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Youth Minister

The Opportunity…

God is calling Okemos Community Church (OCC) to invest in children and youth. Our staff is solid, dedicated and enjoys working together. We’re searching for the right person to lead our children and student ministries to the next level, and to strengthen our connections with young families.

We desire a person with a deep commitment to Christ, an outgoing personality, a drive to connect young people to Christ and a desire to strengthen their faith. Organizational skills are essential, including a proven ability to recruit, motivate, organize and lead volunteers. The candidate must be a team player.

We are open to clergy or laity for this full-time salaried position. Those who are headed toward ordination, or are trained as local pastors, are encouraged to apply. We are an independent congregation affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Candidates from different denominations are welcome. OCC is a mainline congregation with a progressive theology that is deeply committed to social and mission ministries.

We’re located 2 miles from Michigan State University. The school districts of the surrounding communities (Okemos, Haslett, and East Lansing) have consistently high rankings. OCC has a single worship service which is traditional in style. An alternative worship experience is planned.  

The Youth Minister…

  • You love Christ and are committed to the church as a place to make disciples and deepen faith.
  • You love to work with children and youth.
  • You have a great sense of humor, an engaging personality, and plenty of energy and enthusiasm.
  • You are a leader, called to lead youth, youth leaders, and parents.
  • You are self-motivated and have strong organizational skills.
  • You have experience leading youth groups, motivating and managing volunteers, and launching new ministries.

The Job Description Synopsis

The Youth Pastor/Director of Children and Student Ministries reports directly to the Senior Pastor and is responsible for the development of educational programs for children and youth, and the oversight of leadership teams. Responsibilities include communication, organization, development, and implementation of programs for those pre-school to high school age.

If clergy (or on an ordination track), the Youth Pastor will assist with pastoral duties along with the Senior Pastor (preaching, worship leadership, pastoral care, etc.) If laity, the Director of Children and Youth Ministries will also provide oversight for the adult education class offerings.

The position is full-time, with a total compensation package of up to $51,000, depending on experience. For a complete job description, go to We are eager to fill the position as soon as the right person is found. We will begin reviewing application on June 24, 2018. Applications will be continually reviewed as received. 

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter which addresses the 7 Core Competencies in the Job Description, a resumé, and 3-5 professional & personal references to Alternatively, you may mail your resume and attachments to: Okemos Community Church, P.O. Box 608, Okemos, MI 48864.

Okemos Community Church
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Youth Ministry
United Methodist Church (UMC)