Director of Youth Ministry - Wildwood UMC


3/4/2021

Director of Youth Ministry
Wildwood United Methodist Church
Magnolia, Texas
www.wildwood-umc.org
 
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. A full copy of the Paid Time Off policy is available upon request. 
 
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
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Our Ideal Candidate)
  • 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, 2021.

To Apply
Please email a resume and a letter of interest to Mitzi Shaddix, Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor, at mitzi@wildwood-umc.org before 1 p.m. C.S.T. on March 22, 2021.