Director of Youth Ministry


Contact: Kendra Shemwell

Organization: Murray First United Methodist Church

Address 1: 503 Maple Street

City: Murray

State: KY 42071

Phone: 270-753-3812



Director of Youth Ministry

Position Reports to: Senior Minister
Salary Range: Open
Employment Status: Full-time/Exempt
Benefits: Pension & Continuing Education Funds

Youth ministry, by our mission, is more than programs, activities, and events.  It is the primary avenue for seventh through twelfth graders to grow spiritually and thus mature in their commitment to Christ.  It functions to help them reach their full God created potential as persons and as disciples of Christ.  Creative and fun activities and events must be used to train and equip young people along this journey of spiritual discovery and growth.  At the same time, responsible and effective youth ministry never loses sight of its primary goal – to foster and facilitate spiritual growth and Christian commitment.  Thus, amidst the fun-filled and contemporary methods used, there should remain a solid foundation of Bible study, prayer, spiritual focus, and moral discernment. We would maintain that faithful and effective youth ministry readily and consistently incorporates these elements into its wide array of activities.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018
To apply, please submit your resume along with three references to

Qualifications:  The Director of Youth and Activities shall be a full-time salaried staff position. The director shall be an adult who is committed to the teachings and historic mission of the United Methodist Church.  Preference will be given for educational background and/or experience in youth-related field.  The individual shall have an excellent rapport with youth, an understanding of the psychological and spiritual development of youth and a proven effectiveness in planning and implementing programs for youth.  The individual shall possess the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the membership, staff and volunteers of the church, and have a positive and enthusiastic influence upon the staff and congregation.  The person must be a team player with leadership and organizational skills.  The director shall be creative and willing to expand the youth program and activities of the church to include outreach into the local community.
Accountability:   The director is supervised by the Senior Minister and does all youth programming, planning and church activities in consultation with the Youth Ministry team, Missions/Outreach team and the age-level representatives.  According to the Discipline of the United Methodist Church all church staff, ultimately, report directly or indirectly to the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.
Responsibilities:   Develop and organize church activities and conduct programs for youth, 7th graders through high school, which foster spiritual development and Christian learning based on the beliefs of the United Methodist Church.  The director shall be an advocate of youth concerns in the total church program.
Primary Duties:

Regularly attend worship services including special services:
Pentecost, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, three out of the four Advent Sundays, Christmas Eve
Develop and direct Youth Sunday
Coordinate with Director of Children’s Ministries on Promotion Sunday and presentation of Bibles
Assist with Communion as Requested by the Pastor

Develop weekly programs throughout the year for all youth of the church, 7th graders through high school, to encompass spiritual development, social outreach, and recreation
Recruit teachers for Youth division
Coordinate Youth Mission trip(s)

Promote and coordinate participation at Lakeshore United Methodist Camp
Participate on Committees – Church Council, Youth Ministry team, attend staff meetings
Prepare articles for church bulletins and church newsletter/newspaper
Advertise Youth programs and activities to the community
Update and maintain the church’s web site for Youth
Order literature and supplies for Youth division
Order supplies as needed for Youth programs and church activities
Prepare and submit yearly budget requests for Youth programs and church activities
Schedule on the church calendar of events (and use of church vehicles) related to the job

Attend, as able, local, district and Memphis conference functions of the United Methodist Church when a Youth Ministry representative is needed
Attend professional development workshops
Make contacts with youth at school and/or community activities
Visit/contact new families with youth to help the family become assimilated into the life of the church                                                   
Visit youth of church families due to illness or crisis situations
Attend all church functions relating to youth and designated church activities
Perform other duties assigned as necessary to the overall needs of the church
Other:  It is expected that the Director of Youth Ministry follow all Personnel Policies and conduct himself/herself in a professional and Christian manner.