Director of Youth Ministries, Jacksonville, FL

Lakewood United Methodist Church is a community of people that pledge to seek God’s will in all things, serve God humbly and enthusiastically, surrender our fears and embrace God, support each other with the love of Christ, and share our faith in the name of Christ.

We are located in Jacksonville, Florida about 8 miles southeast of the downtown area. We are an established church with an average of 425 attending two worship services. Requirements for the position is a Bachelor’s Degree and include but not limited to three years of some type of youth work experience. The position is currently a salaried position with a range of compensation of $40,000- $50,000 depending upon experience and qualifications. Please see below for the Position Overview. If you interested in applying for this position please send a resume.

Position Overview

The Director of Youth Ministries will be first and foremost responsible for building and maintaining a program that will help lead the youth of Lakewood UMC to a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and help the youth of Lakewood UMC maintain that relationship by growing their Christian faith through the variety of weekly and annual programs and retreats. More importantly the Director of Youth Ministries will help facilitate a growing relationship between the students and Christion adults so that the youth are challenged and encouraged to grow as followers of Christ.

The Director of Youth Ministries should support the teachings of the United Methodist Church as outlined in the Book of Discipline as well as assure compliance with the Book of Discipline, the Legal Resource Manual and the United Methodist Church in all business transactions.


The Director of Youth Ministries will be responsible for planning and executing the following:

  • Retreats
  • Choir Tour/ Mission Trip
  • Winter Retreat
  • Retreats for Seniors
  • Summer Activities including Youth Week
  • Programming
  • Sunday night UMYF- The most regular and important meeting of the week. This is both an entry point for new youth and also an opportunity for spiritual growth for older youth. The programming will be scripturally based and include discussion, teaching, recreation, and experiential elements.
    Bible Study- Develop a weekly after school bible study
  • Wednesday Night- Developing “lighter” programming for youth while adults have their own programs.
  • Sunday School- Coordinate volunteers to teach Sunday school and work with them in choosing curriculum.
  • Miscellaneous- this includes taking youth to other events and service opportunities as well as investing time in attending occasional outside activities that youth participate such as sports, concerts, and other extracurricular events.
  • Budget- Responsible for building and maintaining a budget that covers the costs of Sunday night activities, retreats, choir tour and other areas where costs are incurred.
  • Communication- Keep parents, youth, and counselors up to date on upcoming programs, retreats, an any other noteworthy activities through newsletters, meetings, and social media.
  • Leadership Development- Develop and encourage both adult volunteers and youth to find areas in the youth ministry where they can better utilize their unique gifts, lead programming, and develop a better sense of connection with the ministry and vision for the group.
  • Educational Development- On a personal level, spend time reading, researching, and studying, various theological and resource oriented ideas to continually grow learn and develop as a leader and Christian.


Director of Middle School Ministries, Jacksonville, FL

Mandarin Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, FL, a dynamic and Christ-centered church in the ECO denomination, is looking for an experienced and qualified individual to come on staff as their Director of Middle School Ministries. This person would work under the direction of the Director for Student Ministries as a part of the Youth Ministry staff to live out the church’s vision of leading students and parents towards a relationship with Christ and to grow in their discipleship with Him. This person should have a passion for middle school students and their families in and outside of the church. Together the DMSM will collaborate with the Youth Ministry staff and with the Next Generation Ministries staff to build a dynamic student ministry that engages youth, 6th-12th grade.

Qualifications for this position include a deep and growing faith in Jesus Christ. This person needs to be an equipper of others, an excellent communicator, and possess a desire to see families connected to Christ and the church. This person needs to understand and agree with the core values and essential tenets of ECO. Gifted in relational and program ministry and having a good understanding of current youth culture, especially focused on middle school age issues, the candidate should be a builder of others. The candidate must possess a college degree and 2-3 years experience in youth ministry (preferably in the same position).

A cover letter and resume can be sent to Videos of teaching a lesson or preaching to youth should also be included.