Director of Children’s Ministries

Hours/week: Part-time – 25 hours/week

Work hours: Sunday mornings until 12:30 PM.  Other hours commensurate with the program needs of the church.

Classification: Exempt

Overtime: No

Supervisor: Lead Pastor

Annual leave: Yes

Sick leave: Yes

Health benefits: No

Retirement benefits: Yes

Summary of the Position and Goals of the Ministry

The Director of Children’s Ministries oversees all children’s curriculum for Sterling United Methodist Church’s children and youth from age 2 (preschool) through grade five, including the Sunday school, special programs, and Summer Sunday school. The position also directs the Nursery, which is available on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and during special events. The Director of Children’s Ministries supports, mentors and enlists parents as partners in the spiritual nurture and Christian development of their children, reinforcing the learning that is taking place in church settings. Lastly, the Director of Children’s Ministries ensures the implementation and monitoring of all child protection guidelines in the Children’s Protection Policy

Core Competencies and Major Accountabilities

Creativity and Innovation – This position involves orchestrating a program of children’s ministry that is engaging, relevant, appropriate, and effective for ages infant through fifth grade. Administers the Sunday school curriculum for Sterling United Methodist Church’s children and youth from age 2 (preschool) through grade five, including the Sunday school program, special programs, and Summer Sunday school.

  • Research new trends in children’s ministries.
  • Develop ideas such as monthly family night events to heighten fellowship among church families.
  • Review programs of other UM churches to see if there are applications to our congregation.
  • Communicate with church families, children, and the congregation through mailings, Sunday morning handouts, the bulletin, website articles, email, and other electronic communications.

Growth in Numbers – Develop strategies to improve the participation of family/children in children’s programs and events at Sterling UMC.

  • Develop marketing methods to communicate SUMC children’s programs. Communicate with church families, children, and the congregation through mailings, Sunday morning handouts, the bulletin, website articles, email, and other electronic communications.
  • Review attendance records to notice seasonal trends and provide reports to the Church Council.
  • Attend meetings of the Discipleship and Education Committee and the Church Council and provide information on Sunday school programming.

Connect to the Community – Following in the “Sterling UMC Loves Sterling” innovation, the Director of Children’s Ministries will participate to partner with God in transforming its immediate neighborhood mission field.

  • Develop ways for families who are part of the Kids Under Construction preschool to participate in children’s ministries. One example: a preschool mom’s Bible study at SUMC.
  • Develop relationships with local elementary schools. Work with the SUMC Vision Alignment Team to create programs with Rolling Ridge Elementary School to include mentoring or partnering with the social workers or administrative staff of the school. Coordinate a Vacation Bible School in a local Sterling elementary school.
  • Consider partnerships with other churches to meet the needs of low income children in the Sterling area, including expanding programs such as Backpack Buddies during the summer months.

Excellence in programming –  The Director of Children’s Ministries develops programs that demonstrate God’s love, inviting deepening faith through creative learning, wholesome play, meaningful worship, and ever-expanding service.

  • Conducts evaluation of Sunday school programs, summer programs and special events to get feedback and provides suggestions for improvement to the Discipleship and Education Committee.
  • Research programs for special needs children and develop a team of volunteers to provide instruction and companionship to this sector of the congregation.
  • Review existing programs including the Sterling Kids Sunday School model.
  • Oversee the operations of the Nursery, including revising the nursery manual and standard operating procedures, training nursery workers, conducting regular safety and health inspections, and handling any conflicts between parents and nursery staff and volunteers.

Volunteer management – The position recruits and trains volunteer teachers in developing and implementing the curriculum through regular communications including meetings, workshops, and individual contact.

  • Develop volunteer database for Sunday School and Nursery Program.
  • Empower SUMC parents to assume volunteer roles for programs.
  • Make personal invitations to parents to volunteer.

Supervisory Responsibilities – The Director of Children  Ministries provides an annual evaluation of the following positions and provides regular feedback on performance:

  • Nursery Attendant
  • Assistant Teacher (Special Needs)
  • Summer Camp Director

Requirements

  •  A bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent relevant Children’s Ministry experience is desired.
  • Rich Christian spiritual life and commitment to United Methodist theology and practice.
  • Understand and be willing and able to champion the church’s purpose and vision, and the theology and traditions of the United Methodist Church.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including speaking to the congregation, and providing reports to the Discipleship and Education Committee and Administrative Council.
  • Ability to communicate a vision as well as plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement that vision for a children’s ministry.
  • Strong verbal and written skills, including conflict management.
  • Problem solving and conflict management abilities.
  • Ability and desire to be available to children and their families in a variety of ways (i.e. attendance at extracurricular church activities, visitation, times of crisis, etc.).
  • Demonstrated high level of trust and integrity.
  • Proven ability to effectively connect with children and their families, church, staff and teams of volunteers.
  • Experience in recruiting and directing volunteers in a church setting
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check, and understand and agree to follow Sterling United Methodist Church’s child protection policy.

Sterling United Methodist Church

Iglesia Metodista Unida de Sterling

304 East Church Road, Sterling VA 20164

Phone: 703-430-6455 Fax: 703-430-0753