Director of Children and Youth Ministries


First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois is seeking a full-time Director of Children and Youth Ministries. This individual will oversee the discipleship programs that help children and youth participate in God’s bold love, as both a recipient of God’s love and a disciple of Jesus who serves others. Ideal for this role would be an innovative, detail-oriented, hands-on minister who collaborates with and empowers teams of volunteers within a sustainable model of ministry. This position reports to the Pastor of Faith Formation. 

Primary responsibilities for the position include:

  • Map out the overarching scope & sequence of discipleship from birth through high school

  • Actively engage with children, youth, and families, both inside and outside the church walls

  • Recruit, train, coordinate, and support teams of volunteer leaders 

  • Create pathways for children and youth to serve with other ministry teams and regularly participate in intergenerational opportunities

  • Provide supportive resources for parents

  • Organize the infrastructure of the ministry, ordering paperwork, guiding processes, implementing systems, and managing child protective policies

  • Communicate regularly with key ministry stakeholders, both inside the church and those who are a part of the community

  • Steward the budget and maintain the financial accountability of the ministry

Qualifications for this position are: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university preferred

  • Experience in implementing and leading teams towards sustainability, either in a faith-based setting or a related field

  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to organize and keep accurate and detailed records

  • Strong competence and comfort with technology, including effectively utilizing platforms of digital communications, social media, and church-specific software 

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and strong work ethic

  • Passion for helping children, youth, and their parents know and love Christ

  • A person of Christian faith with an understanding of and alignment with the theology of a reconciling congregation in the United Methodist tradition 

Qualified candidates should send their resume along with a cover letter to

Contact: Renee Wilson

Church/Org/Business Name: First United Methodist Church Arlington Heights

Address: 1903 E. Euclid Ave Arlington Heights IL 60004

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