Kids' Discipleship Leader

published 7/8/2019

Northeast UMC in Minneapolis is seeking a part-time kids' discipleship leader.

Objective: Engage kids and families in the story of Jesus through creativity, creation care, and cultivating a safe, creative, and compassionate ecosystem of learning and joy.

Summary: This is a part-time, non-benefited position, approximately 12-15 hours a week. Two weeks of paid vacation is available within a fiscal year. Christmas Week and Holy Week are exempt from vacation days, except in the case of life, death or near-death emergencies.  
Hours: 12-15/week
Pay: $15/hour
Reports to: Lead Pastor



  • ​Initiate, build and maintain authentic relationships with children, parents and volunteers both within the church community and in the surrounding neighborhood
  • Imagine, develop and communicate a programming plan, curriculum, and community events that align with Northeast UMC’s mission, vision and values with an eye towards connecting with new people; assess and evaluate success, failures, and relevance of programming and adjust accordingly
  • Collaborate with church members and volunteers to coordinate Eco-Kids Camp
  • Recruit, develop, train and appreciate a team of adult volunteers and mentors to serve
  • Foster congregational awareness and involvement with children and family ministry through intergenerational programming opportunities and worship service involvement
  • Provide targeted, effective and consistent communication and promotion of activities including impact stories to kids, parents and congregation via appropriate communication channels.
  • Manage kids & family ministry budget and finances
  • Participate in regular check-ins with pastor and staff.
  • Be a present and engaged participant in standing church programs and worship services (including special services like Good Friday & Christmas Eve services).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Lead Pastor


  • Embrace and support Northeast UMC’s mission of engaging neighbors in the story of Jesus through creativity, creation care.
  • Establish an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment; foster discipleship, encourage thinking and sharing, and be aware and responsive regarding emotional and mental health among children.
  • Help parents and guardians inspire curiosity and spiritual interest in their children; equip parents and guardians with resources to be the primary influencers of faith formation
  • Demonstrate initiative in problem-solving, both long-term and last-minute.
  • Display a willingness to serve and collaborate with others.
  • Responsive communication with staff and lay people
  • Maintain consistent attendance throughout the year and follow absence policy.
  • If at any time the Kids’ Discipleship Leader wishes to discontinue his/her services, he/she must give a 30-day written notice to the Lead Pastor & Council.
  • If at any time the Lead Pastor and Council wishes to discontinue the services, they will give a 30-day written notice to the Kids’ Discipleship Leader.
  • The Lead Pastor, Council representative, and the Kids’ Discipleship Leader will review his/her performance within 90 days of hiring.


  • One to three years of related experience
  • Associate's Degree preferred
  • Familiar/open to and comfortable with progressive Methodist theology
  • Passion for engaging and nurturing children, and families
  • Flexibility in hours and scheduling
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check


Application Info:

To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Cynthia Sowden at and Pastor Leah Challberg at

August 1, 2019

Position Type:

Contact: Leah Challberg

Address: Northeast UMC, 2510 Cleveland St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Phone: 641-780-2070



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058