Director of Youth Ministries


Cookeville First United Methodist Church - Cookeville, TN

Job Type: Full-Time   Posted: 1 week ago   Denomination: United Methodist



Church Description:

We love our youth – and we’re looking for someone to share the love too.
Cookeville First is a long-established United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee. We’re a relatively large church – around 400 in weekly worship.

We have very active ministries for every age and our families are looking for our kids to be deeply involved in the church’s life. We focus on complete discipleship – growing in Christ with our hearts, mind, soul, and strength.

Consider this role if you want to share your ministry gifts with a dynamic, creative, and diverse group of kids. Our kids love to be engaged and need to be loved.

We’re looking for a leader, engager, teacher, and Christ-lover.


Average Attendance: 350  No. of Active Youth: 45


Job Description:

Position Summary

The Director of Youth Ministries leads middle and high school youth to love God and one another in Christian community, empowering them to grow as Christian disciples and equipping them to live their faith boldly in the world with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. This position will report to the Pastoral staff and work collaboratively with various administrative and ministry planning teams.

This position reports directly to the Minister of Discipleship and Engagement and the Staff Parish Relations Committee, and will work collaboratively with the Youth Council and Youth Leadership Team.

Basic Qualifications

· A strong calling to student and youth ministries.

· Ability to relate exceptionally well to youth, parents, and younger adults.

· An understanding of and commitment to Wesleyan, grace-based, United Methodist theology and practices.

· Weekly attendance at worship is expected.

· Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and 5-years experience in related ministry is preferred.

Primary Responsibilities

· Organize, coordinate, promote, and manage all aspects of middle school and high school ministries: including regular weekly activities, small groups, interest groups, study, planned and ongoing activities and outings, retreats, servant and/or missional activities, ect.

· Supervise and manage Youth interns involved in age-level ministries.

· Work with pastors and church leadership to evaluate, adjust, innovate, and grow each age-level of ministry, implementing new strategies for growth in keeping with the church’s mission, vision, and strategic planning.

· Work collaboratively with the Youth Council and Discipleship Team to ensure the use of appropriate curriculum and resources for each age group to facilitate spiritual formation and maturation as Christian disciples.

· Coordinate all scheduling, calendaring, and communication of ministry activities with appropriate staff

· Strategically plan, set goals, and budget

· Ensure adherence to Safe Sanctuaries policies

· Attend staff, Church Council, and other administrative committee meetings as required

Competencies, Working Skills, and Attributes

· Strong, mature, and contagious commitment to Jesus Christ

· Understanding of and alignment with United Methodist beliefs

· Proven ability to inspire students in both large and small groups

· Sufficient knowledge of childhood and youth development

· Excellent verbal, written, relational, time management, and organizational skills

· Ability to plan, organize, lead, recruit volunteers, and lead all ministry related activities

· Competency in basic listening skills and appropriate lay counseling for youth

· Understanding of spiritual formation

· Computer, social media, internet proficient

· Willing team player

· Self-motivated and enthusiastic

· Recreational, musical, artistic, or outdoor interests a plus

Work Schedule

This is a full-time exempt professional position. For full-time program staff at Cookeville FUMC, Sunday is a workday, generally with Saturday and one additional day (negotiable) off. Wednesday and Sunday night work expected.

Organization: Cookeville First United Methodist Church

Contact: Rob Wheeler

Phone: 9315262177

Closing Date: 11/12/2022

Salary Range: $40,000-50,000


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