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St. Luke United Methodist Church, located at 2351 Alumni Dr., in Lexington, Kentucky is seeking persons to direct the youth ministry for a congregation of approximately 1300 members.   The successful applicants (at least two) should have a calling to work with youth from 6th grade through 12th grade, a passion to engage youth and their families in the ministries of the church, skill in working with and building a vital Youth Leadership team,  and a heart for ministry in a large church setting. We anticipate that the total number of staff hours needed will be 35-40, with the distribution of those hours among staff persons and salary determined  based on giftedness and experience. If you are interested in receiving a position description please go to www.stlukeumc.org or contact Rev. Mark Girard at: mgirard@stlukeumc.org.   If interested in being considered for one of these positions, please send a resume or a statement outlining your experience working with youth (with particular focus on your church experiences), and a letter sharing some of your personal journey and why you feel called to serve in youth ministry to the above email address or to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2351 Alumni Dr., Lexington, Kentucky 40517.  Applications will be received until position is filled but no later than May 4. Position will start on or before July 1.

 

JOB TITLE: Youth Ministry Staff

STATUS: (2) Part time – up to 25 hours per week

Goal Statement:  It shall be the responsibility of the Youth Ministry Staff to: 1. Direct and oversee a Comprehensive Ministry to All Youth (grades 6-12) and their families who are part of the St. Luke United Methodist Church Family; 2. Develop and maintain an outreach to youth in the Lexington/Fayette County community, especially those neighborhoods in the immediate vicinity of St. Luke; 3. Work with the Youth Ministry Team (currently made up of youth counselors, parents, and youth) in the development, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive ministry to youth.

Necessary Qualities for All Youth Ministry Staff:

  • A deepening relationship with Jesus Christ and a life that models Discipleship

  • A heart for leading youth into a relationship with Jesus Christ and nurturing them in their relationship with Christ

  • A good understanding of scripture and the ability to teach, and model scriptural principles

  • An ability and desire to recognize ALL youth as persons of sacred worth and a heart for working with youth from all different life experiences

  • A working knowledge of United Methodist theology and practice

  • A pastoral heart for youth and their families;  a desire to minister to mind, heart, body and soul

  • Skill in building teams that will enhance the outreach and ministry to youth

  • A desire to be a part of the life of youth, both inside and outside of the church

  • The ability to help young people build relationships with each other

  • A strong communicator

  • A good administrator

  • Able to work in collaboration with other members of the youth ministry staff

  • A desire to be a part of the overall ministry of the church and involve youth in all aspects of the ministry of the church

  • A heart for mission and service

Desired Outcomes:  It shall be the primary responsibility of the Youth Ministry Staff Members to communicate and interpret the goals of the church as they pertain to the ministry to and with the youth, and ensure that all involved are working to meet those goals.

        Outcome Number One – Develop and Implement a Comprehensive Ministry to All Youth (grades 6-12) and their families through St. Luke United Methodist Church

  • Ongoing weekly (currently on Sunday and Wednesday Evenings) that offer the youth opportunities for Bible Study and learning, recreation, and relationship building

  • The creation of a safe and fun environment that will encourage youth to be regular in their participation and invitational with their friends and peers

  • The involvement of as many youth as possible in some type of small group ministry for learning, and accountability and building relationships

  • Intentionality on the part of the Youth Ministry Staff and Youth Counselors to be involved in the lives of the youth outside of the church

  • In conjunction with the pastors of the church, maintain a ministry of care and concern towards all the youth and their families

  • Youth that are involved in all areas of the church

  • Youth participating in confirmation experiences

  • Youth participating on Sunday mornings in learning (Sunday School) and leading (worship) and loving (fellowship)

  • Youth participating in ministries on the Conference and District Level

         Outcome Number Two – Develop and maintain an outreach to youth in the community, especially those neighborhoods surrounding the Church

  • A youth ministry that reflects the diversity of the community

  • A completely integrated youth ministry (currently there is little coordination of the Wednesday evening program with the Sunday evening program)

  • Active youth who are intentionally invitational

  • Outreach events that seek to incorporate new persons into the total youth ministry

  • An emphasis on mission and service in our community and beyond and on the ways that the youth can be involved in those opportunities

        Outcome Number Three – Build a team consisting of youth counselors, parents, and youth to help in the development, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive ministry to youth.

  • A team with a coordinated vision for youth ministry

  • Youth counselors who have a heart for youth, and are willing and trained to be a part of a team that plans and implements a comprehensive ministry for youth inside and outside of the church

  • A youth leadership team consisting of parents and counselors and youth that is willing to hold the youth ministry staff members and themselves accountable for the church’s ministry to youth

  • A youth leadership team that is trained, equipped, informed and deployed in the area of ministry to and with youth

  • A youth leadership team that is committed to be present with the youth whenever possible, inside and outside of the church

The Youth ministry staff shall be accountable to:  The Youth Leadership Team, The Staff Parish Relations Team and the Senior Pastor

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