Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Harbor United Methodist Church in Wilmington, North Carolina is seeking a full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministries.  The Director of Youth and Family Ministries must have a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ; live a Christian lifestyle through devotional practices, commitment to prayer and spiritual growth; and be a part of Harbor through prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. The Director will be responsible for the discipleship of youth Grades 6-12 through planning, coordinating, and implementing programming for two age groups (Middle School/High School) for a large, growing congregation while working within the United Methodist tradition.  Joined by a team of supportive stakeholders, the Director is hoped to lead with enthusiasm, consistency, and clear direction. This position reports to the Pastor.

Salary is $30k to $50k based on qualifications.


As a servant of Jesus Christ, called by God to serve the community of faith that is Harbor United Methodist Church (HUMC) I will:

  • faithfully pray for the members of the staff and the church;
  • accept the distinct spiritual gifts of each staff member and their God-given personalities;
  • maintain confidentiality and discourage any discussion that does not build up, affirm or encourage others;
  • be a generous receiver and giver of forgiveness;
  • be willing to both give and receive praise and constructive criticism;
  • respect the authority of those to whom I am responsible;
  • live by a high standard of personal and professional work ethic, striving always for excellence in ministry;
  • strive for a healthy balance between my ministry responsibilities and my personal life;
  • commit time to grow spiritually as an individual and as a staff member and encourage others in their walk with Christ;
  • listen to other members of the staff, respect their opinions, and always strive to keep the lines of communication open.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Professional experience working with church youth desired
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities preferable in a Youth Leader / Ministry
  • Proven team player who can work well with parents, adults, staff, and the congregation
  • Familiarity and Adherence with United Methodist doctrine
  • Possesses an understanding of the needs of and a desire to work with both Middle and High School age groups and their families.
  • Knowledge of current and cutting-edge resources, theory, best practices, and other “tools of the trade” relevant to youth and family


  1. Be committed to the vision, mission, and strategy of Harbor UMC
  2. Model a life of Christian discipleship through personal lifestyle and personal spiritual growth

Youth Ministry

  1. Lead all facets of the Youth Program which includes but is not limited to Sunday School, Bible Study, Youth Group, and Confirmation Class.
  2. Develop or implement curriculum for use in all programming that follows the United Methodist doctrine / tradition
  3. Realize growth in the Youth Group in both grace and number based on attendance records and participation in discipleship opportunities
  4. Always follow United Methodist Safe Sanctuaries policy
  5. Plan annual retreat and mission opportunities for the youth to include budgeting, fundraising, registration, etc.
  6. Recruit, train, and cultivate adults to be co-youth ministers
  7. Hold meetings and communicate with Youth parents on a regular basis and additionally as needed
  8. Coordinate and lead annual Confirmation process.
  9. Build a plan to support the Director of children’s ministries to have a cohesive transition for children into the youth program.

Family Ministry,

  1. Build relationships with both HUMC and non HUMC children, youth, and families by contacting them regularly at home, at school events, at church, etc.
  2. Foster a positive example of interpersonal relationships, family life, moral and ethical character as well as be a mentor and teacher
  3. Develop events, programs and gatherings to which participants can bring friends who maybe seeking a church family
  4. Be committed to a long-term development of family ministry with enthusiasm and dedication to working directly with people of all ages


  1. Communicate to families, youth, volunteers, staff, and the congregation to inform all about current and upcoming Youth and Family programs through the most effective channels
  2. Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly Council and Education Committee meetings
  3. Track all ministry expenses and work within the Youth Ministry Budget
  4. Collaborate and interact with other United Methodists through participation in District and Conference Youth events
  5. Attend at least 1 worship service weekly and assist as needed
  6. Perform other tasks and responsibilities as assigned

For additional details, please check out the church’s website . Qualified candidates should send their resume along with a cover letter to .


Organization name:
Harbor United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church


4853 Masonboro Loop Rd, Wilmington, NC 28409


Date Posted:
May 31, 2020

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