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Marion First United Methodist Church

Pastor for Youth and Mission

Marion First United Methodist Church
Marion, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 07/06/2017
Categories: Missions Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 2001 to 2500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Marion First United Methodist Church is a dynamic, growing and evangelical United Methodist Church located in Marion, Iowa. Marion is part of the Cedar Rapids metro area in which slightly over 250,000 persons reside. Known to its congregation as “Marion Methodist,” the church is currently engaged in building a new fellowship, worship and discipleship building with a planned move-in date of spring 2018.  With a weekly worship average attendance of over 700 souls, the new church facility is being built with growth and new ministry opportunities in mind and we seek a partner to guide several ministry areas.


Our Pastor for Youth and Mission, who for the past six years has done magnificent work growing our youth ministry numerically and in disciple making, has decided to pursue other opportunities. The ministry known as 4:12 (as in I Timothy 4:12) has a significant impact in the Marion community and typically has a hundred or so students in attendance. We perceive the “Youth Pastor” role as 50% of this position.


The qualified candidate will also serve the church in two of the three following areas dependent on his or her skills, abilities and passion. These each will account for 25% of this position.


Mission: The relational and transactional mission beyond the walls of the church is significant. In addition to annual youth mission trips, Marion Methodist sends three groups a year to our partner ministry site in Los Cohobas, Haiti is very involved in U.M.C.O.R., partners with our parachurch ministry “Marion Cares,” and feeds lunch at 8 sites each weekday when school is not in session through our Feeding Lunch to Youth (FLY) program. All programs are overseen by our Pastor for Youth and Mission.




Technology: Taking responsibility for “back of the house” and what goes on the screen for our Sunday and Wednesday programming and leading the technology team.




Worship: Assisting and sometimes relieving the Director of Worship and Technology on the chancel with worship leadership for 4:12 and/or Sunday mornings.


The help: Marion Methodist., like all dynamic churches has a plethora of volunteers that articulate the ministries noted above at the direction of the Pastor for Youth and Mission.  


The Person We Need

The Church needs a strong man or woman who is profoundly Christian, called to leadership and maintains a lifestyle that is in accordance with Holy Scripture. The strong candidate should have a heart for collegiality within a staff team, good organizational skills and three to five years of ministry experience leading a growing and missional program. The candidate must have a clear understanding of Wesleyan theology and be committed to working in a United Methodist Church. Outstanding communication skills and fearlessness to work hard will also be beneficial.


The Pastor of Youth and Mission will need to be excited to work with the Lead Pastor on all areas of ministry to whom s/he reports. Further, the Pastor for Youth and Missions leads and supervises the part time Director of Children’s Discipleship, the part time Director of Adult Discipleship, two college age interns for the FLY program and the full time Director of Technology and Worship.


The Timeline

Our current Pastor for Youth and Mission will conclude work on August 31, 2017 so we are receiving applications immediately. Our hope is to have onsite interviews in August so we have set a date of July 26th for the close of the application process. Still, while we desire a seamless transition, we are asking the Lord to help us hire “right not rushed.”



The compensation package is generous and will be commensurate with experience.



The serious candidate will send their professional resume, along with a letter of interest that includes your call to ministry and a statement regarding why Marion Methodist is of interest to you. Please send all inquiries to by July 26th.