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Director of Youth Ministries


Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley, California is seeking a director of Youth Ministries. This is a part-time (10-15 hours per week) position.

The person selected will report to the senior pastor and/or associate pastor, and be accountable to the senior pastor and Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

Epworth United Methodist Church is a progressive, multi-cultural Reconciling Congregation that welcomes all people on their journey of faith regardless of age, physical condition, race, gender, sexual orientation, or class. We support each other in our ministries to one another, the community, and the world.

Primary Function

Supports objective of strengthening ministries with youth in the church and community through development and continuity of programs that are designed to meet the specific and diverse needs of this population, particularly in dimensions related to racial and ethnic identity and sexual orientation. Helps youth discover who they are and explore their beliefs, and creates ways for them to use their gifts, develop their potential, and serve in outreach to the community and the world. Encourages, communicates with, and provides program information to parents so that church and home are mutually reinforcing places for developing Christian discipleship in youth. Coordinates “Youth Ministry Framework.” Develops program content and enlists volunteer assistance to administer specific programs and activities.

Specific job responsibilities

Include youth education and faith development (7-10 hours/week); coordinating Youth Ministry Framework, including coordinating the planning, development, and implementation of youth programming for middle school and senior high school groups, including United Methodist confirmation classes (led by pastor and lay assistant); Our Whole Lives, (OWL); service projects (e.g. Sierra Service Project, UM camps); and combining activities when appropriate but ensuring a separate identity for each group. Utilize church volunteers to assist in chaperoning and hosting events. Provide worship to develop, explore, and deepen youths' personal faith and find opportunities to integrate youth into the main worship service. Ensure a welcoming, trusting, and respectful environment that encourages youth to voice their concerns and questions about adolescence, challenges, God, struggles, etc. Develop and work with Youth Council in accordance with church policies, Safe Sanctuary, and procedures and standards.

Administrative duties (3-4 hours/week): Attend staff meetings with pastors and church program staff. Provide liaison between youth ministries, church council, and congregation. Schedule work hours to meet service objectives. Oversee budget of youth programs, coordinate scholarship requests, and communicateg with finance and pastor to implement grant requests.

Congregant Service

Demonstrates a personal commitment to providing exceptional service; exhibits professionalism and strong service capabilities with all congregants, including the church community, church committees, pastors, and staff; demonstrates technical competency with required software programs; manages difficult situations; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.


Continually works to improve skills; manages competing demands; adapts to changes in the work environment; takes responsibility for own activities; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; develops own skills and encourages growth; solicits and applies feedback (internal and external); improves processes and services; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; is available to pastor and staff.

Multicultural Competence

Understands dimensions of differences in culture, as well as racial and ethnic background, and supports youth in gaining deeper understanding and appreciation for these differences. Sees difference as a gift from God.

Planning, Analysis and  Problem Solving

Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes information skillfully. Develops emerging ministries. Works well in individual or group situations. Prioritizes and plans work activities. Sets goals and objectives. Organizes or schedules own work tasks. Develops realistic action plans. Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent. Demonstrates attention to detail. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment: Supports and explains reasoning for decisions and includes appropriate people in decision-making process.


Keeps commitments. Commits to extended hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Undertakes self-development activities. Seeks increased responsibilities. Generates suggestions for improving work.

Oral and Written Communication

Speaks clearly and persuasively in varied situations. Listens and gets clarification. Responds well to questions. Demonstrates effective communication skills within group settings. Participates in meetings. Communicates changes effectively. Writes clearly and informatively.

The successful candidate fosters quality focus in others; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; and monitors own work to ensure quality.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Commitment: Ability to embrace and support United Methodist theology and the reconciling statement of Epworth UMC.
  • Education and/or Experience: High school diploma and four years of college and/or related work experience with youth, young adults, Christian education and theology.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret curricula, periodicals, and professional Christian Education journals. Ability to write reports, correspondence, and content for publications. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from others.
  • Management: Ability to oversee and be accountable for budget and calendaring in coordination with the overall ministries of the church.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in situations with limited standardization.
  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have some knowledge of Microsoft Word, desktop publishing software, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Excel. The individual must also possess an understanding of the Internet and how it might best be deployed as a ministry tool.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, consisting of background noise from immediate co-workers and other office-type work areas.

Contact: Brian Adkins

Address: 1953 Hopkins St Berkeley CA 94707

Phone: 510-524-2919




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