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Director of Children, Youth, & Family Ministry

St. John’s Lutheran Church ( is an inviting and active congregation of the ELCA (  Located in downtown Wilmette (1235 Wilmette Avenue), our congregation members live primarily in Wilmette, Evanston, and the surrounding area.  We are a progressive church that welcomes people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.  We are looking for a passionate, creative, and well-organized leader to oversee and expand our youth programs. 

Position Details

  • 10-20 hours per week (negotiable)
    • Sunday mornings 9 am-11:30 am (currently online)
    •  Some evening availability necessary
    • Other hours worked at your own schedule
    • Due to Illinois COVID restrictions, all services, programming, etc. are currently online.
  • $15-25 per hour, determined on experience
  • Reports directly to Pastor Allison Bengfort
  • Not benefits eligible at this time
  • Potential to grow towards a full-time position


  • Oversee Children’s Church on Sunday mornings, which includes Sunday School and pre-Confirmation programs
    • Train and schedule Sunday School and pre-Confirmation teachers
    • Teach Sunday School and/or pre-Confirmation as needed
  • Continue monthly family activities (bowling night, ice skating, etc.) and other family programming (Christmas program, Family-Friendly Easter Vigil service, etc.)
  • Develop high school programming
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and/or weekly meetings with the pastor
  • If hours allow:  Lead Confirmation
    • Select/develop a curriculum and teach in conjunction with the pastor
  • Exhibit leadership when working as a representative of the congregation
  • Develop trusting, caring relationships with families
  • Get to know other congregants to build community
  • Expand lay leadership in the youth programs
  • Communicate frequently and effectively with families
  • Contribute regularly to church newsletters and complete all needed reports
  • Ensure that all children’s programs adhere to the Safe Child policy
  • Follow all COVID-19 restrictions for activities in order to keep our families safe.


  • Sense of call to Christian service and commitment to one’s own spiritual life
  • Experience working with children and youth
  • Adept in developing the creativity, unique gifts, and spirituality of children and youth
  • Familiarity with Lutheran theology and Biblical interpretation or willingness to learn
  • Interest in anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, and social justice work preferred
  • Previous work as a Youth Director or Sunday School Leader with experience in instruction and equipping volunteers or equivalent training in Children, Youth, & Family Ministries preferred

Please send resume to by January 31, 2021. The interview process will be conducted via Zoom as applications are received. 

St. John's Lutheran Church
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Children's Ministry
Lutheran (ELCA)