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Living Waters Church

Director of Youth Ministries

Living Waters Church
Peoria, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 07/10/2015
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Lutheran
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Living Waters Church, Director of Youth Ministry


Full-Time. Salary and benefits will be based on experience and education.

Resume deadline: July 24th. Expected hire date: Sept 1st, 2015



Position Purpose: The Youth Ministry Director shall build Christian relationships through teaching and leadership with young people that will strengthen their commitment to the church community and grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.



Qualifications:  Living Waters seeks a professional leader who respects and upholds the authority of scripture, has a solid understanding of the Christian faith and who has a strong desire to nurture young people in their walk with Jesus.  We seek a person who is self motivated to generate new ideas and programs, and a person who values a team concept of ministry.  Above all, the candidate must be passionate about the spiritual development of children and youth in the context of their families.  Gifts of teamwork, leadership, visioning, conflict resolution, teaching, confidentiality, creative communication, and people/process management are crucial.  Therefore, the following qualifications are desirable:


  1.  A Youth and Family Ministry Education or      significant experience in Youth Ministry
  2.  Having the ability to work with youth and      adults with positive relational skills
  3. Good      organizational skills and attentive to detail
  4. The      ability to clearly and effectively communicate with the congregation and      church leadership
  5. A minimum      4 year degree or equivalent. (Suggested certified in youth and family      ministry)
  6. A love      of the Lord, an ability to express his or her faith well, and a personal      relationship with Christ
  7. A love      for the church
  8. A passionate      for his or her job, a love of children, youth and their families
  9. Skills      as a director and not just a doer
  10. An understanding      of ministry as a team endeavor
  11. A      willingness to receive coaching, outside training, and on the job training
  12. A faith      founded in a theology of the cross      (grace-oriented) and a faith-filled life in response to God’s Grace
  13. A high      energy level
  14. The      ability to demonstrate long-range planning and follow through skills
  15. The      ability to be a good listener
  16. Qualities      of patience, flexibility, and adaptability
  17.  A valid driver’s license
  18. A      willingness to have a background check



Responsibilities: Subject to review and adjustment in conjunction with the lead pastor and the elders, the following constitute the major responsibilities of Living Waters Lutheran Director of Youth Ministry:


  1. Provide      leadership for youth (Pre K -12) with support from the lead pastor,      Discipleship Deacon and Living Waters members.
  2. Have      primary program responsibilities for 5th-12th      grades, partnering with the Discipleship Deacon and Living Waters members for      Pre-K - 4th grade.
  3. Oversee      the recruitment and training of adult volunteers to work with Pre-K -12th      grades.
  4. Plan      and implement age appropriate activities for 5th -12th      grade youth that promote community through fellowship, fun, and faith      development.  Such activities might      include musicals, dramatic presentations, small group Bible studies,      retreats and service projects.
  5. Coordinate      fund-raising activities that support special youth activities and trips.
  6. Promote      Christian service through age appropriate service projects and mission      trips.
  7. Become      an active participant and member of Living Waters, with his or her family      if applicable.
  8. Attend      activities in the community where Living Waters youth are involved.
  9. Attend      weekly staff meetings, and/or other meetings required by the lead pastor.
  10. Meet      regularly with pastor as needed at a time mutually agreed upon.
  11. Coordinate      youth involvement with other ministries of the congregation in cooperation      with staff.
  12. Provide      a timely and accurate schedule of youth activities.  Keep the congregation informed of youth      events by coordinating the publicity for youth activities through the      appropriate vehicles provided by the church.
  13. Provide      for keeping of administrative records needed to provide for future      planning.  Such records would      include, but not be limited to: Individual fund-raising accounts, consent      forms, attendance and program activities.  
  14. Maintain      and manage youth ministry funds in collaboration with the Stewardship Deacon      and the Discipleship Deacon.
  15. Encourage      youth to participate in all facets of the life of the community of faith,      including worship, choirs, educational opportunities, youth activities,      service projects, Bible camps, missions trips, etc.
  16. Refer      prospective families for membership and pastoral care when needed.
  17. Support      the Confirmation process.
  18. Support      and encourage youth participation in citywide and church-wide missions as      available.
  19. Teach      and disciple according to the Statement of Faith of Living Waters.
  20. Work      in accordance with Living Waters Children’s Protection Policy.





Working Conditions: The position of Director of Youth Ministry requires flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends.  The position is a full-time, salaried position. Furthermore, it is recognized that the schedule may vary at different times of the year.  It is therefore understood that the Director of Youth Ministry shall:


  1. Maintain      regularly scheduled office hours in order to be accessible to youth,      parents, staff and the leadership of the congregation.
  2. Keep      the church office informed as to how the Youth Director can be contacted.
  3. Notify      the pastor prior to all unexpected absences from regularly scheduled      events, and provide a suitable substitute in the case of anticipated      absence.
  4. In the      case of extended time away from the office (other than vacation), arrange      to receive messages and respond to them within 24 hours.
  5. Pursue      continuing education annually as approved by the lead pastor.
  6. Office,      phone allowance, computer, mileage, and duplicating are provided by the      congregation for work related to this position. 



How to Apply

Interested parties should submit:

1. Resume that includes:

            Name, address, phone number, and e mail

            Education background, Degree earned

            Work history  

            Computer/office equipment proficiencies

2. Three (3) References (name, contact information and relationship to you – not family)

3. Statement of Personal Christian faith


Please send all application documents to:


Living Waters Lutheran Church

Att: Youth Director Search Team

6514 N Brookwood Lane

Peoria, IL



Or email application and documents to:


Please call Pastor Mark Schoenhals (309) 397-6428, with questions. Email at Check out the website for Living Waters at