Job Opportunities

Below are specific job listings, including positions at Duke Divinity School, that have been submitted to the school.

January 13, 2015
Church, Administration, Church, Ministry
Media Center Intern
North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church
Part time
Garner, NC USA

The North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks a Media Center Intern for the summer of 2015. The Intern will be trained on OPALS, an open source automated library system in use at hundreds of school libraries, as well as some public, academic, and special libraries. Duties will include cataloging new resources using RDA, MARC 21, DDC, LCSH, and BISAC Subject Headings, updating old catalog records from a non-MARC system, circulating and mailing loaned resources, and recommending resources for patrons. The Intern will also have the opportunity to attend the North Carolina Annual Conference in Wilmington, NC during June 9-13. This gathering provides an inside look into the structure, leadership, and decision-making procedures of clergy and lay leaders from every church in the conference, as well as conference leaders. It is a great time of training, innovation, and fellowship. The Intern will benefit from extensive cataloging practice and experience learning OPALS, knowledge of Christian resources and the needs of ministry leaders, building connections with clergy and laity in the NC Conference, close work with the supervisor, and independent work in a slow-paced and quiet environment. This position should prepare the candidate well for work in libraries or Christian ministry.

The North Carolina Conference is organized under the leadership of a bishop who is responsible for appointing pastors to serve local churches, performing ordinations, and safeguarding the doctrine and discipline of the Church. The NC Conference is also the administrative body and ministry leader for over 800 United Methodist churches in 56 counties in Eastern North Carolina. The Media Center is located in the 5-year-old United Methodist Building in Garner, easily accessible from I-40 and US-70. The Media Center serves as a resource center for every church within the NC Conference with its collection of over 3,000 items. Resources include video-based bible studies, curriculum, and non-fiction books targeted to ministry leaders in all aspects of ministry including adult, youth, and children's ministries, as well as special populations. Although many of the resources are written by Methodist authors, many other popular Christian authors are included as well. With an average of 5 requests and 2 in-person visits per day, careful time can be spent to provide top-notch service to patrons and become familiar with the resources. The Media Center Director is the only person on staff and will therefore be readily accessible and fully invested in the work of the intern.

The preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications, but specific skills can be learned on the job:
•    Interest in Christian resources and/or The United Methodist Church
•    Basic knowledge of cataloging in RDA and MARC 21
•    Basic knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System
•    Basic knowledge of classification systems such as Library of Congress (LCSH) and Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) Subject Headings
•    Detail-oriented
•    Good judgment, analysis and decision-making skills
•    Friendly and professional demeanor
•    Independent and innovative

The Media Center Intern is a part-time, temporary position starting as early as May 2015 and continuing through August 2015 with a flexible schedule during the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Thursday at the United Methodist Building, 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, NC 27529. The Intern will be paid a $1,000 stipend.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resumé to:
Mrs. Laura Dallas, MLS
Media Center Associate

Laura Dallas

January 12, 2015
Church, Ministry
Minister of Outreach
Woodhaven Baptist Church
Full time
Apex, NC USA
http://www.woodhaven. org

Minister of Outreach

Woodhaven Baptist Church in Apex, NC is seeking a full-time Minister of Outreach to develop and lead a comprehensive outreach strategy for the church.  Located in an area consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the US, this position represents an exciting opportunity to be a part of a growing suburban ministry. Qualifications include a Master’s of Divinity degree and 4 years of experience in a staff ministry positon or equivalent combination of experience and education. Experience working in a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church is preferred. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated knowledge in establishing and leading church outreach strategies and programs and will have excellent people skills as well as excellent oral and written communication.

The full job description can be reviewed by visiting (under About Us, Church Ministry Team.)

If you are interested in this position please email your resume along with a personal testimony or statement of faith (i.e. explaining your relationship with Christ and your calling to ministry) and 3 references to Please include the words “Minister of Outreach” in the subject line. If you prefer, you may mail your resume and references to Woodhaven Baptist Church Personnel Committee, 4000 Kildaire Farm Road, Apex, NC 27539.

Andy Forbis

January 12, 2015
Church, Administration
Director of Development
Wesley Foundation at Florida State University
Full time
Tallahassee, Florida USA

The Wesley Foundation at Florida State University is seeking a Director of Development to help shape the future of one of the largest United Methodist campus ministries in the U.S.  FSUWF is a 3-building campus located adjacent to the FSU campus in Tallahassee, FL, whose mission is to be a distinctly Christian community, committed to the spiritual maturity of students, and to positively impact the FSU and TCC campuses and beyond.  The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and experienced self-starter with excellent people skills and an interest in college campus ministries. The Development Director will be responsible for establishing an ongoing program to financially support the ministry of FSUWF and will have full responsibility to lead in initiating, planning, and implementing necessary activities that will lead to meeting the fundraising goals in a timely manner.  Activities include (but may not be limited to) directing all fundraising programs of the FSUWF, developing an annual fundraising plan with goals and timelines, developing a fundraising budget for the Board of Director’s approval, working with volunteers, developing and securing major gifts, developing and successfully managing corporate and foundation grants, managing and developing the annual fund data base, and developing a new network of alumni supporters across the state of Florida. The position reports directly to the Campus Minister and Director of FSUWF.  Preferred credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Public Relations or related field; an MA, MS, or MBA degree; and a minimum of two years supervised professional experience.

E-mail or mail resume and work experience history by January 30, 2015 to or 705 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304.

Rev. Mike Toluba
Wesley Foundation

Rev. Mike Toluba

January 10, 2015
Church, Ministry
Youth Director
Millbrook United Methodist Church
Part time
Raleigh, North Carolina USA

Millbrook United Methodist Church, a vibrant Christ-centered and mission-oriented congregation in Raleigh, NC is seeking an energetic and passionate part-time youth director. The youth director will minister to the youth (6th to 12th grade) of MUMC; helping them to grow toward a deeper maturity in Christ.

The youth director will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing all youth-related programs and activities. MUMC’s youth ministry includes Sunday School, UMYF (Sunday evenings), 1712 East (Wednesday evening classes), and trips for both mission work and spiritual formation. The youth director will also assist the pastors in the Confirmation process.

A qualified candidate will have:
•    A strong personal faith and ability to effectively share it with others.
•    Minimum 1 year experience working with youth in a leadership capacity.
•    Strong organizational and communication skills.
•    Musical skills or a familiarity with incorporating music in youth ministry.
•    AS or BS degree in related field or equivalent relevant experience.

For a full job description, please email MUMC’s Associate Pastor, Laura Stern, at
To apply: Send your resume to The deadline to apply is February 15, 2015.

Laura Stern, Associate Pastor;
919-876-9787-church; 919-264-9054 - Pam Kallam SPRC Chair

January 09, 2015
Church, Ministry, Education
Director of Elementary Summer Camps
Christ Church United Methodist
Part time
Charleston, WV United States

      Are you looking for summer employment? Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, WV offers a summer camp program for children from the age of 5 through the 6th grade. We offer Christian camps with various themes during each week of Kanawha county’s summer hiatus- First week of June to Last week of July or First week of August, depending when school starts (July 4th excluded). The camps operate Monday through Friday from 9am until 12pm, with early drop-off beginning at 8 am and the option of afternoon care for those who work until 5 pm.

      We are looking for qualified people to run the summer camp and after care programs. We will hire the staff that fills the needs for director of the camps, director of after care, and assistant directors for both. If offered the position, you may choose if you would like to do camp, after care, or both. Of course, your salary will be based on that decision. We offer competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.

   If applying for the director position, Kate Schramm, the Director of Christian Education,will work closely with you to help you set up the programs and share all of the previous material with you, but you have complete freedom when planning the camp themes and after care activities. The assistant directors may or may not be involved in camp planning (based upon the decision made by the director and assistant directors) but will assist with the everyday functioning of the camp.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and written statement to Kate Schramm at The written statement should include the position you are seeking(director or assistant director), an explanation of your qualifications to direct a summer camp, and the reasons why you want the position.

Please direct any questions to Kate Schramm at the email and telephone number given below.
Applications are due February 14, 2015.

Kate Schramm
(304) 342-0191 Ext. 210

January 08, 2015
Ministry, Non-Church
Campus Minister/Wesley Foundation Director - University of Hawaii at Manoa
California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Full time
Pasadena, CA USA

The California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is looking for a Campus Minister/Wesley Foundation Director located at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Under general direction of and in conjunction with the Board of Directors, the Director will provide oversight to Wesley Foundation’s programs and services, monitor and assess the effectiveness of campus ministry offerings, participate in the development of resources to support the ministry, and promote and support campus ministry in higher education among student leaders, board members, and local churches in the Hawaii District. This position is full-time, non-exempt and located in Honolulu, Hawaii.  

THE MISSION OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IS:  “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

THE VISION OF THE CALIFORNIA-PACIFIC ANNUAL CONFERENCE IS: “Inspiring the world as passionate followers of Jesus Christ so all may experience God’s life-giving love.”


The Wesley Foundation at the University of Hawaii is a ministry to higher education of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church serving college students, faculty, and staff primarily on Oahu, Hawaii.  While located across the street from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), the outreach of Wesley Foundation also extends to other private higher education institutions in the Honolulu metropolitan area including Hawaii Pacific University & Chaminade University.  

The Wesley Foundation was chartered by thirty-seven students in September of 1949 and has provided a United Methodist presence to the University community for the past 66 years.  Our ministry facilities are located on a double-lot campus and has two buildings: a three-level student center with a fellowship hall, kitchen, chapel, offices and parking; and a student residence, the White House, with a capacity for ten residents.  Historically, Wesley Foundation has included, as a part of its programs and activities, students from a variety of denominational and faith backgrounds.  The Wesley Foundation also strives to be an inclusive community that invites participation of individuals regardless of their ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

In January 2009 the Board of Directors adopted the following mission statement, “The Wesley Foundation at the University of Hawaii is a United Methodist campus ministry that journeys with students as they discover, embrace and share their God-given gifts of intellect, compassion and leadership; living out Christ’s call to be disciples.”

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is part of a statewide, public higher education system that includes three four-year university campuses and seven community colleges throughout the Hawaiian Islands.  Founded in 1907, the Manoa campus is the “flagship campus” of the UH system comprised of 14 Colleges and Schools offering Bachelor’s degrees in 97 fields, Master’s degrees in 85 fields, and Professional & Doctoral degrees in 57 fields.  This 320 acre campus has a student enrollment of 20,000 students: 67% Hawaii (in-state) students, 27% out-of-state students, and 6 % international students representing over 119 countries.  UH Manoa is known for its pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer research and genetics.  The University’s motto is “Maluna a’e o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka” (Above all nations is humanity.)

Supervised and evaluated by: Executive Director of Connectional Ministries, in consultation with the Higher Education and Campus Ministry Council (HECMC) and the Board of Directors of the Wesley Foundation.  

Supervision responsibility for:
Bookkeeper; building manager; and outside contracted service providers such as custodial service, yard care and facilities related contracted workers.
Student Peer Ministers; Summer Seminary Intern; White House (student resident) Officers; Board Officers and members; and community volunteers.

Evaluation based on:

•Alignment with the mission of The United Methodist Church, the vision of the California-Pacific Annual Conference and the purpose of the Leadership Essential Ministries Team.
•Teamwork and decision-making habits consistent with Conference core values and expectations.
•Skills and competencies that include strategic planning and organizational leadership, financial management, and evaluation and assessment.  
•Level of integrity in the modeling of conference core values.
•Progress toward and achievement of goals.


Strategic Planning and Organizational Leadership
•Develop and implement strategic planning in conjunction with the Wesley
Foundation Board, that is consistent with and complimentary to that of the mission and
goals of the ministry.
•Create a vision for the planning and implementation of programs and services.
•Organize, develop and implement student-oriented programs and services that
include, but are not limited to, student leadership development, spiritual development, fellowship & worship, community service, interfaith communication/collaboration, pastoral counseling, and social justice.
•Develop strategic alliances with administration and on-campus departments to provide ppropriate programs and services to students.
•Develop strategic alliances with United Methodist Churches to participate in a supportive campus ministry.
•Mentor, supervise and provide work direction to the Student Peer Ministers and the Summer Seminary Intern.
•Identify and implement best practices and policies for serving student needs.
•Represent Wesley Foundation on the University of Hawaii at Manoa Religious Council and on other university committees and councils, as requested.

Financial Management
•Work with the Wesley Foundation Board to develop, fundraise and manage the annual operating budget to meet organizational needs and objectives. Work with Board Officers/ members and the bookkeeper, to prepare an annual budget.  Additionally, work with the aforementioned to monitor the budget monthly and quarterly to insure proper expenditures and resource needs.
•Collaborate with the annual fundraising campaign chairperson in developing an effective organizational structure that will ensure the financial sustainability of Wesley
•Initiate and comply with financial audits required by The United Methodist Church structure.
•Work with the Board of Directors to comply with financial reporting under 501 c (3)
when appropriate.

Evaluation and Assessment
•Conduct routine assessment of all Wesley Foundation programs, and provide evaluation and feedback to the Wesley Foundation Board.
•Complete timely evaluation tools required by HECMC.
•Comply with United Methodist and University of Hawaii requirements related to safe practices related to student contact and pastoral counseling.
•Comply with rules and guidelines for membership as a Registered Independent Organization (RIO) religious student group within the University of Hawaii system.

The activities and essential functions listed in this job description are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualification required of employees assigned to this job, and may be subject to changes in the future.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to use hands to grasp, handle or feel.
•The employee frequently is required to walk, sit, stand, talk and hear.
•The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch.
•The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
•Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.
•The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
•If telecommuting is elected for this position, a safe environment must be established in keeping with the guidelines of the Conference.

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities, and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

•Knowledge of United Methodist history, polity, liturgy, and Annual Conference structures directly associated with campus ministries.
•Ability to live and communicate in an Interdenominational and Interfaith world.
•Knowledge of unique aspects of campus climate at UH at Manoa and the needs of contemporary students.
•Ability to utilize electronic forms of communication for promoting campus ministry and communicating with students.
•Excellent communication and listening skills.
•Demonstrated self-motivation and self-starter skills.
•Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.
•Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

Master of Divinity degree or equivalent
Significant and relevant life experience will be considered.

Minimum of 2 years’ experience in campus ministry or equivalent.

To apply for this position and request the application paperwork, please send your cover letter and resume to and reference Campus Minister/Wesley Foundation Director - University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Position is open until filled.


January 08, 2015
Church, Ministry
Chaplain of the Colleges
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Full time
Geneva, NY USA

Hobart and William Smith Colleges' (i.e., "the Colleges") seek a dynamic, energetic and thoughtful individual to serve as Chaplain at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Serving a community of more than 3,000 people, the selected candidate will be the spiritual leader to campus, sitting on the President's senior staff and working in collaboration with students, faculty and staff from dozens of religious traditions as well as those who do not identify as having a religious practice. The right candidate must have a deep understanding of and commitment to interfaith inclusion; the skills necessary to continue to advance the Colleges' religious and pastoral offerings to meet the changing needs of the community; and the ability to seek and articulate intersections between the life of the mind and the life of the spirit.

This search is underway following the announcement that the Colleges' current Chaplain, who successfully served HWS for 20 years, will retire from the position at the end of the 2015 academic year. The tenure of Rev. Lesley Adams is marked by the kind of dedication to interfaith witness that the Colleges now seek in its next Chaplain. In the past two decades, the Colleges have created the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and established the Muslim Student Center and prayer room. Services for students, faculty and staff have also significantly increased with an emphasis on hands-on ministry that engages all members of the faith and non-faith communities.


The Colleges' Chaplain is responsible for the spiritual life of Hobart and William Smith Colleges providing pastoral care, programmatic leadership, spiritual direction and moral guidance for the HWS community.

The Chaplain is a member of the President's senior leadership team; reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs.


Guide and coordinate students groups.
Coordinate the work of diverse spiritual and religious life leaders on campus.
Serve as pastor to all students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, regardless of religious affiliations.
Provide pastoral, spiritual and grief counseling to all members of the Colleges community.
Make the resources and services of the Colleges' Chaplain and Chapel Office available to the Hillel and other Colleges religious groups.
Work with various departments and offices of the Colleges to promote those values, convictions, and commitments expressed by the dedication of the Chaplain and the founding of the Colleges. Serve and work with various groups as requested, e.g. Division of Student Affairs, Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement, health and counseling centers.
Accountable for administering the College Chapel to ensure availability to members of the Colleges both for religious and spiritual functions, musical events and other functions of the Colleges.
Provide invocations and benedictions at regularly scheduled and special events.
Conduct regular services in the Chapel according to the customs of the Colleges and the provisions of the Episcopal Church; preach regularly in the Chapel and provide for visiting preachers; conduct special services, e.g. baptisms, weddings, memorial services for members of the Colleges; provide counseling and instruction for them as appropriate.
Work with the Association for Episcopal Colleges and the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion.
Work with the Geneva area interfaith community.

M.Div. and ordination as an Episcopal priest is required as well as 5 to 10 years of parish and/or higher education experience is preferred.

The Colleges' Chaplain must have the ability and personality to relate comfortably to a sophisticated and diverse community.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be a thoughtful and effective communicator and spokesperson. More specifically, he or she must be an articulate spokesperson for the value of spiritual life(s) generally, able to express his or her faith with insight and clarity while understanding and respecting a variety of other ecumenical voices in the Colleges.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be able to nurture and develop programs and events which inclusively address the moral and spiritual needs of the various constituencies of the Colleges’ community.
The position of Colleges' Chaplain requires knowledge of college administration, as well as familiarity with the major issues in higher education.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be a sensitive and able administrator with the ability to manage the programs of the Colleges' chaplaincy, its affiliated ministers and budget.
The Colleges' Chaplain must have the ability to anticipate and react appropriately in dealing with matters which are highly confidential and complex.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be able to represent the Colleges effectively in situations of major importance to the present and future success of the Colleges.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be willing and able to work cooperatively with staff at all levels and as an integral part of the entire HWS community.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be able to exercise tact and diplomacy.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be willing to work, travel, and/or confer at various hours as required.

This is a full-time, 12 month, administrative, salaried/exempt, benefits-eligible position. Compensation will also include campus housing and utilities and the expectation that the Chaplain will live on campus. Additional hours may be required on occasion. The position description is not all inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2015. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information of at least three references online via Interfolio at:

If you have any questions regarding this position or about Interfolio, please contact Peggy Ferran, Associate Director of Human Resources at EOE

Peggy Ferran

January 07, 2015
Church, Ministry
Children's Minister
First Baptist Church of Greensboro
Full time
Greensboro, NC USA

The Children’s Minister will work as a part of the Church’s existing pastoral team, assuming primary leadership of and responsibility for the spiritual formation and pastoral support of the Church’s children and their families (birth through 5th grade). 
The Children’s Minister also will be responsible for ongoing and new community outreach initiatives, all of which should be designed to foster continued growth in the Church’s ministry to children and their families. Minimum qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree (although a Masters of Divinity is preferred); prior experience working with children; prior experience working in a congregational or organizational setting (prior experience serving a church as the children’s minister or its equivalent is preferred). If interested, please contact the Children’s Minister Search Committee at  Applicants should include an updated résumé with cover letter. 
Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2015.

Steve Cothran

January 05, 2015
Church, Ministry
Director of Children's Ministries
Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church
Full time
Albany, Georgia USA

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES for Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, a 2800 member congregation in the South Georgia Annual Conference (Albany, Georgia)

The children’s director is responsible for planning and implementing all programming for children ages two years through 5th grade. The various programs and job responsibilities are listed below. This is a full-time position.

Sunday School
•    Select the preschool curriculum from a publisher of Sunday school materials
•     Maintain a scope and sequence of lessons for a six-year period
•    Research, select, purchase and write the Sunday school lessons for each of the six rotation model workshops and provide teacher manuals for each workshop area
•    Oversee the Sunday school instruction on Sunday mornings
•    Register the children by grade levels
•    Recruit and train teachers, or use volunteers to recruit teachers and find substitutes when necessary
•    Recruit and train volunteers to be shepherds, who stay with the children in every workshop they attend, and room coordinators, who gather supplies for each workshop
•    Maintain the physical space in K.O.O.L. Studios by finding volunteers to do general clean-up, repairs, signage, and painting
•    Plan and implement any mission projects that are part of the Sunday school curriculum
•    Plan a back-to-school and church rally day each August
Safe Sanctuaries
•    Enforce the Safe Sanctuaries policy in all areas of children’s ministry
•    Remind other staff members of this policy
After School Programs—F.F.G.O. (For Fifth Grade Only) and Wonderful Wednesday
•    Recruit, screen and train drivers
•    Recruit and train volunteers to purchase and serve snack, help with homework, and lead small groups
•    Recruit and train youth helpers to assist me on these days
•    Plan the quarterly calendar with the music director
•    Supervise all volunteers and children during the program
•    Choose the curriculum, teach the lesson, lead the games and any extra activities like crafts or seasonal programs
•    Plan and implement any special field trips
•    Plan and implement any special mission projects that will include these children
•    Communicate with parents

Wednesday Night Fellowship Supper
•    Recruit children to say the blessing for those eating supper
•    Recruit volunteers to lead a short devotion and play games or take the children out to the playground when weather permits from 6:25-7:15 p.m.
•    Plan overnight trips
•    Recruit, screen, and train volunteers
•    Oversee the trip from beginning to end
•    Purchase any snacks or meals when necessary
•    Communicate with parents
Preschool Programs
The Children’s Director is the staff liaison to the Porterfield Day School. Those responsibilities include:
•    Attend all PDS Board Meetings
•    Work with the PDS Director as a sounding board and to give the church’s position on any issues that arise
Wednesday Day Away program
•    Maintain adequate nursery staff, including hiring and firing, to run the program that is offered on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 6 weeks through three years old
•    Work with the Nursery Director to see that the program is publicized and that there is communication with parents
•    Receive tuition money from the Nursery Director to deposit in Porterfield Memorial UMC account
Oceans of Fun
•    Hire a director to run this summer preschool program for children ages 6 weeks to rising 2nd grade which operates during the months of June and July
•    Hire youth to help the teachers
•    Work with the director to determine the curriculum
•    Oversee funding—tuition, payroll, expenses
Bible Presentations
•    Present gift Bibles to our 3rd graders every August at one of our three worship services.
Palm Sunday Palm Processional
•    Organize the children in a Palm Sunday processional at the 9:15 and 11:10 services. The children act like the people in Jerusalem on “Palm” Sunday by waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna!”
Easter Egg Hunt
•    Publicize the event which is held annually on the Saturday before Easter Sunday
•    Ask for candy-filled egg donations from the congregation
•    “Lay” the eggs on the morning of the event and make sure all children get at least a few eggs before the hunt is over and clean up

Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is offered the 3rd week in June every year. Our VBS is held from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
•    Choose the curriculum and organize all the crafts, music, drama, snacks, recreation and opening and closing assemblies for both preschool and elementary children
•    Recruit and train all adult and youth volunteers
•    Recruit a VBS nurse
•    Organize registration of children prior to and during the event
•    Create the schedule
•    Choose and implement the mission project
•    Make sure all Safe Sanctuaries policies are part of the training and implemented
•    Secure nursery staff for the volunteers who have small children
•    Create allergy lists and inform all appropriate volunteers
•    Publicize the event
Children’s Moment
•    Prepare and give a weekly children’s moment at the 9:15 and 11:10 services

Deadline to submit resume and cover letter: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Please send resume/cover letter to with “Porterfield Director of Children’s Ministries” in the subject line.

Lisa Burton

January 01, 2015
Church, Ministry
Director of Youth Ministries
Central United Methodist Church
Full time
Asheville, North Carolina USA

Position Overview:
Central United Methodist Church, a 3,000 member church in Asheville, NC is seeking a Director of Youth Ministries to assist in its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The role of the DYM is to oversee the youth’s ministry strategy of Central UMC under the direction and leadership of the Senior Pastor.  This will require a firm grasp of the beliefs, values and strategy of Central UMC and the ability to align staff and key leadership teams with its mission, vision, and values.  

The DYM will partner with parents to lead youth to a genuine sense of belonging, involvement, and spiritual growth at Central UMC by meeting youth where they are and leading them to next steps.  The DYM will facilitate relational connection and spiritual growth of youth through weekend ministries, small groups, and volunteer teams.

Absolutely essential is the proven ability to envision, develop, and implement Youth ministry programming and strategies that will support Central UMC’s vision, mission, values, and discipleship strategies.  It is also essential that the DYM form strong working relationships with Central UMC staff, volunteers, and laity in order to perform this job to excellent.

Desired Education and Experience:
.    A sense of God’s call to youth ministry.
.    Confirmation of skills, talents, giftedness, and passion for this ministry
.    Team player.
.    Strong relational and social skills—showing the ability to work well with
            youth and adults.
.    Experience with volunteers and the ability to recruit, equip, and enable
.    Ability to multi-task.
.    Organizational skills to plan and implement programs in a timely fashion.
.    Ability to articulate and write promotional information about upcoming
.    Committed to continued personal growth, both spiritually and educationally.
BS, BA in Youth Ministry OR equivalent education and experience.
3 – 5 years related youth, discipleship, or other ministry experience.

About Asheville, NC
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Alan Gibson