Director of Children's Ministries
The mission of the Bartlett United Methodist Church is to know Christ and to make Christ
known to all people through worship, education, and service, in our community and throughout
the world. This mission is only realized as everyone who is a part of the church’s life and
ministry participate in its fulfillment with commitment and dedication. For staff, this means
approaching their position not primarily as a job, but as an integral component to the carrying out
of Christ’s commission to make disciples.
Position: Director of Children’s Ministries
Designation: Full time, Salaried
Accountability: Senior Pastor, Assoc. Pastor(s), and Staff Parish Relations Committee
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Eligible for full time benefits in accordance with church policy and procedures
The children’s director is responsible for assuring that children (sixth grade and under)
are considered and included within the life of the congregation. The director will lead the
children’s council (when organized) and will work closely with clergy and other program related
staff. The director will vision, plan, and advocate for children particularly in the areas of faith
development, discipleship, and safety. The director will work with other leaders in the
congregation to ensure that policies and procedures are in place to help keep all children and the
adults who care for and work with them safe. These policies and procedures include such things
as background checks, having at least two adults per group, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
and first aid training. The director will also advocate for mission education for children.
(The Book of Discipline of The UMC ¶256.2 a)
Expectations and Duties: To coordinate the planning and implementation of a comprehensive
children’s ministry for the congregation and community.
● The director must be familiar with the congregation’s overall goals and how they
are achieved through the congregation’s ministry by, with, and for children and
their families. The director is expected to pray intentionally for children and their
● The director will be attentive to the hopes, concerns and needs of children in the
congregation and community to determine how the church might serve them
and their families, and how they might serve one another as Christian disciples
and good neighbors. The director should identify key people in the
congregation and community who are advocates for children’s needs and
● The director will advocate that all children are welcome and will help to facilitate
their full engagement in the ministries of the church.
● The director will work with others to plan and carry out a comprehensive
program for children that includes worship (and Children’s Church), study
(especially Sunday school), fellowship, service, and other experiences that guide
children as they grow in their faith. The director will advocate for quality leadership and ample funding.
● The director will make sure that the nursery is staffed for all worship events, and for other events as notified by the pastor(s).
● The director will lead the church in creating and annually updating Safe Sanctuary policies and guidelines, and living into them as a community of nurture.
● The director will regularly and intentionally communicate with parents, families, and children’s ministry leaders in other churches, denominations, and non-profits, so that children have multiple opportunities to thrive.
● The director will guide the work of the children’s council (if organized) throughout the year, including structuring and presiding at its meetings. If there is no council, the director will keep an overall perspective of a quality, comprehensive ministry.
● The director will work with other leaders to develop and secure theologically aligned and developmentally appropriate resources and curriculum that support the work of teachers and group leaders in ministry with children.
● The director is expected to maintain a healthy and growing personal spiritual life and to encourage others in doing the same.
Attributes and Skills:
● Spiritual gifts helpful to this work include servanthood, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, administration, and shepherding.
● The director must show evidence of passion for ministry with children, and deep commitment to the faith formation of children. Prior effective ministry leadership and evidence of active and growing discipleship are also highly preferred. The director should demonstrate at least a basic knowledge of child development and must understand the importance of providing a safe and nurturing environment for children.
● The director must demonstrate the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages, the ability to work with other ministry leaders, the ability to delegate responsibility, and the ability to follow up on and complete tasks.
● The director must show genuine interest in responding to the hopes, needs, and concerns of the children in the congregation and community.
Education and Training: The necessary amount of education, experience, and training this position requires corresponds directly to the size of the children’s program; the number of responsibilities assigned to the director; and the level of education, experience, and training required to achieve those responsibilities. The director may or may not need formal training to do this work effectively; however, participating in continuing education is strongly recommended. The United Methodist Church offers workshops that can help in this position, and training, opportunities are available within the larger children’s ministry community. Consultations with the church’s clergy or SPRC, or the district superintendent, can help to locate opportunities that match training needs.