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Peace Lutheran Church

Director of Student Ministries

Peace Lutheran Church
Gahanna, Ohio, United States

Date Posted: 04/24/2013
Categories: Church Staff
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Director of Student Ministries (DSM)


Job requirements:


Full time opening available now

Requirements begin with a passion for God and a calling to students

Responsibilities include all programs and services provided for middle and high school students

Gifts needed include leadership, teaching, wisdom, mercy and fun

Experience needed: minimum 3 years of primary leadership in a student ministry program

Education: Bachelor's Degree; some training in Biblical studies and theology


Personal requirements:


Ability to walk with students as faith is formed and integrated into their lives

Ability to interpret and confront cultural norms with students based on Biblical truth

Ability to build a team to nurture and enable leaders

Ability to take the reins and build a ministry with a volunteer team

Ability to partner with parents with faith resources and cultural information helpful to them

Understand that the Director of Student Ministries is part and partner in PLC staff team


Personal life:


DSM should reflect and model a life desiring to follow Jesus


Vision and Values of Student Ministry at Peace: (See below: Reinvention-Student Ministries)


We follow Jesus


Vision and Values of Peace Lutheran Church:

We love God, our neighbors, and ourselves and so we live together under these core values:


Grace, not guilt

Service, without condition

Relationships over rules

Love, not fear


Something about Peace:

We are 175 year old congregation with an average age of 41 years

We believe that we are placed in Gahanna to share God's good news of grace

     and serve the needs within our community and beyond

We have a strong staff team that is teachable and listens for God's ongoing call

We are open to where God is leading and work to honor God with excellence in what

     we do

We take what we do very seriously, but not so much ourselves. Interpretation: we laugh

     a lot


If God is moving in you to take a longer look at this ministry position, please send your resume and pertinent      information to We will confirm we received your information. Interviews begin            immediately.  Peace for the journey.





Reinvention of Student Ministries Team proposes:


The new student ministry position should be full time. Kids need a consistent leader.

The DSM should have responsibility for both middle school and high school student ministries.

It is critical that the DSM is passionate about God and about students, able to build a strong volunteer team, and loves to have fun.

Student ministry is grounded in 4 summer mission trips: 6th grade/7-8th grades/two high school trips

It is our hope that the DSM can be in place in time to go on the summer mission trips.(by June 9)

We want our kids to know Jesus.



Values/vision statement for Student Ministry:

                       (who we were, are, and hope to be...)


We are a unique community of students and leaders who understand the church to be the place where...


Students belong- without condition. It's a safe place to be yourself- your real self- with all your bumps and triumphs. It's a place to share a journey with other students, to be and encounter authentic people who become trusted fellow travelers.


God shows up! Through worship, music, conversation with leaders and other students, and serving-God's presence is real.


We talk about and discover what it means that we are loved by God and that God desires to know us and be known.


We know that God's love took form in Jesus, Who came and lived, was killed and conquered sin and death so that we can be made new, transformed by a grace-filled relationship with Christ.


We know that experiencing Christ calls for a response from us-

--to fully invest in deepening our relationship with Christ and others

--to be the extension of Christ in the world- (Acts 1:8)

beginning at Peace, from Gahanna, to Ohio, throughout the US, and beyond-

--to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with God


We have experienced that God desires life to be full and abundant- and that means that our life together is filled with joy! Laughter and play are all part of our relationships together! Good times around good food and shared lives. (It's no surprise that stories from Scripture are full of people sharing table together!)


Leaders are committed to building into our students through a consistent presence, honest and appropriate conversation and behaviors, and a willingness to invest in their own deepening relationship with Christ.


We follow Jesus and so we understand that we may be surprised at the road we travel with him, but we are convinced that God is for us and so we trust without fear.