Youth Director

published 9/7/2018

Portland Avenue UMC (The PORT) in Bloomington seeks a youth director who will serve as a spiritual leader and role model, provide leadership, and build a sense of community through worship, study, discipleship, mission, outreach and social means, in order to fulfill our mission "to grow followers of Jesus who change the world" among the youth of the church (currently grades 6-12).


  1. Leadership and Organization
    • Develop, communicate and implement an annual youth ministry plan in consultation with youth, parents, and pastor
    • Coordinate and organize mission opportunities (i.e. Feed My Starving Children, VEAP Drives, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes)
    • Coordinate and organize fundraising events or programs for camp scholarships and other youth group expenses (i.e. year-end group dinner at restaurant)
    • Maintain communications for an effective working relationship with youth, parents, staff members, volunteers, the congregation and person in the community
    • Ensure all aspects of the youth program and its participants follow Safe Sanctuary protocols
  2. Discipleship Development
    • Plan and lead bi-monthly youth group meetings from mid-September thru mid-June on Sundays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Assist one Sunday per month in Sunday School class (or Confirmation) and Worship
    • Coordinate and implement curriculum that aligns with Wesleyan principles and the seasons of the church calendar
    • Encourage and enable the integration of youth within the life of the church
    • Foster a sense of call and mentor youth in developing leadership skills
    • Build faith relationships between peers, family, congregation and community
  3. Foster Community
    • Create a welcoming, fun and enthusiastic environment for youth to connect with one another and grow in their faith
    • Maintain an available presence as appropriate (i.e. lunch at school, attendance at extra-curricular activities, times of crisis, etc.)
    • Represent the hospitable spirit of The PORT to all who interact with the church
Commitment:  Five hours per week during nine-month program year to include bimonthly youth group meetings from mid-Sept. through mid-June on Sundays from 6-8 p.m.; assist with Sunday School (or Confirmation) and worship one Sunday per month; one-on-one outreach as appropriate; occasional events as scheduled; support Ultimate Challenge Camp during one week in July


  • Spiritual maturity and a strong desire to build relationships with youth and guide them on their path of discipleship
  • Strong servant leadership skills with experience in discerning when to lead and when to encourage others to lead
  • Self-motivated, proactive and able to complete objectives with little supervision
  • Ability to work collaboratively with youth, parents, church leaders, staff and pastor
  • Proficient in social media and other communication tools
  • Possess excellent human relations and organizational skills
  • Experience in working with youth with special needs
  • Open and flexible to change and new ways of seeing or doing things
  • Proven ability to handle confidential matters with sensitivity and professionalism
  • Must have a willingness to support and uphold the values and mission of The PORT

$300 per month (mid-Sept. through mid-June); negotiable depending on experience

Application Info:
Send cover letter and resume to Rev. Carol Zaagsma at

Position Type:

Contact: Rev. Carol Zaagsma

Phone: (952) 888-6070, ext. 222



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058