Director of Children and Family Ministries

Job Opening
Director of Children and Family Ministries Ames, Iowa (IA) 50014
A printable PDF of this job description may be found at http://www.cwames.org/jobs
Spiritual growth and faith formation is a life-long developmental process marked by stages, developed by practices and nurtured through education. The Christian Education Ministry will create safe and accepting environments that enable individuals to:
grow in their faith
articulate their beliefs
be a living witness of God's love within the world
The Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation (CUMC/WF) Christian Education Director for Children must be a committed Christian who expresses enthusiasm toward Christian Education. This person must have verifiable experience that supports the ability to inspire and assist children in nurturing their relationship with God and, at the same time, to deepen their discipleship as followers of Jesus Christ. The Christian Education Director must have verifiable experience that supports the ability to relate to and empathize with persons of diverse backgrounds, skills, and understanding. The director must be able to show how s/he embodies and lives out CUMC/WF's reconciling statement:
Collegiate United Methodist Church welcomes and affirms all persons without regard to gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental ability, marital status, economic condition or anything else which threatens to divide God's family. In our quest to follow the example of Christ, we will employ no circles of exclusion and we commit ourselves to loving acts of invitation, hospitality and reconciliation, providing ministry to, for and with all persons without exception. (See below for the full Reconciling Statement.)
I. Qualifications and characteristics
A. Qualifications
Bachelor's degree; major in child development or teacher education preferred
Christian education experience, teaching experience or verifiable alternative experience that supports teaching skills
B. Characteristics
Commitment and dedication to serving the best interests of children and parents in growing their faith as individuals and as families
Strong administrative skills, including budgeting and record keeping
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to interact with people of all ages
Ability to recruit volunteers who have a passion for experiential, hands-on, real-world learning; build effective teams; and equip these people with knowledge and resources
Experience in and ability to grow children's programs, either in number or in quality
Beliefs that coincide with the progressive theology of Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation
Exhibition of Christ-focused character and conduct in relationships, maintaining appropriate professional boundaries, including understanding and maintaining appropriate confidentiality
Knowledge of and experience with technology to use with Christian education programs
Collaboration skills to participate as a "team player" with all staff members, including working jointly with the Christian Education Director of Youth and Adults, partnering in intergenerational learning and service opportunities.
II. Duties and Responsibilities
A. Program leadership (supervisor, advisor, planner/organizer)
Overall management of the organization of classes, programs, events, and activities related to Christian education in children's ministry
Attend weekly staff meetings, Christian Education Cluster meetings, church council meetings, the annual charge conference and church conferences as they might occur. Provide necessary connections and guidance for "cross cluster" programming and activities involving children
Along with adult volunteers, plan children's Sunday school classes, the Bible school program, other children's activities and family activities
Plan and conduct training sessions for teachers and leaders, emphasizing experiential, hands-on, real-world experiences
Maintain and enforce behavioral policies and educate teachers, parents and students about these policies
Grow children's and family programs in number of attendees and in quality of programming for spiritual growth
Grow teams by recruiting effective volunteers. Seek ways to become acquainted with the congregation in order to meet their needs and provide opportunities for them to use their talents.
Be responsible for the supervision of the CUMC/WF computer lab and other uses of technology when being used by students as part of a Christian education activity
Responsibly manage the Christian education budget and the allocation of the children's ministry budget
Oversee maintenance of detailed records of enrollment and attendance forms, membership and volunteer lists, children's trip permission forms, medical forms, parent emergency contact forms, photo permission forms, fund-raising sheets and receipts from purchases
Serve as the primary staff person with relationship to the nursery and child care programs, (a) developing it as needed to address the concerns and needs of the members of the church/foundation and their families and (b) having responsibility for hiring, training and scheduling caregiving
Review new curriculum resources and provide suggestions and samples of resource materials to teachers. See that adequate materials and supplies are provided and available.
Serve as the liaison to the library committee in discussing materials, books and other resources for children
In cooperation with the church office staff, coordinate and publicize the educational activities of the church. Keep the congregation informed of upcoming events, opportunities to serve in Christian education and needs within children's education.
B. Safe Sanctuary Policy
Ensure compliance with the Safe Sanctuary Policy, including background checks for all volunteers and accurate record keeping
Ensure that two adults are present for all children's activities
Provide training in the Safe Sanctuary Policy for all teachers and others working with children
Participate in the periodic review and updating of the Safe Sanctuary Policy
C. Professional
Promote cooperation among churches and sharing of ideas through communication with other Christian educators and church staffs
Serve on district, conference and local committees as time, skills and interest allow
Participate in continuing education opportunities as time, interest and budget allow
D. Accountability
This position reports to the Senior Minister of CUMC/WF.
III. Work schedule and salary
A. Full-time professional program staff appointment
B. Some flexibility in hours is possible. However, most Sunday mornings, some evening hours and some weekend time spent on job-related activities will be necessary.
C. Salaried position commensurate with education and experience
Appendix: Statement of Reconciliation
Historical Background
In October 2000, after a five-year process of study, education and congregational discernment, an official Church Conference of Collegiate/Wesley voted to approve our "Statement of Reconciliation" with a 92% majority.
In honor of the spirit of our statement, the Administrative Council of Collegiate/Wesley voted in December 2005 to align with the Reconciling Ministries Network, a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of The United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.
Statement of Reconciliation
Collegiate United Methodist Church
adopted 10/8/00
We believe that in God's view, all human beings are persons of sacred worth. All are recipients of God's love and grace and therefore deserve our love.
We believe that God is constantly being revealed to us through the ancient scriptures, the traditions of the church, and in very personal ways?both our individual experiences of God and our God-given reason.
We believe that God intends the church to be an inclusive community which embodies love, grace and justice for all people.
We believe that the church is a covenant of people of diversity: many backgrounds, expectations and styles, yet called by one Spirit revealed in Jesus of Nazareth, who encourages, challenges and reforms the church and all persons.
We believe that Christ's message of love is central to our faith, and therefore, we feel strongly that no interpretation of scripture is correct that encourages judgment of or contempt for any individual. Above all, we honor the command to love.
We believe that the Spirit calls us to recognize the gifts and graces of each person, to welcome all persons as our brothers and sisters to full participation in the life of the church and to reject discrimination and exclusion however expressed.
We believe that, to truly be people of faith, actions must be consistent with our words. If what we say we believe is not borne out by faithful and intentional action, then our words are empty.
And so:
Collegiate United Methodist Church welcomes and affirms all persons without regard to gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental ability, marital status, economic condition or anything else which threatens to divide God's family. In our quest to follow the example of Christ, we will employ no circles of exclusion and we commit ourselves to loving acts of invitation, hospitality and reconciliation, providing ministry to, for and with all persons without exception.
Organization: Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation
Contact: Donna Niday
Phone:
Email: jobs@cwames.org
Closing Date: 12/24/16

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