Director of Student Ministries, Glen Ellyn, IL

A vibrant, Christ-centered Presbyterian church in the greater Chicago area, First Presbyterian Church is seeking a full-time Director of Student Ministries to join them in equipping students to be lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ who participate in Christ’s mission in Glen Ellyn, the surrounding community, and the world. This person will be responsible for supervising the Program Coordinator for Student Ministries and the Student Ministries Interns, collaborating together with the Associate Pastor of Family Ministries to build a dynamic student ministry that engages youth, 6th-12th grade in active discipleship.

Qualifications for this position include a deep and growing faith in Jesus Christ, a high view of scripture, and an intentional life of prayer and study. The candidate should be grounded in the Reformed faith and have an understanding of the PC(USA). A builder who is gifted in relational and program ministry and having a good understanding of current youth culture, the candidate should be emotional mature with healthy boundaries for him/herself and the students to whom s/he ministers. The candidate must possess a college degree and 3-5 years experience in youth ministry (preferably in the same position).


Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Galesburg, IL

A growing and reviving church in the heart of a mid-sized city, Galesburg First United Methodist Church is seeking a full time Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry to provide leadership, vision, and specific programs in the areas of children’s ministry (pre-K through 5th grade) and youth ministry (grades 6-12).

Responsibilities: Provide leadership, direction and oversight to First UMC’s ministry with children and youth. Planning, coordinating and leading (personally or through supervising volunteers) ministry activities such as Sunday School, weekly youth gatherings, Vacation Bible School, special events, youth mission trips, fun activities, a possible mid-week gathering for children, and other programs as needed within a ministry plan. Recruit, train, and deploy adult volunteers within the children’s and youth ministries, including acquiring background checks and maintaining Safe Sanctuaries policies. Maintain communication between the church and parents. Develop ways for children and youth to connect with the larger First UMC community. Connect with schools and the larger community. Assess the church’s facilities and present a plan for maximizing usage and attractiveness of the building for youth and children’s ministry. Attend meetings and worship services as necessary.

Qualifications: Strong faith in Jesus Christ; the ability to communicate the Christian faith with children and youth in a way that encourages commitment and discipleship; Degree in ministry and/or education; self starter who can also work as a part of a team; familiarity with United Methodist teachings. Ministry experience is strongly preferred.

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