Director of Children, Youth & Discipleship Ministries


First United Methodist Church-Elon in Elon, NC is seeking a Director of Children, Youth & Discipleship Ministries to develop and implement a well-rounded program for our children, youth and adults within the church and community.  This position will also provide leadership and resources to our Discipleship Team.  This is a full-time salary position with benefits. Resumes will be accepted until June 1 with an anticipated start date of August 1.
Job description is below:
First United Methodist Church: Elon
1630 Westbrook AvenueElon, North Carolina 27244-0923
JOB TITLE:  Director of Children, Youth & Discipleship Ministries
REPORTS TO:  Lead Pastor

The Director of C/Y/D Ministries works in concert with Lead Pastor, ministry teams, and laity to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Serves as Pastor to Children:

  • Develops and implements with laity a well-rounded Children’s Ministry (Discipleship, Mission, Nurture, Stewardship, Worship, and Leadership).
  • Develops a core of adult leadership (Parent Council) to model and mentor children as faithful disciples.
  • Develops pre-confirmation class for 4th– 5thgrade children.
  • Equips children to have an active role in worship (i.e. usher, acolyte, read scriptures and prayers).
  • Develops pastoral relationships with children and their families.
  • Partners with First School (students, families, and staff) in the areas of spiritual growth and development.
Serves as Pastor to Youth:
  • Develops and implements with laity and youth a well-rounded Youth Ministry (Discipleship, Mission, Nurture, Stewardship, Worship, and Leadership).
  • Plans and leads UMYF meetings throughout the school year.
  • Develops a Youth Ministry Team (adult and youth) to grow youth as faithful disciples. 
  • Works with Lead Pastor to coordinate and implement Confirmation.
  • Equips youth to interpret biblical texts and enact them.
  • Equips youth to be active participants and leaders in worship.
  • Develops pastoral relationships with youth and their families.
  • Works with Discipleship Team to envision, plan, and implement a strategy for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  • Provides leadership and resources in the areas of spiritual growth and development, devotional literature, curriculum resources, Christian education, evangelism, worship, stewardship, and ministry of the laity.
  • Coordinates with Trustees the implementation of Safe Sanctuary Policies.
Serves with Lead Pastor:
  • Participates in Worship leadership (occasionally address congregation from the pulpit). 
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of intergenerational ministries.
  • Assists, as the Lead Pastor directs, to meet pastoral care needs of the congregation.
Professional and Personal Development
  • Practices Sabbath and spiritual discipline
  • Attends appropriate continuing education (a minimum of 4 hours) annually, in consultation with and approved by the SPRC
  • Connects with a fellowship of professionals in student and/or education ministries.
  • Under guidance of Lead Pastor, communicates in various formats to congregations, i.e. Emails, social media, monthly newsletter, bulletin announcements, and face to face.
Education:  Preferred Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. 
Experience:  Preferred 5 years of experience working in the areas of children, youth & discipleship ministry. 
Specialized Training/Skills: Proficient in Microsoft office and social media 
Application due by June 1, 2020. 
Anticipated start date: August 1, 2020.
Contact: Rev. Kellie Gallagher
Church: First United Methodist Church-Elon
Address: 1630 Westbrook Dr., Elon, NC 27244
Phone: 252-230-3197

Contact: Rev. Kellie Gallagher

Church/Org/Business Name: First UMC Elon

Address: 1630 Westbrook Ave. Elon NC 27244

Phone: (336) 584-5263

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