Director of Youth Ministries
Provide leadership and direction for a relational youth ministry comprised of 50-60 middle and high school youth at a large, downtown, progressive United Methodist church in Bloomington, Indiana.
This Christ-centered, delegating leader will collaborate with church staff and adult volunteers to create a comprehensive and diverse faith-based program, which will facilitate the students’ growth in a safe and secure environment. The Director will work
to create opportunities for youth that foster a community, challenge their faith, and encourage them to grow together as individuals and as a community.
- Develop and lead programming that articulates the vision of the church community (to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world) and engages youth and young adults in the ongoing discernment and accomplishment of the vision.
- Organize and lead youth activities including fellowship activities, service opportunities, and spiritual growth opportunities. This includes a yearly, weeklong mission trip in the summer.
- Conduct on-going outreach to youth, encouraging youth participation and soliciting their input and feedback. Keep parents updated on youth activities and ministry strategies in a way that encourages partnership and involvement.
- Provide outreach to youth in community settings – attending plays, soccer games, dance recitals, etc. Approximately one event per week.
- Understand and act upon the expectation of growth – both spiritual growth development AND reaching additional youth.
- Be active in leadership development of volunteers and have phenomenal delegation skills.
- Maintain electronic communication, including social media and email, oral communication, and written communication with youth, parents, volunteers and the congregation at large.
- Establish and maintain health, release, and safety records for youth participants and adult volunteers.
- Establish a yearly youth budget and manage all expenditures. This includes multiple fundraising ventures.
- Maintain and update contact information for all youth and families.
- Attend weekly staff meetings.
- Possess outstanding organizational skills.
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree, preferably in related field.
- Energetic and passionate in dealing with youth.
- Experienced and sensitive in dealing with the emotional and developmental needs of youth.
- Deal effectively with conflict.
- Able to plan and lead youth programming, while building teams of adult volunteers to help support and run programs.
- Well-developed interpersonal and organizational skills with ability to work effectively with diverse leaders, volunteers, and members of a church congregation.
- Able to work in a collaborative environment.
- Excellent relational skills; able to communicate one-on-one and in large groups with people of all ages.
- Self-starter and self-motivator, able to work flexibly with both close and distant supervision.
- Knowledge and support of basic United Methodist beliefs and principles.
- Ability to occasionally lift heavy items and participate in activities that require a certain level of physical fitness.
Applicants must have Sunday availability during morning worship services and evening youth group times.
This is a full time position without health benefits, but pension contributions are available after 1 year of service.
Salary is dependent on experience, education, and skill set of the candidate.