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Children and Youth Missions Director

published 4/21/2021

Start: June 1 or sooner

LeSueur UMC is seeking a full-time individual to help children ages 3 to 18 and their families develop an inward heart for Jesus and an outward call to serve others through missions. The ideal candidate has a strong personal faith, effectively engages young people and connects missions that address injustices or disparities in our community and world.

This position provides leadership to the Jesus and Me (JAM) program for children ages three to 18, Wednesdays and Sunday, and actively participates in the LeSueur UMC church community who follow Three Simple Rules: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in Love with God.

This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. English/Spanish skill set a plus. Applicants must apply on INDEED to be considered.


Mentor an Inward Faith

  • Help kids and their families find a place within the church community.
  • Role model a positive relationship with Christ through personal accountability.
  • Mentor children and youth, relating faith to everyday situations.
  • Encourage opportunities for children and youth to be present in worship.
  • Develop a cohesive youth group for 7-12 with meaningful activities to facilitate Christian maturity, friendship, service, and faith.
  • Connect with and maintain regular contact with young people to provide a nurturing, spiritual connection to the church. This can occur during church activities, or during community and school events.
  • Camps/Mission trips: Encourage participation in confirmation retreats, church camps, vacation Bible school and mission trips based on age. Chaperone, and coordinate as needed, including registrations, scholarships, transportation, and secure permission forms.

Foster a Heart for Mission

  • Identify and coordinate mission projects based on age-appropriate abilities.
  • Coordinate children/youth mission activities and fund raising with the mission team who supports a diversity of complimentary mission efforts.
  • Mission opportunities should include a mixture of local, regional, and global opportunities, including education on the disparity, and spiritual response to serve others.
  • Develop a yearly mission goal that can be incorporated into the JAM (Jesus And Me) program. (e.g., fund raising, getting supplies, etc.)
  • Monthly, offer at least one hands-on project.
  • Yearly, offer one mission project out of state. This may include family mission trips or youth/young adult focused missions.
  • Coordinate and conduct fund raising as needed to support chosen missions, secure release forms, transportation, and parent chaperones.

Leadership and coordination

  • Meet with pastor during weekly team meetings to execute the objectives of the congregational ministry plan; and set he vision and direction for an engaging children, youth and family ministry in the local community.
  • Provide overall leadership, coordination, and support volunteers for the JAM program which includes: Wednesday nights (during school year), summer events, Sunday Kids Church, and Nursery.
  • Assist with ecumenical vacation Bible school program.
  • Serve on education team as a member of the team.
  • Serve as a liaison between the mission team and JAM program
  • Ensure that all volunteers are Safe Sanctuary trained.
  • Develop user friendly and consistent check-in/out procedure for child safety.
  • Identify inclusive curriculum, UMC certified, assist teachers with implementing it, and train as needed.


  • Provide timely and relevant communication to families and local community which may include updates via MailChimp, social media, or texting.
  • Maintain a current database of families and their children with addresses, phone numbers and preferred method of contact. Include birthdays, new births, baptisms, and other pertinent family events. This information is confidential and becomes the property of the United Methodist Church of Le Sueur.
  • Work with the education team to establish and maintain the children's ministry budget which includes comprehensive record keeping for all expenditures and debits and preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports. All financial reports will be turned in to the church office in a timely manner.


  • Love Jesus.
  • Formal degree with Children, Youth and Families, or ministry.
  • Personal Mission experience required. Coordinating and leading missions preferred.
  • Have reliable transportation and cell phone.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and digital/social networking communication skills.
  • Skilled in contemporary social media, digital platforms, apps, and communication.
  • Experience in Sunday School, Bible School, and/or other youth leadership roles.
  • Ability to work on a ministry team.
  • Ability to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate activities.
  • Ability to work with parents of youth.
  • Pass a background check.

35,000-40,000 with benefits, depending on experience

Application Info:
Submit online application and resume through INDEED.

May 30, 2021

Position Type:

Contact: Terri Horn

Address: 730 S 6th St Le Sueur MN 56058

Phone: 507-380-0309



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058