POSITION: CHILDREN, FAMILY, AND YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR
Bethlehem United Methodist Church seeks an engaged, passionate individual to coordinate new and existing programs for kids pre-K to 12th grade on a part-time basis. The church has identified Children, Youth and Family Ministry as a critical area of focus for outreach and mission. We are in a time of redevelopment and are looking for new ways to support and serve families with children from infant to young adult in Hutchinson and the surrounding area. The Coordinator will work with kids and parents, pastors, and staff to help foster new opportunities for discipleship.
The ideal candidate will have a history of excellence in youth or children’s ministry, strong communication skills, an ability to work collaboratively, and proficiency in social media outreach and community building. This candidate should have a clear, innovative vision of how Christian communities can best meet the needs of families in our area.
Presence on Wednesday afternoons/evenings, Sunday mornings, and at Vacation Bible School during the summer is required.
This part-time position (15-20/hrs per week) will oversee and expand Bethlehem’s new and relaunched children and family ministries in keeping with church vision. These duties include:
PLANNING AND SERVICE
- Working with pastoral leadership and parents to plan experiential, explorational, and service events for youth
- Planning new outreach initiatives
- Overseeing Wednesday and Sunday youth, children, and family ministries (Jesus and Me, or JAM)
- Lead and attend middle school and youth outings and faith formation events
- Collaboratively plan Vacation Bible School program during summer
- Administration of the Children, Youth, and Family Ministries social media accounts and related outreach
- The ability to build strong relationships with children and youth disciples
- Working collaboratively with other bodies (i.e., churches, schools, etc.) to explore new models of service and faith exploration
- Communicate program and event information to families and parents
- Identify and communicate with new and potential families and parents
- Coordinate volunteer educators for Wednesday, Sunday, and experiential ministries
- Support volunteers by organizing and preparing lesson materials
- Organize monitoring and evaluation files for all children, youth, and family services and events
- Collect and file all necessary health, safety, and permission forms associated with services and ministries
- Research and distribute education-based curriculum in conjunction with pastoral leadership
BETHLEHEM UMC CHILDREN'S MINISTRY OVERVIEW
JAM (Jesus and Me) is an after-school program for kids PK-Grade 8 based on fun, fellowship, and developing the tools to become young disciples. Every Wednesday is based around a scriptural theme that relates faith to real life and gives kids an opportunity to ask questions, play games, and find out what it means to become disciples. The program includes an after-school snack, time for lessons, discussion, and homework (for older students), and worship and meal time that are open to all ages, families, and affiliations. Worship starts at 5:00 pm with dinner to follow from 5:30 pm onward.
SUNDAY MORNING OVERVIEW
Bethlehem is moving toward a two-service Sunday worship format, with one service at 9:00 am and a second at 10:30 am. Kids Church is a rotational model which runs from 9:00 am to 10:15 am.
Bethlehem’s children’s and youth ministries currently take place on Wednesday afternoons/evenings and Sunday mornings. During this time, kids sing, make crafts, play trivia games, or act out a Bible story that relates to the messages presented in worship.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a vital outreach opportunity for Bethlehem UMC, as we seek to serve the needs of our own families, the families of those whose churches may not have such programs, and our neighborhood at large. Planning VBS should be a collaborative process with members of each of these parts of our community, but most importantly, it should be fun and engaging for kids.
YOUTH GROUP OVERVIEW
Our Youth Group is a ministry for students Grades 9-10 and is in a period of rebuilding and outreach. We welcome applicants with a clear vision or track-record of success at this level.
The coordinator will work an average of 15-20 hours per week with an annual salary of $15,000 (negotiable). Time off is flexible, taking into account key programs and events.