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Director of Children and Family Ministries

published 5/18/2021

Start: Ideally by June but flexible on start date

Messiah UMC in Plymouth is seeking a part-time to full-time director of children’s and family ministry.

The director of children’s and family ministry will prayerfully and passionately strive to partner with families in enthusiastically guiding children towards a H.E.A.R.T. for Christ so that they might grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
    H: Heart-felt relationship with Jesus and the Messiah Church family
    E: Engaging, Bible-centered learning
    A: Authentic, child and family centered worship experiences
    R: Real and relevant serving and missional opportunities
    T: Touching lives with the Good News of the Gospel

We are looking for the right person to lead and grow this ministry. Responsibilities can tailored to meet a half-time position with expectations that it will grow to a full-time position.


  • Develop and execute a vision for the Children and Family Ministry program, collaborating with volunteers and aligned with Messiah’s overall vision and mission.
  • Grow all aspects of the Children & Family Ministry program (Early Childhood, school aged children, and family ministries)
  • Encourage others to enter the path of discipleship as defined by Messiah Church
  • Focus on the spiritual growth of children and their families by creating strong, Biblically-based programs and study in a safe, loving and Christ-centered environment
  • Maintain a team approach by continually inviting, training, and praying for servants who serve in the Children and Family Ministry
  • Focus on special education opportunities, outreach, etc. 
Faith Formation and Education
  • Advocate and pray for children; provide for their spiritual needs
  • Inspire and expand a strong, Biblically focused Church School (pre-school through grade 5) with special focus on fourth and fifth graders
  • Coordinate ministry with other ministry areas such as Prayer Partners
  • Develop mid-week children’s programming as part of the Family Life Ministry
Leadership and Administration
  • Recruit and develop volunteers in a variety of roles including Church School teachers/small group leader, greeters, Core team leaders, etc.
  • Implement educational practices and classroom management with care given to special needs and learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD, autism spectrum, etc.)
  • Emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Hire, supervise, and train paid nursery care staff
  • Communicate effectively with children, families, volunteers and staff members utilizing media relevant to each group (i.e. traditional methods, web, and social media)
  • Maintain attendance numbers, registration forms, and computer check-in system
  • Write forms, brochures and handbooks for families and employees 
Building Strong Families and Community
  • Encourage and support parents in guiding their children’s spiritual growth
  • Meet regularly with parents, in groups or individually, to form connections, deepen relationships and invite to connect in faith groups
  • Coordinate grade level ministry Milestone events
  • Create social opportunities for families to connect
  • Lead family-centered service and mission projects
  • Facilitate, coordinate and support seasonal events, including Vacation Bible Camp, Christmas Pageant, etc.
  • Continue to build relationship with Bloom families

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in related field preferred.
Soft skills: Communicator, Adaptable, Teambuilder, Creative, Problem solver


Application Info:
Send a Letter of Interest and Resume to Tami Luckhardt, Executive Director

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Position Type:
Half- to full-time

Contact: Tami Luckhardt

Address: Messiah UMC, 17805 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447

Phone: 763-473-6968



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058