Director of Youth and Family Ministry—First Church Amherst (First Congregational in Amherst), UCC, Amherst, MA

An engaging and rewarding part-time position ministering to our church’s children, youth, and their families and reaching out to new families and youth. Responsibilities include working with a team of gifted and experienced volunteers to shape Sunday-and-beyond programming that gives our children and youth a strong spiritual foundation, nurtures them in the ways of faith, and supports parents and guardians in creating families that bless the world with peace, justice, and compassion. The position offers flexible hours and benefits, connection with a strong and dynamic staff, and transformative relationships with church members who are dedicated to being God’s hands and feet in the world.

Who You Are:
Someone with a passion for progressive Christian ministry and a love for children, youth, and families. Someone who works well with others and can juggle responsibilities and is most fulfilled when teaching, challenging, and engaging children and youth. Someone who can inspire parents and guardians and a team of church members in sustaining current programs and imagining new ones.

Our Vision for Children, Youth, and Families:
We seek to ground our children and youth in the life and teachings of Jesus and the stories of our faith from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. We encourage openness, questioning, engagement with different perspectives, and the development of authentic understanding. We want to include our children, youth, and families in all aspects of our church life, including our ministries of peace, justice, anti-racism, care for the earth, inclusiveness and kindness toward all. We seek to foster intergenerational experiences and make church fun.

Who We Are:
We are a church that seeks to follow Jesus, and, as such, have been at the forefront of progressive Christianity for more than 30 years. We were among the first Open and Affirming UCC congregations in the nation; we also are a Just Peace church, an Anti-Racism congregation, an Earth Covenant church, and a Sanctuary church. We are committed to love God by loving our neighbors and our world. We also love one another and delight in making music and mischief together. For more information about us see and First Church Amherst on Facebook and Twitter.

20 hours/week for most of the year; 12 hours/week in July and August. There is considerable flexibility in the daily schedule.

How much: $20,000 to $24,000 per year depending on experience.

How to apply: Via mail or e-mail, please send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact details for three references to…
DYFM Search Committee
First Congregational Church, UCC
165 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

We will contact your references only with your permission. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. LGBTQIA+ people, people of color, and people from other minority populations are especially encouraged to apply.