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Director of Children and Lay Ministries

Wesley United Methodist Church

Charleston, Illinois 61920

The Wesley United Methodist Church of Charleston, Illinois is looking for a relational, passionate and hardworking Director of Children and Lay Ministries to grow our children’s ministries program - grades Pre K-6th. The Director of Children and Lay Ministries shall seek to foster Christian community through building relationships with our children and their families by inspiring, encouraging, and supporting them in their faith journey. The Director of Children and Lay Ministries shall assist newcomers, members, and constituents in identifying, developing, and employing their spiritual gifts as a means to be involved in the ministry of the church. This shall be done under the guidance of and in cooperation with the Senior Pastor. This is considered a full-time position. Please submit a cover letter and resume to

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Use talents and gifts to coordinate and oversee the children’s meetings, activities and programs, including publicity for these activities and programs.
  • Serve as primary leader and communicator for a Sunday service targeted at children and their families.
  • Weekly gatherings with the children on Sundays and/or during the week.
  • Special programs for children (e.g. VBS and Sunday School). * Recruit and help volunteers from the congregation to share their passions with the children.
  • Recruit an advisory team (Children’s Committee) for the ministry of children
  • Build relationships with the children and their families through direct communication, including communicating regularly with children, parents, staff, etc. utilizing social media, the church website and other forums to advertise events and further the children programming agenda.
  • Be an advocate for children and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns and needs of children in the local church and community.
  • Be a liaison between the church and other community organizations, people, and resources that relate to children and children's ministries.
  • Assist the Senior Pastor in the implementation of the vision and goals for the Wesley United Methodist Church.
  • Partner with leadership to encourage and promote member involvement in adult educational opportunities so that strong relationships of spiritual growth are fostered.
  • Small Groups implementation.
  • Administrative and financial duties, including planning and maintaining the financial needs of the children ministry program.
  • Provide input to the annual church budget in regards to children's and lay ministry programming.
  • Perform other duties as may be required.
  • Qualifications/ Characteristics:

  • A love of working, interacting, and relating with children and their families.
  • Shows spiritual maturity and knowledge of Christian principles.
  • Able to follow and communicate the teachings of the United Methodist Church.
  • Good organizational skills and effective communicator.
  • Minimum of 21 years old, in accordance with Safe Sanctuary Policy.
  • Computer and social media skills for intentional communication across generations.
  • Organization: Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Address: 2206 4th Street, Charleston, IL. 61920
  • Contact: Dennis Pearson
  • Phone: 217 259 8772
  • Email:
  • Closing Date: 05/18/18
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