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First United Methodist Church

Kearney, Missouri, United States

Date Posted:
Youth Pastor
United Methodist
Church Size:
501 to 750
Job Type:
First United Methodist Church
Job Description:

Title: Student Ministries Director

Position: Full Time

Reporting to: Senior Pastor




Provide leadership and direct oversight  to all student ministry programs (grade 6-12) of First United Methodist Church, including mission work, worship services, discipleship opportunities, camping experiences, and retreats.


Key Responsibilities:


Teaching and Vision

  • Creatively communicate the Gospel to students, with an emphasis on depth and biblical teaching.

  • Create biblically based messages and studies that engage students and drive them toward a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Percent of time: 30%


Relationships and Networking

  • Develop meaningful pastoral relationships with students and families of First United Methodist Church.

  • Develop and implement strategies to reach unchurched students and their families.

  • Willingness and ability to engage students where they are, such as sporting events, school functions, lunches, etc.

Percent of time: 30%


Leadership Development

  • Work with other ministry leaders to creatively involve students in ministries throughout the church.

  • Identify, recruit, and empower leaders within the church to serve in student ministry in meaningful ways.

  • Participate in continuing education events in order to stay current on student ministry thinking and practice.

Percent of time: 20%


Administration and Communication

  • Provide clear communication with parents, staff, and the broader church about the Student Ministry.

  • Coordinate the student ministry with the various administrative needs of the church.

Percent of time: 20%


  • A dynamic personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Bible and a commitment to Wesleyan theology.

  • Experience witnessing to unchurched people about Christ’s love.

  • A self-starter, create new ministries, committed to excellence, experience recruiting, training, and empowering volunteers for ministry.

  • Exceptional relational skills.

  • Compelling communicator, particularly in teaching and preaching the Bible. Preferred experience in speaking to large groups.

  • Degree in ministry or over 3 years relevant experience preferred.


Key Attributes:

  • Passion for Jesus

  • Relational, especially compelling communicator

  • Evangelistic

  • Biblically literate

  • High standards

  • Understanding of youth culture


    About our church: 

    First Uniteds Methodist Church of Kearney, Missouri is a growing church looking for a dynamic leader to help us continue to make disciples in our mission field. We are a multiple generational generation with many people throughout the generations. Our church has doubled in worship attendance in the last decade and enjoys a large worship attendance, healthy resources, and a great facility. 


    About our city: 

    Kearney, Missouri is located just 20 minutes north of downtown Kansas City. Kearney enjoys a small town atmosphere within close proximity to a major metro area including professional sporting, worldclass shopping, great restraunts and a nearby lake. 



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About the Church

First United Methodist Church

Our mission is to be disciples and make disciples of Jesus Christ
Who love and honor God,
Love and nurture one another,
And love and reach out to the world.