Isle of Hope United Methodist Church (www.iohumc.com) 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.

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 mgarst@iohumc.com by
October 1st, 2017.

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