Shady Grove Presbyterian Church

Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry


Church Description: Shady Grove Presbyterian Church (SGPC) strives to honor the greatest commandment to love God and to be a place that is open to all people. The Mission of SGPC is to open ourselves to God-seekers; feed, nurture, and provide refuge for those in need. The Purpose of SGPC is to care about others and our well-being with love.


Position Description: The primary duty of the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry (DYCM) is to oversee all ministries for youth and children at SGPC. At it’s heart, this ministry teaches and instills in our children and young people core values of love, justice, and peace. The DYCM will support, guide, encourage, and inspire the youth and volunteer leaders from within the congregation. The individual must work closely with the pastor and leadership to coordinate children’s regularly scheduled weekly programming and special event programming throughout the year. The DYCM must be accepting and affirming of SGPC’s mission and purpose and must clearly radiate that we are a welcoming congregation for all.


  • This is a part-time, 20-hour per week position. Hours may be flexed to meet the needs of the church, the staff, and the church season

  • Approximately 15 hours weekly will be spent on planning and preparation and 5 hours per week will be spent implementing programs and curriculum

  • Salary Range: $18,000 - $24,000, depending on training, experience, and education

  • Benefits: N/A

  • Reports to: Pastor, Formation Team



Children’s and Youth Worship Experience

  • Collaborate with pastor to create worshipful time and space for young children during the Sunday morning worship hour (i.e.  prepare and enrich young children’s worship with the whole church)

  • Create special programs for children and youth that align with church calendar (for example, Christmas pageants, Easter activities)

  • Collaborate with pastor and worship team to prepare children and youth to participate in worship activities and to play an active role as acolytes and readers

  • Provide support for volunteers preparing children’s sermons

  • Communicate with parents and families about children’s and youth ministry and programming and collaborate with the nurture team and pastor to provide outreach/care to families as needed


Children’s and Youth Programs

  • Create a vibrant and active youth group

  • Select and develop regularly scheduled and special programs for youth (Bible studies, mission projects/trips, worship, fellowship)

  • Develop regularly scheduled and special programs for children and families throughout the year

  • Recruit and train volunteers to assist with children and youth


Other Duties

  • Develop budget for submission to the session and responsibly steward resources

  • Attend staff meetings

  • Attend Formation Team meetings and Session meetings where appropriate

  • Contribute to SGPC’s social media and other communications




  • Has a personal, active, and growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ

  • Is energetic, warm, and able to share God’s love with children, youth, and families

  • Is comfortable with visiting and listening to those involved with this ministry

  • Is able to balance work and personal life

  • Is physically capable of sustained activity with young people



  • Has knowledge and experience in Biblical interpretation, child-development, faith-development, and religious educational theory and practice

  • Experience and ability with music and drama programs preferred

  • Maintains confidentiality (where appropriate) and is accountable with the church’s budget and resources

  • Seeks opportunities for professional growth

  • Understands Presbyterian theology and polity



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or appropriate background and experience

  • Experience working with children and/or youth (Christian education or children’s ministry preferred)