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This is a job in…

  • Youth / Student Ministry
  • Children's Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Family Ministry

Our church…

  • is United Methodist
  • has an average worship attendance of 90

Job at The UMC at Karnes City

Director of Discipleship for Children & Youth

Job Description

Karnes City United Methodist Church

Director of Discipleship for Children and Youth

Job description:

  1. Create a safe and organized system to transport children and youth

  2. Ensure background checks are current on all adult volunteers

  3. Choose curriculum, along with pastor and youth council, which reflects our church values and theology

  4. Equip volunteers to lead effectively

  5. Foster an environment with children and youth where they look forward to participating and building lasting memories

  6. Develop and cast a vision for the children and youth ministries, and keep that vision before the whole church

  7. Develop, submit, and monitor the children and youth ministry budget

  8. Recruit volunteers and helpers

  9. Meet regularly with volunteers and youth council for advice and support

  10. Arrange a variety of activities: Sunday School, After School Programs, Youth Bible studies, “lock-ins”, mission trips, camps, retreats, fundraisers, etc.

  11. Stay current with curriculums and studies, ensure volunteers always have the best
    available resources for working with children and youth

  12. Confidentiality between the Youth Director, parents /guardians and the children and/or youth should always be maintained.

  13. Create a culture where children and youth desire to invite their friends

  14. Regularly attend Church Board meetings to present updates on the Youth and Children Ministry

  15. Regularly participate in worship at Karnes City UMC


Ideal candidate:

Must love children. Must be a strong disciple of Jesus Christ, who displays evidence of the Holy’s Spirit’s power and influence within them. A children and youth director should have the capacity to juggle responsibilities and prioritize them effectively. This person will be detailed oriented with a soft, nurturing, and kind relationship among children and youth and adults.

Specific considerations include:

*A thorough understanding of biblical theology and the ability to communicate this to children and youth

*The ability to teach, and respond spontaneously to all questions.

*Strong personal references

*A respect for confidentiality

*A strong work ethic and ability to make difficult decisions

*Energetic & passionate with a confidence to lead children and youth ministry

*A background in Christian education, or youth ministry, or significant equivalent ministry experience

*The ability to promote the program and raise funds for events

*A capacity to communicate clearly to children, youth, and adults

*Leadership skills

*The ability to build and maintain rapport with administrative and pastoral staff, volunteers, youth and children

*Strong organizational skills and follow-through

*The ability to work unsupervised

*An understanding of how to safely and legally use digital technology to engage youth, their families, and the community

*A strong vision for a growing youth ministry program

*Exceptional communication skills

The UMC at Karnes City

We are a rural church in South Texas (about an hour southeast of San Antonio). We are growing and wanting to continue to grow our ministry for God's glory. In October the church will begin using our brand new sanctuary & education building, which includes an entire floor of classrooms dedicated to children & youth ministries. This congregation loves God and love their neighbor. They back the children's & youth ministries with lots of adults and plenty of finances. Average worship attendance is right under 100. We sit next door to the local elementary school & around the corner from the primary school and this has developed a great relationship with the schools and a robust after school program which averages 30 kids each week. Our youth are very active in mission work and have their own praise team which leads in worship once a month.