Student Ministry Director

Lutheran Church of Hope
Ankeny, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 05/01/2018
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Lutheran
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position Title:                Student Ministry Director (Ankeny)

Reports To:                  Ankeny Campus Discipleship Minister

Date Prepared/Revised: April 4, 2018


Principle Function


The Student Ministry Director is responsible for implementing the ministry vision for the discipleship of middle school and high school Students at Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny, a satellite congregation under the mission, vision, values, and authority structure of Lutheran Church of Hope.



Primary Responsibilities


  • Providing overall ministry leadership of Ankeny campus Student ministry in conjunction with the Discipleship Minister and the staff and/or team leaders in Student ministry.
  • Coaching and oversight of all Student ministry staff and volunteer leadership at Ankeny.
  • Developing, maintaining, and overseeing discipleship strategies in Student ministry in coordination with Discipleship Minister, Student staff and volunteers, Discipleship Team, and WDM ministry directors.
  • Presence at Ankeny worship services and primary events.
  • Ensuring an excellent Student worship and small group experience during PowerLife and Ignition in coordination with Worship, Production, and Communications.
  • Planning for and scheduling the Teachers/Speakers at PowerLife (Hope’s confirmation program for 6th – 8th graders) and Ignition (High School Ministry). Teaching at least 2 times each month.
  • Implementing the shared curriculum and schedule as directed by WDM in a format suitable for students at the Ankeny campus.
  • Communicating effectively with students and parents on a regular basis.

Area Responsibilities


In coordination with the Campus Pastor and Discipleship Minister, and within with the primary mission, vision, and values of Lutheran Church of Hope and its primary vision for the Student ministry, the Student Ministry Director will be responsible for:


  • Leader recruitment and development (possibly shared depending on the gender of the incoming support staff).
  • Large Group planning (worship, Bible readers, production, etc.) that creates a welcoming environment where students are eager to belong.
  • Curriculum coordination (calendar, leader guides, memory verses) in conjunction with WDM plan.
  • Scheduling speakers and managing the logistics of small groups.
  • Strategic planning for the ministry, including the recruiting of 4/5th graders and building a bridge between PowerLife and Ignition.
  • Communication with students and parents in the form of weekly emails, monthly parent emails, and regular text messages and phone calls.



Personal Responsibilities


  • Adhere to Lutheran Church of Hope Staff Covenant for spiritual, personal and professional relationships and behavior.
  • Maintain a vital and growing personal walk with the Lord through committed Bible study, prayer and personal learning.


Personal Performance Criteria



  • Strives to live a Christ-centered life, stemming from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Works well with others, maintaining positive and effective relationships and communication with church staff and ministries, volunteers, church members, and guests
  • Contributes to creating a positive work environment
  • Demonstrates honesty and integrity; respects confidentiality
  • Arrives on time and works consistently until the end of the scheduled workday/project
  • Takes advantage of professional growth opportunities related to his/her job
  • Works independently and with confidence
  • Demonstrates ability to grasp and adjust to new and changing situations
  • Demonstrates initiative and ability to work without close supervision
  • Strives for excellence in assigned ministry spheres


Skills, Education and Experience Required

  • Possess Christ-centered, joy-filled passion for ministry flowing from a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Proven ability to “Equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Eph. 4:12) and a firm grasp of the concept of the priesthood of all believers.
  • Extremely strong systems skills for administration and leadership of team-based ministry
  • Ability to supervise, inspire, and equip both staff and volunteers in a variety of ministry areas
  • Ability to prioritize and boundary ministry with personal and family life
  • Ability to lead, coordinate and manage multiple tasks
  • Commitment to always reflect in the best possible light Lutheran Church of Hope, its staff, and the mission, vision, and values of its Constitution, the Southeast Iowa Synod, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • Willingness to work with, reflect in the best possible light, and to serve as a positive resource for all congregations of the ELCA and other local congregations of other denominations.

Position Details



Full Time



Hope Ankeny Discipleship Minister


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