Wildwood UMC: Director of Youth Ministry

Date Posted: 3/9/2021


Wildwood UMC, Magnolia, TX

Job Description

Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

Vision of Wildwood: Wildwood is a church where people experience the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, recognize they belong, and are empowered to serve.

Overview: The primary responsibilities of this position include developing, maintaining, and visioning a ministry with youth that emphasizes relationship-building, spiritual development, missions, and community engagement. Wildwood is a 1,000-member church located west of The Woodlands in Magnolia, Texas. The youth ministry currently engages approximately 65 students each week through Sunday morning small groups and a midweek fellowship and worship experience. 

This position reports to the Minister of Children and Families who coordinates spiritual formation for the entire family. The position is full-time and all program ministers receive one day off Monday through Friday in exchange for Sunday responsibilities. 

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with youth, parents, volunteers and other church staff in agreement with the church’s vision, goals and statement of faith
  • Cultivate relationships with students both on and off campus
  • Assist in the recruiting, training, and coordination of volunteers
  • Work with supervisor to ensure the timely training of all volunteers with Safe Sanctuary compliance
  • Complete sexual abuse awareness training every two years
  • Meet with supervisor bi-annually to evaluate, review, and discuss Safe Sanctuary policies
  • Plan, develop, attend, and execute weekly events, Special Events, and Retreats in coordination with the Director and the youth ministry team
  • Work with the Pastoral Staff and Minister of Children and Families to coordinate the Youth Ministry into the total ministry of the Church
  • Continually evaluate activities, programs, and events against the vision and mission statement of the Youth Ministry and Wildwood UMC
  • Actively maintain a roster of youth and families using the ShelbyNext (Church Management System) regarding contact information, statistical information, and distribution lists
  • Convene an active advisory board composed of youth, youth parents, ministry volunteers, and adults from the congregation
  • Offer expertise on youth culture and trends to the church staff and greater congregation
  • Engage in annual continuing education of relevant topics for youth ministry
  • Be amenable to performing other duties as deemed necessary for the good of Wildwood United Methodist Church total ministry in coordination with particular gifts, skills, experience, and interests

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or equivalent experience
  • At least two years of youth ministry experience in a youth ministry program
  • Prepared to whole-heartedly teach and observe United Methodist doctrine, polity, heritage and structure 
  • Background of Biblical knowledge and teaching preferred

Staff Responsibilities

  • Must pass a background check
  • Will attend staff meetings and other program ministry meetings at the request of the supervisor or Lead Pastor
  • Support of the entire ministry team is expected
  • Should be prepared to attend a Fall and Spring retreat with the staff which may require overnight stay
  • The ministry team is expected to be supportive of one another through their actions and their presence
  • Will report office time daily
  • Will use provided app to maintain a weekly, published schedule for church staff and administration use
  • Will participate in an annual performance evaluation

Skills

  • Solid grounding in Scripture; evidence of a vital, mature, and growing relationship with Jesus Christ 
  • Awareness of and participation in appropriate connectional gatherings within the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Ability to manage time and schedules well and to meet deadlines consistently 
  • Leadership style that is people-focused, results-oriented and adaptable to frequent change 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
  • High-capacity for organization and multi-tasking projects
  • Teachable, with a desire to grow in their faith and abilities  
  • A self-starter—highly motivated  
  • Passion for youth ministry and outreach  
  • Attentive to and understanding of trends in youth culture
  • Proficient social media and computer skills
  • An ability to organize and administer as a ministry leader  
  • A proven team player who values healthy church-staff interaction
  • Energy, enthusiasm and excitement in regards to working with students
  • An architect for comprehensive youth ministry programming

Timeline: We would like for the candidate to be in place by or before May 16.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and a letter of interest to Mitzi Shaddix, Executive Assistant, at
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 832-934-0100

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