Job Description

Title: Youth Director / Pastor

Reports to: Senior Pastor

Status: Salary

Work Schedule: Part Time / Full Time

Essential Function

  1. Agrees with the mission, values, and theology of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and LCMC.
  2. The position requires a self-starter with a servant-heart who enjoys working with a team; is a humble leader, encourager and teacher; and desires to work with the church youth.
  3. Join in team ministry with pastor(s) to find and express mutual support and move the mission and vision of the congregation forward.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Pastoral and Administrative duties

  • Preach, lead worship and institute sacraments.
  • Develop practical communication strategies to keep parents, volunteers, staff, and congregation informed.
  • Participate in staff-level meetings.
  • Other as required.

2. Leading and Training

  • Set direction for Children’s and Student’s Ministries.
  • Recruit, train, and support leaders (adult and youth).
  • Lead both Children’s and Student Ministries and raise up a respective lay Ministry Area Team (MAT) leader.
  • Build relationships with parents, equipping and empowering them to be the primary disciple-makers in their homes.
  • Develop and mobilize students to become servant leaders inside and outside our congregation.

3. Children’s Ministries

  • Support the children’s ministry leaders with curriculum development & empowerment tools.
  • Serve as a teacher/leader when needed in any given area of the children’s program.
  • Lead, plan, and/or coordinate special projects for children and families: Vacation Bible School, Family Worship Experiences, and other creative activities.
  • Communicate opportunities and encourage membership to embrace and engage our children.
  • Be a spiritual resource for parents on practical Biblical application in the household.
  • Ensure that all volunteers are vetted and suited to work with children, and educated in the policies and procedures necessary for working with them.
  • Integrate children in worship life of congregation.

4. Student Ministries

  • Develop, expand, and/or write curriculum to engage junior and senior high school students.
  • Engage, teach, and lead junior and senior high school students during weekly gatherings.
  • Engage and affirm students in their non-church, school-related environments: during and after school hours with a ministry of presence.
  • Mobilize students in ministry and missions: inside St. Paul’s and outside in our communities.
  • Organize and engage both junior and senior high school students in fun and fellowship activities each quarter (at least one activity for both groups each quarter).
  • Help our students grow in an understanding of who they are in God.
  • Implement a plan to grow and cultivate the youth program.
  • Integrate children in worship life of congregation.
  • Be accessible to tend the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of youth in confidence.

5. Online Presence

  • Establish a strong online presence.
  • Create profiles on various social media outlets that engage youth.
  • Create content to engage youth on multimedia platforms.
  • Bring your knowledge to engage students online and reach them where they’re at.
  • Create educational opportunities to teach parents about social media / online pitfalls.

Performance Criteria

  1. Participates in congregational life and worship.
  2. Become active in the life of our communities and city – engaging children, youth and families.
  3. Remain up-to-date on the current trends and issues facing children, youth, and their parents.
  4. Build and maintain relationships with St. Paul’s families.
  5. Provide biblical counsel to individuals and families, including leading parents and children through baptism, confirmation, and the phases/stages of childhood development.
  6. Engage new families within 1-2 weeks of their visit, with a ministry of presence.
  7. Provide pastoral care by assisting our pastors with visitation and counseling to youth and families.
  8. Respond appropriately and timely to family/youth-related crisis situations when they arise.
  9. Connects with youth online through relevant content and demonstrates robust social media presence.


  1. Graduated from an accredited college/university, ideally with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Family Life Ministry, Youth Ministry, or another related area. (A Master’s Degree is a plus).
  2. Bible and/or Seminary training a plus.
  3. 2+ years of full-time, paid experience working with children or teens
  4. We are willing to work with candidates who show strong capacity but may not meet all the requirements.
  5. Mature, honest, trustworthy Christian with a depth of faith marked by God’s grace and mercy.
  6. Walks with Jesus daily as a humble, spirit-filled believer, and encourages others to do the same.
  7. A visible calling to teach youth and strengthen families.
  8. Desirable skills include: leadership, administration, teaching, and evangelism.
  9. Driven, self-starting, go-getter with strong organizational and management skills.
  10. Technologically literate – understands, adapts, and flows with trends and platforms.
  11. Ability to pass a background check.

Experience Required
Entry level
Education Required
Some college
Job Type

Maumee, Ohio
Church Size