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Job at Isle of Hope United Methodist Church

Director of Student Ministries

Job Description

Isle of Hope United Methodist Church ( in Savannah, Georgia, is accepting applications for an experienced Director to lead our Student Ministries. Isle of Hope is a welcoming community located on a beautiful island only 20 minutes away from historic downtown. Isle of Hope UMC is a mission-oriented 2800 member church offering both traditional and modern worship services, with a weekly participation of 40-50 students. This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative team dedicated to the spiritual growth of our students and families. Visit for the full job description.


Job Title:Director of Student Ministries

Reports To:Senior Pastor

Purpose: To lead, coordinate, and supervise a dynamic and inclusive Student Ministry by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach that is guided by our mission statement: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Roles and Responsibilities:
The Director of Student Ministries has the responsibility of leading the Student Ministries at Isle of Hope UMC, including all related staff and volunteers. The Director of Student Ministries leads and/or supervises all programming of education, discipleship, fellowship and outreach for students 6th grade through college.

Areas of Responsibility: • Lead and foster a growing, dynamic, and inclusive student ministry for Middle School and High School students that builds relationships with Christ • Foster relationships with parents in order to build Christ centered relationships with students • Recruit, train, encourage, and support student leadership teams, enabling all to work together to plan and implement student ministry • Supervise the Associate Director of Student Ministries and all of his/her duties • Coordinate and provide spiritual growth opportunities for students through worship, Bible studies, and small groups • Develop programming to support partnerships with parents of students • Oversee year-round Sunday school for grades 6-12, including teacher recruitment, ordering curriculum and resource materials, and being available on Sunday mornings to help as needed • Collaborate with pastoral staff on the Confirmation process • Plan and provide leadership for special events that occur throughout the year: mission experiences, retreats, graduation recognition, fall/summer kickoffs, etc. • Prepare and maintain the Student Ministries portion of the church budget • Lead and oversee student communications staff and strategies, such as website, social media, text alerts, mail, etc. • Attend weekly staff meetings, Church Council meetings, and Safe Sanctuaries Committee meetings • Ensure compliance with all requirements of the Safe Sanctuaries Policy • Continually evaluate the effectiveness of all student ministry areas • Engage in professional development and training opportunities to support the functions of Student Ministries • Other duties as assigned by pastoral staff

Qualifications for Successful Candidates:
Education: Bachelor's degree required, appropriate theological studies preferred
Five years of relevant experience in delivering a successful Student Ministry program expected
Demonstrated experience in building and leading teams
Excellent organizational and verbal/written communication skills
Embrace United Methodist/Wesleyan doctrine

• Full Time Salary commensurate with experience and education • Employee medical insurance (church currently pays 85% of premium) • Paid insurance including AD&D, short and long term disability, and life • Paid time off for holidays, vacation, sick leave, and personal business • Retirement plan, with church match up to 6% of contribution once eligible • Professional education development opportunities Please submit a cover letter and resume to the Youth Search Committee at [email protected] by October 1st, 2017.

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Isle of Hope United Methodist Church

Isle of Hope United Methodist Church was organized December 18, 1851 on the mainland near the intersection of Skidaway and Bethesda Road, but was later moved to the Island. The site on Parkersburg Road was a gift of Dr. Stephen Dupon by deed dated June 29, 1859. The edifice was constructed from funds contributed by residents of the Island and the citizens of Savannah. The straight-back pine pews are the original pews in the church at its construction.

During the War Between the States, the Church was used as a hospital, ministering to the injured soldiers. Among those were 33 young volunteers from Effingham County who died and were buried in the Church yard. A contingent of Sherman’s Army used the Church as a camp during his occupancy of Savannah and the original bell was melted to make cannon balls.

For 90 years the Church was a “Circuit” and was served by a part-time pastor, who served various churches. During this time horses and buggies were tethered in the church yard while services were held. With the development of the Island in 1950 a full-time pastor was appointed. The Sanctuary was moved to its present location beside the road in 1957. The present wall lamps were installed at that time and the building was painted.

In 1983 a major expansion of the sanctuary was initiated. The planned expansion provided a vestibule, new front porch, hallway between the Sanctuary and the Cramer Building in the rear, 24’ extension of the rear Sanctuary wall to allow for the addition of 9 pews and a new copper roof. During the construction, all furnishings including the original pews, chancel rail, lamps and furniture were removed and stored. The expansion was nearly complete when on February 22, 1984 the structure burned due to an electrical fire despite the heroic efforts of the Isle of Hope and Southside Fire Departments. Plans for rebuilding began immediately and contributions poured in from all over the state. The present structure was dedicated, free from debt by Bishop L. Fitzgerald on February 10, 1985. In 1998, two transepts were added, increasing the seating capacity by 200. The Sanctuary was also refurbished with new paint, carpeting and the installation of a new Rodgers organ. On April 2, 2000, the renovation was dedicated free from debt by Bishop Richard C. Looney.

Isle of Hope United Methodist Church continues to be a symbol of beauty and inspiration not only for those in the congregation but for the entire community. Throughout our past and into the future, Jesus is, always has been, and always will be our Isle of Hope in a world of hopelessness.