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Director of Youth Ministry

Start: Begin some time between August 15 and September 1.

St. Paul's is a historic church being made new. In the last three years, we've raised over $4 million to refresh our building, the youth room has received a complete makeover with all the modern amenities necessary for growth, and a strong youth endowment has been created. We are a diverse, multi-ethnic church with a growing African-immigrant population. We are located in the heart of a vibrant metropolitan community.

St. Paul's seeks a director of youth who has the vision, passion, theological depth and experience to grow a vibrant youth program. The ideal applicant is someone who can build on our rich heritage with spiritual formation that fits the youth of today. Check out the church website and look at our youth information and newsletters.

The director of youth ministry will provide leadership to grades 5-12, emphasizing relationships with God and one another. Current opportunities to develop these relationships include Sunday school, Youth worship, Confirmation, retreats, Bible study, local service and summer mission experiences, and all are important components. 

Youth ministry is broken into three separate age appropriate focuses: Club 56 (grades 5-6) Mid-High (Grades 7-8) and High School (9-12), though there are times when some or all are joined in focused programming when appropriate.

Essential Functions:

  • Guide the vision, design, budget, set goals, implement and grow a comprehensive youth ministry for students, grades 5-12.
  • Meet regularly with the St. Paul’s children’s ministry director to coordinate the overall ministry from early dhildhood to grade 12 and beyond.
  • Provide leadership and work alongside Youth Council.
  • Provide leadership for a balanced youth ministry including spiritual formation, worship, mission, and fun.
  • Incorporate young people fully into the life of the church and take their faith into the world.
  • When possible and time permits, go beyond church walls in outreach and support of youth in school and club activities.
  • Effectively use the tools of modern communication to connect with parents and youth for support and involvement within the ministry.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and empower adult volunteer youth sponsors, and develop the leadership skills of the youth themselves.
  • Work with a large church staff and its software applications to schedule events, create, and maintain computerized rosters for classes and contact lists within our ACS database.
  • Collaborate with African Nationals Youth, other ministries of the church, and Youth Council.
  • Enforce Safe Sanctuaries Policy
  • Speak publicly, lead Bible study, and preach the gospel.
  • Walk with youth/parents in crisis, knowing boundaries and when to refer to clergy or professional counseling.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Set an example of the importance of community worship through participation in Sunday morning/ special worship services.
  • Be an advocate and liaison between the youth, parents, and congregation.
  • Connect with other youth groups ecumenically and through the UMC to further positive peer pressure in support of our youth.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. (i.e.,education/ religion/ communication/ ministry.)
  • Experience in leading youth ministry as part of a church staff.

Physical Requirements:

  • Physically able to play active games with youth.
  • Able to lead by example, working with teams on mission sites.

Core Competencies:

  • Visionary for youth ministry consistent with the Methodist Church’s Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors philosophy
  • Flexibility to remain relevant with youth and the youth culture
  • Experienced comfort level working with adult leaders, youth and their parents, including home visits when appropriate.
  • Vibrant and self-evident faith in Jesus Christ
  • Background and understanding of curriculum, including project-based, multi-generational, and inquiry methodology
  • Strong skills in verbal communication, listening, interpersonal skills, and experience with the tools of social media.
  • Comfortable in age-appropriate discussions of sexuality
  • Integrity, trust, ethics, and values
  • Self differentiation
  • Mission ownership
  • Initiative, creativity, and innovation
  • Working knowledge of the Bible, and respect for United Methodist theology, traditions, and polity
  • Compassion and care
  • Influencing and team-building skills
  • Management skills
  • Leadership development
  • Time management

Contact Information: Garr Hintz at or 319-363-2058. Interested applicants should complete the St. Paul's United Methodist Church application for employment form (found on the church website or on paper in the church office) and a send a resume to Garr Hintz at the church office by August 1, 2018.

Cedar Rapids
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
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Youth Ministry
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