Youth Ministry Leader

Immanuel Lutheran Church
Job Type
Youth/Student Pastor
Grand Ledge, Michigan
Salary Details
full-time $41,000
Contract Type
Hours per Week
Closing Date
*Primary leader of programs/opportunities directed toward Jr. High to High School Youth. Develop & facilitate a consistent outreach ministry to Immanuel’s graduates.

Job Description

Youth Ministry Leader

In addition to a resume, in just a few paragraphs, could you please answer the following questions. (Please refer to attached Job Description below as needed.)

1. Using your wildest dreams for this position, what kind of program would you build?

2. If you were creating this program from the ground up, how would you measure success after three years?

3. What does DEI, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion mean to you, and how do you promote this in your daily living?

Thank You.

Immanuel Lutheran Team


Job Description

Vision for this position:

A ministry that is leading specifically youth into a lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ and growing as disciples.
A ministry that creates safe relationships, a fun atmosphere, and a deeper connection with Jesus Christ.
A ministry that supports the overall mission of Immanuel Lutheran Church, “Connecting Lives to Christ”

A ministry that engages parents, children and adult volunteers, equipping them for their part of Youth Ministry.
A ministry that sees other ministries in the community as opportunities for cooperation and outreach, not as competition.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

1. *Primary leader of programs/opportunities directed toward Jr. High to High School Youth. Develop & facilitate a consistent outreach ministry to Immanuel’s graduates. Partnering with volunteers and Senior Pastor to increase participation in Youth Ministry. *Prioritizing time as defined by Immanuel to also help develop K thru 5th grade programs.  Effectively communicate these programs to the congregation.

2. Provide leadership and assistance to Christian Ed Director in developing, evaluating and recommending curriculum, and obtaining materials.

3.  Oversee and assist in recruiting of volunteers for children’s, youth, and adult ministries such as V.B.S.

4.  Provide guidance and assistance to programs including: Sunday School, confirmation class, adult Sunday School, and intergenerational programs.

5. *Facilitates regular youth meetings for Jr. High and High School students.

6. *Plan and promote youth events such as camps, retreats, trips, mission trips, outreach, etc. working in coordination with volunteers.

7. Build relationships with other youth ministry leaders in our area in order to share knowledge and resources and to reach out further.

8.  Integrate the youth ministry with the larger church body.

9.  Be a part of the church staff team attending staff meetings and encouraging and supporting the overall mission of the church.

10.  Work with lead pastor and other teams as appropriate to fulfill the overall vision of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

*Immanuel would identify percentage of Youth Leader’s time that would be utilized in these primary tasks.



Passionately in love with Jesus.
Be a baptized Christian
Has studied the Bible and can relate faith to everyday life.
Ability to have fun, be serious, and maintain order in a group setting.
Ability to relate to kids, youth, and adults and the stamina to keep up with them.
Ability to teach. Good public speaking skills.
Good organizational skills. Self-motivated.
Ability to build a team, and take it in a unified direction.
Coachable. Life-long learner.
Ability to communicate their faith and love for Christ.
Willing to become familiar with and follow/teach by the teachings of the Lutheran Church. (ELCA)
Personable and outgoing with an ability to relate well to people and invite them into the ministries for which they are gifted.
Have some creative abilities, casting the big picture vision for children and families.
Preference may be given to a candidate with Christian ministry experience.
College degree preferred, Strong musical and drama abilities desired. Need to have computer and social media skills.
Candidates may or may not be ordained or pursuing ordination in the ELCA.



1. The Youth Leader shall be supervised by the Support Team, Council and Senior Pastor.

2. Goals and programs for the year will be developed with the Pastor, and appropriate teams and leaders.

3. Goals and programs will be shared and discussed with appropriate ministry team and reviewed by the Senior Pastor & Council before implementation.



Living wage with benefits commensurate with experience and education.

This position is being funded through a dedicated gift to support this specific mission for a minimum of three years. The congregation and leadership will have the opportunity to consider financially supporting the continued mission work beyond the third year. 


*All successful candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check.

Organization Description

Medium sized ELCA Lutheran Church


Immanuel Lutheran Church
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