Director of Children and Family Ministries

West Lawn United Methodist Church, a mid-sized, active, and growing congregation in southeast Pennsylvania (South District, EPA Conference), is seeking a Director of Children and Family Ministries to continue to nurture the faith formation of children from birth through 5th grade. Candidates with prior child leadership and/or teaching experience with strong relational and organizational skills, are forward thinking, creative, and energetic, will all be considered.

Ability to integrate the children into the congregation and continue to attract new families to West Lawn UMC is very important. Along with the Program Coordinator for Children and Family Ministry, this person would oversee the Sunday School classes, plan and lead mid-week and Sunday night programming, manage the Nursery staff, organize special family events and VBS, and conduct all communication and marketing of WLUMC Children and Family Ministries using the tools available. The candidate should demonstrate a strong personal faith in alignment with the beliefs and practices of the United Methodist Church. This is a 12-month position, up to 30 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience.

West Lawn UMC averages 500 people in weekly worship attendance and has a strong team of volunteer children’s leaders. Current West Lawn students are very active in local programming, events, and family mission. There are approximately 110 children participating in West Lawn’s program, with consistent growth.

Interested candidate should submit cover letter, resume, and letters of recommendation by October 31, 2023 to:

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