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First United Methodist, Sikeston

Children's Ministry Director

First United Methodist, Sikeston
Sikeston, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 05/03/2016
Categories: Children's Pastor - Christian Education - Family Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


First United Methodist Church-Sikeston is a large (500+ in worship), growing church that exists to lead people in new life with Jesus. We are currently seeking a full-time Children’s Ministry Director to lead ministries with children (birth-6th grade) and their families. An ideal candidate for this position is someone highly-motivated, spiritually mature, highly relational, and excels at building teams and recruiting leaders. The ideal candidate is a person who is constantly evaluating effectiveness, changing, learning and trying to serve God in greater and more meaningful ways.


Responsibilities will include:

Creating and administering the best children’s ministry in Sikeston.

  • Oversee all Sunday morning and First UMC weekday ministries for children, including but not limited to classes, nursery and additional child care needs.
  • Consistently identify, recruit, and train new leaders with the goal of increased excellence and participation.
  • Integrate spiritual formation for children in ways that engage parents/guardians at home. Help parents be their children’s best pastors.
  • Oversee cleaning, organizing, and prep of all children’s areas and resources.
  • Develop support systems for evaluating and supporting leaders.

Shape the vision of First Kids:

  • Cast vision of First Kids in ways that are compelling and invite parents/guardians to be active participants.
  • Develop a children’s team that helps vision, design, evaluate and improve children’s ministries at First UMC.
  • Choose and evaluate curriculum.
  • Implement new and creative forms of spiritual formation for new generations.

Plan and oversee special children/family events (holiday events, summer events, community events, etc.); paying special attention to cultivating ways for families to connect with each other.


Work collaboratively with staff and leaders of First UMC.

  • Advocate and bridge gaps between First Kids and other ministries of First UMC (worship, growth groups, missions, etc.).
  • Oversee and administer Children’s Ministry budget and finances.

Oversee and administer First United Methodist Church Safe Sanctuary Policy.



  • Demonstrated experience of recruiting, equipping, developing, and supporting leaders and other volunteers.
  • Is able to think strategically about goals, outcomes, benchmarks, and best practices for ministry.
  • Is willing to receive constructive feedback and is constantly cultivating a teachable spirit.
  • Is comfortable and knowledgeable with different models of children’s ministry and is committed to provide ministry that is relevant, dynamic, and Christ-centered.


Personal Devotion:

  • Must be personally growing in a relationship with Christ and able to lead others in that journey.
  • Ability to share the Christian faith with children and their families.
  • Must be committed to the vision of leading people in new life with Jesus.
  • Is comfortable and committed to the theology and practices of The United Methodist Church.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in related field, or at least 2 years of experience in a similar position, or experience that demonstrates the skills, talents and capability needed to be successful in this position.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of different learning styles and education methods.
  • Compensation negotiable.



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