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Director of Youth and Campus Ministry

published 5/18/2021

Hamline Church United Methodist in St. Paul is seeking a well-qualified candidate to serve as the director of youth and campus ministry to support the ministries of youth, their families, and young adults. This individual will creatively engage with ways to connect and do ministry with seventh through 12th graders and college students/young adults at Hamline University and beyond.

Education and Spiritual Formation

  • Design, develop, and implement innovative and effective regular and occasional educational, spiritual, service and social events that facilitate the vision and values of Spiritual Formation within youth and young adults. 
  • Facilitate Hamline Church’s connection to Hamline University students and work in collaboration with the University Chaplain and Wesley Center. 
  • Work with the Pastor, Associate Minister and HU connections to plan curriculum, programming, and missions.
  • With companion staff members and laity, to provide intergenerational opportunities which thoughtfully involve youth and young adults.
  • In partnership with the clergy leaders, serve as a mentor and counselor for youth and young adults and maintain an accessible referral list of professional counselors.
Leadership and Administration
  • Lead collaboration with Hamline University’s Wesley Center in relation to existing programs including ministry interns, SPROUT Gardens, McVay, annual events, etc.
  • Diligently manage the schedules, events, physical resources, and organizational needs of youth and young adult ministry.  This includes all supplies, physical spaces, budgeting, communications (social media), and scheduling events and volunteers.
  • Build relationships with participants and the church through strong communication utilizing the best medium for each stakeholder group (ie church newsletter, email updates, website, social media, etc.) (Stakeholder groups include: college students, youth, parents/guardians, volunteer leaders, church staff, larger church family, and the community.) 
  • Manage and implement safe sanctuary policies. 
  • Supervise interns as called upon
Vision and Creative Programming 
  • Designing and leading campus ministry related small groups, outreach events, and mission opportunities.  
  • Implementing and leading faith milestones as a pathway for discipleship from seventh grade through graduation. Collaborating with the rest of staff to plan the celebrations of milestones. 
  • Developing a calendar that includes annual faith-strengthening experiences for each life stage outside regular weekly programming. This calendar should be adaptable, fresh, and not grow stale, routine, or predictable. 
Building Relationships & Bridges 
  • Identify, recruit, train, envision, and nurture the volunteers, teachers and leadership teams. 
  • Guiding operational oversight and creative planning of ministry specific to each group:  youth and college students. 
  • Holding direct leadership of ministry designed for youth (7th-12th grades) and college students, being one of several mentors who work directly with youth. 
  • Creating pathways for and actively inviting youth and college students in the community to participate in the life of the larger church 
Additional Expectations:
The overarching expectation is that the director will be known amongst children and families, as well as by other stakeholders and leaders, by being present in the following ways:
  • Active participation and leadership in the Sunday worship service, church and campus events.
  • Be present in the community and at events important to youth and students. 
  • Invite and engage other leaders, forming supportive teams, so as not to be the sole holder of all ministry knowledge nor the lone leader responsible for carrying out the work of the ministry.
  • Attendance and participation are expected at Sunday Worship, holiday worship, Staff Meetings (currently Tuesdays 12:30), a weekly one-on-one meeting with supervisor, monthly meeting with Lead Pastor, Spiritual Formation team meetings (monthly), and occasional Church Council Meetings or other meetings as needed. 
  • Consistent office hours each week Monday-Thursday, between the hours of 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Schedule is flexible to be determined in consultation with supervisor.  


  • Prior experience in children’s ministry or youth ministry and church leadership. Clearly communicate his or her Christian faith.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Religious Studies or related field. 
  • Pass a criminal background screening
  • Work Sundays, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter and occasional additional events like retreats or mission trips. 
  • Receive and maintain necessary CPR and First Aid Certifications
  • Complies with all aspects and policies of the Hamline Church United Methodist Personnel Policy

Commensurate with experience

Application Info:
Send resume and cover letter, including experience to: Hamline Church United Methodist, Rev. Mariah Furness Tollgaard, with subject: “Director of Youth & Campus Ministry”


Open until filled

Position Type:

Contact: Rev Mariah Furness Tollgaard

Address: 1514 Englewood Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 651-645-0667



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058