Director of Children and Family Ministries
Trenholm Road United Methodist Church

Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC is searching for an energetic, creative leader to serve as our Director of Children and Family Ministries.  S/he will be a person of mature faith in Jesus Christ and passionate love for Jesus Christ  and will build a ministry that facilitates the spiritual growth of children in our church.  This position partners with parents by providing programs, tools, guidance and encouragement in order to equip parents to assume their role as the primary spiritual shaper in their kids’ lives.

Who we are 

Trenholm Road is an established United Methodist Church poised for the future.  We average between 500-600 across 3 worship services each Sunday, and our 11am traditional worship service is broadcast weekly on the local ABC television affiliate. 

We’re strategically located within a 3 mile radius of the University of South Carolina, Fort Jackson (the largest US Army training base in the country), and the state capitol complex. Our 80,000 square feet campus features a large sanctuary, gymnasium, kitchen, dining room, student ministry area, and recently renovated children's ministry area.  Our facilities are used extensively throughout the week by AA, scouts, sports leagues and community groups, so there's a constant stream of visitors on our campus. We also house a highly-respected preschool and after-school program that regularly draw new families into the life of our church.

We’re growing.  In the past 2 years, our congregation has celebrated over 60 births, and young families with children are joining our congregation every month. We’ve spent the past few years laying the groundwork for the future of children/family ministry, and now we're ready for the right person to take us to the next level.  You’d join a multi-staff team that is young, innovative and driven by a vision for what God wants to do in our community.  We’re open to new ideas and approaches, and we're excited for what's next!

Expectations / Responsibilities

Under the direction and supervision of the Senior Pastor, the Director of Children and Family Ministries will:

  • provide vision, strategic direction, oversight and energy for all ministries and programs for children (birth-5th grade) and their families
  • develop and implement an effective long-range strategy for the spiritual development of children (birth-5th grade) and their parents
  • have a passion for partnering with parents to shepherd their children so that families are experiencing a life-changing relationship with Jesus
  • imagine, create and deploy tools to empower parents to be the primary spiritual influences for their children
  • promote the missional vision of TRUMC to make disciples of Jesus Christ across the streets of Columbia and around the world 
  • plan and oversee missional opportunities for children and families, with special attention given to being in mission with the poor, needy, and marginalized in our community 
  • plan and coordinate opportunities for the discipleship of families (training)
  • in conjunction with the Director of Spiritual Formation, plan, organize and oversee Sunday School for all children
  • in conjunction with the Director of Spiritual Formation, recruit and train volunteers and teachers for Sunday School, Children’s Church and other Children’s Ministry activities
  • supervise part-time nursery supervisor and nursery staff
  • maintain healthy working relationship between church and preschool personnel and provide multiple pathways for preschool families to become involved in the life of Trenholm Road
  • organize all children’s basketball, karate, dance and other athletic activities
  • plan, organize and execute Fall Festivals, Easter Egg hunts and other large-scale family/intergenerational fellowship and outreach events
  • in conjunction with the Director of Spiritual Formation and Director of Student Ministries, plan, organize and execute annual Vacation Bible School
  • ensure the promotion and advertisement of all children and family events
  • develop and offer parenting classes, parents support groups, etc.
  • ensure children are safe by enforcing our Safe Sanctuary policy

 Ministry Qualifications

  • Have a strong, mature, and personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, God, and Savior;
  • Must be devoted to “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
    • Distinct calling to ministry, with an emphasis on children and families
    • Some formal education in ministry, education and/or child development (a bachelor’s or Master’s in a ministry-related field is strongly preferred)
    • At least two years verifiable experience in a paid children or family ministry leadership role
    • Demonstrated success in identifying and developing classroom tools and curricula
    • Demonstrated ability to grow a children’s ministry
    • Demonstrated fruitfulness in developing ministry leaders

 Personal Qualifications

  • Mature faith in and passionate love for Jesus Christ
  • Vision-driven Leader – a self-starter who sets a course and brings others along for the journey; is able to articulate vision for ministry and empower others to live it out
  • High energy, outgoing and welcoming personality – genuinely enjoys spending time with children and is able to inspire and teach parents
  • Creative – isn’t interested in doing “what we’ve always done” but is excited to find new ways for families to experience God
  • Risk-taker – thinks outside the box, isn’t afraid to fail
  • Balanced relational and task orientation – sees building relationships and getting things done as two sides of the same coin; can work alone, but thrives working as a part of a team
  • High comfort level with media arts and technology – able to quickly learn new technologies as they develop and use them effectively
  • Mature – demonstrated long-term success maintaining various life skills like time-management, effective communication, conflict management, setting priorities, taking regular Sabbath, investing in continuing education, maintaining healthy relationships, etc.
  • Vibrant Spirituality – understands ongoing spiritual growth is foundational to fruitful ministry; maintains appropriate disciplines and practices to nurture spiritual health
  • Desired Spiritual gifts – apostleship, leadership, evangelism, shepherding, administration

The Application Process

An applicant for the position of TRUMC Director of Children and Family Ministries should submit an application by e-mail, with attachments.  The application must include a cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references.  It is an option to include writing samples or other relevant materials that specifically relate to the applicant’s qualifications for the position.  Submit the complete application by e-mail in Word or PDF format to:  sprc@trumc.org

For additional information about this position or the application process, contact Mr. Bee Turner, Chairman of Staff Parish Relations Committee by phone or email.

Posting Dates: 
02/11/2014 to 06/30/2014
Job Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Church, Ministry
Contact Name: 
Mr. Bee Turner, Chairman of Staff Parish Relations Committee at Trenholm Road UMC
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(803) 513-7011