Minister of Next Generation Discipleship
First United Methodist Church

At First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, we are searching for a forward-thinking, collaborative leader who is mature and can engage our diverse community and church in indigenous family-based discipleship.  Our vision is bold and is based on God’s call as processed by considerable discernment and prayer.  The congregation and Church Council have set Family Ministry as the church’s primary goal this year.  The intergenerational excitement for this endeavor is revealed in support and volunteers.  We are growing to become a church that appeals to families with children and partners with them to grow disciples of Jesus Christ.

The primary roles of this position are leading the family ministry team, building up the existing children’s ministry, partnering with parents on their children’s faith journey, and overseeing the administrative and financial aspects of family ministry.

Send a letter of interest, resume and three references to the Rev. Jim Bell, Lead Pastor, jbell@fumcrm.org.

Position Description:

Position: Minister of Next Generation Discipleship
Reports to:  Lead Pastor           

Supervises: Youth Pastor
Ministry Position Description
This position provides leadership and direction for all church activities concerning Family Ministry.  This includes visioning, planning, implementing, and supporting the vision/mission statements, and core beliefs of First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, NC (FUMC) as they relate to children and their families.  The primary focus of this position centers on Christian formation of children and their families through building teams that vision, activate, and sustain children’s ministry at FUMC.
Results of Ministry:

    The Family Ministry Volunteer Team and other children's ministry teams/committees have developed a comprehensive strategy that is contextual to the needs of the community and aligns with the vision and mission of FUMC.

    Ministry teams are organized and long-term strategies are created that form sustainable long-term ministry.

    A balance of family/home life is practiced in accordance with appropriate boundaries in the form of self-care spiritually, mentally, and physically.

    Weekly/seasonal ministry programs for kindergarten through fifth grade, such as Sunday Morning Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Promotion Sunday, and Christmas and Easter programming, are overseen in a team-based environment.

    Ministry teams, children and their families identify, invite and welcome unchurched children and families.

    Volunteer leaders involved in children’s ministry are recruited and trained.

    The administrative and financial aspects of the Family Ministry Team at FUMC  are diligently superintended.  

    The yearly children’s ministry calendar is planned and publicized in a timely fashion to the congregation.

    Curriculum is selected for children’s ministry that aligns with the Family Team Vision Statement and the mission of FUMC.

    Paid and volunteer church nursery workers are trained and coordinated.  

    Appropriate forms of communication (meetings, social media, email, blogging,  etc.) are maintained with parents and their children in person and online.

    An active participation in the worshipping life of FUMC is maintained through Sunday Morning Worship, Small Groups, and Special Events.
    The Safe Sanctuaries Policy of FUMC is annually reviewed, updated, and practiced.

    Time and responsibilities in ministry to children and their parents are maintained on-campus and off-campus in the everyday lives of the families at FUMC.


    A committed and growing relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.
    A dedication to the church and ministry covenant promoting an environment of support and unity.
    A history of experience in family and children’s discipleship ministry.
    A passionate desire to disciple children and their families as Christ followers.
    A familiarity and commitment to Wesleyan theology, Orange strategy of family-based ministry, and empowering ministry strategies such as Sustainable Youth Ministry are preferred.
    An understanding and support of the United Methodist Church’s doctrine in all areas of faith and practice.
     An ability to network, lead, build a team, while working as a team member.
     A knowledge of Microsoft Office, Constant Contact and an aptitude for learning new systems.


Posting Dates: 
11/29/2017 to 02/28/2018
Job Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Church, Ministry
Rocky Mount
Contact Name: 
Rev. Jim Bell
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(252) 977-0400