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Position:                      Minister for Youth and Serving Ministries
Reports to:                  Deerfield Site Pastor    
Full-Time Position:      35-40 Hours per week
Salary:                         $37,000-40,000

Kingswood Church Snapshot
Denomination: United Methodist
Weekly Attendance: 250
Location: Multi-site - Buffalo Grove, IL and Deerfield, IL
The Role: Youth and Serving (Missions) Minister
Meet Kingswood United Methodist Church: Kingswood United Methodist Church is one church in two locations. Our main campus is in Buffalo Grove, IL, and our new second campus is in Deerfield, IL. Our sites are located in two very diverse and vibrant suburbs of Chicago, offering amazing opportunities and excellent schools. We are close to all of the amazing offerings of a large city in Chicago. Our mission at Kingswood Church is to Love God, Serve Others, and Build Sacred Community as followers of Jesus. Everything we do is centered on how we love God, offering many different ways to serve others and always building sacred community.

Kingswood United Methodist Church is a Reconciling Congregation. We seek to welcome all people. Our welcoming statement is, "Following Jesus Christ's example of loving God and serving others, we believe all people are created in the image of God and affirm their inherent sacred worth and dignity. Therefore, we celebrate and welcome into the sacred community and ministry of Kingswood all people regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, family configuration, faith background, socioeconomic status, or physical and mental abilities."

An ideal candidate for the youth and serving minister position is someone committed to their faith journey with Jesus, which gives them a passion for ministering to youth and walking alongside them on their faith journey. This person should be someone who can work to grow the youth ministry both at the Buffalo Grove and Deerfield campus. It is someone creative, innovative, and can adapt and be flexible to the ever-changing landscape of the Church and especially youth ministry. It is crucial that this person is inclusive to all people and always looks to show welcome hospitality. It is someone committed to serving others through mission trips, service events in the local community, and other service opportunities to encounter and engage with God locally and globally.

Job Summary: To provide leadership and direction for the Kingswood youth ministries and Christian faith formation for youth and their families. To supervise and coordinate an all-youth (6th-12th grade) ministry strategy, including the two-year confirmation plan. To coordinate and resource all serving ministries (i.e. Missions Team, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop, Social Justice/Diversity Team, PADS Homeless Shelter, Meal on Wheels, Feed MyStarving Children, Care Packages, and Medical Lending Closet).
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate and facilitate all ministries with youth including education, Sunday School, youth Bible study, regular youth group meetings, worship/spiritual formation, and youth mission/serving opportunities.
  • Design, implement, coordinate, teach and lead a two-year confirmation program for 7th and 8th-grade youth, including the worship service design for Confirmation Sunday.
  • Plan, coordinate, and attend youth mission events and trips, including the yearly summer mission trip.
  • Coordinate and facilitate ministries with parents and families of youth.
  • Assist Minister for Children with coordinating Club 45 (the 4th and 5th-grade ministry) as a conduit for youth program growth.
  • Attend youth extracurricular activities.
  • Staff Liaison to community organizations and programs for youth and their families.
  • Support all serving ministries events in connection with the Kingswood Mission Team.
  • Advise and Resource the Kingswood Food Pantry and Thrift Shop.
  • Provide additional leadership and vision for all serving ministries at Kingswood.
  • Resource, assist, coordinate, and attend all adult mission trips.

Required Skills: 
  • Bachelor degree.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of electronic media and experience with social media.
  • Strong organizational and administration skills.
  • Passion for recruiting and teaching volunteers.
  • Dynamic ability for working with youth and their families.
  • Aptitude for building relationships, creating vision, and connecting with diverse communities.
  • Affinity for serving others.
  • Self-motivated, reliable and able to work independently as well as with teams and staff.
  • Experience in conflict resolution and management.
Preferred Skills:
  • Aptitude to work with web design software and to learn new programs.
  • Knowledge and ability to work with ProPresenter.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
  • Knowledge of subsplash software (church app), Planning Center, and editing programs like Audacity.
  • Master of Divinity degree from accredited/approved seminary.
  • Teaching background or degree a plus.

Job Conditions/Physical Requirements:
  • Full-Time.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Background check.

To apply to this position please contact Pastor Clayton Edwards at