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Director of Children's Ministry

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About the Church

Canterbury UMC is a large church located in the Mountain Brook area of Birmingham, Alabama. With outreach as a focus, the church has weekly opportunities for members to serve the community. The church also has two preschools alongside offering an outstanding children’s ministry program, all of which draws families to Canterbury.

About the Ministry

Canterbury children’s ministry strives to be a place of real grace and real love in the midst of real life. There’s an emphasis on worship, study, and missions along with partnering with parents, in hopes of nurturing in children a faith that lasts. Currently, there are 105 active children who participate either on Sunday mornings and/or Wednesday evenings.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for Canterbury UMC is an experienced leader whose creativity and focus can energize programs, equip volunteers, and build relationships with families. This role oversees five staff members and is responsible for strategically staffing for the future, with the opportunity to dream and innovate for the next chapter of ministry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide executive leadership and oversight of all children’s ministry programming, including weekly offerings and special events.
  • Collaborate with Canterbury’s church-wide communication team to clearly and consistently communicate all aspects of the children’s ministry to children, parents, volunteers, church staff, and the larger church.
  • Develop and monitor the annual children’s ministry budget.
  • Develop the annual calendar for the children's ministry in collaboration with other staff.
  • Maintain a strategy for assimilating new children and families.
  • Establish a strategic plan for recruiting, training, equipping, and maintaining volunteers.


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university
  • 3-5 years of ministry experience with children
  • Supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills

About the Community

Birmingham is a family-friendly city that offers museums, art and theater, and has a cost of living that is lower than most other cities of comparable size. With more urban greenspace than any other metropolitan area in the continental U.S., Red Mountain Park is a highlight to visit, being almost 40% bigger than New York’s Central Park and boasting two breathtaking city overlooks. There’s also a chocolate factory, zoo, and botanical gardens in Birmingham.

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Job Status: Full-Time
Salary Range: $60,000 - $75,000



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