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Christ Church

Director of Student Ministries

Christ Church
Fairfax Station, Virginia, United States

Date Posted: 07/31/2013
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description



Director of Student Ministries


Director of Family Ministries


Youth Leader (Full Time)




  • Responsible for ministry to all youth (grades 7-12) within Christ Church and beyond:
  • Develop age appropriate ministries to reach all the youth and young adults in the church.
  • Select curriculum and implement Christ-centered resources for Student Ministries.
  • Ensure that the opportunities for spiritual growth and building relationships are safe, fun, active, interactive, memorable, God-honoring, character-building and visitor-friendly.
  • Equip, recruit, train, and lead adult volunteers to assist in reaching students for Christ.
  • Develop and promote vital small group experiences.
  • Develop and promote a weekly large group worship experience.
  • Develop student leadership teams and opportunities to serve.
  • Plan, schedule and coordinate mission trips, retreats, activities, outings, and other fitting events.
  • Create and implement a cohesive plan for service and mission in the local community, nation and world.
      • Research and assess the desires, needs and problems that confront students in the local area and establish an effective ministry structure to meet such needs.
      • Ensure that all volunteers comply with the Child Protection Policy, including: screening, background checks, safety training, etc.
    • Communicate the overall vision, goals and strategy of the Student Ministries to the parents and church.
      • Partner with parents to help them realize God's dream for their student with the goal to produce youth who are authentic disciples of Christ reaching others for Christ with the purpose of evangelism and discipleship.
      • Serve as the liaison with people, organizations and resources both within and outside the church that relate to students and Student Ministries.
      • Communicate and publicize specialized ministries for the laity within all available creative forms of publicity and marketing.
    • Establish personal and supportive relationships with students.
      • Walk alongside and help provide guidance for students as they question and test the limits and opportunities of growing into adulthood.
    • Organize coverage when absence is required.
    • Assist the Senior Pastor in the implementation of the vision and goals for the ministry of Christ Church.


  • Administrative Requirements:
    • Prepare a report describing the status of Christ Church’s Student Ministries for the monthly Church Council meetings and the Annual Charge Conference (held in the fall).
    • Prepare an annual budget for Student Ministries, to be approved by the Church Council


  • Personal Expectations:
    • Maintain active and open communication with the staff.
    • Report weekly to supervisor and/or designee for staff meetings.
    • Seek to be renewed and refocused by attending leadership development conferences, workshops and/or training seminars (continuing education funding available).
    • Must meet the minimum membership requirements by completing Membership Class 101 within one year of hire.
    • Adhere to the Christ Church Staff Statement of Ethics.


  • Requisite Qualifications and Skills:
    • A personal experience of conversion and commitment to Jesus Christ as demonstrated through a vibrant and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
    • A desire to lead Christ Church’s students to accept Jesus and live a Christian life, along with an authentic love for, patience with, and good understanding of students.
    • Formal education in a related field to student ministry.
    • Excellent computer, written and verbal communication skills with those associated with Student Ministries (to include youth, parents, staff and volunteers).
    • Maturity in emotional/spiritual judgment and demeanor in the conduct of duties.
    • Maintenance of the highest Christian standards in personal and professional life.
    • Ministry experience and/or ability to demonstrate effectiveness in student ministry.
    • Compassionate, patient, outgoing and nurturing personality.
    • Organized, ability to practice confidentiality, be self-motivated and a team player.