Youth Minister - Douglas First UMC, Douglas
Youth Minister – Douglas First UMC, Douglas, GA
Douglas First United Methodist Church in Douglas, Georgia is seeking a full-time Youth Minister. This individual will be responsible for developing the spiritual formation of our youth in grades 6-12 (middle school and high school). This includes forming young people to be disciples of Jesus Christ through relational ministry, planning and executing youth nights by leading both teens and volunteers, and collaborating and working closely with the other leaders within the church. This individual should be united to Christ in the teachings and Sacraments of the Church, personal daily prayer, and have a heart to minister to young people. This individual would also report directly to the Senior Pastor of Douglas FUMC.
- Plan, direct, lead, and focus programs of nurture, service, education, and fellowship for the total youth ministry. Oversee the curriculum of the Wednesday night programming, Sunday School, and Sunday evening youth activities.
- Oversee Confirmation preparation for middle school youth, and assimilate newly confirmed youth into the youth ministry and congregational life responsibilities.
- Provide leadership in the congregational young adult ministries.
- Encourage and promote spiritual renewal opportunities, including retreats, youth gatherings, conferences, servant events, etc…, as well as small-group Bible studies.
- Counsel and equip youth to minister to each other, to the congregation, to inactive youth, and to unchurched youth.
- Identify, recruit and train lay adult volunteers to assist in youth programs.
- Maintain a work schedule and full-time attendance according to the established business hours of the Douglas FUMC, and maintain accountability for the annual budget for youth ministries.
- Assist Pastor and Church staff in their areas of responsibility as requested.
- Assist staff and church members through advancing the technology capabilities of the church and educating the use of acquired technology solutions.
- Plan, coordinate, and minister the Illuminate worship service.
- Coordinate and encourage the youth to participate in community youth faith-based activities.
- Aspire to continuously enhance the building of spiritual based relationship with the youth.
- Assist in coordination of outreach services to the college students at South Georgia State College.
- Coordinate the music for the 8:30 worship service under the direction of the senior pastor.
- Continue to develop and put to action a comprehensive curriculum for youth to grow in their relationship with Christ, in the Church, and community. Also potentially involved in other areas of Christian Education within the church, such as coordinating educational programs for Sunday School, older adults, etc…
- Work as a team player with a supportive and prayerful group of volunteers and leaders within the church.
- Communicate to the local church, parents, teens, and volunteers through verbal, electronic, and written communication.
- Ensure the policies of the South Georgia Conference and Douglas FUMC are followed and executed in all areas of Youth ministry, especially as this applies to the Safe Sanctuaries Policy.
- Participate in continual personal and professional development though educational opportunities, workshops, meetings, in-service, and similar programs offered by the South Georgia Conference and Douglas FUMC, as well as other national opportunities as they are made available.
- Responsible for all other projects and tasks necessary to meet the needs of the church as assigned.
Education and Experience Preferred:
- Non-Frequent travel required for retreats, conferences, and youth ministry workshops.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Associate’s Degree or higher in theology, Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, education, or a related field of study from an accredited college or university preferred.
- Some experience in a church leadership setting preferred.
- Valid driver's license and the ability to pass a motor vehicle check.
Working Conditions and/or Physical Requirements:
- Knowledge of United Methodist Church teachings, parish, and organizational structure.
- Excellent people skills and work effectively with staff, clergy, and laity.
- Ability to build authentic and healthy relationships with teens rooted in Christ.
- Ability to operate various word-processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs.
- Ability to organize, prioritize, and utilize effective time management techniques.
- Ability to carry out multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and implement creative solutions.
- Ability to follow instructions furnished in verbal or written format.
- Ability to proficiently communicate in English (writing, reading and conversing)
- Proficient social media, A/V, and marketing skills.
- Able to sit and perform computer work for lengthy periods of time. Frequent use of computer keyboard that requires repetitive hand and wrist movements.
- Flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and occasional over-night stays.
- Frequent walking, standing, and sitting.
Contact: James Sapp
311 Madison Ave. N Douglas GA 31533