Assistant to the Pastor Full Time

@ University United Methodist Church
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana View on Map
  • Denomination: Methodist - UMC
  • Job Category: Pastor / Senior Pastor
  • Date Posted: September 17 2023
  • Application closes: November 12 2023
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    Job Description

    1. Assist the Senior Pastor in planning and leading worship services, visiting the sick and homebound, supporting and resourcing small group ministries.
    2. Create a Discipleship plan for Children and Families in consultation with the Senior Pastor and with input and help from family members – in every stage of Pre-K and elementary faith development, outlining what basic elements of faith each age group will master as well as opportunities for outreach and mission.
    3. Researching, resourcing, and training teacher. Also, training Children’s sermon volunteers.
    4. Build/maintain trust and work together with Parents and other adults to plan, create, and grow our ministries to children and families.
    5. Establish good relationships with parents and communicate regularly through written and technology channels to parents, guardians and families about what our students are learning.
    6. Set reasonable and attainable goals in line with the discipleship plan.
    7. Build and maintain quality relationships with parents, grandparents, and guardians.
    8. Host bi-monthly parent meeting(s) to allow parents to understand our mission, vision, as well as ask questions regarding ministry activities.
    9. Create avenues of consistent contact with parents (regular emails, Facebook groups, phone calls, text messages, etc.).
    10. Become aware of what parents need, expect, and want for their children through the children’s ministry.
    11. Be available to children and families in time of crisis.
    12. Maintain e-communications to parents and families.
    13. Network with other Children’s ministry workers
    14. Oversee children and families ministry budget.
    15. Set a budget that reflects the needs and purpose for the ministry.
    16. Align budget goals efficiently to provide adequate funds for curriculum, as well as outreach activities
    17. Stay true to the budget set
    18. Collaborate with other program areas and partner with other leaders on all Outreach events, including Vacation Bible School.
    19. Lead or coordinate other leaders to run weekly Chapel for Day School.
    20. Develop a Biblically-focused and purposeful Sunday afternoon and/or week-night program to continue the discipleship formation of our children that may have some music, artistic, or other interdisciplinary element to our offering.
    21. Coordinate nursery workers for Sunday morning services, other gathering, and meetings as needed on Patrick Street campus.
    22. Help our volunteers keep up with Safe Sanctuaries trainings.
    23. Must attend all staff meetings and worship weekly.
    24. Cooperate with the staff and church membership for smooth operations of the total church program, doing other tasks as necessary from time to time.


    1. A natural spiritual leader, seeking to involve members in ministry and discipleship rather than doing it all by oneself.
    2. Good listening skills, tact and consensus building skills.
    3. Patience and perseverance in training volunteers.


    1. Must be in agreement with the United Methodist Church’s statement of faith and live according to his/her Christian commitment.
    2. Vitally involved in this general life and ministry of the church.
    3. Involvement in other ministry tasks and interests will be encouraged as time and job responsibilities allow.
    4. Participation in regular bi-weekly staff meetings, Finance, Trustees and Church Council meetings.
    5. Occasional training and continuing education for job related responsibilities will be encouraged and funded.
    6. Will participate in a check-in with the Senior Pastor weekly for development, oversight, accountability and encouragement.

    If interested, please e-mail your resume, cover letter and 3 references to Church Administrator Isaac Burleigh.

    Contact: Isaac Burleigh

    Closing Date: 11/12/2023

    Application closes: November 12, 2023

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