Director of Children & Youth Ministry


Director of Children & Youth Ministry

Mills River United Methodist Church, 137 Old Turnpike Road, Mills River, NC 28759 is seeking a full-time, salaried Director of CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRY.

Overview: Mills River United Methodist Church, located in the town of Mills River, N.C., south of Asheville, is seeking a full-time Director of Children & Youth Ministry who will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing a comprehensive program for Children (Pre-K – 5th) & Youth (grades 6th - 12th). The individual will serve as a collaborative member of our staff team and should have a passion for sharing the love of Christ with children, youth, and their families.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure children and youth programs, curriculum and resources are consistent with the teaching and doctrine of the United Methodist Church.
  • Manage the children and youth ministry budget and resources with diligence and integrity.
  • Update & maintain ministry calendar and website.
  • Foster open and positive communication with parents.
  • File, organize, and maintain all paperwork on program participants.
  • Manage logistics of children ministry events; money collection, reservations, collection of forms and serve as “point of contact” with parents.
  • Collaborate with volunteer leaders on the planning, development, and direction of the ministry, both short and long term.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and other church meetings as requested.
Additional Children Ministry Responsibilities (weighted 35%):
  • Oversee, lead, and be personally involved with the Children’s Ministry of the church.
  • Develop and work with a ministry team in the area of Children’s Ministry.
  • Provide vision and guidance for the facilitation of children’s Sunday school classes and other children ministry events.
  • Help recruit, train, and support volunteers to carry out the teaching and leading of spiritual formation for children.
  • Be familiar with basic teaching practices, methods of teacher training, curriculum and resources available and other information that can assist the children ministry volunteers.
Additional Youth Ministry Responsibilities (weighted 65%):
  • Leadership of Sunday night youth program and other planned events.
  • Leadership of youth mission trips and retreats.
  • Relationally connect with students on a weekly basis.
  • Build and encourage open and appropriate relationships with all students.
Working Relationship:
  • Reports to the Pastor and the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
Time Requirements:
This position requires a minimum of 40 hours per week.

The preferred candidate will be deeply grounded in the Christian faith; have a familiarity with United Methodist Theology; possess strong skills in leadership, communication, interpersonal relationships and organization. The Director of Children & Youth Ministry must also have a passion and vision for the spiritual growth of children, youth, and empowering volunteers to live out their call to serve Christ.  High School diploma or equivalent required.  Degree in religion, education or similar field preferred.   Experience working with children/youth ministry required.     

If interested, please send your resume to:

Rev. Jeff McCumber

Thank you for your interest in employment with Mills River United Methodist Church!

Contact: Rev. Jeff McCumber

Church/Org/Business Name: Mills River UMC

Address: 137 Old Turnpike Road Mills River NC 28759

Phone: 8288917788

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