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Director of Youth Ministries – Cookeville, TN


Position Description:

First United Methodist Church is a large membership, downtown community of faith where we seek to “share the story of grace in the heart of town” in Cookeville, TN. Cookeville is a vibrant college town of 32,000, and Cookeville First UMC is seeking a Director of Youth Ministries to lead a comprehensive youth ministry program. Primary Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate all aspects of the 7th-12th grade youth group, ensuring there is opportunity to develop fellowship, spiritual formation, discipleship, and the experience of Christian community.
  • Develop relationships and maintain regular communication with parents and youth.
  • Plan, coordinate, and evaluate provided resources and curriculum for the youth for all classes and events.
  • Supervise part-time youth staff.
  • Support and guide the work of the youth council in an annual process of evaluating the vision and goals of the youth ministry and directing monthly planning sessions.
  • Secure all necessary funds, travel arrangements, leadership and adult chaperones, and provide Christian teaching, time for worship, prayer and scripture study for youth trips.
  • Recruit, assist, and train volunteer youth workers.
  • Be an advocate for youth and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns, and needs of youth in the local church and the community.
  • Work cooperatively with all FUMC staff, communicate event and calendaring information to the appropriate staff members as well as participate in all required meetings.
  • Prepare, submit, and administer a youth budget in consultation with the youth council.
  • Conduct the ministry of youth in compliance with the FUMC Safe Sanctuaries policy.
  • Work cooperatively with others to maintain a positive outlook and disposition, and be flexible in solving problems.
  • Weekly attendance at worship services with our congregation is expected.
  • Other opportunities deemed appropriate with demonstrated gifts and abilities.

Position Qualifications:

  • Sense of calling to youth ministry and a commitment to Christ.
  • Understanding of and commitment to United Methodist theology and practices.
  • Ability to relate to, work alongside, and lead youth from different backgrounds and personalities in fellowship with each other, the community, and Christ.
  • Possess excellent administrative and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize, lead, and guide regularly scheduled and spontaneous activities related to youth ministry.
  • Competence in an open-minded approach to basic lay counseling and listening skills appropriate for youth.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate field and 5-year experience in youth-centered work is preferred.
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