Director of Youth Ministries
Purpose of the Position
- Develop and lead opportunities for youth (grades 5 – 12) to gather together, develop relationships with one another and engage in the building & practice of Christian Community.
- Create activities, and plan events, that allow youth to encounter Christ through worship, education, activities and fellowship.
Part-time/Nonexempt; Salaried 20 hours per week; supervised by the Associate Pastor
Essential Ministry Functions and Tasks
- Plan youth worship service (weekly).
- Organize youth participation in traditional worship service (monthly).
- Develop, plan, and lead a variety of youth events and activities (grades 5-12) that include recreational, service and spiritual development components.
- Follow UMCG Safe Sanctuary policy for all youth gatherings
- Guide youth in their paths to spiritual development.
- Recruit and train adult volunteers to participate in, support and lead youth activities and education.
- Train adult volunteers in the application of the UMCG Safe Sanctuary policy.
- Clearly communicate youth events/activities to youth, parents, adult volunteers, church staff and the congregation.
- Work closely with the Director of Communications to promote scheduled youth events and activities and encourage youth participation within the congregation and the community.
- Attend and participate in regularly scheduled meetings: church staff, Youth Council, others.
Occasional Ministry Functions and Tasks
- Be available to youth as a friend, a confidante, a pastor. (believe this to be ‘essential’ as it is ongoing relationship)
- Meet with youth and their parents outside of scheduled events/activities to listen and support.
- Prepare and oversee the youth activity budget.
- Assist pastors, as required, with Confirmation.
Important Personal Qualities
- Love God and his people.
- Possess strong leadership skills.
- Take initiative; self-starter with the ability to follow through. Responsible, reliable and organized.
- Flexibl and willing to adjust plans to meet the changing needs of youth ministry.
- Tenacious; willing to continue on with ministry if/when something fails.
Qualifications and Educational Requirements
- Pastoral care/counseling background in working with youth.
- Knowledge and understanding of issues and spiritual growth dynamics of youth (grades 5 – 12).
- Understanding and ability to relate to people at many places along the Christian theological spectrum.
- Ability to communicate clearly and regularly through written, verbal and electronic means.
- Computer literacy; familiarity with Microsoft Office.
- CPR/First Aid certification.
Please forward resume or letter of interest to: UMC of Geneva, 211 Hamilton Street, Geneva, IL 60134 or SPRC@genevaumc.org