Director of Children's Ministry

published 8/1/2017

Park Avenue United Methodist Church is seeking a ¾ time director of children’s ministry to lead comprehensive ministry for pre-K through 5th grade children and their families, with the primary goal of faith formation and providing discipleship experiences.  

The Director shall have a Bachelor’s degree.  Coursework and experience in Christian education, elementary education, or child development is preferred. 

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


  • 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.

Application Info:
To apply, email resume' and cover letter to:

Sherri Boone

Park Avenue United Methodist Church

SPRC Chair


- or mail to:

Sherri Boone

Park Avenue United Methodist Church

SPRC Chair

3400 Park Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55407-2099

August 25, 2017

Position Type:
Part Time

Contact: Sherri Boone

Address: 3400 Park Ave S Minneapolis MN 55407-2099

Phone: 612-201-9492


Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058