Park Avenue UMC Director of Children’s Ministry Job Description

Title:                     Director of Children’s Ministry (3/4 time Position)

Purpose:             Responsible for the planning, coordination, administration and evaluation of all aspects

of our children’s ministry program for pre-k through 5th grade.  The position oversees staff and volunteers in providing worship and discipleship experiences for the children of Park Avenue United Methodist Church.

Principal Responsibilities:

Program Leadership & Development

  • Develop and implement ministry for children to share the love of Christ and invite them to become disciples
  • Lead Sunday morning formative experience for children in pre-k through 5th grades
  • Develop curriculum, adapting it to Park Avenue Methodist Church ministry context
  • Prepare teaching materials and supplies to share with adult volunteers
  • Recruit, schedule and train a team of adult volunteers to serve on Sunday mornings
  • Coordinate and manage special programs such as Vacation Bible School, Advent Festival, Trunk or Treat, summer camp and other children’s ministry programming
  • Ensure all PAUMC children’s ministry volunteers have a current background check and are trained in Safe Gatherings practices
  • Work closely with the PAUMC Children’s Council to evaluate ministry, select curriculum and develop policies that align with the mission and vision of PAUMC
  • Prepare resources for parents and guardians to use at home to support their children’s growing relationship with God
  • Collaborate and share resources with PAUMC Early Childhood Ministry Specialist, PAUMC Youth Minister and Glory Be Children’s Choir director to develop consistent, coherent and nourishing faith formation
  • Develop and implement milestone programming for children in pre-k through 5th grades
  • Recommend practices for engaging PAUMC children and their families in the life of the church including community service projects and intergenerational fellowship


  • Ensure that “Safe Sanctuaries” and “Protecting God’s Children” best practices are in place to protect children and youth in PAUMC programs


  • Manage the children’s ministries budget, exercising proper stewardship over children’s ministries funds.
  • Maintain registration and weekly attendance records.
  • Tracks and manages classroom supplies.
  • Communicate effectively with children and families, volunteers, and surrounding community, when appropriate.
  • Acting as an advocate for the children’s ministry, communicating with the congregation about goals, plans, and needs, Sunday morning announcements, and other publicity as needed.
  • Serve as a member of the staff leadership team at PAUMC. Attend staff meetings and NOW council meetings.
  • Coordinate with Youth Minister to ensure alignment between faith formation ministries
  • Coordinate adherence to children’s policies by other ministries that work with the children of PAUMC

Professional & personal development

  • Network and share resources with peers in ministry in the wider Minneapolis community


  • Radical Hospitality demonstrated by graciously inviting, welcoming, and caring for others—especially those who are strangers
  • Building Relationships with other staff, PAUMC laity, and our neighbors
  • Integrity & Trust is engendered; takes responsibility and meets commitments
  • Creativity & Flexibility to make new recommendations, to continuously improve existing ministry, and to regularly pursue learning and professional development
  • Supports Vision & Mission of PAUMC and can be counted on to meet or exceed Children’s ministry program goals



  • Strong personal faith in Jesus Christ
  • Love of children and an understanding of faith formation in children
  • Full engagement in active Christian lifestyle and discipline, including weekly worship attendance, small group participation, lifestyle of tithing and generosity, and serving out of call and giftedness
  • Commitment to personal spiritual growth and healthy lifestyle
  • Considers the position a ministry calling, not simply a job


  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational ability and time management skills
  • Ability to recruit, form, and lead a strength-based team
  • Attention to detail, self-starter, commitment to excellence
  • Support the overall mission, vision, beliefs and strategy of Park Avenue United Methodist Church
  • Models standards and expectations of Christian leadership, including positivity and professionalism


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Coursework and experience in Christian education, elementary education or child development, preferred
  • Experience in growing and sustaining children’s ministry programs
  • Experience recruiting, training, and leading adult volunteers
  • Volunteer or professional experience working with or in community with multi-racial, multi-ethnic children and families


  • The successful candidate must pass a background check
  • The successful candidate must be available Sunday mornings
  • The successful candidate must be in agreement with the standards, theology, and policies of Park Avenue United Methodist Church.

Reports to:  Associate Pastor



Send resume and letter of interest to Sherri Boone:


Or mail to her attention at:

3400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Application deadline:  September 22, 2017