- Be familiar with current youth culture. Keep the trends and issues important to children and youth to allow counseling in a language, which they understand and respect.
- Coordinate and teach Confirmation classes in partnership with the pastor and provide leadership for confirmands, mentors, and parents beyond the classroom.
- Develop and implement retreats, mission experiences, activities, and other events to help youth grow in their relationship with Christ and servant discipleship.
- Manage the Children and Youth Ministries budget.
- Develop youth leaders to minister and/or mentor other children and youth.
- Recruit, train, direct, and provide structure and support for children and youth volunteers.
- Work with other staff to integrate youth into the life of the church.
- Be available to minister to and counsel youth and their parents.
- Be a liaison between the church and other community organizations, people, and resources that relate to youth and youth ministries.
- Coordinate Sunday school curriculum for children and youth and recruit volunteer teachers.
- Communicate in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all available resources (e.g., e-mail, website, bulletin, newsletter, bulletin board, etc.) with church staff, parents, and the congregation as a whole.
- Ensure that the Safe Sanctuary Policy is observed in all children and youth ministry settings.
- Create and implement in partnership with the pastor worship opportunities for children and youth for special services (e.g. Ash Wednesday, Easter activities, Day of the Child, Christmas Eve, etc.).
- Coordinate and implement special events (e.g., youth fundraisers, Vacation Bible School, etc.).
- Be available to youth in a variety of ways (e.g., lunch at school, attendance at extracurricular activities, visitation, times of crisis, etc.)Requirements include:
-Must embrace Christian discipline and United Methodist doctrine and theology.
-B.S./B.A. in a relevant discipline is preferred. Four to six years’ equivalent work experience will be considered.
-Administrative skills necessary to organize a budget, plan programs, organize fund-raisers, etc.
-Excellent verbal and written communication and strong technology/office skills.
About Somerville First United Methodist
Here's the deal, Somerville FUMC cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. We are a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.
Somerville FUMC has been serving our community for 190 years! Our current sanctuary was built in 1917. Our first official service in the new sanctuary was not until June 1918, so we are celebrating its 100th Birthday this year! The earliest documented Methodist sermon in Somerville was delivered in 1828 by a circuit rider identified as Reverend Thomas J. Neely. Our church was first mentioned in 1830 when we joined nine other Methodist Churches to form the Bolivar Circuit. Our first church building known as "Green Coe Chapel" was built on our current campus on July of 1837 and on February 19, 1838 was deeded as the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1917 the "Green Coe Chapel was torn down and our current sanctuary was erected and completed in late 1917.
What's the bottom line? More than ever, Somerville FUMC is committed to fostering a family built around hope. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.