Director of Children’s Ministry (Full-Time) Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge

State: LA

Job Type: Full-Time

Denomination: United Methodist

Church Description:

Open hearts. Outward faith.
A community of grace, hope and unconditional love. Grounded by faith, inspired by discovery, and compelled to serve,
from our home on the LSU campus, outward to the world.

Each Sunday, we gather together, with an attendance ranging from 200 to 250 devoted members, to celebrate and deepen our connection with God and each other. Our church not only serves as a place of worship but also as a hub for community engagement and social outreach, embodying the love and teachings of Christ in all that we do.

As we continue to grow and serve our diverse community, we are on the lookout for passionate individuals who are eager to contribute their skills and energy to our mission. We value team members who seek to foster an inclusive, welcoming environment and are committed to making a positive impact.

If you are looking for a meaningful opportunity to enhance your professional journey while enriching your spiritual life, we offer a unique environment to do just that.

Job Description:

Supervisor: Senior Minister
Average Number of Hours Per Week: 35 Hours with Primary Responsibilities on Sundays
Salary Per Year: Commensurate with Education and Experience

Qualifications: Mature Christian Adult with a heart and passion for Christ, the UMC and Children’s Ministries. Educational background and experience working with children are essential. Must have good people skills; the ability to recruit and work with volunteers; and organize and carry out the responsibilities of the Children’s Ministry and activities for UUMC.

  • College Degree Preferable
  • Minimum of 3 years Experience with Children’s Ministry
  • Familiarity with the United Methodist Church’s Structure and Doctrine
  • Strong Organizational and Administrative Skills

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Primary responsibility is the Sunday School ministry of children from pre-K through 5th grade. This entails the following: recruiting teachers for all classes; providing materials and resources to teachers; training teachers as necessary; and providing written communication about the Sunday School to parents.
  2. Work with the volunteer Children’s Ministry Team to plan, organize, and carry out all children’s ministries for UUMC including third-grade Bible Sunday; third-grade Bible class; acolyte training; VBS; the Harvest Festival; and the Easter Egg Hunt.
  3. Coordinate and lead special programming for the Tweens (3rd-6th grade), meeting weekly on Sunday evenings during the school year. This program should include lessons and mission opportunities, as well as fellowship. This will also serve as a bridge for our older elementary students, preparing them for Sunday Night Youth Group.
  4. Supervise the Nursery Ministry of the church. The Nursery Coordinator will report to the Children’s Director. Assure that the Nursery policies are being upheld, the children are being well cared for, and the building is clean and maintained. Also, act as a liaison between the Nursery and the church, helping to ensure childcare is available whenever necessary.
  5. Research other successful children’s ministries for ideas to improve UUMC children’s ministries and implement new programming.
  6. Attend a yearly children’s ministries continuing education event at the expense of the church.
  7. Work with the director of communications to: publicize children’s events to the church and the larger community; and develop a children’s ministry brochure.
  8. Contact visitors to children’s ministry events and follow up with personal invitations to children and their parents to all the ministries the church offers them.
  9. Work closely with the clergy and other program staff through attendance at the weekly staff meeting to coordinate the calendar and plan events.
  10. Coordinate a calendar for Preschool Chapel leaders for the school year that includes yourself, the pastors of UUMC, and any other staff or volunteers you recruit.
  11. Coordinate a calendar for the Teaching Moment with Young Children in the Sunday worship services that include yourself, the clergy of UUMC, and any other staff or volunteers you recruit.
  12. Regularly attend worship to greet and minister to the families of UUMC and visiting families and share the invitation to join in children’s ministry activities at UUMC.
  13. Other UUMC duties as needed and agreed upon with the supervisors and SPRC.

Salary Range:

$42,000 - $50,000

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