Family Ministry Director

Our church, First United Methodist Church -Grand Junction, Colorado has an opening for a Family Ministry Director. 

This is a full-time position with salary of $30,000-$40,000 based upon education and experience
The Director will work with the church staff and a team of volunteers to promote and nurture faith formation in our children and families, developing and nurturing a ministry for all types of families, striving to guide and support them as they grow in Christian discipleship.  The Director’s role is to develop and provide spiritual, relational, organizational, and administrative leadership and oversee the Christian education program for children and families.  The Director shall seek to foster a strong education program by building relationships among teachers, students, parents and church leaders.  Please read the details below. 
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Job Information:

  • Title: Family Ministry Director
  • Classification: Program Staff, Salaried, Full-time
  • Compensation: $30,000-$40,000 annually (based on education and rexperirence); includes holidays and vacations; no health benefits
  • Work Hours: 40 hours per week; this position requires flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. The number of hours required during any given week are those needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.   It is expected that the Director will work on Sunday morning being available at both worship services.
  • Supervisor: Pastor

General Job Description

  • Advocate for children and families within the congregation.
  • Develop and implement a ministry program for children from birth through 5th
  • Communicate and work with the Nursery Director.
  • Develop Family Ministry programming that seeks to support, resource, and strengthen families; this may include, but is not limited to, offering classes on parenting, planning local mission activities, planning family educational/recreational activities and providing resources to help parents become spiritual leaders at home.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, promote, implement and further develop a quality Christian educational program for children in the following areas:
    • Sunday School/Children’s church
    • Mid-week evening activities
    • Music and drama activities
    • Vacation Bible School
    • Grand Mesa Christian Camp
    • Seasonal /special events (3rd grade Bible presentation, Easter and Advent events, Fall Harvest, Teacher Appreciation Sunday, etc.)
    • Schedule and attend regular meetings of the Family Ministry Council.
  • Work with the Family  Ministry Council to:
    • Actively recruit children and young families through church supported activities as well as programs in the community,
    • Develop and implement goals, objectives, and programs to enhance and grow the Family Ministry,
    • Recruit, train, and supervise teachers, leaders, and other required volunteers to deliver the Family Ministry programs,
    • Create and lead ways to involve the community in the ministries of First UMC,
    • Design and implement summer programming and outreach activities,
    • Participate in Grand Mesa Camp Planning meetings and distribution of camping information and scholarships to children, young adults, and families, and
    • Evaluate program elements annually in terms of effectiveness.
  • Plan brainstorm meetings, retreats, and devotionals for the Family Ministry Council and schedule team members to facilitate family and children ministry offerings.
  • Coordinate age-appropriate child participation in worship services, including acolytes (work with the Worship Team to coordinate acolyte training and scheduling)
  • Participate with other Christian professionals in the community as opportunities arise that fit within the church purposes and ministry vision.
  • Work in partnership with the Youth Ministry Director to provide for integration in programming to support spiritual growth for children and youth.
  • Participate in leadership training and professional growth as needed.


  • Create and administer necessary budgets, supplies, and resources.
  • Use all available technology, plus social media and written media, to manage communications with children, families, the congregation, and in the community regarding Family Ministry programs and activities.
  • Create and maintain a data base to include information about children and families participating in Family Ministry Programs.
  • Ensure the Safe Sanctuaries Policy is publicized, implemented and posted and all volunteers are trained.
  • Hold regular office hours for the purpose of engaging in regular communication with children, their parents, Sunday School teachers and other volunteers.
  • Prepare a monthly written report for SPRC, not to exceed one page, outlining highlights of Family Ministry for the month.
  • Ensure information is provided keep the church website up-to-date regarding Family Ministry information and events.

Other Responsibilities

  • Read and follow the Personnel Guidelines provided by the church.
  • Give staff and the pastor two weeks notice of upcoming vacations and other leave.
  • Complete an Employee Time Off Request Form when absent on those days you are typically expected to be on site.
  • Work with the Family Ministry Council to find suitable programming coverage when absent.
  • Attend staff meetings and Program Ministry Council meetings.
  • Meet with the Pastor for a performance review as determined by the Pastor and/or the Staff Parish Committee.
  • Other duties as assigned and/or agreed to.


The Family Ministry Director should be a person who has a solid understanding of the foundations of Christian faith, and who has a strong desire to nurture children and families in the Christian faith. This person should be able to generate new ideas and programs, value the team concept of ministry, and be willing to accept suggestions from others. Further qualifications:

  • Spiritual gifts relevant to the area of family ministry,
  • Sense of call and passion for working with children and families,
  • Demonstrate a life that models good personal discipleship and leadership development practices,
  • Sound knowledge of Scripture and an ability to effectively apply spiritual principles in age appropriate and creative ways that lead to a solid spiritual foundation,
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, management, and teamwork skills while working with staff, lay leaders, volunteers, and other ministries personnel,
  • Ability to reach out to all types and ages of people, consistently exhibiting trustworthiness and faith,
  • Ability to delegate and empower others,
  • Ability to be an active and open-minded listener in order to hear all sides of an issue,
  • Being a self-motivated, people-oriented individual who can create, develop, and implement effective ministry strategies for his/her areas of responsibility, and is open to trying new things when appropriate,
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills,
  • Good organizational, teaching, administration, and computer/technology skills,
  • Ability to effectively deal with conflict,
  • Submit to a background check as required by law, and
  • Be CPR/First Aid certified (may be certified after being hired)



Position Open Until Filled