Director of youth ministry needed at Woodlawn UMC


Woodlawn United Methodist Church, located in Derby, Kansas, a part of the Wichita metro area, is seeking a director of youth ministries . Woodlawn's youth ministry facilities were built specifically for youth ministry just three years ago. The director for youth ministries will recruit and train a team of volunteers, then motivate, coach and support that team to lead and teach middle school and high school youth in multiple settings. 

A successful individual must have the following attributes:

  • Will possess high integrity and trustworthiness and a committed Christian faith
  • Will relate with individuals from diverse backgrounds including middle and high school age students, their parents and adult volunteers 
  • Will manage time and develop an effective schedule to complete all work assigned
  • Will apply innovation and creativity to the practice of ministry 
  • Will determine strategies to increase participation in the church’s youth ministries 
A work week typically includes:
  • Develop energetic, age appropriate youth meetings that deepen the students’ spiritual life
  • Recruit and train team of volunteers to lead and teach youth in multiple settings
  • Motivate, coach, and support team of volunteers 
  • Develop and oversee program-related events (i.e., field trips, work trips, camps, etc.)
  • Collaborate with other program staff to align ministry with vision, mission and goals of the church
  • Develop policies and procedures as they relate to ministry area 
  • Foster and facilitate partnership relationships with other organizations, schools and their personnel
  • Ensure accurate and complete student and alumni database records 
  • Track spending to adhere to annual budget 
Basic Qualifications:
  • Two-plus years' work experience in a ministry setting with youth
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends regularly
  • Successful background check and “Safe Gatherings” certification (obtained upon hire) 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Prior experience in a similar position in a Christian congregation
  • Musical background and ability to play a musical instrument or lead a worship band is a plus
  • College-level classes completed in youth development, youth ministry or a related field

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. 

Send resume to or Rev. Lance Carrithers, Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby, KS  67037.