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Community United Methodist Church

Family Life Director

Community United Methodist Church
Elm Grove, Wisconsin, United States

Date Posted: 05/03/2017
Categories: Christian Education - Christian Teacher - Church Staff - Discipleship Pastor - Family Pastor - Teaching Pastor - Young Adult Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Family Life Director is a member of and works in conjunction with the congregation’s CELT (Christian Education Leadership Team), a team comprised of committed and passionate lay members and staff who are focused on building and nurturing Christian education from “cradle to grave”.  The Family Life Director works with the CELT on an ongoing basis to define and refine the congregation’s various child, youth, young adult, adult and senior education ministries and programs.  The Family Life Director is responsible for ensuring the successful execution of these ministries through a combination of hands-on work, recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers and bringing in outside partners where appropriate.  


The Family Life Director will do double duty as the Youth Leader, with hands-on responsibility for ministries targeting 6th - 12th grade youth, including confirmation, weekly youth education and activities and the annual Youth Mission Trip.  The CELT will periodically review the workload associated with this dual role with a view towards eventually hiring a dedicated Youth Leader as dictated by the level of activity.



  • Full time position.

  • Reports to the senior pastor in all spiritual matters.

  • Reports to the congregation’s business manager for administrative matters.

  • Initially this person will divide his/her time equally between the responsibilities of the Family Life Director and the Youth Leader.

Responsibilities - Family Life Director

  • Work with CELT to define and refine education programs for children, youth and adults.

  • Communicate the education mission in a clear manner on a consistent basis.

  • Recruit, train and coordinate lay member participation in education programs - both as leaders and as participants.

  • Clearly communicate expectations and participate in holding people accountable.

  • Provide encouragement and feedback to lay members and staff so that they can grow in their positions.

  • Personally prepare and conduct selected education programs where needed.

  • Identify and coordinate external education partners where appropriate.

  • Maintain open communication with CELT and other church leadership regarding successes and challenges.

  • Provide an atmosphere that allows leaders to develop personal and lasting relationships with students and with each other.

Responsibilities - Youth Leader

  • Plan and Lead 6th to 12th grade ministry programs.

  • Plan and Lead 8th Grade Confirmation Program.

  • Plan and Lead Youth Mission Trip.

  • Develop relationships with youth and their families, and be available for counseling.

  • Whenever possible, be present at events in schools and the community where the congregation’s youth are involved.

  • Organize a structure, such as a Youth Council, which will assist in developing ministry goals and executing them.

  • Develop & execute a plan for staying connected to college students from CUMC.

  • Develop strong communication ties with students of all ages, including but not limited to use of social media and website, as well as regular church publications.

  • Promote participation in UMC district and conference level youth programs and retreats.

  • Manage budget for all student ministries.

A successful candidate will have the following characteristics

  • Personal commitment to Christ and the Church.

  • Willingness to work with the organizational structure and beliefs of the United Methodist Church.

  • The ability to communicate vision clearly and assertively to parents, students, and congregation.

  • Ability and commitment to invite laypersons into ministry, offering training, support and encouragement.

  • Ability to manage personnel (whether paid or lay) and delegate responsibilities.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with other staff.

  • Strong organizational/administrative skills and computer abilities.

  • A welcoming spirit to reach out to youth and their families.

  • Love of youth and a passion for youth ministry.

  • Desired spiritual gifts: Faith, Shepherding, Teaching, Leadership, Evangelism.



A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Christian education, religion, sociology, psychology or other relevant training is preferred.