Youth Ministries Director

published 12/16/2019

Excelsior UMC's mission statement is Sharing God’s love by building community, serving others, and standing for justice. Excelsior UMC is a progressive, reconciling, inclusive congregation for all.

EUMC is seeking a youth ministries director for grades seven-12. Expect job to require 10 hours per week, with attendance on Wednesday night through the school year, one to two Sundays per month during service, and staff meeting once a month with lead pastor. Have a good understanding of youth and their challenges. Organize activities and service projects, recruit volunteers as necessary.


  • Develop and nurture healthy relationships with youth, families and the wider church community.
  • Encourage and equip youth and families to live out their faith both within the church and beyond in the community.
  • Implement safe, nurturing appropriate and faith-based programming for seventh grade through high school.
  • Support the lead pastor as it relates to your area of ministry including the communication of pastoral need that you may be made aware of.
  • Recruit, motivate, and train volunteers to participate in youth programs for seventh grade to high school.
  • Oversee coordination and direction for key programs and special Sundays as agreed to with the lead pastor
  • In partnership with the lead pastor, support the confirmation program.  This may include: recruiting volunteers, leading groups, working with confirmation sponsors and other activities.
  • Foster an open and welcoming environment for all youth where they can engage with their peers. Mentor and encourage youth in building Christian faith practices.
  • Promote youth and family ministry in worship, publications, and through direct email communications with families.
  • Be able to meet with youth one to two Sundays a month during service.
  • Coordinate activities with the church calendar.
  • Purchase curriculum and supplies in accordance with annual church budget.
 Additional Responsibilities and Expectations:
  • Support additional needs as identified and agreed to with lead pastor.
  • Attend staff meetings and meet with lead pastor as needed.
  • Attend administrative council (as needed).
  • Attend other team meetings, as necessary for youth ministries, for the purpose of validating direction, problem solving, making suggestions for improvement, and getting help as needed.
  • Attaining and providing training for volunteers.
  • Participate in CEF (Christian Engaged Formation) or other similar group as agreed upon with lead pastor.
Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  • Basic knowledge of psycho-social and faith developmental stages of and appreciation for youth.
  • Basic knowledge of modern “teen culture” and major issues facing youth in grades eight-12.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children, youth, adults, and other church staff; good speaking skills.
  • Self-motivated and organized.
  • Secure in faith and the ability to think theologically.
  • Approachable, good listener, supportive, patient, non-judgmental; with good sense of humor. 


  • College degree preferred.
  • Previous experience working with youth.
  • Experience with curriculum development.
  • Good driving record; qualified to drive groups of youth.
  • Available Wednesdays, Sundays, most Christian holidays and some weekends.
  • References. 
Additional Scheduling Requirements:
  • 9:30–11:30 a.m. Sundays for special JR/SR Youth meetings – one or two per month
  • Wednesday evening during school year – up to three program Wednesdays off annually.
  • All days off and other scheduling conflicts to be worked out in advance with lead pastor.

$13,000 yearly salary

Application Info:
Resume and cover letter to include:  experience, references, statement of your faith journey (story of your relationship with God or spiritual autobiography). Employment contingent upon successful completion of background check.

Send to:     Rev. Brooke Heerwald Steiner, Excelsior UMC, 881 3rd Ave., Excelsior, MN 55331

Or email:

Position Type:
10 hrs/week

Contact: Rev. Brooke Heerwald Steiner

Address: Excelsior UMC, 881 3rd Ave, Excelsior, MN 55331

Phone: (952) 474-5471



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058