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Director of Youth Ministry

Cedar Rapids, IA

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Director of Youth Ministries (Youth Director)

Reports to: Associate Pastor

Effective: Flexible August 15 - September 1, 2018

Status: Full-time

FLSA: Exempt

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is one of the oldest and most community-involved churches in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. St. Paul's United Methodist Church is a people gathered, formed, and sent by God's Grace. As a congregation, we are committed to service to our community and beyond. St. Paul’s enthusiastically supports a youth ministry that is focused in the faith development and outreach of students, lived out in service to the church, community, and the world. We are called WORD Youth Ministry, and our mission is to inspire youth to know Christ, to share Christ’s love and share Christ’s truth.  A part of our changing identity is a growing African Nationals community within our church. We seek to nurture this relationship. Check out the church website and look at our youth information and newsletters. 

Job Summary: 

The Director of Youth Ministry will provide leadership to grades 5-12, emphasizing relationships with God and one another. Current opportunities to develop these relationships include Sunday school, Youth worship, Confirmation, retreats, Bible study, local service and summer mission experiences, and all are important components.

Youth ministry is broken into three separate age appropriate focuses: Club 56 (grades 5-6) Mid-High (Grades 7-8) and High School (9-12), though there are times when some or all are joined in focused programming when appropriate.

Essential Functions:

  • Guide the vision, design, budget, and implement a comprehensive youth ministry for students, grades 5-12.

  • Direct the ministry for grades 5 through 12.

  • Meet regularly with the St. Paul’s Children’s Ministry Director to coordinate the overall ministry from Early Childhood to grade 12 and beyond.

  • Provide leadership and work alongside Youth Council.

  • Provide leadership of spiritual formation, worship, mission and fun.

  • Incorporate young people fully into the life of the church and take their faith into the world. 

  • Go beyond church walls in outreach and support of youth in school and club activities.

  • Effectively using the tools of modern communication, connect with parents for support and involvement within the ministry.

  • Recruit, train, supervise, and encourage adult volunteer youth sponsors.

  • Work with a large church staff to schedule and calendar events.

  • Collaborate with African Nationals Youth, other ministries of the church, and Youth Council.

  • Enforce Safe Sanctuaries Policy. 

  • Speak publicly, lead Bible study, and preach the gospel. 

  • Walk with youth/parents in crisis, knowing boundaries and when to refer to clergy or professional counseling.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Set an example of importance of community worship through participation in Sunday morning/ special worship services.

  • Be an advocate and liaison between the youth, parents, and congregation.

  • Connect with other youth groups ecumenically and through the UMC to further positive peer pressure in support of our youth.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. (Education/religion/communication/ministry.)

  • Experience in leading youth ministry as part of a church staff.

Physical Requirements:

  • Physically able to play active games with youth.

  • To lead by example, working with teams on mission sites.

Core Competencies:

  • Visionary for youth ministry consistent with the Methodist Church’s Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors philosophy

  • Flexibility to remain relevant with youth and the youth culture

  • Experienced comfort level working with adult leaders, youth and their parents, including home visits when appropriate.

  • Vibrant and self-evident faith in Jesus Christ

  • Background and understanding of curriculum, including project-based, multi-generational, and inquiry methodology

  • Knowledge of safety policy,

  • Verbal communication, listening and interpersonal skill, and experience with the tools of social media.

  • Comfortable in age-appropriate discussions of sexuality

  • Integrity, trust, ethics and values

  • Self differentiation

  • Mission ownership

  • Initiative, creativity and innovation 

  • Working knowledge of the Bible, and respect for Wesleyan theology, traditions, and polity.

  • Compassion and care

  • Influencing and team-building skills

  • Management skills

  • Leadership development

  • Time management

Contact Information Garr Hintz 319-363-2058

Interested applicants should complete the St. Paul's United Methodist Church application for employment form (found on the church website or on paper in the church office) and a send a resume to Garr Hintz at the church office by noon Friday, July 20, 2018.

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Posted 06/28/18

Job ID: 45439145