Children’s Director — St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

Baton Rouge

Job Type: Part-Time

Denomination: United Methodist

Church Description:

St. Andrew’s is a neighborhood church in East Baton Rouge parish that has been creating space for people to faithfully follow Jesus for 40 years.  With a strong worshipping community, a heart for missions, a preschool,  and a beautiful campus we are seeking the next person to come and serve our children and families as our children’s director.  With an incredible church staff along side a faithful children’s ministry team, we are seeking the next person to help our church continue to meet the formational needs of our children, connect with our families and create opportunities to help our congregation take the next step in faithful ministry.

Job Description:

Children’s Director

St. Andrew’s UMC in Baton Rouge is seeking a creative and compassionate person who loves engaging children and families to serve as our new Children’s Director. Primary responsibilities will be leading Sunday Morning ministries including Children’s Church, Sunday School, and the Nursery as well as cultivating relationships to sustain the ministry. Throughout the year there are special events for children and families such as Vacation Bible School, Easter Egg hunt, Fall Funfest, etc.
This person will be organized, deeply relational and love engaging children. They will be supported by a children’s ministry team, a church staff ready to support them and a pastor who oversees their work.
The role is approximately 30 hours a week with a competitive salary that acknowledges experience and can grow with the position.

Job Responsibilities

Principal Focus:

  • Oversees all ministries to children from birth to sixth grade

Regular Duties:

  • Works closely with the Children’s Ministry Committee to create and sustain ongoing programs for children: Sunday School, Children’s Church, Nursery, Preteen Ministry, Special Needs, and any others
  • Coordinates with SPR in recruiting and hiring staff for programs that require them
  • Provides and tracks training for all Children’s program volunteers and employees. Training includes job duties, CPR, Safe Sanctuaries and any other required training
  • Recruits and supports volunteers for programs that require them. Tracks adult volunteers to ensure that they have all training, background checks, and other qualifications to work with youth
  • Selects or creates curricula for Children’s Ministry programs. Orders and/or shops for any resources needed for Children’s Ministry programs
  • Schedules nursery workers for all worship services and any meetings for which they are required
  • Communicates with staff, volunteers and parents for all programs using multiple methods, both print and electronic
  • Coordinates calendar with the calendars of other programs to prevent conflict. Advises Administrative • Assistant of items that need to be on the main church calendar.
  • Oversees special events that involve children; Trunk or Treat, Promotion Sunday, Christmas play, and others
  • Coordinates the use and upkeep of classrooms and equipment with Preschool and Trustees
  • Visits Sunday School classes and Children’s Church regularly
  • Assists Children’s Committee chair in preparing for and leading Children’s Ministry meetings
  • Compiles and maintains Sunday School attendance records for children’s grades
  • Provides formal and informal recognition of volunteers
  • Assists SPR and/or Senior Pastor with feedback on nursery employees

Occasional Duties:

  • Proposes annual Children’s Ministry budget; oversees expenditures within the budget
  • Recruits Vacation Bible School director, and assists director with planning VBS and recruiting other volunteers
  • Manages annual Promotion Sunday/Teacher Recognition
  • Contacts children when notified of illness and family concerns
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Requirements:

  • Volunteer Management: strong, proven ability to create and maintain a broad network of adults who are willing to work in Children’s Ministry
  • Physical, Emotional, Religious, and Moral Development skills: Understanding of the developmental changes of childhood, and how their relationship to God, the church, and the world change during those transitions
  • Educational skills: Familiarity with different teaching techniques and the ability to assess which ones are appropriate in which situations
  • Supervisory Skills: Supervises both volunteer Sunday School Teachers and paid staff, nursery workers
  • Organizational Skills: Maintains inventory of educational equipment and supplies, manages the needs of multiple volunteers at one time
  • Understanding of the Christian faith in the Methodist tradition.
  • Teamwork: ability to coordinate his/her work with others on the church staff, meeting his/her own goals while being considerate of the needs of other team members
  • Stewardship: Recognition of God’s gifts to us in the form of buildings, equipment, and space that we share with other Christians. Ability to be a responsible steward of those gifts, making sure that they’re both welcoming and well cared-for

Required Meetings:

  • Staff Meetings, usually weekly
  • Church Council, usually monthly
  • Preschool Board, usually bimonthly
  • Children’s Council, usually monthly
  • Occasional other meetings as requested


  • Sunday Mornings, 8:00-12:30
  • Office and activity hours during the week total an average weekly presence of 30 hours per week. Limited work can be done offsite, but a presence is necessary to maintain relationships with key stakeholders.

Accountable To:

  • Senior Pastor for day-to-day functions and evaluations
  • Staff-Parish Relations committee for compensation and personnel issues

Salary Range:

$25,000 - $30,000

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