Director of Youth Ministries

Posted in , on September 24, 2019

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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Vienna, Virginia


2589 Chain Bridge Road

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Job Summary:  The Director of Youth Ministries is responsible for Emmanuel’s ministry to middle school and high school youth, and college-age adults by modeling Christian discipleship as well as equipping families to be disciples of Christ, directing volunteer leadership, encouraging the congregation to partner in the faith formation of young people, and leading the integration of youth into the life of the congregation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Build relationships with middle school and high school youth, college-age adults, and parents.

• Recruit, train, and direct adult and student volunteers to develop, plan, run, attend, and grow programs such as:

o Routinely scheduled discipleship programs for high school youth.

o Retreats or one-time local events for middle school or high school youth.

o Middle school and high school Synod weekend retreats like Shekinah and Chrysalis.

o Triennial ELCA Youth Gathering, including any necessary prior fundraising.

• Work with the Staff Support Team to ensure volunteers working with youth are trained on the Child Protection Policy.

• Work alongside the Pastors, Director of Christian Education, and the Education Team for the middle school confirmation program which may include organizing pre-lesson group activities, teaching, organizing events, and training/mentoring the teen guides.

• In coordination with Pastors, Council, staff, and congregational team leaders, integrate youth into the overall life of Emmanuel, and caring adults into the lives of youth by providing cross-generational opportunities and utilizing youth volunteers just as one would adults.

• Help connect college students with campus ministries and maintain connections with them.

• Be present at church each Sunday for the duration of the morning’s activities. Be aware of and participate when able in other activities at the church where youth typically are present.

• Publicize and promote activities and opportunities through the weekly worship folder, monthly Evangel newsletter, and other media, coordinating such efforts with the Director of Communications and other office staff, as appropriate.

• Stay current on youth ministry best practices by attending training and continuing education.

• Report to Pastors, Council, and Youth Team on activities and accomplishments of Emmanuel’s youth programs.

• Liaise with Youth leadership in the synod and greater ELCA to integrate Emmanuel’s youth program into other synod-wide and greater ELCA youth activities.

• Perform other duties as assigned.


• A bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience.

• Three or more years of experience in youth ministry (preferably within the Lutheran Church).

•  Demonstrates a core understanding of competencies for vocational development as outlined in the Leadership Competencies for Faith Formation by the ELCA Youth Ministry Network

• Commitment to following Christ with a record of active congregational worship participation.

• Passion and heart for young people; warm, welcoming personality.

• Effective interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and computer/social media skills.

• Commitment and proven ability to build relationships and work harmoniously, effectively, and confidentially with youth, adults, youth team, pastors, and other church staff members.

• Successful completion of criminal Background Check is required for this position.



How to apply :

Cover letter, resume and all inquiries must be submitted to

Resumes will be accepted and considered until the position is filled.

The complete job description, including salary and benefits information, is posted on Emmanuel's website:

Note that Emmanuel Lutheran Church is located in Vienna Virginia, not Washington DC:,-77.272857&z=16&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=US&mapclient=apiv3&cid=1733495605599924260

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