Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Full Time – $35,000 to $41,500 Depending on Qualifications

Benefits:  Paid vacation and sick time, 14 paid yearly holiday days, opportunity to contribute to pension, professional development, flexible hours, positive working environment


Canyon Lake is an inclusive, 

service-oriented & Spirit-filled congregation.

We seek to draw people into a life-giving relationship 

with God as made known through Jesus.  

We value thoughtfulness and are unafraid to ask questions.

We seek to love God and neighbor above all else.  


We are nestled in the foothills of the beautiful, sacred Black Hills, 

minutes from hiking, backpacking, biking, skiing, 

mountain biking, boating, kayaking, fishing, and hunting.

Our natural environment is breathtaking;

 our working environment is generous, fun, and collaborative.



Task & Purpose:

Youth Ministry:

To build relationships with youth inside and outside of Canyon Lake UMC, to lead youth in study, fellowship, worship, and service, and to help them develop and grow a strong relationship with God, with other youth, with caring and trusted adults, and with the church.

Young Adult Ministry:

To build relationships with young adults from Canyon Lake UMC and from area colleges & universities, to lead them in fellowship and service, and to help them develop and grow a strong relationship with God, with other young adults, and with the church.


  1. A deep love for God, and the call to help others develop a love for & relationship with God
  2. A love for youth & young adults, and the desire and ability to connect with them and lead them
  3. An ability to work cooperatively with the teaching pastor, lead pastor, other church staff, and church members & friends
  4. Spiritually and emotionally mature, and actively seeking to grow through study, prayer, and regular worship attendance
  5. Ability to organize and lead youth and adults in carrying out a planned program
  6. Seminary/Theological degree (obtained or pursuing) preferred, with consideration for equivalent Youth/YA ministry training & experience

To Whom Responsible:

Lead Pastor – and consultation with Teaching Pastor and the Staff Parish Relations Committee


  1. Conduct the Youth program including:
    1. Sunday School
    2. Wednesday Youth Fellowship
    3. Youth participation in worship leadership
    4. Annual mission/service trip and bi-annual retreats
    5. Participation in Conference youth activities including DakYouth, Winter Connection, Camp, & CCYM


  1. Conduct the Young Adult ministry including:
  2. Mentoring others into leadership
  3. Weekly study groups and occasional fellowship events
  4. Mission opportunities
  5. Annual mission/service trip and bi-annual retreats
  6. Fostering meaningful relationships with area campuses


  1. Commit to yearly leadership growth through continuing education
  2. Lead & work collaboratively with the Youth Leadership Team & Young Adult Leadership Team:
    1. to align the ministries with the mission and vision of Canyon Lake United Methodist Church
    2. to design programs that include worship, service, study, fellowship & fun
    3. to set goals for the programs and strategize for meeting those goals


  1. Encourage and provide for youth and young adults to take ownership in and leadership roles in all activities


  1. For youth ministry, to recruit adult volunteers, including parents of youth and other adults in the church; to share in leadership and to assist in carrying out activities


  1. Build relationships and regularly connect with both active youth and inactive

youth and their families, and active/inactive young adults


  1. Maintain office hours, attend weekly staff meetings, monthly staff retreats, and meet regularly with the Lead & Teaching Pastors


  1. Opportunity for preaching, if desired

To apply, send resume & cover letter :

DeAnn Eidem, Lead Pastor

Canyon Lake United Methodist Church



Organization name:
Canyon Lake United Methodist church

United Methodist Church


3500 Canyon Lake Drive, Rapid City, SD 57702


Date Posted:
February 2, 2022

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