Director of Children’s Ministries

Missouri United Methodist Church, a growing and faithful congregation in downtown Columbia, MO is seeking a full-time Director of Children’s Ministry to lead and give direction for ministries to children from birth through 5th grade, as well as their families.



The Director is responsible for the leadership and direction of a well-rounded, relational program for children, birth through fifth grade, and their families. The goal of the ministry is to share with children in the church and community the gospel of Christ by teaching them they are loved by God, disciples of Christ, and called by God to have the heart and hands of a servant. The Director of Children’s Ministry position supports parents and guardians in their role as spiritual mentors in the home.



With an average worship attendance of around 600 people, Missouri is a dynamic congregation located in Columbia’s District. This downtown church is across the street from the University of Missouri-Columbia and in walking distance to two other colleges.  Our mission is to “connect  all people to Jesus Christ.”

In addition to a continuing tradition of outstanding worship, Missouri has many other exciting ministries seeking to meet the needs of a diverse college town, young families, growing community of families with children who have exceptional needs, new modern worship, and an expanding ability to connect and communicate digitally and through social media.



The ideal candidate will:

  • Exemplify a contagious enthusiasm for Christ and children.

  • Be mission minded

  • Embrace a commitment for long-term planning and implementation of Missouri’s children's ministry.

  • Function with creative problem solving and community building as part of a team in the wider circle of ministry (staff and servant leaders both paid and unpaid).

  • Coordinate and mentor volunteers to implement all aspects of the ministry.

  • Be dedicated to supporting families by providing high-quality care and safety for children.

  • Have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience in working with children.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide leadership and oversight of the spiritual formation of children so that their faith is part of their daily lives.

  • Plan, implement and evaluate ministry areas including Sunday School, Children’s Worship, Vacation Bible School, Camp and other seasonal activities.

  • Use creativity to improve and/or create new ministry areas

  • Equip lay leadership, including parents and servant leaders.

The Children’s Director is part of the Discipleship Team, which also includes the Youth Director and College Age Director and is led by the Pastor of Discipleship.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Adriene Floyd, Office Manager, at