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Director/Pastor of Next Generations Ministries – Seminole, FL


Position Description:

Oakhurst United Methodist Church in Seminole, FL, exists to “make disciples who make disciples who transform the world.” To that end, the position of Director/Pastor of Next Generations Ministries emphasizes our call to make disciples of the next generation, specifically children and youth, and to incorporate these ministries into a comprehensive family and adult discipleship pathway. This individual should be a committed disciple of Christ, a self-starter, and catalytic leader who embraces starting new ministries and innovating with new ideas. Ideally, the candidate for this position should have a history of starting new children/youth ministries and successfully building bridges between the congregation and community.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a related educational field but a Master’s Degree with emphasis on children, youth or family ministry is preferred.
  • At least 3 years of experience in leading or co-leading a growing children’s, youth, or family ministry.
  • Successful experience operating in and building ministry teams and leading children, youth, and family ministry programs.
  • Strong ability to engage and connect with children, youth, and parents.
  • Experience recruiting and training volunteers to lead discipleship systems for children, youth, and families.
  • Experience developing and implementing comprehensive discipleship materials for children, youth, and families.
  • Experience creating, marketing, and managing outreach events that focus on cultivation of the congregation’s relationship with the community. (Examples such as Vacation Bible School, Breakfast with Santa, Trunk or Treat, etc.)
  • Experience to reach out to families in the community and local public schools and staff to build relationships, to promote events, and to find ministry opportunities to help students.
  • A strong visionary who can create and execute a vision for family ministries that aligns with the vision of the church.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skill
  • Initiative-taking, self-starter and problem solver who can find a need in the church or community and develop programs to meet those needs.
  • Knowledge of current issues in schools and the world of kids/teenagers to be able to meet kids where they are and with what they are questioning or struggling with.
  • Have knowledge and ability to create and manage programming from nursery through high school. Not just a youth or children’s pastor but someone who can engage all ages.
  • An enterprising spirit that can market the church and programs, go out to the people and work to build relationships with children and parents who visit the church.
  • Ability to manage and function within a budget.
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to