Director of Youth Ministry and Community Outreach

Director of Youth Ministry and Community Outreach


Sparta United Methodist Church- Sparta, NC

Job Summary

Sparta United Methodist Church is seeking a hard-working, creative, energetic individual with a passion for youth, community outreach, and discipleship to fill the full-time position of Director of Youth Ministries and Community Outreach.

SUMC is located in the center of Sparta, a beautiful mountain town, within walking distance of the county’s largest K-8 school and only High School. In the last three years, SUMC has built a thriving youth ministry that does not function as a youth group, but as a ministry with the goal of reaching teens who do not attend church and establishing relationships that ultimately lead to discipleship. Fusion’s program includes an after school program and a weekly Wednesday night event with games, food, and discussions about life and the Bible. This year we have made contact with over 100 teenagers in the community and regularly see many of them throughout the week. We would like the Fusion program to continue to grow and expand, adding more days to the after school program and increasing involvement in the local schools. In addition to directing the Fusion ministry, this position involves managing and creating sustainable outreach ministries through our new outreach building. This building includes a basketball gym, walking track, full commercial kitchen, and meeting rooms. Current outreach ministries include a weekly free meal to the community, volleyball program for senior citizens, “White Flag” shelter for cold nights, summer camps, and other events.

The ideal candidate should be comfortable connecting with people of all ages, and be willing to step in when something needs to get done. An ability to work with people is essential, and a positive, joyful attitude is expected. Discipleship and humility are key to this position, and the candidate must be a person who is willing to train and equip others to do ministry while serving in a way that always points back to God. In addition to partnering with parents, training and equipping volunteers, and steering a Spirit-led youth program of mission, ministry, and outreach, this Director will join an enthusiastic staff and volunteer team committed to building God’s Kingdom in our community.

Director of Youth Ministries and Community Outreach will report to the Senior Pastor and will work alongside all other staff to cultivate and sustain deeper relationships with the local schools, outreach organizations, and the ministry of the local church.

Responsibilities and Duties
This position seeks a candidate with a great deal of ingenuity, creativity, and spiritual depth. The Director of Youth Ministries and Community Outreach primary responsibilities would be related to growing and maintaining the Fusion Youth Ministry:

• 2-3 days per week (currently)after School program open to all local high schoolers
• Weekly youth gathering with games, fellowship, and Bible-based conversations
• Contact work with teens and their families in the community throughout the week Additional responsibilities include... • Maintain and manage the calendar for the outreach center
• Maintain clear lines of communication between all youth, parents, volunteers, staff, and SUMC congregation
• Create sustainable and creative ways to reach out to our community with the love of Christ.
• Plan and implement retreats, events, and local outreach endeavors
• Plan and implement all summer trips and events • Work closely with Children’s ministry director to plan and coordinate outreach

Desired Traits
• Must be willing to work in all other areas of the church and allow other staff to work alongside you in the design and implementation of programs • Program’s vision must be one that ties in the church’s overall mission
• Already living a life with well-developed spiritual disciplines and demonstrates a willingness to lead others in discipleship.

• Applicants must have 4-year undergraduate degree
• At least 3-5 years of part time or full time work experience in related ministries

Competitive compensation negotiable upon evaluation of experience and qualifications

* Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to

Contact: Ben Gatton

Address: 190 North Main Street P.O. Box 697 Sparta NC 28675

Phone: 336-372-4441


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