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Springfield First United Methodist Church

KidLife Director

Springfield, Illinois


Denomination: Methodist

Weekly Attendance: 1,000

Location: Springfield, Illinois

The Role: KidLife Director


Meet Springfield First United Methodist Church:

Springfield First is a spiritually active, multi-generational community devoted to transforming the world through Jesus Christ. Our focus is to strengthen your relationship with Christ by helping you find your place here through worship, small groups, serving opportunities, and more. Whether you are new to church or a lifelong attendee, you are welcome at Springfield First!

A Rich History with an Even Brighter Future

Our church began with a meeting in a cabin in Springfield in 1821. For nearly 200 years, we have met and worshiped in various locations but always had the goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ and transforming the world around us.

Services were moved to a log schoolhouse and then to a frame church built at 5th and Monroe in 1854. In 1885, a new stone church was built at a new site at 5th and Capitol. Revivals near the turn of the century brought hundreds of new members, and the church continued to grow through the mid-20th century. A new church building opened at the same site in 1979.

In 1992, as church leaders saw that the west side of Springfield was expanding, 66 acres were purchased at Wabash and Koke Mill Road, and the Community Life Center (then the Family Life Center) was opened at its current location in 1995. The Sanctuary was added in 2006 with all services moving to the new location in 2008.

Today, we offer three worship services with weekly attendance around 1,000 people. We are grateful for our rich heritage, for those who came before us to make this ministry possible.

Our mission of True Life Change stands to help us grow to be more Christ-centered and to spread the love of Jesus throughout the world. 

Come with us as we make history in the next 200 years!


About the KidLife Director:

For us, family ministry is all about helping kids and families and making disciples of Jesus Christ for true life change in the world. We focus on loving God, building community, and unleashing compassion. We are looking for an experienced leader to help develop and coordinate our family ministry team, oversee all staff and volunteers for infants through 5th grade, and to be the main contact in our KidLife area. If you like to grow as a person, want to join a great team, love to have fun, and have a passion for sharing the word of God with students, we want to hear from you. 


The KidLife Director Will: 

  • Assist in casting a vision for the Family Ministry team and create a very high amount of ministry alignment between KidLife and StudentLife. 

  • Help coordinate calendars, curriculum, events, and parent activities for infants through 5th grade and with StudentLife.

  • Equip, coach, encourage, and guide parents as they disciple their children.

  • Oversee KidLife by managing staff, volunteers, curriculum, and events. 

  • Align volunteers and parents.

  • Oversee parent education and family experiences.

  • Provide continuity for a clearly articulated discipleship pathway for children and students.  

  • Create Christ-centered community, parent education, and the equipping of missional living.

  • For children 0-3rd grade, ensure that there would be at least one mission project a year.

  • For children in 4th and 5th grade, ensure there would be at least one mission project a year and one ‘fun’ event outside of Sunday mornings.

  • Help the staff team to provide parents at least three times a year with the opportunity to share and learn through Bible studies, short classes, seminars, or a one-time topic discussion.  

  • Ensure KidLife would have at least three parent/child joint events or milestones celebrated annually (such as kindergarten graduation and Youth Group Initiation).

  • Communicate regularly with KidLife parents and guardians.

  • Participate in other duties as required by the Senior Pastor.


What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in ministry area or related field to management.

  • A minimum of 4 years serving in student or children’s ministry on a church staff.  

  • A minimum of 1 year supervisory experience.  

Personal Characteristics

  • A tested love for God, a humble spirit, and a commitment to prayer as a deeply devoted disciple of Jesus.

  • Deep affinity with the mission, vision, and core values of Springfield First United Methodist Church.

  • Heart for ministry demonstrated by a proven ability to work with a wide range of people in a church ministry setting.

  • Ability to work well in a team-driven group atmosphere.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Is a strong leader, servant, team player, collaborator, communicator, entrepreneur, mentor, and encourager.

  • Believes in and supports the Springfield First mission, vision, and the concept of family ministry, while supporting the leadership of the congregation.


What it's Like to Live in Springfield, Illinois: 

Springfield, the capital of Illinois, is a nice place to live because of its good school ratings and the friendly “big little town” atmosphere. It has various attractions to see in the downtown area, like the Illinois State Capitol's dome, the statues of historical figures, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Springfield, Illinois is actually home to the famous Abe Lincoln, and the city offers many historical tributes to the beloved president. Springfield has other beautiful sights like the Lincoln Monument, Old State Capitol, and the Knight's Action Park. On top of that, there are multiple art galleries and historical buildings that are a must-see!

Springfield has a few colleges like the Lincoln Land Community College, the University of Illinois Springfield, and St. John’s College of Nursing. These contribute to the vast opportunities that the city of Springfield has to offer. If you are looking for something fun to do on the weekend, check out Lake Springfield! It is a vast man-made lake, spanning 4,200 acres, and it offers many activities such as boating, fishing, skiing, paddle boarding, and more.

Because of its unique location, you can travel anywhere in the world with Chicago 3.5 hours North and St. Louis 1.5 hours South!

Overall, Springfield is a wonderful little city that offers unique culture and history. Make your way down the iconic Route 66 to your next lovely home!

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