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Employment Opportunities

Receptionist and Program Ministry Support Assistant

Cookeville First United Methodist Church

Receptionist and Program Ministry Support Assistant

Position Summary:

The Receptionist and Program Ministry Support Assistant serves as the most crucial point of contact for all persons entering or contacting the church office.  The role is both relational and organizational, with an extraordinary expectation of communicating Christian hospitality.   In addition to being the first point of contact for the congregation, the assistant will be the primary support person for pastors, staff, lay leadership and ministry group leaders as they facilitate their ministries.

 This position will report to the Senior Pastor and SPR, and work collaboratively with the entire program staff of the church.

Basic Qualifications:

  • An outgoing, engaging personality with exceptional people skills.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional computer skills, with strong familiarity with navigating web sites, social media, and organizational/office related software products.
  • A strong calling to offer hospitality to all persons and play a support role for ministry.
  • Ability to relate exceptionally well to people of all types.
  • A results-oriented, self-starter with excellent time management, organizational skills and problem solving skills.
  • Associate’s Degree, and/or 5-years of experience in related people oriented work are preferred.
  • Familiarity with the United Methodist Church or another Mainline Denomination is preferred.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the direct assistant to the Senior and Associate Pastors.
  • Serve as the church office receptionist, answering phones with warmth, a cooperative spirit and hospitality, receiving and distributing messages accordingly.
  • Welcome people into the office with warmth and hospitality and direct according to the appropriate staff person, program, ministry or building location.
  • Maintain the church’s master calendar (for pastors, staff, ministries, events, etc.).
  • Send/manage all meeting notices, responses and correspondence.
  • Maintain membership data base and manage changes to online pictorial directory; develop a familiarity with the members and participants of FUMC.
  • Manage booking and communicating with all groups using church facilities.
  • Manage scheduling of van.
  • Receive and distribute mail/parcels.
  • Direct persons requesting assistance to Servant Ministries staff.
  • Assist with special mailings.
  • Maintain office supplies.
  • Serve as primary support staff person for all discipleship/age-level ministries.
  • Assist Senior Pastor with all age-level staff meetings and planning needs, including support for all adult small group related activities.
  • Serve as the primary contact/communication person for Sunday School classes.
  • In consultation with pastors and the Discipleship Team, manage ordering and distributing all adult Christian education materials.
  • Send written correspondence as required from pastors and staff, including specific seasonal or occasional letters like memorial letters, changes of membership, etc.
  • Maintain Columbarium information.
  • Maintain pew racks.
  • Maintain copier and supplies.
  • Schedule altar flowers/baby roses, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule
This is a fulltime professional position.  Occasional weekend work may be required, with a substitute day off provided.


Cookeville First United Methodist Church


PURPOSE OF THE JOB:   To provide custodial care and minor building maintenance services for the Church and its associated buildings, and to assist with regular and special church functions in regards to setup, serving, tear-down, and clean-up.


  1. Floor maintenance, including vacuuming and spot cleaning carpets, sweeping, scrubbing and waxing tile or linoleum floors, depending on floor surfaces.
  2. Clean all aspects of the bathrooms and restock as needed.
  3. Set up and take down tables and chairs for church dinners and other functions, put covers on tables, arrange condiments, and assist persons in charge of the event, as needed.
  4. Wash dishes and clean up kitchens after church function.
  5. Clean walls, light fixtures, woodwork or other parts of the church and associated buildings, as required.
  6. Sweep sidewalks and salt, sweep and remove snow on sidewalks, as required.
  7. Set up and take down tables and equipment (e.g., handbell tables, projectors, TVs).
  8. Inventory and replenish supplies for janitorial work in all buildings.
  9. Inventory and request supplies for kitchen operations, such as plastic utensils, bottled water, paper products, coffee supplies, etc.
  10. Maintain pew materials: restock pens, remove old bulletins and attendance cards.
  11. Change paraments and altar cloth.
  12. Assist maintenance supervisor when needed (e.g., change light bulbs, clock batteries).
  13. Collect and dispose trash and garbage from all church facilities.
  14. Secure buildings at night when necessary.
  15. Help in preparing and serving Wednesday night functions, as needed.
  16. Perform other duties as assigned or as appropriate in support of church objectives and staff.
  17. Clean all church properties, including but not limited to: the Sanctuary, Wesley Chapel, Freeman Building, Christian Life Center, overhead walkway, kitchens, hallways, stairwells, offices, pantries, and storage areas.


  1. Follow written and oral directions of proper authorities and adhere to schedule of events by being present and available for assistance when needed.
  2. Notify superior of problems related to work, and seek help when problems arise or when large tasks must be done.
  3. Be present for all church functions except by prior arrangement with church staff.


Must be able-bodied and trainable. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Must have some understanding of and be able to speak English. Previous custodial service preferred.

Nursery Worker

Cookeville First United Methodist Church

Nursery Worker

Sharing in the mission of Cookeville FUMC, the Nursery serves a vital role in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Children and parents can experience a sense of safety and well-being knowing that while parents worship or participate in classes or special events, their children are being cared for by capable and friendly staff.  The Nursery is typically available for children from birth to four years of age during Sunday worship services, Wednesday night activities, and other times as needed throughout the year.  Nursery staff work flexible hours based on a posted monthly schedule.

Safe Sanctuary training, background checks and drug testing are included in the employment process. 

Job Description:  Church Nursery Worker

General Function:  To provide the best possible environment to nurture the development of the infants and young children; to care for their physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs.

Accountability:  Accountable to the nursery coordinator.

Education and Experience: 

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older
  2. High School diploma
  3. Minimum of two years providing child care
  4. Mature and sensitive in working with infants, toddlers, parents, and other staff members.


  1. Supervise and insure the safety and well-being of the infants and young children at all times, being alert to the needs and /or problems of the children as individuals and as a group.
  2. Accommodate the children’s daily needs of eating, sleeping, playing, and diapering/potty to the best of your ability.
  3. Care for the room and equipment, reporting items needing repair or replacement to the nursery coordinator.
  4. Keep the nursery clean and sanitized.
  5. Welcome children and parents, assuring appropriate information is gathered/shared.
  6. Keep in communication with the nursery coordinator as appropriate.
  7. Report to the nursery coordinator any cases of suspected child abuse or neglect.
  8. Implement first aid procedures when necessary.
  9. Keep an accurate record of hours worked at the church nursery and submit time sheets the day they are due.


  • Genuinely enjoy working with infants and young children, and their parents
  • Be currently certified in CPR and First Aid or attain certification prior to employment
  • Be able to safely lift up to 35 pounds
  • Be physically active (i.e., capable of kneeling, squatting, stooping, and bending from the waist);
  • Be able to move about easily for extended periods of time and to easily navigate stairs with a child in your arms, should this be necessary
  • Be dependable and responsible
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule
  • Be part of a team with other nursery workers
  • Be able to provide references related to current or previous experience
  • Complete the application process: fill out an application and pass church provided background check and drug test.


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You may submit your resume or other information for consideration to search@cookevillefumc.org.

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