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Altoona United Methodist Church

Youth Director

Altoona United Methodist Church
Altoona, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 09/12/2016
Categories: Young Adult Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Director of Youth Ministry
Altoona United Methodist Church - Altoona, IA

Director of Youth Ministries (Youth Director)
Status: Full-time


Altoona United Methodist Church is a growing congregation located in Altoona, Iowa - a suburb of Des Moines. We want every young person to cultivate an active relationship with Christ.  From that authentic relationship they will be better prepared for the challenges of life and equipped to share the Good News with their generation.  We seek a creative, mature individual with a passion to share Christ with youth as well as to support other ministries within the church.  We are looking for a person committed to providing a safe, caring and encouraging environment where young people can explore, question, discover and share their faith.   

Job Summary:

The Director of Youth Ministry will provide spiritual leadership to both junior high and high school students, helping youth to develop and grow an active relationship with Christ.  Some of the main activities where the Youth Director will provide oversight are: Youth Group, Sunday School, Confirmation, Summer Games University Camp, Bible Studies and  Local Service and Mission Experiences. The Youth Director, depending on skill set, may also be a support person for other ministries within the church such as small groups, visitation, worship, technology, preaching, missions, facilities, etc.

Essential Functions:

  • Envision, design, budget, and implement a comprehensive youth ministry for students, grades 7-12.

  • Provide leadership for spiritual formation, worship, mission and fun.

  • Go beyond church walls in outreach, as well as supporting youth in school/club activities.

  • Connect with parents for support and involvement within the ministry.

  • Recruit, train, supervise, and encourage college and adult volunteer leaders.

  • Work with church staff to schedule and calendar events.

  • Work collaboratively with other ministries of the church.

  • Manage youth communications through all available means.

  • Speak publicly, lead Bible study, and preach the gospel.

  • Walk with youth/parents in crisis, knowing boundaries and when to refer to clergy or professional counseling.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate and provide leadership in Sunday morning/special worship services.

  • Be an advocate and liaison between the youth, parents, and congregation.

  • Connect with other youth groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or related experience

  • Experience in working with and leading youth ministry

Core Competencies:

  • Vision for youth ministry

  • Flexibility in working with a variety of ministries within the church

  • Self-evident faith in Jesus Christ

  • Integrity, ethics and values

  • Initiative, creativity and follow through

  • Spiritual maturity & biblical knowledge

  • Verbal communication, listening and interpersonal skills

  • Compassion and care

  • Team building skills

  • Management skills

  • Leadership development

  • Time management

Interested applicants should provide a resume to Altoona United Methodist Church:  You may also contact Pastor John Gaulke at (515) 967-2991.