Director of Family MinistriesWashington, District of Columbia (DC) 20036
Director of Family Ministries
Foundry United Methodist Church
Reports to: Executive Pastor/Chief of Staff
Status: Full Time
The Director of Family Ministries is a vital member of the staff of Foundry United Methodist Church, a large downtown Washington DC church whose diverse, ecumenical congregation and tradition of leadership in the community date to 1814. The Director of Families Ministries shares Foundry’s core values, among them a belief in Christ and His teachings, the commandment to serve others and to act and speak for the powerless, a compelling desire for diversity and full inclusion of all God’s children in the life of the church, and the critical nature of curiosity and intellectual honesty as we discern God’s path for us.
The Director of Family Ministries is responsible for developing, energizing, and maintaining a vibrant system for supporting Foundry’s children, youth and families in their faith journeys from infancy through adulthood. The Director, utilizing a collaborative style, relies on teams of lay servant leaders to carry out a vision and programs that provide a firm foundation for the growth of children and youth in Christian faith, engages them in learning the stories of the Bible, gives them practice in worship, mission, and service, and seeks to strengthen family relationships. Throughout these ministries, the Director and volunteer ministry teams will strive to create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and fun that attracts and retains children and youth as they encounter a wide variety of challenging learning experiences.
- Envisioning, creating, and implementing a system of Next Generation ministries for children, youth and families that gains the support of the congregation.
- Developing and maintaining positive relationships with children and youth, and their parents, as well as with other key lay leaders and interested congregants.
- Creating, equipping and empowering laity ministry teams to staff ministry areas for children, youth, and families, encouraging each of the ministry teams to be open to innovative ideas for change and improvement.
- Collaborating with church staff and lay leaders to ensure that children, youth and family ministries are fully integrated into the life of the church.
- Continuing and strengthening existing ministries for children, including but not limited to Children’s Choir, Sunday School, Bible Sunday, Advent Workshop, Christmas Pageant, and the Easter Egg Hunt.
- Continuing and strengthening existing ministries for Youth, including but not limited to Sunday Morning Youth Leaders, Confirmation, Youth Mission Fundraising, Lock-Ins, Monthly Gatherings, Mission Leaders, Scholarships and Youth Sunday.
- Creating and developing a vision for supporting families, as well as continuing and strengthening existing programs to engage and support families, including providing a Nursery/Toddler Room, conducting a Family Camp, and holding Parent Sessions on a variety of topics relevant to families.
- Identifying and selecting curricula for the children, youth, and family ministries that together encompass a full range of learning and experiences from cradle to college, coupled with a robust system for identifying, enlisting, orienting, and training teachers.
- Engaging with the Worship Pastor, to strengthen the monthly Children’s Church to prepare children for the adult worship experience and allow practice in worship roles.
- Establishing and maintaining connections with associated ministries at the district and conference levels, as well as collaborating with nearby United Methodist local churches such as Asbury UMC to share program opportunities.
- Engaging lay leaders and a wide range of members throughout the congregation in order to share the scope, value, and opportunities for service in children, youth, and family opportunities, while at the same time gaining a knowledge of the congregation and its gifts.
- Ensuring that Safe Sanctuary policies are enforced
- Attending staff meetings, retreats, etc.
- An understanding of, and commitment to, the ministry, values, mission, goals and Statement of Call of Foundry Church
- Ability to craft and communicate a vision for children, youth, and family ministries within the overall mission and vision for Foundry Church
- Leadership ability, with a knack for enlisting, developing, and inspiring volunteer ministry teams and an ability to collaborate effectively with others on the staff and in the congregation
- Understanding of systems, their development and implementation, and the importance of follow-through
- Ability to communicate with, and relate to, diverse groups and individuals, coupled with the ability to show interest and empathy
- A broad knowledge of developments in the field of children, youth and family ministries and an ability to integrate new concepts, as appropriate into Foundry’s programs
- Demonstrative maturity, including acceptance of responsibility, an openness to criticism, and an ability to defuse through personal example
- A commitment both to continuing personal development and self-care, maintaining wholeness as a person
Send cover letter and resume to:
- Organization: Foundry United Methodist Church
- Contact: Jill Foster
- Phone: 202-332-4010
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Closing Date: 06/16/17