Minister to Children & Their Families


Searcy First United Methodist Church has an opening for a full time Minister to Children and Families with Children. Applicants may submit a current resume by mail to Searcy First United Methodist Church, 304 North Main, Searcy, AR 72143; or by email to the Senior Pastor, David Orr at; or by coming to the church office during regular office hours Monday-Friday, 8-5pm. Minister to Children and Families with Children ATTRIBUTES ? Active and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, evidenced by action, attitude, and behavior. ? Fully embraces the mission, vision, purpose, values, and doctrinal statement of Searcy FUMC. ? A passion for Children’s Ministry and to see families grow in their faith together. ? Have a cooperative, healthy, and motivating relationship with supervisors, co-workers, and volunteers. ? Proven reliability, initiative and strong work ethic. QUALIFICATIONS ? Bachelor’s degree. Christian Education, Early Childhood Development or Education equivalent is preferred. Divinity degree is desirable. ? Gifted in leadership, administration, shepherding and teaching/communication. ? Show evidence of passion for children’s ministry and deep commitment to faith formation of children. ? Demonstrates a basic knowledge of child development and understands the importance of providing a safe environment for children. ? Open and willing to attend continuing education opportunities in United Methodist and Christian Education/Children’s Ministry Studies as available through the Arkansas Conference or other outlets such as seminaries or churches. RESPONSIBILITIES Leadership ? Provides vision and develops an integrated Children’s Ministry program that supports the vision, mission and values of Searcy FUMC. ? Provides vision and develops activities to help strengthen families. ? Provides leadership, direction and training for all Children’s Ministry volunteers. ? Oversees Children’s Ministry Sunday School, outreach events, Vacation Bible School, Wednesday evening programs and other special events. ? Implement and coordinate an age appropriate curriculum for children ages birth through 6th grade for Sunday morning and evening activities. ? Provide a children’s sermon for Sunday morning worship services. ? Collaborate with church leaders/volunteers to develop a challenging and affirming confirmation class. ? Coordinates child care for all weekly church events. ? Implement a summer children’s activity program. ? Provide educational and fellowship opportunities for parents. ? Oversees and facilitates Children’s Council meetings, as well as recruiting laity to be on Childen’s Council. ? Attends and provides support and leadership for FUMC Preschool board, quarterly. ? Shepherding ? Encourages the spiritual and professional growth of children’s ministry team members by providing shepherding and training opportunities to enhance learning. ? Counsels with parents and leaders as necessary. ? Encourages relationships and team building by regularly communicating and meeting with Children’s Ministry leaders. Administration ? Oversees Children’s Ministry strategic planning/goal setting, budget, records, curriculum, equipment, food, supplies and resources. ? Manages resources well, staying within Children’s Ministry budget. ? Responsible for procedures related to smooth children’s program check-in and tracking weekly attendance reports. ? Responsible for all security measures/procedures: volunteer screening and background check, as well as enforcing the Safe Sanctuaries Policy. ? Reviews, purchases and oversees implementation of curricula for large/small group teaching. ? Ensures scheduling to provide appropriate volunteer to child ratios. ? Maintains office hours and keeps office staff informed about where he/she can be reached when not on site. ? Participates in staff meeting, worship planning, ministry staff planning and additional meetings as requested by the Senior or Associate Pastor. ? Coordinates with church staff to ensure children’s activities are posted on the church calendar, in the bulletin and on the website, when appropriate. ? Reviews and evaluates progress of all programs in order to encourage and maintain standards of excellence. ? Supervises after-school-care for elementary students program, slated to begin with 2020-21 school year. ? Other duties as assigned. Hours and Compensation: This position is full time and salaried. Vacation: Vacation days shall be according to church employee policy. Probationary Period: The initial 90 day period of employment shall be considered probationary. At any time during this period, the employee or the Senior Pastor, with the approval of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, may terminate employment with or without reason. Employment At Will: This position is considered an “at will” position. The employee or employer may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without cause. Background Check: Prior to the entry on the duty date, the employee must undergo a criminal background check and sexual/harassment investigation according to Safe Sanctuary compliance. Modification: This job description is subject to being modified as needed by the Senior Pastor in consultation with the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

Contact: Pastor David Orr

Address: 304 N MAIN ST SEARCY AR 72143

Phone: 5012685896