Bethany Lutheran Church Director of Children's Ministry Austin, TX · Full time

The Director of Children's Ministry is to be a highly relational leader that connects families and their children (birth through 5th grade) to Jesus and integrates, supports and contributes to the mission, vision and value of Bethany.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Director of Family Life and Director of Youth Ministry to provide spiritual support and foster a sense of community among families.

  • Create and manage a calendar of events, activities, and opportunities for children and their families in collaboration with the Director of Family Life and Director of Youth Ministry.

  • Recruit, develop, and support leaders to serve in various areas of Children's Ministry.

  • Improve and enhance the Sunday morning experiences for children and their families, such as Praise & Play and Bethany Kids.

  • Coordinate and schedule chapel times and themes for Bethany Preschool and Let It Shine in collaboration with the respective directors.

  • Encourage and engage Bethany Preschool and Let It Shine children and families to participate in the Bethany worship community.

  • Lead and organize Bethany's annual Vacation Bible School and Easter Celebration experiences.

  • Assist with the planning and execution of the annual Children's Christmas program.

  • Collaborate with worship staff to involve children and their families in worship services.

  • Work with the Senior Pastor to facilitate First Communion with children and their families.

  • Maintain and enhance the children's spaces in the lobby, including activity bags and sensory cry room areas.

  • Provide care and support to children and their families during times of need.

  • Participate in annual budget discussions with the Director of Family Life to support ministry goals.

  • Plan and implement fundraising initiatives to support Children's Ministry expenses.

  • Attend staff and Family Ministry team meetings for coaching, collaboration, strategy development, and goal formation/accountability.

Education, Experience & Skillset

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Experience working/volunteering with children in a church environment required. Experience within a LCMS church preferred.

  • Ability to inspire confidence, build trust, and motivate others to take action.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Strong time management skills, ability to meet deadlines, and adherence to policies and procedures.

  • Excellent multitasking and prioritization abilities, and ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.

  • Strong communication skills to effectively interact with staff and members.

  • Willingness to pursue further education as needed.

Your Team

  • Reports to the Director of Family Life.

  • Oversees Nursery (Praise & Play) and Bethany Kids staff and volunteers.


Bethany offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health/dental/vision insurance, life and disability insurance, and a pension plan, all of which are provided at no cost to the employee. Employees are also eligible for an employee participatory 403(b) plan. Bethany values work/life balance and offers generous PTO and Holiday time.

Salary for this position is based on experience and qualifications.


$50,000 - $60,000 per year