Director of Youth Ministries at Grimes United Methodist Church
Grimes Iowa

Primary Function:  The Director of Youth Ministries at Grimes UMC seeks to

provide an environment for young people that promotes the development of

strong Christian values and morals.  The Youth Director builds strong, healthy relationships with youth (grades 6-12), both in the church and in the community at large.  The Youth Director ministers primarily to youth but also needs to network with parents and support youth ministry leadership.


1. Ministry to Youth

?       Develop, promote and coordinate a balanced program of activities for youth, using approved materials for educational programs.  Youth ministry activities include worship, service, study, fellowship and mission:

o   Sunday school or worship service for youth

o   Wednesday Night Youth comprised of middle school and high school

o   Provide additional programs for youth to gather formally or informally.

o   Provide Christian-based opportunities for youth outside of the walls of Grimes UMC (e.g., concerts, conferences, etc).

o   Organize and plan mission opportunities specifically for the youth.

o   Support youth in their school setting and build community.

o   Provide outreach to inactive youth and other youth in the community.

o   Assist the Pastor with the Confirmation program.

?       Be available for counseling.

?       Use current technologies in communicating with youth.

?       Build future leaders and recommend youth to the Nominating Committee for church leadership.


2. Ministry to Parents

?       Communicate regularly with parents.

?       Build trust and respect of parents and involve them as resources to the
youth ministry.

?       Be available to parents to discuss issues related to their child or the youth


3.  Ministry to Youth Leadership Volunteers

?       Train and recruit a balance of men and women youth group leaders.

?       Hold a leader’s meeting before the school year begins.

?       Provide guidelines/curriculum for leaders to use in small groups.

?       Conduct safe sanctuary training and background checks.


4.  Other Responsibilities

?       Prepare and manage the youth ministries annual budget.

?       Provide content and updates for youth activities and information to the office manager or website/social media coordinator.

?       Keep the church website and social media content current with youth activities and information.

?       Attend weekly staff meetings, monthly Leadership Team meetings and other  committee meetings as required.

?       Stay up on current trends in youth ministry by conducting research
and/or attending conferences or training.

?       Preach when called upon by the Pastor.

?       Perform other duties as assigned by the Pastor.


4.  Experience

?       College degree

?       Minimum of 5 years in ministry, majority of which in student ministry

?       Proficiency in Google, Microsoft and social media


Grimes United Methodist Church
801 W 1st St
Grimes, Iowa 50111


Becky Duckett
[email protected]


Grimes Iowa
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
$40,000 - $50,000 annually
Ordained position
Exempt status
Working with Adolescents
Church Ministry