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Children's Minister

published 5/10/2021

Park Avenue UMC in Minneapolis is seeking a half-time children’s minister to develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate ministry for children pre-K through fifth grade. The minister will shepherd the kids of our multi-racial, multi-ethnic urban congregation to learn about and experience the love of Christ and grow in their faith journey and will build relationships which equip, empower, and support children and their families through worship, discipleship, and spiritual formation experiences rooted in Park Avenue’s Mission and Vision.


See full description for complete list of duties.

  • Plan, develop and evaluate curricula, programs, milestones and special events for children in pre-K through fifth grades including, but not limited to, Sunday morning and mid-week programming
  • Recruit, train, schedule, equip, and support volunteers to serve on Sunday mornings and in other programming opportunities

  • During current remote and post-COVID hybrid ministry environment: 

    • Use online tools to present ministry through virtual presentations and fellowship. 

    • Host online meetings and communicate meetings with families.

    • Create supportive materials/activities for children to do at home with families.

  • Ensure “Safe Gatherings” best practices are in place to protect children and youth in PAUMC programs
  • Ensure volunteers are appropriately trained and screened

  • Adhere to official guidelines for health and safety during the pandemic, adjusting programming as needed

  • Communicate effectively on multiple platforms with children and families, volunteers, congregation, and surrounding community


See full description for complete list of qualifications.

  • 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

  • Considers the position a ministry calling, not simply a job

  • Ability to recruit, form, and lead a strength-based team of volunteers

  • Demonstrated ability to empower, equip, and support others in ministry and community building

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferred

  • Coursework and experience in Christian education, elementary education, or child development, preferred

  • Experience with technological options to deliver ministry remotely and connect with families, desired

  • Volunteer or professional experience working with/in community with multi-racial, multi-ethnic, socio-economically diverse, urban, and suburban children and their families

Starting at $19,760, commensurate with experience. This position does not receive benefits.

Application Info:

Send letter of interest and resume to: Carla Urban, SPRC Chair, Park Avenue UMC, 3400 Park Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 or via email to

Position Type:

Contact: Carla Urban

Address: Park Avenue UMC, 3400 Park Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: 612-227-5015



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