Director of Student Ministry - Montgomery UMC


Job Title:  Director of Student Ministry
Position Type:  Regular, Part Time, Exempt
Reports to:  Senior Pastor

Job Description:  Creating a welcoming atmosphere for students that reaches seekers and grows believers in Jesus Christ through fun, fellowship, prayer, worship, bible study and mission
Work Schedule: The position of Student Ministry Director requires flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends to meet the planned programs.   Some overnight events are scheduled through the year.   Current regular weekly hours at the church are expected Tuesday (9 to 5:00 with an hour for lunch), Wednesday (Noon to 7:30) and Sunday (9:30 to 12:30). The regular weekly requirements will change as the timing of the planned events are modified. The remaining hours per week are flexible hours based on actual events planned for the week and meeting the job description deliverables.  See below for a list of current programmed activities and their frequencies that are expected deliverables of the Student Ministry.  As these change the work schedule will be adjusted as necessary.
Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Actively engage and reach out to Church members with students to share, motivate and invite them to participate and support planned student programs.
  • Attend the Student Programs committed to and actively engage and get to know our students and their parents. For programs not attended, ensure that there is an adult leader who is familiar with the students to attend and engage the students and their parents.
  • Consider opportunities to support our students and other students in the community with the goal to bring students to have a meaningful relationship with Christ.
  • Develop specific purpose and goals for each of the planned programs from which to assess student spiritual growth for continuous improvement.
  • Create and maintain a communication plan to inform students, parents and volunteers of program calendar, changes and special needs and that maintains high visibility with the MUMC congregation of programs and goals.
  • Recruit, motivate and equip adult volunteers with a spiritual base to serve:
    • As student activity leaders for planned program events
    • As communication and administrative leaders to communicate frequently the planned programs, curriculum and spiritual value of planned programs to congregation, parents, students and volunteers.
    • As teachers and mentors to participate in Sunday School and planned events to foster an investment in student programs and spiritual growth.
  • Attend and actively participate in Monthly Student Council meetings. 
    • Gain approval for modifications or changes to the current calendar or planned programs
    • Share an assessment of each program and continuous process improvement ideas.
  • Identify and timely resolve issues with volunteers, parents and students
  • Pray for program, students, parents, staff and volunteers
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Meet with parents when requested
  • Represent MUMC at United Methodist District and conference student events, if requested.
  • Encourage and support student involvement in conference, regional and national student events to enhance spiritual growth
  • Participate in the SPRC led Long-term Student Ministry assessment
Curriculum Responsibilities:
  • Be aware of resources for developing the Student Ministry programming and participate in continuing education events and training opportunities that align with goals which support spiritual growth.
  • Review curriculum planned for all student programs and work with leaders to ensure Christ like and intentional student programs are available and planned for all programs.
  • Monitor Student Bible Studies and Sunday school classes and serve as a backup when needed. (both Jr High and Sr High).
Personnel/Volunteer Responsibilities:
  • Supervise volunteers to support the needs of the planned Student Ministry Programs.
Administrative Duties:
  • Communicate with students and church as effectively as possible using all available resources (email, website, bulletin, newsletter, bulletin boards, etc.).
  • Develop and maintain processes to collect and report on student participation and other information for each student program to support the weekly and annual conference reporting requirements.
  • Ensure that all student events/programs are planned and prepared to achieve the goals outlined for the student event.
  • Provide monthly report of Student Program Ministry to Church Council.
  • Ensure updated contact information on all students and volunteers.
  • Ensure compliance with the Policy and Procedures Manual.
  • Review the annual budget for student ministry needs and administer the approved budget according to church policy.
  • Oversee the purchase of all curriculum, supplies and equipment necessary for student ministry, including ensuring detailed itemized receipts are included with the request for reimbursement.
  • Discuss un-budgeted program opportunities approved by Student Council with the Finance Committee to consider whether funding or fundraising efforts are needed to maximize student ministry opportunities.
Promoter of Youths Program:
  • Advocate for students regarding their hopes, concerns and needs in the local church and community.
  • Connect and build meaningful relationships with students that grow, deepens and enhances their Christian journey of faith.
  • Provide care for students and their families when appropriate.
  • Collaborate with other ministries so that young people are retained and grow at points of transition (i.e. Assist with Confirmation classes in partnership with the Pastors and Children’s Director).
  • Love and encourage students in developing their relationship with God.
  • Provide students with opportunities for nurture and growth.
  • Challenge students to respond to God’s call to serve in their communities and the world.
Safety and Childrens Protection:
  • Implement and monitor processes to ensure compliance with Safe Sanctuary policies in all student activities.
  • Maintain emergency contact information for students and list of allergies.
  • Abide by Church’s Van Policy.
Current Planned Youth Programs (subject to change):
Weekly Worship & Fellowship Activities:
  • Sunday morning classes (Jr High Sunday School and Sr High Sunday School)
  • Wednesday evening student group/ Open Door Fellowship
    • District Camp (June - 4 nights/5 days)
    • February Event - two day or one overnight event
    • JR High Break thru Retreat 
    • SR High Break thru Retreat
Special Day Events:
  • Winter Jam Concert - Downtown Houston - February
  • Spring Break Mystery Trip - March
  • Super Bowl of Caring - February
  • Mission Sunday “Taking It To The Streets”- May
Confirmation and Graduation:
  • Senior luncheon - May
  • Confirmation - (weekly March 1 - May 31)
  • A personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord as well as a strong desire to serve within the Church and sense of calling to the Student Ministry
  • Pastoral sensitivity to the diverse needs of members, community and staff
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Ability to identify, recruit and equip spiritual leaders to assist in student programs
  • Ability to work with students and young adults
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to plan, organize, lead and guide complex projects and spontaneous activities related to student activities
  • Competence in basic lay counseling and listening skills appropriate for student ministry
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with others, to maintain a positive outlook and disposition and flexibility in solving problems
  • The ability to protect the reputation and integrity of others through strict confidentiality of information.
  • Willing and able to obtain a driver’s license.
  • Comfortable using social media as a communication and outreach tool for student ministry.
Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree preferred, completion of college-level or higher course work in Christian education and/or Student Ministry
  • Prior Student Ministry experience

Please send resume to Rev. David Lindwall