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First United Methodist of Collingswwod

Family and Children's Pastor

First United Methodist of Collingswwod
Collingswood, New Jersey, United States

Date Posted: 07/11/2016
Categories: Children's Pastor - Family Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

First United Methodist Church – Collingswood, NJ

Ministry Job Description


Job Title            Family and Children’s Pastor            

Reports to        Senior Pastor    

General Purpose

The Family Pastor directs the discipleship process for the church which includes developing a mindset of growing disciples who make disciples within families, small groups, and age-specific ministries both within and outside the church.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate Assimilation and Connections Ministries
  • Oversee Adult Ministry Team including Sunday and Wednesday evening programs, life groups, small groups, discipleship, nurture and fellowship.  Includes review and coordination of curriculum.
  • Identify, train and equip laity for service.
  • Oversee Children’s Ministry Team including Sunday and Wednesday evening programs, children’s worship, ministry outreach events and activities.  Includes review and coordination of curriculum.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with parents/families of unchurched children attending those ministries.
  • Develop and teach parents to disciple children in their homes.
  • Communicate with staff and Church Council about the direction and process of discipleship within FUMC.
  • Attend staff meetings and meet with the senior pastor, as required.
  • Be involved in the community according to the individual’s gifting and passion.
  • Preach regularly in the services (frequency TBD) as part of a preaching team.


Education and Training

  • Minimum undergraduate (bachelor’s level) degree preferably in Bible, Christian leadership or counseling, education or related field.
  • Master’s degree in related field considered but not required.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ pastoral experience in a church setting.  Could include family pastor, associate pastor or youth and children’s pastor experience.
  • Strong biblical knowledge required.
  • Demonstrated teaching and leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated passion for making and growing disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Stays abreast of effective current trends in ministry.

Core Competencies

To successfully perform the key tasks for this position, the individual must have

  • strong planning and organizational skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • good problem solving skills
  • ability to delegate
  • ability to work under stress
  • ability to adapt to changes
  • excellent inter-personal skills
  • a team player/leader
  • self-motivated


  • Individual must be able to clearly articulate his or her personal faith statement in Jesus Christ. 
  • Individual must be able to affirm core beliefs as expressed in the “What We Believe” section of the FUMC Collingswood website.
  • Must have a an ongoing growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Working Conditions and Additional Information

This is a full-time salaried position with anticipated work of 40 – 50 hours per week.  Benefits include paid vacation / time off, health insurance and a housing allowance.  Compensation includes a base salary, based on experience, of $30,000 - $40,000.