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The Gathering

Student Ministry Director

The Gathering
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 12/03/2012
Categories: Children's Pastor - Christian Education - Youth Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

The Student Ministry Director will lead us in 5 primary areas:

  1. Work with the Family Ministry Director to implement a vision for ministry that moves an increasing number of students and families from being casual participants of church to becoming fully devoted followers of Christ and passionate about the mission of The Gathering.
  2. Develop and implement ministry for ages 6th through 12th grade at both the Clayton and McCausland Sites. The main emphasis will be on developing a strong 6th – 8th grade ministry.
  3. Collaborate with both the elementary age ministry leaders and the college director on transitions to and from student ministry.
  4. Intentional outreach and engagement of students and families, especially new families.
  5. Recruitment, development and support of student ministry leaders and volunteers.

As a result of this position, we expect:

  1. An innovative and excellent Student ministry that continues to grow both numerically and in depth. This includes an effective CoreGroup (small group) ministry and a large group ministry for 6th – 8th grades.
  2. Implementing of a CoreGroup (small group) ministry for 9th – 12th grades.
  3. Clear strategic ways in which the ministry and volunteers can partner with parents.
  4. Increasing number of adults who are trained and supported to serve in Student Ministry.
  5. Students to have a growing relationship with Christ and be able to live it out in their family, friends and community.


  1. Develop and implement a ministry plan
    Written mission, vision and strategy, as well as a plan for implementation and communication.
    Inclusive of the Orange strategy for ministry, partnering with parents, and an effective transition from elementary ministry and to college ministry.
    Ministry plan should include student growth in the areas of evangelism, spiritual growth and student leadership.
    Engage all leaders and volunteers in ministry plan.
  2. Development and leading of student ministry.
    Develop a strategic CoreGroup (small group) ministry that promotes sharing and accountability, lead by consistent volunteers that meet weekly. The emphasis will be on building a strong 6th – 8th grade ministry. This will include the transition from elementary into student ministry.
    Develop a strategic large group ministry that promotes biblical learning, worship and community for 6th – 8th grade ministry.
    Develop outreach opportunities and events to equip students to invite and share their faith with others. This would include special events such as fun fellowship activities, service opportunities, and mission trips.
    Develop and lead a yearly confirmation class.
    Involve students in the overall ministry of the church as a whole, supporting and participating in the church’s vision, worship services and activities. Teaching students they are the church.
    Collaboration with the 5th and 6th grade Sunday morning family ministry leaders.
    Engagement in the 5th and 6th grade Sunday morning family ministry.
  3. Outreach to and engagement of parents, families and students.
    Create an environment that is welcoming and invitational to new families.
    Implement a process for welcoming, following up with and integrating new families.
    Implement a plan to partner with parents in raising the next generation to have a growing relationship with Christ.
    Seek opportunities to build relationships with students outside of the church at school campuses, sporting events or in the community.
    Develop a plan to share mission and vision with parents.
    Create avenues of regular communication with parents.
  4. Recruit, develop and support adults to serve in student ministry.
    Recruit and schedule volunteers for 6th – 12th grades.
    Effectively equip all leaders and volunteers by training, encouraging and supporting leaders to grow in ministry.
    Cast vision with adults for ministry that move them from being occasional volunteers to committed and invested servants.
    Meet regularly with volunteers.
    Regular training with volunteers including safe sanctuary training.

Hours, Expectations and Desired Qualifications:

  1. Hours
    This is an hourly position with an expectation of 15 hours per week.
  2. Expectations
    Attend a weekly worship service at The Gathering.
    Attend a weekly Family Ministry meeting.
    Authentic commitment to The Gathering’s vision, mission and practices. All staff are expected to be committed to our shared practices and to their growth in their personal discipleship.
    Flexibility and the ability to develop and change as our church grows.
    Network with student ministry directors in the St. Louis area to encourage each other, learn and share ideas and experiences.
    Attend Orange Conference annually.
    Responsible for the student ministry budget.
    This position reports to the Family Ministry Director.
  3. Desired Qualifications:
    Be committed to the Orange Strategy.
    Experience in leading in student ministry.
    Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
    Understand the life, culture and trends of students today.
    Teachable, with a desire to grow spiritually and in leadership abilities.