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Coordinator of Children and Family Ministries

published 3/25/2021

First UMC in Austin is seeking a person who has the gifts to invigorate, develop, and lead ministries for children and families. The successful candidate will be tech savvy, and able to pivot, as needed, between in-person and virtual ministry. He/she will have a teacher’s heart and an ability to partner with lay leaders to create opportunities for children, youth, and families to connect and grow deeper in their faith.

Sunday Mornings

  • Coordinate and lead, as needed, Sunday school for children pre-k through 5th grade (September through May)
  • Assist pastor with weekly pre-recorded children’s time (for pre-recorded service)
  • Attend worship twice per month in the summer; prepare and lead children’s messages, as requested
  • Supervise nursery coordinator
Sunday mornings, September-May: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (when school is in session)
Sunday mornings, June-August: 9:15 am to 10:45 am (two Sundays per month); schedule determined in consultation with pastor
Sunday mornings, special events: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Wednesday Nights 
  • Coordinate and lead, as needed, Wednesday evening activities for children pre-k through 5th grade (September through May)
  • Identify small group resources for families to grow in faith
 Wednesday evenings, September-May: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm (when school is in session)

Special Events
  • Coordinate and lead, as needed, special events on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights (e.g., Rally Day, 3rd Grade Bibles, Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch, Easter Event)
  • Coordinate and lead, as needed, the annual Christmas pageant  
  • Coordinate children’s participation at early Christmas eve service (e.g., a song or story)
  • Coordinate and participate in summer vacation bible school or other offering
  • Coordinate periodic family/intergenerational events (e.g., nature center, snow tubing, bowling)
  • Encourage children and family participation in camping ministries
Vacation Bible School, one week in the summer, half-day: Monday-Thursday
Intergenerational/family events: Variable hours

Relational, Organizational, Administrative, and Other
  • Relate with children and families
  • Identify, develop, and equip lay leaders and Children’s Ministries Team
  • Become and remain proficient in United Methodist curriculum for children’s ministries
  • Communicate events and activities
  • Maintain database for children and young families
  • Administrate safe gatherings training for volunteers with children
  • Maintain classrooms and educational space with lay leaders
Planning, preparation, organization, and administration: Variable hours


  • Experience teaching or working with children
  • Strong team building skills to identify, develop, and equip leaders
  • Tech savvy and experience with Zoom and social media communication
  • Self-starter
  • Post-secondary education preferred
  • Supportive of the theology and values of First Church
  • Pass background check

Salaried with job log, $8,000/year

Application Info:
E-mail cover letter and resume to or send to First United Methodist Church, attn: Rev. Donna Dempewolf, 204 1st Ave. NW, Austin, MN 55912

Position Type:
Part-time, average 10 hrs/wk

Contact: Donna Dempewolf

Address: 204 1st Ave. NW, Austin, MN 55912

Phone: 507-433-8839



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

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