Title: 
Director of Family Ministry
Organization: 
Celebration UMC

Celebration is a faith community that is committed to relationships: our relationship with God and with others.

We nurture our relationship with God and others through acts of worship, study and service.  We offer two worship services each week.  Our traditional service is one that pulls from our rich heritage, sharing in the creeds and hymns of years past.  We have recently revamped our second service to be intentionally geared towards families, especially mindful of families who have children with special needs.  Creating a safe place, we believe that families should have the opportunity to worship together, which means providing a safe, inviting place for families to worship together.  Inviting our children to attend, and participate in worship, is an important piece to this.  Our family service is very interactive including music, art, and family activities.  Small groups are offered for all ages.  From children to adults, on and off the campus, small groups gather for study, prayer and fellowship.  We understand that each of us are called to disciple others, even as we make ourselves available to be discipled by someone else.  Throughout the month there are several opportunities to be in service.  We support such ministries as the local food bank, Hope Lodge, Habitat for Humanity and the Hospice Attic.  While we are committed to sending financial resources, we also give of our time and talents to these organizations that do tremendous work in our community.

In the past year our culture has taken on a precious identity as we have redesigned our community to be intentionally welcoming and safe for families that have children and adults with special needs.  This has led to a complete overhaul of our “contemporary” worship service to a new “Family Worship Experience”.  This change in culture has also impacted the way we are designing our Sunday School program for children.  We have incorporated the Montessori model of Godly Play so that children of all abilities will be able to hear the story and enter into the story exactly where they are developmentally.  Our God-sized dream is to open a Children Development Center in the next two and a half years that will help all children “blossom” into the people that God has designed them to be, again, with an emphasis on serving children with special needs.


The Position
The Leader will focus on Family Spiritual Development and Community Outreach.   In general, this position is responsible for the creation of discipleship opportunities that will involve more children and families in Christian development. This person needs to function as the spiritual leader of the persons involved in leading the programs in this area.

The Responsibilities

Family Ministry:
Recognizing the home as the primary development center for Children’s spiritual development, create and implement transferable Christian learning experiences for parents/guardians to use in the home.
    
Develop ministries that will assist families in growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.  This will likely include some age based ministries where deemed appropriate as well as intergenerational ministries.  Examples of such might include, but are not limited to: Sunday School classes, Workshops, Retreats, Mission Opportunities

The Director will need to be “hands on” in their approach to ministry.  We believe that all ministry is a “contact sport” and that the best way to teach is to lead by example just as Jesus did.  With this in mind, the Director will need to be willing to build healthy relationships with families, his/her team of leaders and the church at large.  

Worship:
Work with the Sr. Pastor in planning and implementing the 4pm Family Worship Experience.  

Seek ways to carry the act of family worship beyond the walls of the church.

Community Outreach:    
Work with the leadership of the church to launch the Children’s Development Center by Fall 2018.

In conjunction with the Mission and Outreach team, create and implement community events focused on Families.
                
    Develop Leaders:
As the ministry grows the Director will be responsible for training and equipping individuals who are responding to a call to serve in the area of Family Ministries.

General:
    Participate in the continuing development of, and support, the church’s vision.
Maintain and uphold all church policy statements regarding children.




The Person
•    Has an authentic and demonstrated relationship with Jesus Christ
•    High level of creativity
•    Demonstrated ability to work with volunteers
•    Ability to tap into church resources to get what is needed
•    Passion to assist families in faith growth
•    Ability to communicate
•    Good people skills
•    Ability to complete projects
•    Ability to work independently
•    Team player
•    Motivated and confident
•    Accepts challenges with passion and joy

Education and Background
•    Seminary training in Christian Education preferred
•    Church family leadership experience

Compensation        
Compensation will be commensurate with background and experience

Posting Dates: 
01/04/2016 to 01/31/2016
Job Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Church, Ministry
City: 
Gainesville
State: 
FL
Country: 
USA
Contact Name: 
Rev. Melissa Pisco
Contact Email: 
celebrationumc@gmail.com
Contact Phone: 
352-367-8005