Children’s ministry directors usually work in a church environment to oversee the ministry for children from nursery through elementary school. These ministries may also contain older children through the high school age, and the director must establish goals for programs and maintain a safe environment for children to learn and grow spiritually.
In some cases, children's ministry directors develop lesson plans and sermons to be presented to children, and they often have purchasing duties to obtain the necessary materials for programs. They may have a budget to meet, allocate, and disburse, and budgets should always be maintained in a careful manner and costs should be kept low. In some churches, they are also personally responsible for teaching Bible studies, services, and classes for children.
These directors periodically set up special outreach events, such as for Easter and Christmas, and some may manage other teachers, assistants, and volunteers. Recruiting and training staff members is often part of the job, so strong verbal and written communication skills are important in this position, as is the ability to multitask. Policies and procedures must also be developed with the approval of management.
Children's ministry directors are generally expected to actively follow the faith of the church which employs them, and a bachelor's degree or higher in theology and/or prior experience working with children may be required for some positions.
Children's Ministry Director Tasks
Develop and implement community outreach.
Recruit and train volunteers.
Provide administrative leadership and direction.
Develop and direct programming in line with ministry's overarching goals.