Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, NC is seeking a Director of Student Ministries. With the help of God, the Director of Student Ministries will be actively involved in the lives of the young people of our congregation ages 9-18. The purpose of this position is to grow healthy relationships with our young people through programs, retreats, and personal invitation.
The division of time is estimated as follows:
40% High School Ministries
30% Middle School Ministries
20% Grades 3-5
While the division of time and energy for each group are estimates, they suggest the focus is primarily on Middle and High School students. This is a full time position.
Augsburg is a vibrant and active faith community in downtown Winston Salem. It is a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the North Carolina Synod. With 850 members, Augsburg is a medium-to-large church with two pastors, a full time Cantor (music director) and a full-time Vicar (student pastor), and a vacancy for a Director of Student Ministries. Augsburg is blessed with financial stability, highly capable lay-leadership, and a fully functioning youth ministry program complete with youth committee and youth advisors.
The Director of Student Ministries is an integral part of what we do at Augsburg. Under the guidance of the Associate Pastor, and with support from the Senior Pastor and the Church Council, s/he will be a contributor to the program staff and will integrate her/his programming with the mutual ministry of the Pastors, the Cantor and the Vicar.
A Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred. Church work in youth ministry can be substituted for part of the education requirement. Candidates for this position must have a willingness to teach and practice Lutheran theology and piety. A willingness to engage young people using technology is also a must.
Other Skills and Abilities
The ideal candidate will possess many of these qualities:
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to today’s youth culture;
The ability to work efficiently and effectively in team situations;
A Masters of Divinity degree, and/or theological training;
Musical abilities, including guitar;
A Lutheran background;
Is organized, easygoing, and approachable;
Has a sense of humor.
Primary duties and responsibilities include:
Facilitate High School and Middle School youth groups;
Build and Maintain relationships with students both inside and outside of church;
Schedule, plan, and lead mission trips, youth trips, trips to Lutheridge/ Lutherock and National Youth Gatherings;
Participate on the youth committee, church council, and mutual ministry committee;
Organize and lead advisors and volunteers of the church;
Prepare and manage Sunday School curriculum for Middle and High School students;
Plan and facilitate Vacation Bible School, assist in teaching confirmation classes, and confirmation banquet;
Network with other youth workers in the community.
1) Pastoral Staff with experience and commitment to student ministry;
2) An outstanding facility, including dedicated High School and Middle School youth rooms, a family life center with a stage, and ample meeting space;
3) A Mutual Ministry Committee, dedicated to serving the pastors and staff, plus a youth committee and youth advisors;
4) The program has financial stability that includes little or no fundraising.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $40,000-$45,000, depending on the qualifications of the candidate. This position also covers health insurance for the employee. The church will also pay for a smart phone for the employee.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please send a letter of introduction and resume to Personnel@augsburglutheran-ws.org .
Be sure to include:
Passions within student ministry;
Knowledge and use of computers and digital media;
Contact information, including how best to contact you.