HELP WANTED: Director of Student Ministries

Posted By lmabry on Oct 3, 2018 | 0 comments

Please express interest by emailing a cover letter and resume to or to our mailing address.

STATUS: Part-time, hourly

HOURS: Approximately 15 hours per week

BENEFITS: No paid vacation, sick leave, etc., but boundless connections with people and with God.

General Purpose of Position:

To build young disciples of Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to youth ministry (in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission and outreach) while serving as a spiritual leader and role model for students of all ages.

Organizational Relationship and Supervision:

The Director of Student Ministry (DSM) reports to the Senior Pastor for spiritual and ministry guidance. The Senior Pastor, in cooperation with the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), provides monthly assessment and feedback of the DSM’s performance. The DSM will be responsible and subject to United Methodist policy and doctrine, informed by the United Methodist Guidelines for Youth Ministries, local church policy as determined by the Charge Conference, Senior Pastor and SPRC. Active involvement in the following meetings is expected: staff meetings, youth leadership team, Administrative Council and for other pertinent initiatives as determined by church leadership.

The Primary Task:

There shall be a comprehensive and vibrant approach to the development and implementation of the student ministry at all levels in the connectional system of the United Methodist Church and in all ministry areas of the local church. This comprehensive approach is based on the understanding of the primary task of student ministry to:

  • Love students where they are
  • Encourage students in developing their relationship with God
  • Provide them with opportunities for nurture and growth
  • Challenge them to respond to God’s call to serve in their communities and world
  • Welcome new students and families
  • Develop youth groups as requested: For example: Mini Methodist, Young Methodist, Jr. High MYF, High School MYF


  1. Be an advocate for students and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns and needs in the local church and community.
  2. Help plan, develop and implement all aspects of a balanced student ministry in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission and outreach.
  3. Support and guide the work of the student ministries and in an annual process of evaluating the vision and mission of the student ministry.
  4. Mentor students in discovering their spiritual gifts and developing their leadership skills.
  5. Be aware of resources for developing the student ministry program and participate in continuing education events and training opportunities. Share knowledge with parents and caregivers.
  6. Recruit and train volunteers who work with students in all aspects of student ministry and ensure adequate volunteer support and adult-to-youth ratios
  7. Be a liaison between the church and other community organizations, people and resources that relate to student ministries.
  8. Assist with confirmation classes in partnership with the pastor, and provide leadership for confirmands, mentors and parents beyond the classroom. Hours will be balanced as needed.
  9. Work in partnership with the church leadership to effectively reach unchurched students in the community and develop a strategic student ministry outreach plan.
  10. Keep records of student participation and manage the student ministries budget.
  11. Communicate in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all available resources (email, website, bulletin, newsletter, bulletin board, etc.). Ensure communication with church staff and leadership, parents and the congregation as a whole.
  12. Make yourself available to students in a variety of ways as need and potential dictate (i.e., lunch at school, attendance at extracurricular activities, visitation, times of crisis, etc.).
  13. Work in concert with the gifts and talents of other staff members and maintain a teamwork mentality.
  14. Ensure that the child-protection policy/SJUMC safe sanctuary is observed in all youth ministries settings.
  15. Collaborate with the Learning and Development team to assist with VBS, mission trips and Sunday school needs.

Qualifications and aptitudes:

  1. Must embrace Christian discipline and United Methodist doctrine and theology.
  2. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred. Professional certification in youth ministry in the United Methodist Church is desired.
  3. Must have vision and a demonstrated ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement youth ministry within the parameters of the UMC.
  4. Must have excellence written and verbal communication skills and have experience working with computers and social media.
  5. Must possess a proven ability to work effectively with students, diverse individuals and teams of volunteers.
  6. As per the UMC policy, minimum age 23 years old.

Please express interest by emailing a cover letter and resume to or to our mailing address.

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