The Director of Youth Ministries is a full-time position that supports and promotes the mission of La Jolla Community Church by equipping junior high and high school students with a Biblical foundation for belief and encouraging community engagement. The Director creates an environment where students can discover Jesus, grow in their faith, and walk with Him and His people according to His will, and serve the world around them. The Director also provides guidance and support to parents to equip them to become the primary educators of their children’s spiritual growth and development.

The ideal candidate for this position must have a strong work ethic and demonstrate the ability to relate to and have a heart for reaching students from 6th-12th grade and their families.

Qualifications, Skills, Abilities and Characteristics 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required. A seminary degree preferred. 
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in similar ministry work or related field. 
  • Must demonstrate basic computer software knowledge including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to connect, engage and guide junior high and high school students.
  • Must demonstrate ability to teach the Bible in a relevant and inspiring manner to the various ages and stage of students.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills. 
  • Must possess excellent planning and organizational skills. 
  • Must demonstrate strong follow up and follow through skills. 
  • Must demonstrate a growing and vibrant relationship with Jesus. 
  • A healthy marriage and family (if married). 
  • Passion for the local church generally, and student ministry specifically. 
  • Ability to minister cross-culturally and lead leaders from various backgrounds.
  • Multi-tasking abilities, strong organizational skills, and ability to effectively communicate with individuals clearly and confidently, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and in team environments. 
  • A leader of leaders who establishes trust and credibility. 
  • A developer of ministry bringing experience and ideas.
  • Able to travel as needed.
Key Job Responsibilities

 Leadership and Vision

  • Provide leadership, direction, support and encouragement to interns, volunteers and parents in junior high and high school ministries.
  • Recruit, develop and train interns, volunteers, and student leaders to help grow the junior high and high school programs at LJCC.
  • Provide administrative oversight to youth staff, volunteers, interns to ensure a coordinated and sequential ministry program that meets the needs of students.
  • Work collaboratively with the family team to develop and effectively communicate an annual calendar of events that provides a coordinated and sequential ministry program that meets the needs of students.
  • Participate in and promote programs, activities and events that support the mission of LJCC as agreed upon with supervisor.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and the Executive Pastor of Ministries to develop and effectively manage the annual budget and remain within budget guidelines.
  • Establish a weekly schedule in agreement with the family team to maximize visibility on campus and promote teamwork.
Teaching and Worship
  • Provide teaching and experiences for junior high and high school students to discover and use their spiritual gifts.
  • Provide teaching and experiences that introduce junior high and high school students to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and lead them to a personal faith in Christ and help them share their faith story.
  • Provide teaching and worship experiences that meet junior high and high school students in their various social, cultural, and personal arenas, and engages them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Work collaboratively with Worship planning to engage students in the church worship services on a quarterly basis.
  • Communicate weekly with parents using a variety of communication methods (such as, email, web site, face-to-face, etc.) to inform them of teaching topics, upcoming events and general information.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Pastor of Ministries to plan celebrations, appreciation and acknowledgements for youth staff, interns, volunteers, and parents of junior high and high school students.
  • Provide teaching and opportunities for junior high and high school students to learn small group participation, facilitation, accountability and development skills.
  • Develop ministry events that give junior high and high school students the opportunity to invite friends that will expose them to a clear presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Plan, lead, and oversee both midweek and Sunday programming for junior high and high school students on a weekly basis including activities, worship, and lessons that build peer relationships, and promote spiritual development.
  • Disciple junior high and high school students and student leaders.
  • Coordinate successful transitions of students into junior high, high school, and graduation.
  • Oversee and coordinate junior high and high school students mission trips (local and global), camps, and various events that expose students to a greater view of the gospel in action.
  • Ensure a safe, secure environment of all junior high and high school students both on and off-campus.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for outreach into the local community.
  • Establish and maintain a regular presence on local school campuses as an extension of junior high and high school student ministries off LJCC’s campus.

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