Employment Opportunities

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Employment Opportunities

Director of Youth Ministries

Position Summary

The Director of Youth Ministries leads middle and high school youth to love God and one another in Christian community, empowering them to grow as Christian disciples and equipping them to live their faith boldly in the world with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. This position will report to the Pastoral staff and work collaboratively with various administrative and ministry planning teams.

This position reports directly to the Minister of Discipleship and Engagement and the Staff Parish Relations Committee, and will work collaboratively with the Youth Council and Youth Leadership Team.


Basic Qualifications

· A strong calling to student and youth ministries.

· Ability to relate exceptionally well to youth, parents, and younger adults.

· An understanding of and commitment to Wesleyan, grace-based, United Methodist theology and practices.

· Weekly attendance at worship is expected.

· Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and 5-years experience in related ministry is preferred.

Primary Responsibilities

· Organize, coordinate, promote, and manage all aspects of middle school and high school ministries: including regular weekly activities, small groups, interest groups, study, planned and ongoing activities and outings, retreats, servant and/or missional activities, ect.

· Supervise and manage Youth interns involved in age-level ministries.

· Work with pastors and church leadership to evaluate, adjust, innovate, and grow each age-level of ministry, implementing new strategies for growth in keeping with the church’s mission, vision, and strategic planning.

· Work collaboratively with the Youth Council and Discipleship Team to ensure the use of appropriate curriculum and resources for each age group to facilitate spiritual formation and maturation as Christian disciples.

· Coordinate all scheduling, calendaring, and communication of ministry activities with appropriate staff

· Strategically plan, set goals, and budget

· Ensure adherence to Safe Sanctuaries policies

· Attend staff, Church Council, and other administrative committee meetings as required

Competencies, Working Skills, and Attributes

· Strong, mature, and contagious commitment to Jesus Christ

· Understanding of and alignment with United Methodist beliefs

· Proven ability to inspire students in both large and small groups

· Sufficient knowledge of childhood and youth development

· Excellent verbal, written, relational, time management, and organizational skills

· Ability to plan, organize, lead, recruit volunteers, and lead all ministry related activities

· Competency in basic listening skills and appropriate lay counseling for youth

· Understanding of spiritual formation

· Computer, social media, internet proficient

· Willing team player

· Self-motivated and enthusiastic

· Recreational, musical, artistic, or outdoor interests a plus


Work Schedule

This is a full-time exempt professional position. For full-time program staff at Cookeville FUMC, Sunday is a workday, generally with Saturday and one additional day (negotiable) off. Wednesday and Sunday night work expected.

Employment Type

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.


Contact Our Office

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

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Cookeville First UMC

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