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- has an average worship attendance of 2.76 thousand
Job at St. Luke's United Methodist Church
St. Luke's UMC is seeking a passionate leader who understands what it means to make God real for students by connecting faith to the questions they're asking in the most formative years of our lives.
At St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, we are an open community of Christians helping people
find and give hope through Jesus Christ. We are committed to our community on the northside
of Indianapolis and have seen our reach grow regionally and beyond through our digital
presence. With a membership of over 6,000 we are the largest United Methodist Church (UMC)
in Indiana and one of the largest in the U.S.
People are attracted to St. Luke’s for our values: Our commitment to live the mission of the
UMC, “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” and living the
Christian faith in a way that is open to everyone - regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, nationality, disability, or socioeconomic background. As a church we are
working to ensure that our congregation and its leadership represent the diversity of the
community in which we are located. We are dedicated to including women, people of color, and
LGBTQIA+ as staff and in positions of leadership and decision making. We invite you to join us.
The Director of Student Ministries gets to make God real for students by connecting faith to the
questions we’re asking in the most formative years of our lives. Our ministry spans 5
th grade and is extended by our support of college students while they are away. We have a
vision for growth, launching a second campus 6 months ago and believing that opportunities
exist for us with the upcoming divide in the UMC (we’ll stay UMC – no question), and for online
ministry. In May of 2023, we invited Ministry Architects to assess our Student Ministry and
provide recommendations on areas of focus for our team and our next leader. We seek a
collaborative leader with experience casting vision to students and parents, a willingness to
experiment and evaluate strategies, and a track-record of empowering teens and adults to live
their faith with conviction and grace.
In 2-3 years, success for this person/ministry area would look like:
● A clear vision for student ministry that integrates with our emerging multi-site model and discipleship process. This communicates our why and how to families (and their
role in faith formation) and provides clarity for future staffing and facility needs.
● Growth in the number of students engaged. We’ve averaging 104 students per week and believe that number should be over 150 and approaching 175. (Per Ministry
● Continuing the strong engagement from small group leaders and volunteers so that every student has another adult investing in their life.
● Developing a stronger culture of service, where teens can use their gifts in worship and other areas of ministry throughout our church and community.
● Greater parent engagement, where their growth in faith fuels that of their families.
● Own the vision for our student ministry. Work collaboratively with our Student Ministry Council to shape programing that generates an eagerness for teens to
a. Develop a vision for the next 3-5 years that incorporates our Ministry
Architect’s Assessment, our Student Ministry Council, and feedback we’ve
gathered from our volunteers, parents, and families. We expect that this
vision results in growth.
b. Ensure we are creating a “Sticky Faith” environment that cultivates faith in our
students and that honors our values of diversity, inclusion, and openness.
c. Continue the strong engagement and retention of small group leaders and
d. Have in your vision students and families not engaged in student ministry and
how we might serve them.
● Organize the work of the student ministry team, providing the direction,
structure, and oversight necessary to create a highly effective team that
achieves our goals.
a. Assure team ownership of the vision, strategies, and outcomes of our
programming and help each team member see how their gifts and
perspective contribute to our success.
b. Manage the day-to-day “business” of the youth department—budget,
communications, facilities, fundraisers, scholarship funds, etc.
c. Build effective volunteer leadership teams, including Student Leadership
d. Supervise direct reports: Associate Director of Youth Ministry (Full-Time),
Youth Ministries Administrative Assistant (Half-Time), and Volunteer Staff
(Varies). Provide direction to dotted line reports: Special Needs Coordinator and Midtown Campus Staff.
e. Lead our Summer Internship Program (generally 1-2 students).
● Build a culture of collaboration to foster wholistic discipleship for students and families. Create intentional bridges in and out of student ministry, connect
students to worship and serving opportunities, and help other ministries meet
the needs of parents and families for connection, growth in faith, and service.
a. Work with the Pastor of Discipleship and colleagues (Director of Kids,
Director of Outreach & Justice, etc.) to align our milestones of faith and
program offerings with our discipleship process. This will create new
opportunities for adults to develop their own faith and for families to serve
b. Work with the Director of Kids’ Ministry to design seamless transitions for kids
from one ministry to another (currently 4
th grade) and to have older
students serve with our kids’ programming.
c. Identify and develop the gifts and talents of our students and work to deploy
them within the broader context of St. Luke’s congregation and ministry
d. Respond compassionately to students, families, and adult leaders;
intentionally seek to build relationships with others, provide care, pray with
and for students, creatively meet students where they are, and remain
accessible and approachable by students.
● Ensure compliance with our Safe Sanctuaries program to keep students and volunteers safe.
● Model a Christ-filled life, maintaining appropriate boundaries with work and
others, caring for self, and growing in faith and in profession.
● Attend Worship, weekly Staff Chapel, Department Meetings, and be an active team member and participant in the life of St. Luke’s UMC.
Demonstrate passion about the Christian faith, actively seek to grow in personal
relationship with God, and be committed to the mission and purpose of St. Luke’s.
● College Degree and at least 3-5 years of experience leading a Youth Ministry. ● Experience in leading change and growth in organizations. ● Experience in managing staff and volunteer teams. ● The ability to communicate faith in specific and age-appropriate ways. ● Excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills. ● Effective decision-making skills. ● A willingness to have fun! ● Scheduling flexibility required. (Sunday is a normal workday, flexibility is needed for trips, retreats, and other activities.)
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of
activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties,
responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
St. Luke’s has partnered with Ministry Architects on the search for our next Director of Student
Ministries. If you have interest in this position, please contact Renée Wilson at
Ministry Architects will begin reviewing applications immediately. Our prayerful hope is to have a
new director in place as we start the fall semester.
St. Luke's UMC is one of the largest congregations in the United Methodist denomination. With two different campuses and over 2,000 worshippers each week, this welcoming, open, and inclusive congregation is all about loving like Jesus. As a church, they are working to ensure that the congregation and its leadership represent the diversity of the community in which they are located. They are dedicated to including women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ as staff and in positions of leadership and decision making.