Youth directors at churches are typically responsible for developing and organizing programs directed toward children and young adults in order to aid their spiritual development. Some may also provide counseling for troubled youth, and others create entire schedules of youth activities and work with both inside and outside parties to bring these events to life.
Most positions require that youth directors believe and practice the religion of the church, and knowledge of the Bible is important in order to extend this knowledge to both youth and teachers in the ministry. Some youth directors may need to develop lesson plans to be administered through programs such as Sunday school and Bible study. Much of the work is done independently, so organization and time-management skills are very important; however, the position also requires working with other team members in the ministry, such as church leaders and volunteers, so strong communication skills and teamwork skills are also important.
Leadership skills are essential for this position, as others often require their direction in order to administer programs. Knowledge of current youth culture is important in order to relate to the current generation, and research skills are beneficial to determine the best ways to reach out to the youth community. Some positions require university schooling related to theology, management, or teaching, among other disciplines.
Youth Director (Church) Tasks
Communicate a vision of youth ministry and advocate for youth and youth ministry within and outside the parish.
Develop programming that educates and leads young people in justice and community service.
Develop, design and lead outreach programs and retreats. Share faith and lead others to do the same
Develop a sense of community both among young people, and between young people and the broader faith community.
Design, organize and lead systematic and intentional adolescent religious instruction.