Midway United Methodist Church (www.midwayumc.org) is in the process of strategically planning, intentionally preparing, and faithfully praying for the future of our students. We are looking for a high capacity, leader with a proven track record of success to help us do exactly this. We currently have approximately 50 middle school and high school students engaged by our youth ministry.
The youth are currently meeting together, both Middle School (6th-8th grades) and High School (9th-12th grades), on Sunday evening. Students and volunteers feel good about the ministry, but most agree that the time may be right for a refreshed vision, and for a full-time, professional Youth Minister. The goal is for the next youth ministry leader to build a strong team of adult volunteers and grow the group into unique middle school and high school ministries.
The youth ministry has embraced and adopted the church-wide “intentional integration” philosophy that looks beyond ministry events and programs to also include participation in those things that will strengthen the whole church.
While we are searching for a Youth Minister to lead our ministry to students, this leader will share the calling of our Senior Pastor and staff to develop a solid family ministry plan to assimilate new families into our church family. The Youth Minister will be a vital partner in family pastoral care/counseling, discipleship/maturity, and strategic program design to include all ages from birth to college graduation.
This role requires strong gifts in youth ministry programming; leadership development of a ministry team, and management of ministry processes, policies and resources; strategic vision for the next 5 to 8 years; as well as a passion for the young people living in the myriad of modern families in our community. We want to be intentional about creating a “belong before you believe or behave” culture, with a strong preference for relational, missional ministry serving both locally and globally.
About Midway UMC
The people of Midway United Methodist Church deeply desire to be a congregation of passionate followers of Jesus extending our reach as a missional church to transform the world, wherever we touch it.
We gather regularly to worship God, to read and discuss Jesus’ teachings, to share our joys and struggles, and to welcome newcomers and relieve suffering wherever we can. Our three Sunday worship services are each unique and meet for about 60 mins.
MUMC is a healthy, growing congregation of about 800 active attenders located 28 miles north of Atlanta in “midway” between the suburban neighborhoods of Fulton, Cherokee, and Forsyth Counties. The Midway community is very family friendly and home to the highly rated Forsyth County School District (#1 GA county system in 2015) in addition to a number of excellent private schools. It is close to all that Atlanta has to offer, and is in easy driving distance to the beach (5 hours) or the mountains (1 hour).
MUMC is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced, relational, and strategic thinking leader who wants to join a thriving church and close knit professional team. The incoming Youth Minister will be called on to build on a basic foundation while creatively developing a future that engages students and their families to embrace our vision above...extending our reach as a missional church.
Strategic Thinker: The candidate will align with the mission, vision, and vibe of MUMC. He/she must be a champion of the United Methodist tradition (i.e. infant baptism and confirmation, women in ministry, and comfort with different theories of inspiration for Scripture). He/she will work very closely with the Senior Pastor and Children’s Minister to build and align ministries in philosophy and messaging. The candidate will target students and their families (from the full range of traditional to modern) and be expected to attract new families from the Midway community. The candidate will seek to build his/her ministry in harmony with MUMC core values, culture, and passions for outreach and families w/youth and children.
Collaborative Teammate: The candidate must love to work with a team. He/she will be a vital part of the MUMC professional staff, and play an integral role on the Church Council and Family Discipleship Team, which all guide our family discipleship ministry toward a consistent, coherent strategy from Preschool to young adulthood. And, of course, they will need to build a team of committed, well-trained, and loyal student ministry volunteers and leaders. The ideal candidate must be emotionally and intellectually intelligent, progressing in self-awareness, empathetic and intuitive, and able to adapt interpersonal skills to serve a wide variety of leaders, staff, students and parents.
Leader of Leaders: The ideal candidate must have a passion to prepare teenagers to understand and embrace their faith as a tool for living an abundant life in the modern, faith-suspicious world. We want to make disciples who not only know the faith but live it, letting it shape their entire way of being in the world. We want to graduate students into the world who are grounded in the faith, trained to serve, and able to share their faith with others. The candidate must have the skills to train adult leaders to disciple students. Recruiting and training more adults to be relational with students will be a key to success for our youth ministry.
Highly Relational: The ideal candidate must have strong people skills and place a high value on relationships. Everything hinges on relationships; they are the conduit through which our gospel and leadership travel. This person must understand a student’s need to be known and accepted “as is” before ever being asked to change or make a commitment to follow Jesus. This person will lead with relational influence, not as a hard-nosed disciplinarian. The candidate must value creative work with other staff teams, churches, and ministries with whom they may one day collaborate and synergize efforts. This position also has the expectation to provide pastoral care (counseling, preaching, visitations, on-call duty, weddings) if licensed.
Robust Ecclesiology: The candidate must love the church and its work as Jesus does, not just in principle but in practice. He/she must love the particulars of our local body, imperfections and all, and must understand that the youth ministry cannot exist as a separate silo; therefore, we will balance age-specific programming with intergenerational community and relationships and a full assimilation of families into the membership of MUMC.
Respect for all Families: The candidate must value the role parents play in the development of their teenager’s faith. He/she must genuinely care about parents and work with the Family Discipleship team to provide tools to help parents integrate their faith into the rhythms of their family life, and engage other adults in the congregation to care for the family. MUMC is a family of families and targets all families in our community including: traditional, blended, single-parent, and modern families and the varieties in between.
Driven toward Excellence: The candidate must care deeply about youth ministry and organizational leadership—enough to continually learn and drive toward expertise in the field, and always be eager to be informed by best thinking and practice. This leader will be strong enough to hold deep convictions, humble enough to change and accommodate better thinking; and driven enough to strive for excellence.
Intellectual Bent: The candidate will have a reasonable intellectual bent in order to mesh well with a majority culture that is highly educated and living in a region with strong public and private schools. This leader must have a Bachelor’s degree but a Master’s degree is preferred. The candidate must be comfortable with people who think well, and be able to respond wisely to a world that challenges our faith precisely on it’s so-called scientific, philosophical, and historical weaknesses.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Gifting: The candidate will have leadership gifts that tend toward the strategic and executive; that is, they will not just love to be around students, but will have the mind and drive to build a movement. He/she will know how to build systems and create an organization to effectively disciple, equip, and mobilize students for God’s mission in the world. The ideal candidate will have some type of ordination/pastoral licensure.
Reports to Senior Pastor
Full-time, salaried, exempt
Develop the Vision: The candidate will develop a clear, compelling, comprehensive vision for the youth ministry and college ministry. This will include the desired outcomes for the entire age cycle (youth to college). This will be created with the Family Discipleship team, so that it integrates with our children’s ministry and the adult community.
The candidate will provide pastoral leadership for a diverse ministry team of staff program coordinators, interns, and volunteers by generating a shared ministry vision; setting goals and objectives which are in alignment with MUMC goals and objectives; defining and measuring successful results; strategically planning and communicating discipleship strategy.
Equip the Staff: This candidate is a leader of leaders. The expectation is that the candidate spends 45% of time investing in leaders and 55% of time investing in students. Routine leadership development for teams is mandatory. The new leader must understand the need to multiply oneself in others, therefore he/she will equip and empower the student ministries team, while also recruiting a growing a team of volunteers for their particular area. Through ongoing training and relationship building, a student ministry community will grow.
Execute the Plan: Working with the Family Discipleship team, the candidate will execute weekly ministry activities that are consistent with our mission, strategy, and values. They will be trusted to build disciple-making platforms (“programs”) for worship, discipleship, fellowship, and outreach based on the best practices available for reaching teenagers where they are.
The ministry plan must include programs that reach inward for personal transformation for youth by reviewing and editing curriculum, studying youth culture and youth ministry leadership, UM history/theology, discerning the real needs of youth and parents, and evaluating program quality and effectiveness and advising youth team, council, professional staff accordingly. Currently programs include: Sunday evening ministry, retreats and camps, Confirmation, small groups for youth, events, seasonal worship services, winter basketball/cheerleading league and service activities.
Coordinate the Teams: Midway staff, ministry volunteers, parents, and students are among the constituencies that need to be coalesced into teams and communicated with very efficiently & effectively. Strong communication skills are necessary both written and verbal.
Manage Ministry Operations: The candidate will be responsible for the administration of their area of responsibility to include: budgets, reviews, program evaluations; attending staff meetings and Church Council meetings; maintaining church resource management software, communications (website and print), strategic planning, event calendar etc. This leader will be responsible for the administrative tasks, and expected to complete them with efficiency and timeliness.
Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s degree preferred
6 – 10 years of Student Ministry Experience
6 References (3 Professional/3 Personal)
Strong Management and Organizational Skills
Adopts UMC tradition
Take DISC profile (High I is ideal). Please take DISC test here: https://discpersonalitytesting.com/free-disc-test/
Proven Written and Verbal Communicator
Search Team: Our search is being led by the Senior Pastor, Church Administrator, Assistant Pastor for Family Discipleship, Staff/Parish Relations Committee Chair, and Lay Youth Ministry Coordinator. We will collaborate with our professional staff, lay leadership, and a cross-section of parents, volunteers, and students the interview process progresses.
Timing: We are prepared to hire and on-board our Youth Ministry on January 1st, 2017.
Compensation: A competitive compensation package will be offered based on the candidate’s credentials, track record, and references; the overall church salary scale; and the length of commitment to serve.
Benefits: Matching 401k, vacation, personal leave, business expense reimbursement.
Inquiry Process: If this opportunity profile sparks some interest and you meet the qualifications for the role, you are invited to submit the following items for consideration:
• Your current resume or CV (in Word/PDF format)
• A current photo and brief family bio
• Submit results of DISC profile (no more than five years old)
• Electronic links to video or audio of your teaching/preaching
• Six references (3 Personal/3 Professional which will be contacted later in the process and with your permission).
• Cover letter with answers to the following questions:
- What attracts you to this opportunity?
- What has been the highlight of your ministry career so far?
- In your view, what’s the primary purpose of youth ministry as it relates to the church?
- Describe how you partner with families. Give 1 or 2 examples of how you have successfully executed a partnering with families strategy.
- How would you like to invest in the adult volunteers? What resources or leadership training programs will you use?
- What are 2 of your greatest strengths and 2 of your biggest weaknesses?
• Top candidates will be invited to an initial interview (in person or by live video) with the search team and the finalists will be invited for a weekend visit (family welcomed) of the church and community.
To apply for this job opening, please first post your resume.
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