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Director of Student Ministries, Savannah, GA


Isle of Hope United Methodist Church in Savannah, Georgia, is accepting applications for an experienced Director to lead our Student Ministries. Isle of Hope is a welcoming community located on a beautiful island only 20 minutes away from historic downtown. Isle of Hope UMC is a mission-oriented 2800 member church offering both traditional and modern worship services, with a weekly participation of 40-50 students. This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative team dedicated to the spiritual growth of our students and families. Visit for the full job description.

Job Title:  Director of Student Ministries
Reports To:   Senior Pastor
Purpose: To lead, coordinate, and supervise a dynamic and inclusive Student Ministry by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach that is guided by our mission statement: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Roles and Responsibilities: The Director of Student Ministries has the responsibility of leading the Student Ministries at Isle of Hope UMC, including all related staff and volunteers. The Director of Student Ministries leads and/or supervises all programming of education, discipleship, fellowship and outreach for students 6th grade through college.
Areas of Responsibility:
  • Lead and foster a growing, dynamic, and inclusive student ministry for Middle School and High School students that builds relationships with Christ
  • Foster relationships with parents in order to build Christ centered relationships with students
  • Recruit, train, encourage, and support student leadership teams, enabling all to work together to plan and implement student ministry
  • Supervise the Associate Director of Student Ministries and all of his/her duties
  • Coordinate and provide spiritual growth opportunities for students through worship, Bible studies, and small groups
  • Develop programming to support partnerships with parents of students
  • Oversee year-round Sunday school for grades 6-12, including teacher recruitment, ordering curriculum and resource materials, and being available on Sunday mornings to help as needed
  • Collaborate with pastoral staff on the Confirmation process
  • Plan and provide leadership for special events that occur throughout the year: mission experiences, retreats, graduation recognition, fall/summer kickoffs, etc.
  • Prepare and maintain the Student Ministries portion of the church budget
  • Lead and oversee student communications staff and strategies, such as website, social media, text alerts, mail, etc.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, Church Council meetings, and Safe Sanctuaries Committee meetings
  • Ensure compliance with all requirements of the Safe Sanctuaries Policy
  • Continually evaluate the effectiveness of all student ministry areas
  • Engage in professional development and training opportunities to support the functions of Student Ministries
  • Other duties as assigned by pastoral staff
  • Full Time Salary commensurate with experience and education
  • Employee medical insurance (church currently pays 85% of premium)
  • Paid insurance including AD&D, short and long term disability, and life
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation, sick leave, and personal business
  • Retirement plan, with church match up to 6% of contribution once eligible
  • Professional education development opportunities
Qualifications for Successful Candidates:
  • Education: Bachelor's degree required, appropriate theological studies preferred
  • Five years of relevant experience in delivering a successful Student Ministry program expected
  • Demonstrated experience in building and leading teams
  • Excellent organizational and verbal/written communication skills
  • Embrace United Methodist/Wesleyan doctrine

Please submit a cover letter and resume to by September 1st, 2017.

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