Youth and Children's Ministry
Director of Student Ministries
Weekly Attendance: 800
Location: Conroe, Texas
The Role: Director of Student Ministries
Meet First Methodist Conroe:
First Methodist Conroe was organized in 1870 as a home church. As the church grew, meetings were held in a one-room school. In 1880, the property was donated and money was raised for the first church building. With attendance continuing to grow, the congregation once again relocated to downtown Conroe and built new facilities in 1917. First Methodist Conroe remained a vital presence downtown until 2000 when the church dedicated its new facility ushering in a new and expanded ministry season of unprecedented growth.
Today, First Methodist Conroe continues to be a vibrant and growing congregation serving Conroe, TX. They are an inviting and welcoming church with strong, dedicated leadership and offer ministries for all ages including worship, life groups, hospitality, mission, and evangelism.
About the Director of Student Ministries:
The ideal candidate for the Director of Student Ministries position will ensure high-quality programming for Middle School and High School students that provides volunteer coordination, opportunities for parent engagement and supports the overall mission and vision of the church.
The Director of Student Ministry will be responsible for directing the spiritual formation of students to help them have an authentic faith in Jesus Christ that lasts a lifetime.
The Director of Student Ministries Will Be Responsible For:
- Attend staff and family ministry team meetings and keep the Supervising Pastor and Senior Pastor informed.
- Develop and maintain the budget for ministry programing and staffing. Monitors in coordination with the Executive Pastor and Supervising Pastor.
- Assure that volunteers are properly vetted to work with youth, per FMC’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.
- Work with Supervising Pastor and other family ministry team members in sharing vision, and setting goals and strategies, to grow the program spiritually and numerically.
- Follow-up with new students and help them get connected into the Student Ministry. Check-in on youth who have been absent from programming for consecutive weeks.
- Communicate with church staff, volunteers, parents, and students and in a timely manner regarding events and ministry details.
- Work with the Communications Team to design emails, graphics, and promotional materials for events and experiences.
- Plan, lead, and oversee a weekly Sunday School and Sunday Night program for students and Confirmation annually.
- Ensure all resources used in weekly programming for worship, large group time, and small group time are purchased, prepared, and coordinated with the current curriculum.
- Plan youth worship on Sunday nights in conjunction with the student worship team leader.
- Lead the large group teaching time on Sunday evenings ensuring messages communicate biblical truth in engaging ways.
- Ensure the student ministry environment visually reinforces the current theme of the curriculum.
- Foster a welcoming and respectful culture among all participants of the ministry.
- Ensure all safety protocols are being followed.
- Build relationships with students, parents, and volunteers.
- Coordinate with and guide other staff and volunteers to develop opportunities to engage youth in the broader FMC community.
- Help students and families celebrate spiritual milestones such as baptism, Confirmation, and graduation.
Developing Student Leaders:
- Help raise student leaders and give them opportunities to serve and develop their leadership skills.
- Encourage participation in ministries, leadership, and in the life of the church.
- Work with Family Pastor to onboard, train, and appreciate student ministry volunteers.
- Coordinate Sunday morning and Sunday evening volunteers.
- Utilize the weekly system of emails, small group discussion guides, social media plans, and app to help volunteers learn and prepare for the next meeting.
- Support and equip small group leaders to work with students through periodic training events, resources, and check-ins.
Partnering with Parents:
- Encourage and equip parents to have faith conversations in the home by providing parents with weekly resources available through our curriculum.
- Communicate with parents to help them stay connected to the ministry and help new parents be brought into the fabric of the ministry.
- Support work of Family Pastor in planning and implementing training and fellowship events for parents.
Service, Outreach, and Fellowship Events:
- Plan camps, trips, or retreats such as Big House, UM Army, District Camp, and Mid-Winter retreats.
- Empower teenagers to serve and experience hands-on ministry by providing age-appropriate service opportunities inside and outside the church.
- Engage and support students on their school campuses.
- Plan and implement creative outreach events for unchurched youth in the community.
- Foster an invitational culture where students are encouraged and incentivized to invite their friends to ministry programs and events.
- Help leaders and students build community through fun events and social outings.
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
- An undergraduate degree is preferred.
- At least three years of church ministry experience, preferably in Youth Ministry.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
- Displays a love for God and a passion for discipling students.
- Positive, energetic, and fun.
- Team player who works well with others.
- Innovative, self-starter, able to come up with new ideas to reach students and families.
- Seeks to build relationships with students and their families.
- Ability to coordinate and lead a large group of volunteers.
- Familiarity with Wesleyan theology and tradition as practiced at FMC.
- Embodies integrity and high moral and ethical standards in congruence with Christian teaching and FMC’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.
- Familiarity with technologies such as Word Processing, Powerpoint/Keynote, Social Media, Mail Chimp email software or equivalent, video editing and publishing tools (ex. iMovie), and basic graphic design skills.
- Good communicator (written and public speaking skills).
- Has good organizational skills and manages time wisely.
What it’s Like to Live in Conroe, Texas:
Conroe is a growing suburb located in the rolling hills north of Houston and has beautiful neighborhoods and lots of dining and shopping experiences. In 2020, it was named the fastest-growing city in the US with a growth rate of 8% more than 11 times the national average.
While Conroe is growing, the city has done a great job spacing out new development to maintain green spaces and minimal traffic. Lake Conroe, a large lake in the area, offers waterfront dining, water sports, and good fishing. Conroe is a 15-minute drive to the Woodlands, which boasts top-notch shopping, dining, nightlife, and golf.
Outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping, and hunting are readily available at the nearby National Forest and State Park. Houston lies 45 minutes to its south. Downtown Conroe offers a unique small-town feel with art, live music, and theater venues, as well as several yearly festivals.
Conroe has good public schools, low taxes, and many opportunities for children to pursue sports and other activities, which is why many young families are choosing to move to the area. Conroe values family, faith, and community and is a great place to raise a family.To Apply: APPLY HERE: https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/first-methodist-conroe-director-of-student-ministries Hannah@vanderbloemen.com