Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Result Expected

An effective leader will work with church and community leaders of all ages to address the needs of young adults and opportunities for growing as Christian disciples. Young-adult ministry shall be for, with, and by young adults. Young adults in the congregation and community will grow in faith as Christian disciples.

Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

  • The young-adult ministry coordinator benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: servanthood, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, administration, evangelism (meeting new people), helping, and shepherding. This leader should show evidence of passion for young-adult ministry, prior effective ministry leadership, and evidence of active and growing discipleship.
  • Useful skills for this position are the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages and the ability to work with other ministry leaders, delegate responsibility, and follow up to complete tasks.
  • This leader should show genuine interest in responding to the hopes and concerns of young adults in the community.

Responsibilities of the Position

  • The coordinator of young-adult ministry will be attentive to the hopes, concerns, and needs of young adults in the community to determine how the congregation might serve them and how they might serve one another as Christian disciples and good neighbors. The coordinator will identify key people in the community and congregation for collaboration and advocacy for young people’s issues.
  • The coordinator needs to be familiar with the congregation’s overall goals and how they are achieved through the congregation’s ministry with young people.
  • The coordinator will promote understanding of Christian vocation in daily life, building an understanding of God’s call to all Christians.
  • This leader will advocate that all young people are welcome and expected to be vital participants in the congregation.
  • The coordinator will work with people of all ages to plan and carry out ministry with young adults in a varied and wide-ranging program that includes worship, study, fellowship, service opportunities, and more.
  • The coordinator will be informed of and follow the conference child safety/vulnerable adult policies, procedures, and requirements to be followed by the local church.
  • The coordinator intentionally communicates with organizations, people, and resources in the community that relate to young adults and seeks to connect the congregation with the community.
  • The coordinator will guide the work of the young-adult leadership team (if organized) throughout the year, including planning its agendas and presiding at its meetings.
  • The coordinator will work with other leaders to learn about curriculum and other resources available for young adults in order to help teachers and group leaders select appropriate resources for study and growth.
  • The coordinator is accountable to the charge conference through the church council.

Getting Started

  1. Become acquainted with the young adults in your community, noting the issues they face, the culture they enjoy, and the needs they have. It is not necessary to duplicate or copy other programs, but seek to identify gaps where your congregation can lead the way in making a positive difference in the lives of young adults.
  2. Soon after you are elected, convene the young-adult leadership team (if organized) to evaluate young-adult ministry, share hopes and concerns, and plan for your work. Or ask a group of interested young adults to help you plan. Share the ministry with others by delegating projects to people in the church or community who have passion.
  3. Study Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, 2017-2020: Ministries with Young People and Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, 2017-2020: Adult Ministries

People and Agencies That Can Help

  • Your pastor, other people in your congregation and community (including young adults) and district and conference leaders. As you travel, visit other congregations to observe ministries for, with, and by young adults.
  • Discipleship Ministries, Division on Ministries with Young People, http://www.umcyoungpeople.org/.
  • InfoServ, the information service for the church, provides current information about United Methodist resources, programs, and staff services. Email: infoserv@umcom.org; Website: infoserv.umc.org.

Web and Print Resources

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