Teach large group and small group lessons with enthusiasm, energy and an age-appropriate approach.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the Children’s Ministry Leadership team.
  • Offer regular communication to volunteers that expresses appreciation, inspires and informs them.


Program Planning/Implementation:

  • Oversee Sunday School experience in both Main building and Loft campuses to include curriculum selection, room set-ups, planning and logistics associated with delivering a meaningful and excellent experience for children and families.
  • Co-lead Children of The Woodlands Pre-School and The Woodlands Methodist School weekly chapels.
  • Plan, lead and implement large-scale programming: VBS, Story Time, seasonal children’s worship services and family-focused special events.



  • Manage payroll for Early Childhood staff and high-school intern team.
  • Write and communicate weekly schedules for Sunday morning and special event staffing needs.
  • Plan and manage program budgets and track expenses.
  • Interview and make recommendations for hiring Ministry Leaders and Interns.
  • Accountable for compliance with Safe Sanctuary guidelines and appropriate adult/child ratios in every Sunday School classroom, on every Sunday, and at every Early Childhood event.

Job Requirements:

  • Previous experience working in children’s ministry in a large church setting.
  • Strong presence teaching to large audiences of children and adults!
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education / Child Development, Christian Education or related field. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (including PowerPoint and Keynote).
  • A strong and growing personal commitment to Jesus Christ and the church.
  • Spiritual maturity, creativity, high energy and a strong passion to lead children and families to a deeper understanding of the Gospel message of Christ’s love!