Director of Youth Ministry
St. James UMC in Tampa Palms is looking for a passionate, energetic, creative and innovative leader with a heart for Youth and their families. The Director of Youth Ministry will provide the leadership for developing, implementing, and supervising a program of ministry for youth grades 6-12 that foster students’ growth and their connections with God, with one another, and with our community. The Director will join a Spirit-led and creative team of staff and congregational leaders, committed to God, to each other, and to our mission to connect every life with the love of God.
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Reports to: Director of Family and Children’s Ministries
Status: Part-time (potential to grow into Full-Time)
The Director of Youth Ministry will provide the leadership for developing, implementing, and supervising a program of ministry for youth grades 6-12 that foster students’ growth and their connections with God, with one another, and with our community. The Youth Director will effectively interact with students, staff members, parents, and volunteers of the youth ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through faith development, fellowship, service, and fun. These efforts support the strategic goals of St. James to be a church that is 100% fully and completely connected to God, to each other, and the community and world.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Foster Faith Building:
Prepare lessons and activities for weekly experiences: e.g. Sunday School and Sunday evening meetings
Research and plan spiritual retreats and other off-campus spiritual events
Provide or coordinate Annual Confirmation Instruction
Devote personal and professional life to being an example of what it means to follow Jesus Christ
Lead Youth Activities:
Promote youth Christian service within St. James UMC as well as outside service projects opportunities and mission trips.
Coordinate fund-raising activities that support special youth activities and trips
Plan a variety of activities that will attract Middle and High School students to be part of the Body of Christ.
Communication & Connections:
Effectively utilize communication channels such as email, phone calls, newsletters, Instagram, Facebook, Remind App, and others to communicate relevant information to students, parents, and volunteers
Create and publish an annual calendar of activities and meetings. Communicate meetings and activities in the church bulletin
Effectively coordinate with Children’s Ministry to ensure continuity and progression of experiences from one level to the next
Allocate time for developing personal connections with Youth and families
Develop and Lead Ministry Volunteers:
Identify, recruit, motivate, and develop volunteers to assist in accomplishing ministry objectives
Effectively use volunteers to support the logistics and planning of large events such as off-campus
retreats, mission trips, and service projects
Supervise adult and youth volunteers to plan and organize special events and activities
Ensure that all volunteers are trained, meet the volunteer criteria, and adhere to the UMC Child/Youth
Prepare annual budget and administer the budget throughout the year
Maintain permission slips, health forms, and other paperwork to adhere to the UMC Child/Youth
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, or proven effective experience in youth ministry
Strong commitment to the Christian faith and the theology of the United Methodist Church
Willing to adhere to the St James UMC Staff Policies and Statement of Ethics, to be loyal to the Senior
Pastor and church leadership, and faithful to St James UMC vision, values, and mission
Flexible availability to include Sunday, some evenings, and weekends
Maintain some regularly scheduled office hours to be accessible to youth, parents, staff, and leadership of
Core Competencies include Passion, Enthusiasm, Self-Starter, Relationship Building, Organization,
Bachelor’s degree focused in youth, religious education, theology, or a similar field.
Five years of successful youth ministry experience
Familiarity with the United Methodist Church structure, mission opportunities, and resources.
The ability to transition from a part-time to a full-time role in the future
Experience leading Youth in the worship arts, drama, visual arts, or any other art form of youth interest.
Ability to participate in athletic activities as required for relationship-building in youth ministries
Contact: Mikey Langford
Address: 16202 Bruce B Downs Blvd Tampa 33647