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Director of Youth Ministries

Purpose of the Position

  1. 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.
  2.  Create activities, and plan events, that allow youth to encounter Christ through worship, education, activities and fellowship.

Employment Parameters

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

Geneva United Methodist Church
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Youth Ministry
United Methodist Church (UMC)