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youth minister

General Responsibilities

An effective Youth Minister will develop and nurture a ministry for people ages 6th grade through college, striving to guide, nurture, and support them as they grow as Christian disciples.  The Youth Minister must pay attention to the needs of the community, providing opportunities for youth and college-ages (interchangeable with young adults hereafter) to grow in their relationship with God and to respond to that relationship faithfully in the church and the world.  This person must recognize how families vary, offering ministry opportunities for all families to respond to God’s presence in their lives.  The Youth Minister must also recognize how all people learn from one another, how all people have gifts to share, and how God is at work in all people.  This person will work with other church and community leaders to address the needs of youth and young adults in their congregation and community. 

Role and Responsibilities

The Youth Minister will need to:

  • Be attentive to the hopes, concerns, and needs of youth, young adults, and their families in the community to determine how the congregation might serve them and how they might serve one another as Christian disciples and good neighbors.  
  • Become familiar with the congregation’s overall mission, vision, and goals and how they are achieved through the congregation’s ministry with youth, young adults, and their families.
  • Pray intentionally for the youth, young adults, and their families of Ellendale UMC (EUMC hereafter).
  • Develop and lead a holistic program from 6th grade through college-age to instruct youth and young adults on key Biblical principles, United Methodist Doctrine, church membership, and to become strong and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Create a comprehensive Confirmation program, in consultation with the Pastor, for 6th grade youth.
  • Develop a vibrant Youth Ministry where worship, fellowship, discipleship, mission, and evangelism are key components.
  • Work with our college-aged students to help them transition into campus ministries and send them uplifting reminders of the congregation’s support and continued care.
  • Guide and direct the Sunday morning Sunday School program for youth and college ages, (including Confirmation).
  • Recruit, train, and encourage the growth of volunteers to become leaders for our youth and young adults.  Work with these volunteers to plan and carry out ministry with youth, young adults, and their families in a varied and wide-ranging program.
  • Work with the Pastor, other staff, and volunteers to learn about theologically aligned and developmentally appropriate resources and curriculum and resources available for youth, young adults, and their families in order to help teachers and group leaders select appropriate resources for study and growth.
  • Develop and create a welcoming environment for the youth and college-ages to enter.
  • Advocate that all youth and young adults are welcome and expected to fully engage in the mission and ministries of EUMC. 
  • Work with other church leaders in updating the Safe Sanctuaries policies and guidelines—when needed—and provide training opportunities for staff and volunteers to maintain and earn their certifications.
  • Promote the understanding of Christian vocation in daily life in work with youth and college-ages, building understanding of God’s call for all Christians.
  • Establish and maintain a mentorship program for youth through certified congregational adults.
  • Participate in the Family Committee, informing them on the needs of youth and college-aged ministries.
  • Communicate and build networks with community organizations, people, and resources that relate to youth to connect with the community for a strong program, looking for new ministry opportunities and unmet needs.
  • Work with Pastor and NOW Committee to create key intergenerational events throughout the calendar year to strengthen the generational ties at EUMC (including youth worship opportunities). 

Job Description for Youth Minister

  • Create Yearly Youth ministry budget to be submitted and approved by the Finance Committee.
  • Encourage youth and young adults to participate at the District, Conference, Jurisdictional, and General Conference level of the connectional structure of the United Methodist Church.
  • Organize and help direct the Youth Ministry Team as per The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church ¶256.3.c, d.
  • Write necessary articles to be submitted and printed in the monthly newsletter.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and other appropriate meetings (i.e., Family and NOW Committees); offer a report at the quarterly Church Council meeting.
  • Work within the confines of The Employee Policy Manual of EUMC.
  • Must have Safe Sanctuary Training and adhere to EUMC’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.

Qualifications and Preferred Sills

  • Should show evidence of passion for youth, young adults, and families. 
  • Prior effective ministry and leadership skills preferred.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality in all matters relating to youth, young adults, and families.
  • Should maintain a healthy and growing spiritual life, and encourage volunteer leaders to do the same.
  • Good interpersonal, communication, planning, and organizational skills.
  • The ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages, the ability to work with other ministry leaders, and the ability to delegate responsibility and follow up to complete tasks.
  • Should have knowledge and respect for The United Methodist Church and its history, doctrine, and theology.
  • Should show genuine interest in responding to the hopes, concerns, and needs of youth, young adults, and families in the community so that community ministry is launched, people are affirmed, and joint projects with other congregations and groups lead to transformation of the community.

Miscellaneous Areas

  • Must be 23 years of age or older in order to adhere with EUMC’s Safe Sanctuary Policy of a five-year age difference between leaders and the oldest youth under their leadership.
  • Yearly performance reviews will take place with the Pastor and the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee.
  • All absences must be scheduled in advance at least four (4) weeks before the necessary absence will occur.
  • Any unscheduled absences will need to be shared with the Pastor immediately upon knowing of the absence so other possibilities for leadership during ministry programs and activities can be made.
  • The Youth Minister receives one paid vacation week based on a 15 hour work week after the 90-day probationary period for the first year of employment.  The Youth Minister will also receive three (3) days of sick leave throughout each year after the 90-day probationary period. 



Job Type - Part-time/15 hours per week

Schedule - Day Shift

Benefits - Paid time off


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