FUMC Arlington Heights (Director of Children and Youth Ministries)


Director of Children and Youth Ministries  First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois is seeking a full-time Director of Children and Youth Ministries. This individual will oversee the discipleship programs that help children and youth participate in God’s bold love, as both a recipient of God’s love and a disciple of Jesus who serves others. Ideal for this role would be an innovative, detail-oriented, hands-on minister who collaborates with and empowers teams of volunteers within a sustainable model of ministry. This position reports to the Pastor of Faith Formation.

Primary responsibilities for the position include: 

● Map out the overarching scope & sequence of discipleship from birth through high school 

● Actively engage with children, youth, and families, both inside and outside the church walls 

● Recruit, train, coordinate, and support teams of volunteer leaders 

● Create pathways for children and youth to serve with other ministry teams and regularly participate in intergenerational opportunities 

● Provide supportive resources for parents 

● Organize the infrastructure of the ministry, ordering paperwork, guiding processes, implementing systems, and managing child protective policies 

● Communicate regularly with key ministry stakeholders, both inside the church and those who are a part of the community 

● Steward the budget and maintain the financial accountability of the ministry 

Qualifications for this position are: 

● Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university preferred 

● Experience in implementing and leading teams towards sustainability, either in a faith-based setting or a related field 

● Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing 

● Ability to organize and keep accurate and detailed records 

● Strong competence and comfort with technology, including effectively utilizing platforms of digital communications, social media, and church-specific software 

● Ability to work as part of a team 

● Demonstrated leadership skills and strong work ethic 

● Passion for helping children, youth, and their parents know and love Christ 

● A person of Christian faith with an understanding of and alignment with the theology of a reconciling congregation in the United Methodist tradition 


Qualified candidates should send their resume along with a cover letter to renee.wilson@ministryarchitects.com.


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