Director of Youth Ministries / Spring Hill United Methodist Church

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Ministry Purpose:
The Director of Youth Ministries shall foster a strong education program for the youth through building relationships with teachers, students, parents and church leaders that will strengthen their commitment to the church and grow their faith in Jesus Christ. The Director will introduce, instruct, and nurture youth in their Christian faith and in life. The Director will focus on achieving this through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, worship, service and evangelism.

• Attendance at weekly staff, worship planning team meetings, and bimonthly Church Council meetings, work together with all stakeholders, maintaining a teamwork mentality
• Encourage youth in developing their relationship with Jesus Christ
• Provide youth, along with volunteers and other stakeholders, opportunities for nurture and growth in their Christian Education
• Challenge youth to respond to God’s call to serve in their community and world
• Develop vision and ministry planning for the congregation to grow relationships with each other through Christ from the perspective of youth ministry
• Oversee infant and toddler nursery care
• Provide the children’s moment during worship services on Sunday mornings
• Serve as the staff liaison to children’s ministry volunteers and workers
• Plan strategically to develop leaders through youth-based ministries
• Be an advocate for children/youth and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns, and need of children/youth at SHUMC and in the community
• Support the planning and execution of all events that encompass a balanced youth ministry in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, missions, evangelism and outreach
• Empower and mentor youth in developing their leadership skills
• Engage resources for developing the children/youth ministry programming and participate in continuing education events and training opportunities
• Recruit and train volunteers who work with children/youth in all aspects of youth ministry and ensure adequate volunteer support and adult to youth ratio
• Coordinate with the pastor(s) to teach confirmation class and provide leadership beyond the classroom by equipping mentors, encouraging parental support, and challenging the confirmands to fully participate in the journey
• Work in partnership with the congregation to effectively reach youth in the community and develop a strategic youth ministry outreach plan
• Keep records of youth participation and manage the youth ministry budget
• Communicate in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all resources (e-mail, website, bulletin, social media, etc.)
• Establish and maintain strong communication with the church staff and leadership, parents, youth, and congregation as a whole. Make yourself available to youth in a variety of ways, including but not limited to attendance at extracurricular activities and sporting event and visitation in times of crisis
• Ensure that Safe Sanctuaries (child protection policy) is observed in all children/youth ministry settings
• Maintain a meaningful connection with recent high school graduates
• Attend and participate in worship as well as have a visible presence in Sunday School for grades 6-12
• Incorporate music as an element of youth ministry either through personal talent or talents of others within the church community
• Travel is required several times throughout the year for mission trips, weekend retreats, and youth activities
• Pastor may provide additional tasks that are consistent with the job description and can reasonably be expected to be accomplished within the position’s work hours.

Minimum Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:
• Must embrace Christian discipline and United Methodist doctrine and theology
• A bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred. Preference will be given to those achieving a master’s degree in a related field. A Professional Certification in Youth Ministry is desired.
• Experience at other United Methodist Churches is desired.
• Continuing education and development of character

Desired Skills (church may provide education/training):
• Have vision and a demonstrated ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage, and implement ministry within the parameters of the United Methodist Church
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, conflict management skills, and computer/technology skills
• Possess a proven ability to work effectively with youth, their families, diverse individuals, and teams of volunteers

Terms of Employment:
• Position requires flexible hours including evenings and weekends; Number of hours each week will depend on amount needed to fulfill responsibilities but will not exceed 40 hours per week. Sundays are required, other days will be agreed upon with the pastor and SPRC
• Position is full time with a salary income, commensurate with experience (33K-39K annual)
• Position reports to the pastor for day-to-day operations, and to the SPRC for goals, evaluations, and concerns related to the church and/or job
• Participate in criminal background check, drug test, and complete Safe Sanctuary Training
• References – professional and personal
• Valid driver license

Apply with cover letter and resume due by April 16.
SPRC – Director of Youth Ministries Search
Attn: Paula Rose, SPRC Chair
Spring Hill United Methodist Church
5286 Main St, Spring Hill, TN 37174