Director of Youth and Family Ministries — Black Forest Lutheran Church

Black Forest Lutheran Church - Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type: Full-Time

Denomination: Other

Church Description:

Nestled in the pine forest that lies in shadow of Pikes Peak, Black Forest Lutheran Church is a North American Lutheran Church congregation.  The church is part of the rapidly growing region of the Front Range of the Rockies.  We worship with a senior pastor, three additional staff, and a congregation of about 400.  The church is large enough to provide numerous outreach missions but small enough to be intimate.  We have been a stable fixture of the Black Forest landscape for 50 years.  Our mission is to glorify Got though worship, prayer, education and services as ambassadors for Christ.  We are a warm, welcoming, loving church community.

Job Description:


Develop, plan, implement and coordinate, in conjunction with the respective committees and pastor, Christian education and faith development programs and ministries for the youth at Black Forest Lutheran Church.


Job Objectives:

  • Develop a youth and family program that supports the mission of BFLC
  • Enhance and broaden the educational ministry of BFLC
  • Encourage the fullest youth participation in the life and mission of the church.



  1. Focus on youth outreach. Seek out youth who could be leaders in the ministry program. Reach out to new and inactive youth. Serve as a counselor to the youth.
  2. Work with the Youth Committee to assess the needs of the youth at each age level and develop the philosophy of the youth program.
  3. Develop and oversee a social media strategy for BFLC youth.  Enhance and service a youth-focused church website.
  4. Build a sense of community for youth who come from different school districts.
  5. Communicate regularly with the BFLC Council and congregation, including the needs and gifts of our young people.
  6. Network with neighboring churches: area Lutheran Churches, and the Rocky Mountain Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), in order to share and participate in joint opportunities for faith development, witness, and service.
  7. Provide leadership in youth educational strategies and resources.
  8. Work with the Education Committee to assess the needs of the congregation and to develop program goals.
  9. Lead the Education Committee in evaluating programs, including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, First Communion Instruction, Inter-generational Events and the Confirmation program.
  10. Facilitate the recruitment, development, and training of teachers, adult sponsors, mentors and committee leaders.
  11. Administer family programs including: Vacation Bible School, regular home visits, family events and regular communication by phone, email and social media.





  1. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry or equivalent experience with leading youth programs.
  2. Possesses passion and gifts for leading young people in their faith journeys.
  3. Practices an active, growing Christian faith.
  4. Demonstrates strong knowledge and understanding of Lutheran traditions and is able

to communicate the foundations.

  1. Proven ability to build and implement adult teams to work with various groups.
  2. Exhibits strong leadership skills.
  3. Proven organizational skills to manage major programs effectively.
  4. Excellent communication skills.
  5. Be able to teach.
  6. Skilled complex multi-tasker.
  7. Is self-motivated and a self-starter.



  1. Serves as a Full-time staff member of Black Forest Lutheran Church.
  2. Participate regularly in worship.
  3. Deliver engaging Children’s Sermons at all Sunday services.
  4. Lead Confirmation classes weekly.
  5. Provide input and support to overall congregational planning, programming, and special events as appropriate.
  6. Work under the direct supervision of the Senior Pastor, who has overall responsibility for the education and youth programs. Under delegated authority, he or she works closely with the respective committees to develop, plan, and implement program ministries. Performance is evaluated by the pastor with input from the respective committees and reviewed by the Council.

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