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Job Opening - Director of Youth Ministries

Job Description: Director of Youth Ministries

Category: 15-18 hours per week

Accountable to: Senior Pastor and Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committee

Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Senior Pastor and/or Associate Pastor


Epworth United Methodist Church is a progressive multi-cultural Reconciling Congregation that welcomes all people on their journey of faith regardless of age, physical condition, race, gender, sexual orientation, or class, and supports each other in our ministries to one another, the community, and the world.

Interested applicants should apply by letter with relevant work history and qualifications to

Primary Function:

Support objective of strengthening ministries with youth in the church and community through development and continuity of programs that are designed to meet the specific and diverse needs of this population, particularly in dimensions related to racial and ethnic identity and sexual orientation.

Help youth discover who they are, explore their beliefs, and create ways for them to use their gifts, develop their potential, and serve in outreach to the community and the world. Encourage, communicate with, and provide program information to parents so that church and home are mutually reinforcing places for developing Christian discipleship in youth. Coordinate “Youth Ministry Framework,” a structure that envisions service, social and a three year cycle of formational programming including confirmation, spirituality and sexuality curriculum, and transitioning to college or work beyond high school.

Develop program content and enlist volunteer assistance to administer specific programs and activities.

Specific job responsibilities include:

Youth education & faith development (9-12 hours/week)

1. Coordinate Youth Ministry Framework, including coordinating the planning, development, and implementation of youth programming for middle school and senior high school groups, including Sunday youth group, United Methodist confirmation classes (led by pastor and lay assistant), Our Whole Lives, (OWL), service projects (e.g. Sierra Service Project, UM camps) combining activities when appropriate but ensuring a separate identity for each group.

2. Utilize church volunteers to assist in chaperoning and hosting events.

3. Provide worship to develop, explore and deepen youth’s personal faith and find opportunities to integrate youth into the main worship service.

4. Ensure a welcoming, trusting, and respectful environment that encourages youth to voice their concerns and questions about adolescence, challenges, God, and struggles, etc.

5. Develop and work with Youth Council in accordance with church policies, Safe Sanctuary, procedures and standards.

Administrative duties (3-5 hours/week)

1. Attend staff meetings with pastors and church program staff.

2. Provide liaison between youth ministries, church council, and congregation using multiple channels of communication.

3. Schedule work hours to meet service objectives.

4. Oversee budget of youth programs, coordinate scholarship requests, communicating with finance and pastor to implement grant requests

5. Submit timesheets in a timely manner.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A. Commitment: Ability to embrace and support United Methodist theology and the reconciling statement of Epworth UMC.

B. Education and/or Experience: High School Diploma and four years of college and/or related work experience with youth, young adults, Christian education and theology.

C. Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret curricula, periodicals, professional Christian Education journals. Ability to write reports, correspondence, publications. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from others.

D. Management: Ability to oversee and be accountable for budget and calendaring in coordination with the overall ministries of the church.

E. Reasoning Ability: Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in situations with limited standardization.

F. Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have facility with documents, spreadsheets, google drive, and social media applications.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, consisting of background noise from immediate co-workers and other office-type work areas.

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