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          Next Generation Minister Position Added

June 18, 2021


Hello First United Methodist Church Warrensburg,


      We have entered into an exciting new chapter of ministry! We conducted listening sessions to discern where God is calling us to focus and invest our ministry efforts for the work of God’s Kingdom.  While several themes arose in these listening sessions, our need to revitalize our children’s and youth ministries was by far the most prevalent.

     A vision has emerged to create a new staff position. A Next Generation Minister will focus our church’s energy on reaching more children and their families ages birth to 18 years old. The main goal of this position will be to recruit, equip, and lead adult leaders to accomplish this ministry. The position has been approved by PPRC, the Finance Committee and just last night, by the Church Council. 


   We would like encourage you to attend an information session to gain valuable knowledge and learn various ways to participate in this next chapter of ministry. These informal gatherings will be held in the Church Library (Room 141) on:

          Monday, June 28               10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm

          Tuesday, June 29               10 am

          Wednesday, June 30       10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm


     The session should last 45 minutes to an hour and no reservation is necessary. In my absence (new Dad duties!), the sessions will be hosted by Dee Hudson and Robyn Criswell-Bloom. 

       Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and ministry in what God is accomplishing through our Church family, 


Rev. Peter Norton

Next Generation Minister Description

Posting as approved for Next Gen position

First United Methodist Church of Warrensburg Mission Statement

Living that all may know Jesus. 


Job Purpose

Establish discipleship pathway for children, youth, and families and oversee all key initiatives to help people grow and mature in their faith in Jesus. 


Job Description

The Next Generation Minister will serve God as an active member of the church and leadership team and will work with the Senior Pastor, ministry staff and lay leadership to develop vision and strategy for discipleship which will strengthen families, children, and youth (birth to 18) to become deeply devoted disciples of Jesus Christ who embody God’s love and work together in the Spirit to transform the world through God’s church. 


Accountable to:  Reverend Peter Norton, senior pastor


Primary Responsibilities (include but are not limited to the following):

  1. Develop and implement strategy for whole –family discipleship; working with families to equip and empower parents/families to disciple their children. 

  2. Recruit, equip, train, and lead adult volunteers to support families in reaching students (birth – 18) for Christ. Create a cohesive team to ensure consistency and sustainability of ministry that is not entirely dependent on any individual leader.

  3. Develop and promote a comprehensive, well-balanced, Biblical program for next generations consistent with the vision for Next Generation Ministry and discipleship pathway. Programs should include intergenerational offerings, in addition to age-specific small groups, congregational-size and celebration experiences to engage students in the life of the church. 

  4. Plan, schedule and coordinate large group meetings, retreats, trips etc.

  5. Work with and supervise the Children and Young Families Minister in ensuring vision for children’s ministry is being implemented effectively.

  6. Establish a clear communication plan.  The plan will include communication with students and families, staff, volunteer leaders, Church Council, Ministry Teams and the congregation. The plan will also include communication within the larger community, including an outreach strategy.

  7. Provide oversight to children and youth ministry budget and help develop the budgetary needs for upcoming years.  

  8. Ensure that our Safe Gatherings policy is being followed and updated as needed.

  9. Actively participate in the local community, including school events, local organizations and volunteer opportunities.  


Secondary Responsibilities:

  1. Work as a team player with the rest of the ministerial and support staff.  This includes making every effort to attend all staff functions.

  2. Participate and provide support and leadership in church –wide events, even if they do not directly affect the Children’s Ministry.

  3. Share in the responsibility of ministerial responsibilities, including, but not limited to:

    1. Hospital visits

    2. Minister on call

    3. Leadership at certain events

    4. Leading worship


Spiritual foundation:

  • Profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

  • Committed to personal spiritual growth and a healthy lifestyle

  • Considers this a position in ministry, not just a job

  • Committed to the Covenant of Expectations for the Staff of First United Methodist Church--Warrensburg


Skill Requirements:

  1. Leadership

  2. Recruiting

  3. Organization

  4. Teaching/Public Speaking

  5. Fundraising

  6. Computer Technology

  7. Flexibility

  8. Have a valid Missouri Driver’s License

  9. Ability to lift and move chairs, tables and instructional equipment

  10. Conduct meetings and training via Zoom.

  11. Ability to work nights weekends and holidays.


Compensation and benefits to be negotiated.  This is a full time exempt position.  


Position Available:  Next Generation Minister

Where:  First United Methodist Church Warrensburg Mo. 64093

We are looking for a Next Generation Minister who loves Jesus, children, youth, and families.  This person will serve God as an active member of the church and leadership team and will work for and with the Senior Pastor, ministry staff and lay leadership.  They will develop a vision and strategy for discipleship which will strengthen families, children, and youth (birth to 18) to become deeply devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.


 This position will recruit, equip, train and lead adult volunteers to support families in reaching students and youth.   This is a full time position with salary and benefits to be negotiated based on experience and qualifications.  

Please send resumes and references to First United Methodist Church at 141 East Gay Street Warrensburg Mo. 64093.  You can also email to

Screening of candidates will begin July 5, 2021 with a projected start date of August 1, 2021.  A copy of the job description can be found at

Daily Scripture Readings

The daily scriptures are to supplement and to prepare for the sermon on Sunday.  A small devotional is also on the church's Facebook page under the Small Group Ministries.

     Monday, June 21        2 Chronicles 20:17-20


     Tuesday, June 22        Job 42:1-6


     Wed. June 23              Romans 4:16-24


     Thursday, June 24     Matthew 13:31 & 17:20


     Friday, June 25           Luke 17:6

     Saturday, June 26      Mark 4:31 & Ezekiel 17:23, 31:6  

 Sunday, June 27       Matthew 13:31, Mark 4:31

                                            & Luke 17:6

 Sermon series:        The Parables of Jesus

                                         "The Mustard Seed"

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All persons are invited to worship with us as on Sundays as we praise God through song, word and prayer.


Warrensburg First United Methodist Church offers ministries for all age groups.