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First United Methodist Church

Director of Student Ministries

First United Methodist Church
Waycross, Georgia, United States

Date Posted: 06/15/2017
Categories: Worship Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description


Waycross First has a full-time ministry opportunity for a gifted and called person to develop our Student Ministries program (primarily grades 5-12). We are looking for a team member to build young disciples for Christ by creating and implementing a comprehensive student ministry, including worship, discipleship, and mission, while serving as a spiritual leader and role model for the students. Waycross is located in south/central Georgia with close proximity to Savannah, St. Simons Island, and Valdosta, Georgia as well as Jacksonville, Florida. It is a quiet, southern town nestled on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. Our Student Ministries will primarily reach students from two high schools and three middle schools.





• Profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

• Full engagement in a Christian lifestyle, including regular worship, personal spiritual growth, and a lifestyle of tithing and generosity

• A United Methodist background is not required, but the team member must be in agreement with the standards, theology, and policy of The United Methodist Church



• High school diploma with at least of two additional years of work or educational experiences (college, military, etc.) necessary

• Seminary not required

• Age must meet the United Methodist Safe Sanctuaries guidelines



• Previous involvement with leading others in some type of worship/discipleship/spiritual educational environment desired



• People-oriented personality with ability to work well with others

• Embrace an entrepreneurial spirit in developing a student ministries program

• Possess a teachable, relational spirit • Innovative, creative, outside-the-box thinker



• Passion for and ability to create an inclusive and welcoming environment

• Integrating media and technology as needed to engage and grow

• Interactively and intentionally teach students (both biblical and United Methodist traditions) in weekly gatherings (Sunday School, Student Nights, etc.)

• Create and plan special events: yearly mission experience, quarterly worship events or trips (Gathering Place Sunday’s, rafting, skiing), etc.

• Regularly visit student schools, including extracurricular activities (sporting events, performances, competitions, etc.)

• Connect with parents and communicate to them as appropriate • Introduce new areas of worship or learning as appropriate (example: contemporary music, local service projects, mission trips)

• Assist church staff when needed around the facility and contribute to Sunday morning worship services or other special events (Maundy Thursday, Christmas Cantata, etc.)

• Be a self-starter, with commitment to excellence and enthusiasm for growth

• Work as an agent of change, not a guardian of the status quo

• Relocation is preferred but commuting could be considered

• Stay in close communication with and report to Senior Pastor and youth advisory council (YAC)

• Attend staff meetings, Administrative Board, and YAC meetings



• Full-time (with hours being flexible based on student schedules)

• Salaried (negotiable depending on experience)

• Pension • Mileage reimbursement for work related travel (visitation, continuing education, field trips, etc)

• Office on church premises (computer, phone, internet, printer, etc.)

• Vacation negotiated by Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) and Pastor

• Continuing education may be approved by SPRC and Pastor



• For questions, contact chairman of Staff Parish Relations Committee, Martin Bell

• Applications should include a cover letter and resume; they can be mailed or emailed 912-286-1071 Martin C. Bell 1321 Whitney Lake Road Blackshear, GA 31516