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Director of Student Ministry (Full-time)

Website Ooltewah United Methodist Church

Job Summary:

We are seeking a dynamic and passionate individual to join our vibrant Ooltewah United Methodist Church community as a full-time Director of Student Ministry. The Director of Student Ministry will be responsible for leading and nurturing the spiritual growth of our youth members, fostering a sense of community and belonging, and providing opportunities for fellowship, service, and discipleship.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Spiritual Leadership: Lead engaging and relevant youth-focused worship services, Bible studies, and discipleship programs that inspire and challenge young people in their faith journey.
  • Pastoral Care: Provide compassionate and supportive pastoral care to youth members, offering guidance, counseling, and prayer support as needed. Create a dynamic, meaningful, and safe atmosphere for spiritual growth among youth.
  • Discipleship and Education: Develop and implement a comprehensive youth discipleship curriculum that addresses the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of youth, incorporating United
  • Methodist teachings and traditions. Develop and guide the Student Leadership Council into growing leaders of their faith at OUMC, in the community, and in the world. 
  • Youth Group Activities: Plan, organize, and oversee a variety of youth group activities, including retreats, mission trips, service projects, recreational outings, and special events, fostering a sense of community and belonging among youth members.
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Training: Recruit, train, and empower adult volunteers to serve in youth ministry roles, providing ongoing support, encouragement, and resources.
  • Outreach and Evangelism: Engage with the wider community to attract new youth members and foster connections with families, schools, and other organizations, promoting the mission and values of the Church.
  • Collaboration: Work collaboratively with the family ministry team, church staff, volunteers, and other ministry teams to integrate youth ministry into the overall life and mission of the church, participating in staff meetings, planning sessions, and special events as needed.
  • Administration: Maintain accurate records of youth attendance, participation, and contact information, and oversee the youth ministry budget, ensuring responsible stewardship of resources.


  • Embrace Christian discipline and United Methodist doctrine and theology. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in theology, ministry, education, or related field.
  • Previous experience in youth ministry or related field, with a demonstrated ability to connect with and inspire young people.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and lead volunteers effectively.
  • Approachable, outgoing Christian that can maintain a positive attitude with youth.

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