Male Middle School Pastor

Highland Park UMC - Dallas, TX

Job Type: Full-Time   Posted: 5 months ago   Denomination: United Methodist

Church Description:

Highland Park United Methodist Church has a rich history dating back to the founding of Southern Methodist University. The first services of the University Church, forerunner of HPUMC, were held in February 1916 on the SMU campus.

In 2013, Paul Rasmussen became the 11th senior pastor to serve this congregation of over 15,000 members. Under his leadership, the congregation and staff continue the legacy of outreach in the community and world, with HPUMC celebrating 100 years of helping people become deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ in 2016.

From its humble beginnings on the SMU campus, HPUMC has grown and planted churches. In 2011, the beautiful and historic Munger Place Church was renovated and reopened to become an East Dallas satellite campus for HPUMC. The Grove Church then launched in October of 2017 in North Dallas, and Uptown Church, our 40th church plant, went live in January of 2021 at House of Blues in Dallas.

In addition to growing externally, we expanded the space available at our main campus with the opening of the Tolleson Family Activity Center in March 2019. This building features 65,000 square feet of space for HPUMC’s Belong disABILITY Ministry and Youth Ministry as well as an underground parking garage.

Average Attendance: 5000  No. of Active Youth: 500

Job Description:

Youth Pastor (Middle School Male Pastor)

This full-time position is responsible for helping lead youth into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. The Middle School Youth Pastor will work on a team with other youth staff and will focus primarily on 7th and 8th grade male youth ministry. This position will include casting vision for the middle school ministry, delivering large group messages, leading male small group bible studies, managing a large team of volunteers, and supporting the entire youth ministry and church with its mission, vision, and strategy.

The Male Middle School Youth Pastor must thrive in a fast-paced, highly relational, creative environment with tight deadlines and busy schedules.

As with all HPUMC positions, this person is expected to embody the mission of HPUMC each and every day – to help people become deeply devoted followers of Christ. They are also expected to demonstrate the values of HPUMC, which include: (1) being God led, (2) caring for one another, (3) being respectful of our Methodist heritage and (4) being focused on our future.

Reports To: Director of Youth Ministry

FLSA Status: Exempt

Campus: Mockingbird Campus — Dallas, TX

Working Hours: Full-time, 36 hours per week

Anticipated Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 9:00-5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 12:30-9:00 p.m.; Sundays from 8:00-12:00 p.m. A thirty-minute break minimum is required Monday through Thursday. During certain times of the year additional hours may be necessary to meet the demands of the job. All church staff will be asked to support and serve for religious holidays and worship services including Christmas Eve and Easter.

Job Responsibilities and Duties:


Serve as the co-lead Youth Pastor for 7th-8th grade students and their families
Continually evaluate the HPUMC Youth strategy and our execution of this strategy
Create Strategic Environments

Work with other HPUMC Youth staff to plan and execute all middle school environments
Serve as the lead staff person in these environments
Share primary teaching responsibilities in middle school environments with the Pastor to Youth and their Families
Cultivate Personal Relationships with Middle School Students

Spend time each week with middle school students outside of weekly programming
Recruit and train volunteers to cultivate appropriate personal relationships with middle school students
Attend middle school extra-curricular events
Partner with Parents

Intentionally develop and nurture personal relationships with parents
Be proactive in communicating with parents regularly
Help to engage parents in the ministry of the church
Model a Missional Mindset

Actively engage in an ongoing relationship with one of HPUMC Youth’s community partners
Help students actively engage in an ongoing relationship with one of our community partners
Help students view their future through the lens of Christ’s calling on their lives.

Attend all-staff meetings
Attend quarterly Family Ministries meeting
Attend monthly HPUMC Youth department meetings
Meet with the Director of Youth weekly
Education & Desired Skills:

Undergraduate degree required; post-grad education a plus
3+ years in Youth Ministry or ministry related field
Experience in large church ministry
Experience in delivering powerful biblical messages to youth regularly
Demonstrates enthusiasm and positive attitude
High degree of initiative and accountability
Ability to manage and motivate volunteers
Strong organization skills
Preferred Software Experience:

Microsoft Office Suite
Google Suite
Physical Demands:

☒ Sitting ☒ Standing ☒ Walking ☒ Seeing ☒ Hearing
☒ Speaking ☒ Lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds ☒ Fine Motor Skills

Other Qualifications: Must be a Christian committed to living a life that reflects the Gospel, who feels called to Youth Ministry and is comfortable working in a United Methodist Church environment. Additionally, our employees are called to follow our youth worker policies, to lead a life that becomes the gospel, and to exhibit appropriate demeanor both on and off the job.

TO APPLY: Please complete the online application and email all of the following to specifying MS Pastor in the subject line:

Cover letter
Video link of a recent teaching
Your religious/church affiliation
Your pay requirement

Salary Range: 35000-42000

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