Children, Student, and Family Ministry Coordinator

First United Methodist Church of Brighton & Whitmore Lake
400 East Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI 48116
$40,000 a year - Part-time

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  • Weekends as needed
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400 East Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI 48116

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  • Continuing education credits
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Brighton & Whitmore Lake First United Methodist Church

400 E. Grand River Ave, Brighton, Michigan 48116

UMC Mission:

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

First UMC Mission: To know God, love God, and serve God.

Job Title: Children, Student, and Family Ministry CoordinatorPosition: Full-Time, 40 hours/week Work Days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and two additional regularly scheduled work days, selected by the coordinator. Additional Work Day Requirements: Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, and Bounce Back Sunday. Direct Report: Rev. Lindsey HallDate posted: March 2024

Summary: The Children, Student, and Family Ministry Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Co-Pastors, Leadership Board, staff, congregation, volunteers, and parents to design, implement, lead and maintain a sustainable Children, Student, and Family Ministry at First UMC Brighton & Whitmore Lake.

The Coordinator will report directly to Rev. Lindsey Hall, who oversees the Children, Student, and Family Ministry at First UMC of Brighton and Whitmore Lake.

Working with the Co-Pastors, Leadership Board, and select members of the congregation, a review of the Children, Student, and Family Ministry will take place annually, where vision casting, strategic priorities, goal setting, and opportunities for growth and improvement will be identified.

The Children, Student and Family Ministry Coordinator will implement, coordinate, communicate, and lead ministries with children and youth as identified in annual goal setting and vision casting, while also recruiting, training, and equipping volunteers to serve as ministry leaders with young people and their families.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Show Care and Concern for Children, Youth and their Families:• Learn the names of all children, youth and their families at First UMC Brighton and Whitmore Lake, both visitors and members. • Develop relationships with children, youth and their families, supporting them in their growth as disciples of Jesus Christ, and encouraging them to join in church membership. Attend New Member class meetings. •Attend Pastoral Care meetings; visit children and youth in the hospital as requested by the clergy and/or family. • Pray for the children, youth, and families of First UMC.• Develop systems and teams of volunteers that provide tangible examples of care such as sending birthday cards and notes of encouragement. •Develop systems and teams of volunteers that attend extracurricular activities on behalf of Children, Student & Family Ministries. • Develop systems and teams of volunteers that keep track of and follow-up with children and youth when they are absent for several weeks, making sure they know they are missed.

Create Safe Space for Children, Youth and their Families:• Follow Safe Sanctuary Policies. Follow mandatory reporter policies. • Foster an inclusive, welcoming space for children, youth, and their families.• See that aspects of hospitality such as snacks and beverages are provided (or coordinate refreshment donations).• Ensure children and youth are aware of safety and respect rules, helping them to live into Christian community by using words that build up rather than put down.• Embrace theological diversity; express openness to other points of view and life situations.• Adapt to changes in work environment, delays or unexpected events.

Develop and Support Leadership Teams:• Identify opportunities for volunteers to serve in Children, Student and Family Ministries, reporting this information quarterly to the clergy and nominations team for recruitment support, as needed. • Oversee the recruitment and training of volunteers for children’s, youth and family ministries. • Support, empower, encourage and thank volunteers for their leadership service.• Encourage youth to share their gifts, talents, and leadership within the congregation and wider community.

Worship Leadership and Sunday Presence• Attend Worship team meetings in preparation for special worship services. • Coordinate and assist with special worship services that include children and youth, such as: Kindergarten & 3rd Grade Bible Sunday, Children’s Christmas Eve worship, Camp Sunday, Confirmation Sunday, Graduation Sunday, VBS Sunday, and Baptisms.• Be present for worship and fellowship on Sunday mornings; intentionally reaching out to meet visitors and new children, youth and their families. Prioritize meeting new people, and people you do not known well, as opposed to children, youth and families with whom you already have deeply developed relationships.

Christian Education Leadership• Collaborate with Rev. Lindsey Hall to determine and implement the curriculum for children and student ministry, from the Wesleyan/UMC theological tradition. • Prepare and organize the curriculum for Sunday school teachers and youth group leaders. The curriculum will be selected in collaboration with Rev. Lindsey Hall, from the Wesleyan/UMC tradition. • Support the Confirmation program, as needed. Confirmation will be led by Rev. Lindsey Hall. • Oversee the planning and coordination of Vacation Bible School; selecting the curriculum from a Wesleyan/UMC theological tradition with Rev. Lindsey Hall. • Coordinate and support mission, outreach, and social justice opportunities for children, youth, and their families within the scope of Wesleyan/UMC theology. Utilize and collaborate with the Mission Council and Church & Society Ministry. • Plan, oversee, and attend the summer Youth Mission Trip, and Saturday youth mission days, providing leadership and support to volunteers. Mission projects, not currently supported by the Missions Council and/or Church & Society committee must be approved by the co-pastors. • Plan, oversee, and attend the Youth Winter Retreat, providing leadership and support to volunteers. Retreat ministry must support Wesleyan/UMC theology. •Oversee and attend the children’s & youth summer camp, providing leadership and support to volunteers. Camp ministry must support Wesleyan/UMC theology.• Reach out at least twice a year to college and graduate students from our congregation. Collaborate efforts with the College Care Package ministry team.

Administrative Leadership• Participate in the annual review of the Children, Student and Family Ministry to cast vision, set goals, and identify opportunities for growth and improvement.•Establish, communicate, and keep updated the Children’s, Student, and Family Ministry calendar of events & program, working at least 12 months in advance. •Communicate to families all VBS dates, mission trip dates, summer camp dates, and retreat dates at least 8-10 months in advance. • Attend weekly staff meetings, program staff meetings, and staff retreats as scheduled.• Develop and work within an approved budget. Strive for good stewardship of the church’s materials, supplies, services and facilities.• Work alongside staff and clergy to set the program calendar for the year.• Coordinate all childcare needs for church events, including Sunday morning worship times, seasonal evening worship services (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Hope for Christmas, etc), and special events.• Publicize children’s and youth events utilizing church publications, newsletters, promotional fliers, and social media. • Perform background checks for all volunteers who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults.• Model and enforce the Safe Sanctuary Policy of First United Methodist Church of Brighton for the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults.• Oversee the administration of registration forms, medical release forms, and permission slips.• Accept, by mutual consent, other appropriate tasks as may be delegated by the clergy or Leadership Board.

Oversee and coordinate new and existing programmatic ministries for children, youth, and their families. Including, but not limited to: • Nursery care, children’s Sunday school, the Children’s Message, Middle School Sunday school, Youth Group, Vacation Bible School, mission trips, mission days, Trunk-Or-Treat, Christmas Eve worship for children, Easter egg hunts, retreats, summer camp, and outreach activities.

Personal Attributes / Role Model of Christian Living• Abiding love of God and a heart to make disciples for Jesus Christ.• Active prayer life and practitioner of spiritual disciplines with emphasis on Wesleyan theological heritage.• Maintains appropriate boundaries between professional and personal time through punctuality and undivided attention during work hours.• Work with integrity and principles; keep commitments and has a strong follow through.• Confident and warm communication style.• Keep all confidential information with strict integrity.• A curious, life-long learner, and disciple of Jesus Christ. • Practices the spiritual discipline of sabbath; takes weekly time off from ministry to recharge, refresh and care for self and family; utilizes PTO. • Works hard, is a collaborative team player.

Skills / Qualifications• Addresses conflict professionally and in a timely manner, directly addressing the conflict with the person (people) involved. • Excellent interpersonal skills for positive engagement with children, youth and families.• Self- motivated to work independently and collaboratively with others.• A proven ability to manage multiple ministries at once, prioritizing issues/tasks as needed.•A strong attention to detail; excellent organizational skills.• Comfortable speaking before small and large groups of children, youth and adults, including the congregation on a Sunday morning.• Ability to identify and use appropriate forms of communication, to reach many different demographics with the same information quickly and effectively.• Proficient in Microsoft Office, Zoom, Constant Contact, Group Me, and Social Media platforms, and the ability to learn database programs.

Terms of Employment• The Children, Student and Family Ministry Coordinator is eligible for continuing education benefits as established by the Leadership Board.• Paid time off and vacation days as established in the First United MethodistChurch of Brighton Lay Employee Handbook•Follows all policies as stated in the First United Methodist Church of Brighton Lay Employee Handbook.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $40,000.00 per year

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan


  • Holidays
  • Weekends as needed


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Ministry: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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