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Director of Children's Ministry

First United Methodist Church is a vibrant and active urban church located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We are an historic congregation that values our 175 year history that serves as a prelude for even greater ministry in the future.  We are an eclectic and intergenerational congregation that seeks to help people grow in their love and knowledge of God while engaging in vital outreach ministries in the city and around the world. 

Purpose of Position:
The Director of Children’s Ministry is a member of the Spiritual Growth and Nurture Ministry Team responsible to give leadership in faith formation for children from birth to 6th grade.  The Director is expected to work with the Children’s Council to coordinate programs, activities and events, work closely with parents, and enlist volunteers to implement a growing passion for children’s ministry at First United Methodist Church (First Church).  Children’s ministry plays a significant role in the vision and mission of First Church.  Currently, this position reports to the Associate Pastor, with accountability to the Senior Pastor and Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

Ministry Description & Qualifications:
The ideal candidate to fill the position of Director of Children’s Ministry will have a strong personal commitment to Christ and familiarity with the doctrine and polity of the United Methodist Church.  She/he will demonstrate a passion for intentional faith formation in children and a commitment to working with their parents.  A commitment to excellence and being a responsible team member is required.  Creative and strategic thinking will be critical to success, as well as strong organizational and communication skills.  Superior leadership skills are necessary to coordinate the gifts and graces of a large group of volunteer teachers and paid nursery staff.  It is expected that the Director will be an active participant in the life of First Church – including regular worship attendance.  A bachelor’s degree and experience is required.

This is a part-time position of approximately 25 hours per week including Sunday mornings. 
This is a salaried position with a salary range between $18 – 20,000, depending upon educational background and experience.  Benefits include paid holidays and vacation time based on the policies of the Human Resource Handbook. 
A letter of interest, resume and three professional references that we may contact are to be received no later than Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Address them to:
Emil Jensen
Business Administrator
First United Methodist Church
227 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
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