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St. Luke United Methodist Church, located at 2351 Alumni Dr., in Lexington, Kentucky is seeking a person to direct the youth ministry for a congregation of approximately 1300 members.   The successful applicant 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.  If interested in being considered for this position, 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 Brian Ebel at or to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2351 Alumni Dr., Lexington, Kentucky 40517. 

JOB TITLE:        Youth Pastor

STATUS:    Part Time (20 Hours Per Week + One Week During the Summer)

Goal Statement:  It shall be the responsibility of the Youth Minister 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; 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 the Minister to Youth:

  • A vitalized relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A heart for leading + nurturing youth into a relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A good knowledge of Scripture and the ability to teach and model scriptural principles
  • A good knowledge of United Methodist theology and practice
  • A pastoral heart to minister to the complex needs of youth and their families
  • A heart for mission and service
  • Skill in building teams to develop, plan, and implement ministries to the youth
  • The ability to help young people build relationships with each other
  • A desire to integrate youth into the vision + ministry of the church

Ministry Responsibilities


  • Plan, lead, and execute weekly youth group meetings on Sunday evenings
  • Plan, lead, and execute weekly youth classes on Wednesday evenings during the school year at our Wednesday.comm night
  • Plan, lead, and execute one social outing per month to be held either Friday evenings or Saturday
  • Plan, lead, and execute three major overnight events: fall retreat, winter lock-in, spring mission
  • Plan, lead, and execute a one week Summer Trip to Student Life Camp
  • Direct and lead the Youth Ministry Team

The Minister of youth shall be accountable to: The Youth Leadership Team, The Staff Parish Relations Team, The Director of Student Ministries, and the Senior Pastor.


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