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Director or Children, Youth and Family Ministry                   

St. Paul Lutheran Church                    

Arlington, MA


General Summary / Overview


The Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry is responsible for development and coordination of Christian education programs, recruitment and support of volunteers, and outreach and communication regarding all Christian Education and family ministry programs.


General Responsibilities


            Program Development & Coordination


  • Oversee Sunday School programming for ages 4 through 18
  • Provide lesson plans and program support for 15-20 minute weekly Children's Church time
  • Teach Confirmation Class for 8th-9th grade, with assistance of Pastoral intern and adult volunteers
  • Organize and lead all youth events, with assistance of Pastoral intern and adult volunteers
  • Order teaching materials, supplies, and curricula for Confirmation, Godly Play, and Sunday School classes
  • Prepare and monitor an annual budget in conjunction with the Christian Education Committee and Church Council
  • Plan and facilitate various worship, service, and fellowship events for youth and families – such as All Ages worship, parenting classes, playgroups for babies/toddlers, Christmas pageant, Rally Day etc.
  • Supervise two staff nursery attendants through weekly check-ins and annual performance reviews; monitor nursery activity, condition, and needs
  • Advocate for an environment of inclusion by paying close attention to any special needs and issues in classes and in worship and supporting families as it relates to Christian Education


            Volunteer Recruitment & Support


  • Recruit Sunday School teachers, nursery volunteers, Confirmation teachers, and adult leaders for youth events
  • Support program volunteers through lesson planning, classroom maintenance, scheduling and arranging substitutes when needed
  • Provide regular training opportunities and information sessions for volunteers
  • Submit background checks (CORI) for volunteers and nursery attendants
  • Promote awareness of Safe Church Policy among volunteers


            Communication & Outreach


  • Reach out to new families, especially those with young children
  • Publicize and promote Children, Youth, and Family ministry activities by phone, e-mail, church website, Facebook, print, and personal contact
  • Provide support and resources for families to assist in Christian faith formation at home
  • Prepare materials for Weekly e-newsletter and monthly “Messenger”
  • Develop and support new programs focusing on family ministry, such as short-term book groups, parenting classes, playgroups, etc.


Skills and Aptitudes Required


  • Specific interest and talent in providing effective leadership to middle and high school aged youth
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate and interact respectfully and effectively with the Pastor and other Church Staff, parents, children and youth, volunteers, members and guests.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to oversee and prioritize multiple projects and activities
  • Basic computer and office equipment skills to include MS Office
  • Ability to recruit and support volunteers and incorporate their feedback
  • Ability to initiate new projects and programs
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently


Working Conditions


  • 24 hours per week, including Sundays (actual hours and schedule flexibility will be determined by mutual agreement)
  • Participate in weekly staff meeting
  • Designated or shared office space
  • Reports to Pastor


Physical Requirements of the Job


  • Ability to operate standard office equipment


Educational Requirements


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science preferred


Supervisory Responsibilities


  • Nursery Attendants
  • Sunday School Teachers
  • Christian Education and Family Ministry program Volunteers



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