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Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Job Opening | Director of Congregational Life and Nurture

Seeking to join a ministry team that is passionate about Christ and sharing his love with others? Full-time ministry opening for Director of Congregational Life and Nurture beginning April 1st. You must love variety, love people of all ages, and love growing disciples for Jesus Christ! Check out the job description below and send your resume to Rev. Cheryl Garbe (cheryl.garbe@inumc.org).

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Director of Congregational Life and Nurture is the primary professional staff member responsible to assist and guide lay leadership in the development and implementation of programming throughout the church family.

    Prefer Bachelors or Masters in Education, Religion, or related fields (will consider candidates with substantial relevant experience)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be certified in First Aid and CPR

• People-person, flexible with a calm demeanor
• Ability to recognize others’ gifts
• Exhibit a strong faith and a passion for making disciples for Christ
• Maintain confidentiality in program, ministry, and relational matters
• Comply with the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church
• Team player, ability to work with minimal supervision, self-motivated, attentive to detail, well organized, dependable, productive, and functions well under deadlines and multiple priorities
• Ability to relate well with individuals from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds
• Excellent listening skills
• Courteous, appropriate, and friendly decorum in all contacts with church members and non-church members

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Develop, coordinate, implement and assess programing for children and families
• Be a resource for staff and volunteers
• Ensure that program opportunities include a mission component
• Support weekly Sunday School program by recruiting, training and supporting teachers
• Plan and present periodic special events including Vacation Bible School and other activities
• Hire, train and support nursery care providers
• Ensure that Child Protective Guidelines and other emergency procedures are maintained
• Ensure adequate resources and materials are available
• Responsible for conducting criminal backgrounds checks as necessary

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Develop, coordinate, and support programing for youth and teens
• Supervise, train and support Youth Leader
• Ensure that youth activities include social, spiritual, and mission components
• Seek opportunities for youth to lead and be engaged in inter-generational activities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Develop, coordinate, and support programing for adults
• Build healthy relationships and community through fellowship activities
• Seek to understand individuals’ personal gifts and empower them to use them
• Serve as a resource for adult education curriculum
• Actively work to engage new members in ministry by coordinating with other staff and lay leadership
• Strive for a variety of small groups and activities that will appeal to a broad assortment of interests

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Facilitate effective communication
• Communicate and coordinate with appropriate church councils
• Ensure that programs are publicized through church communication vehicles and community sources when appropriate
• Serve as primary resource on Sunday morning for volunteer needs
• Maintain awareness of emerging trends and best practices for strong faith communities
• Meet and interact with peers in the community, both within the United Methodist conference and beyond
• Attend meetings, conferences and training as required
• Maintain appropriate records, including financial records, as requested

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Facilitate inter-generational activities
• Plan and implement occasional congregational-wide activities
• Coordinate with other staff to ensure quality integration of Worship, Outreach, and Programming initiatives

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Support pastoral care for families in need
• Be aware of the needs of congregational members, monitoring situations and alerting Senior Pastor as appropriate
• Coordinate meals or similar practical help for families experiencing difficulty

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee may be required to perform other work- related tasks as assigned by the supervisor. The job description is simply a communication tool and is subject to change as the needs prevail. This document is not intended to imply a written or implied contract of employment.