A worshipping congregation of 800 is seeking a team-oriented and engaging full-time Youth Ministry Associate to join our youth ministry staff team to serve a well-established United Methodist church in Franklin, TN. This person will be responsible for providing leadership for all aspects of middle school ministry to youth in grades 7-8, building relationships with students and their families and developing and leading programs and events.

Qualifications for this position include a joyful excitement for ministering with middle school youth, excellent communication skills, and a working knowledge of United Methodist theology. Interested candidates should have a high school diploma or GED. Some college and 1-3 years of middle school youth ministry experience is preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist in developing and executing the vision and goals of the middle school ministry.
• Collaboratively plan and execute Wednesday night and Sunday morning programs.
• Coordinate small groups for middle school aged youth.
• Plan and execute middle school specific activities, events, and trips.
• Execute an effective strategy for welcoming rising 7th graders and their parents into the youth ministry.
• Assist Director of Youth Ministries with combined and high school events and trips as needed.
• Maintain and manage an annual budget.
• Engage regularly (5 hours per week minimum) with youth and families outside scheduled programming following Safe Sanctuary guidelines.
• Builds relationships with leaders in local schools and partners with local middle and high schools to serve in appropriate ways.
• Coordinates communication to parents, youth, and volunteers about upcoming ministry opportunities through the website, weekly newsletter, email, and social media.
• Connects with and invites MIA (Missing and Inactive) youth to engage with youth group.
• Actively pursues avenues to connect middle school students with the FFUMC congregation.
• Provides a welcoming atmosphere for youth and adult leaders.
• Helps recruit and secure leaders for all aspects of ministry.
• Assists with other duties as assigned by the Director of Youth Ministries.

• Models being a disciple of Jesus through actions, words, and lifestyle.
• Embraces a collaborative approach and works well in a team environment.
• Demonstrates excellent communication skills.
• Enjoys the challenge of meeting new people and connecting with them.
• Makes young people feel comfortable and valued.
• Ability to organize a complex ministry calendar alongside their personal schedule.
• Possesses a joyful excitement for youth and their families, the church, and the Word of God.
• A working knowledge of United Methodist theology and principles.
• Proficient in Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office.

All inquiries and resumes can be sent to Hank Hilliard @

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