Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, is looking for a Director of Christian Education. Our focus in Christian Education is on Christian spiritual formation, the process of being conformed to the image of Christ. Spiritual Formation is the maturing of one’s relationship with God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and grounded in Scripture and a faith community.
The process of becoming Christ-like involves three interwoven processes:
- Orthodoxy Right-thinking (literally, right praise/belief) about Christ and the Christian faith
- Orthopraxy Right-action/piety and devotional living
- Orthopathy Right-feeling toward God, self, and others
"... He may grant that you be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love." Ephesians 3:16-17a
The Director of Christian Education will be committed to the spiritual formation of the people of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church so that the Church and world might be served by God's best. We believe that educating the mind is not enough; the heart and the will also need spiritual formation.
An applicant for the position of Director of Christian Education must:
● have a strong, mature, and personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, God, and Savior;
● be devoted to “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
● have a distinct call to ministry, with an emphasis on spiritual formation
● have a high comfort level with media arts and technology – able to quickly learn new technologies as they develop and use them effectively
● have one or more of the following:
(a) an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited seminary or Bible college,
(b) a professional certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation or Christian Education in the United Methodist Church,
(c) prior church staff experience in a similar or related position.
Expectations / Responsibilities
The Director of Christian Education, under the supervision of the Senior Pastor, will:
- provide primary oversight for the Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, and Discipleship of the congregation.
- develop, and be held accountable for the implementation and results of a long-range strategy and integrated, coherent plan for the Christian spiritual formation of children, youth, and adults.
- oversee (and revive) the current Sunday School program.
- Develop a unified educational program of Christian study, nurture, and fellowship in conjunction with the Director of Children and Family Ministries (DCFM) and Director of Student Ministries (DSM).
- Promote Sunday school attendance and growth.
- Recruit and train new teachers.
- Hold teacher training for all teachers annually.
- Be available to teach as a resource person and consultant.
- Give specific attention to programs for college age and young adults.
- Select potential resources in consultation with the Senior Pastor.
- Review selected resources with and get approval from the Senior Pastor.
- Maintain working knowledge of materials available.
- Coordinate ordering of materials.
- Teach no Sunday school class on a regular basis, but be available to teach specific topics and short-term classes.
- collaborate with DCFM and DSM to plan and implement Vacation Bible School.
- Recruit director and teachers.
- Assist in scheduling, organizing, and promotion.
- serve as resource person for teachers or age groups.
- create, propose, and manage an annual work-area budget.
- develop and strengthen the four broad objectives of our mission statement:
- Worship – TRUMC adults, youth, and children will experience God through inviting, engaging, and embracing worship that is rooted in tradition, relevant to the present and open to the future.
- Faith – TRUMC adults, youth, and children will strengthen their relationship with God through prayer, worship, Bible study, Sunday school, small groups, and fellowship.
- Sharing – TRUMC adults, youth, and children will understand how God works in their lives, and develop the ability and confidence to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.
- Service – TRUMC adults, youth, and children will extend the hands of Christ by serving neighbors in their community, state, and beyond.
- collaborate with the DCFM and DSM to ensure the effective execution of the plan’s components that relate to children and youth;
- collaborate with UMW and UMM to find ways to recruit, build, enhance, and integrate these vital programs into the life of the Church;
- develop, recruit, and support TRUMC members to organize and lead small groups that, in combination, engage members in spiritual disciplines and other activities that explicitly foster Christian spiritual formation;
- lead at least one small group and teach Bible study, as directed by the Senior Pastor;
- provide leadership by creating opportunities to nurture Christian disciples who are equipped to serve and lead in the church and in the world. This may include leading Bible studies or other formation ministries such as spiritual gifts and new member classes as needed;
- lead formation opportunities that enable the laity to discern their calling, gifts and passion, as well as identifying opportunities for discipleship and service;
- be a resource person for Lay Leadership/Committee on Nominations in identifying potential spiritually mature Christians to serve Christ through TRUMC.
To implement the Vision/Plan, the Director of Christian Education will also:
v At least once each month, and otherwise as necessary, meet with the Senior Pastor to discuss the status of activities and projects to implement the Vision/Plan.
v Attend Church Council, weekly staff meetings, and other meetings as requested by the Senior Pastor.
v Recruit and supervise adult volunteers to lead and support activities necessary to implement the Vision/Plan. This includes responsibility for screening and training all volunteers and others working with children and youth to ensure compliance with the church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy.
v Under the supervision of the Senior Pastor, take responsibility for research, purchase, development, promotion, and evaluation of curriculum and human resources for adult and children classes, as well as for other Biblical and formation studies in the church library.
v Develops and maintains a communications network for adult, youth, and children ministries. This includes responsibility for developing and maintaining an up-to-date calendar and providing timely information for the TRUMC weekly newsletter and the adult, youth, and children sections of the TRUMC web page.
An applicant for the position of TRUMC Director of Christian Education 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: email@example.com
For additional information about this position or the application process, contact Mr. Bee Turner, Chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, via email or telephone.