Director of Youth Ministries

Church Profile
Boise First United Methodist Church, the Cathedral of the Rockies, is located in downtown Boise, Idaho. We are an inclusive community of Christians, where All Means All, with diverse backgrounds committed to creating a safe worship space through a process of welcoming, engaging, and transforming with all who join us in discipleship and ministry. After ten years of leadership our co-directors are stepping out of their roles to focus more time on their family. We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity for someone who has a heart and passion for youth and our hope is to fill this position by this coming summer either before or shortly after our current leader’s transition.

Position Overview
The Director of Youth Ministry will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering an effective and comprehensive ministry for youth between grades 7-12, and to their families, consistent with the COTR mission statement. This person will work closely with and report directly to the Pastor of Family Life and Children’s Ministry. This person will also work closely with lay volunteers and staff to establish a vision for the youth ministry as well as build the infrastructure necessary for a sustainable model of youth-ministry, including a commitment to the position for at least a three to five-year term.

Position Responsibilities
Vision and Leadership
Provide leadership and work collaboratively with lay volunteers, Pastor of Family Life and Children’s Ministry, youth leaders, and other staff to establish a sustainable model of youth ministry

Contribute to and collaborate with the broader church for integrated, meaningful, and intentional ways to connect the youth of COTR to the church, reminding the COTR congregation of its responsibility of spiritually forming youth

Build and train teams of adult volunteers to lead programming for youth, foster long term engagement between youth and adults. Maintain meaningful, encouraging relationships with volunteers where volunteers feel equipped and valued.

Facilitate a vision for the youth ministry working with the ministry staff and key volunteers to create a mission, and core values for the youth ministry, as well as create three-year goals in alignment with the mission, vision, and values of the broader church

Develop personal relationships with youth by creating a welcoming, fun, and inclusive culture, being a friendly and positive role model, and providing spiritual counseling as needed; also develop close ties with parents to support youth faith formation

Identify, develop, and disciple youth leaders, creating opportunities for youth to be involved in leadership roles in COTR

Track and follow up with visitors to all youth programs

Foster relationships with adults at COTR to develop a committed network of volunteers for the youth ministry

Represent COTR in the wider Christian and local community by serving on appropriate committees and community organizations
Oversee the development, planning, and implementation of comprehensive formation of youth including (but not limited to) weekly middle and high school youth group meetings, formation classes on Sunday mornings, youth Confirmation classes, small groups, and Bible study.

Initiate, implement and oversee religious curriculum development in partnership with the Pastor of Family Life and Children’s Ministry, consistent with the United Methodist Church and COTR, to meet the particular needs of youth and their families

Plan and coordinate trips and retreats, and participate in and encourage involvement in UMC youth activities and with other churches and organizations with an emphasis on community involvement

Communicate program information to youth, parents, and the church at large through a variety of media in a timely fashion, including social media, website, newsletter, calendar, etc.

Ensure that all church guidelines and policies are followed including safe sanctuary and transportation

Work with ministry leaders and staff members collaboratively to support the mission of the COTR, sharing calendaring events when possible, coordinating ministry activities. Attending all staff meetings and ministry team meetings.

In consultation with Director of Accounting create, maintain, and steward the financial resources for youth ministry and prepare an annual budget for recommendation

Ensure records for all youth and volunteers are up to date and attendance is tracked for all events in church software

Deeply rooted in Christ and growing spirituality through personal habits and disciplines
Passionate about middle and high school students and their journeys of faith
Ability to communicate with persons of all levels of maturity and status
Excellent verbal and written communication that inspire others to participate in the work of the youth ministry
Able to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment, as well as independently, exhibiting flexibility when needed
Ability to delegate and empower staff, students and adult volunteers
Strong organizational, administrative and leadership skills

Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree in ministry, religion, or another related field required
Advanced degree or youth ministry training/certification preferred
Five to seven years of experience in youth ministry or Christian education preferred
Three to five years of experience in a medium or large church setting with ability to navigate dynamics of a large organizational structure preferred
Understanding and knowledge of Wesleyan theology and United Methodist faith traditions
Experience recruiting, training, coordinating, and empowering volunteers

This position is exempt, require approximately 40 hours per week including nights, weekends, and multi-day summer trips. The Director must hold a valid driver’s license and own a vehicle with insurance and a safe driving record. Employment at COTR requires a background check, completion of Safe Sanctuary training and completion of all application forms, onboarding process with HR and Executive Pastor.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of the individual and other duties can and will be assigned as needed.

At Boise First United Methodist Church, the Cathedral of the Rockies, we value all employees and job candidates as unique individuals, and we welcome the variety of experiences they bring to our company. As such, we have a strict non-discrimination policy. We believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, native language, religion, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Salary is commensurate on educational and practical experiences and range is $42,000-$52,000. Health benefits, retirement benefits, a generous vacation and sick leave policy as well as many other fringe benefits are included in the compensation package. As well as working with an amazing staff, a truly welcoming congregation and a beautiful community. We invite you to pray about joining our team and submitting your cover letter and resume to Executive Pastor, Rev. Todd Mills, at


Organization name:
Boise First United Methodist Church The Cathedral of the Rockies

United Methodist Church


717 N. 11th St Boise, Idaho 83702


Date Posted:
March 13, 2022

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