Minister to Students

Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church

Jackson, MS 39201

Denomination: United Methodist

Category: Youth Ministry

Church Size: 500 - 750

Salary: $60,000 -70,000

Posted on: February 18, 2024

Time Type: Full Time


Job Description:

Minister to Students
Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church
305 North Congress Street Jackson, Mississippi 39202

Galloway is seeking an outgoing, dynamic individual with a passion for cultivating and building formative, nurturing relationships with youth. Our historic downtown church provides abundant opportunities and resources for youth ministry based on the Wesleyan theology of love, acceptance, and the extension of God's grace to all.


*Full time position
*Formal theological training preferred
*Supervised primarily by Principal Associate/Minister to Families, answerable also to Senior Pastor and ultimately to SPRC
*Participates as part of Family Ministry Formation Team and Worship Planning Team for GUMC
*Values the traditional worship style of GUMC
*Recognizes conversion is not a moment, but rather an on-going, on-growing process—reflects joy and freedom in Christ
*Supports a content and relationship-driven ministry for students, with an eye toward strategic growth planning for the future, rather than merely program and activity-driven ministry.
*The Minister to Students requires a team-oriented, collaborative spirit. An ideal candidate would have experience with campus and/or youth ministry and a passion for showing young people the love of Christ.

The Minister to Students is a vitally important part of the Family Ministry Spiritual Formation Ministry Team. Our Family Ministry is committed to this congregational ethos through our Core Values: Loved and Accepting, Confident and Questioning, Compassionate and Engaged.
We seek a Minister to Students for youth in grades 6-12, as well as students in college or graduate/professional school and their families. The ideal candidate would demonstrate a contagious enthusiasm for Christ and youth with proven gifts of administration, communication (oral and written), leadership, and a deep grounding in United Methodist theology.
The Minister to Students will organize and implement ministry to, with and alongside students and volunteers to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. An effective minister would help create and implement a strategic plan to equip and empower youth and adult leaders to companion and form students to live in community with mission as a way of life.


*Establish a workable, regular system of communication with youth, parents, and volunteers.
*Recruit adult volunteers of all ages to assist in youth ministry.
*Lead and recruit volunteer leaders for youth and college activities including Sunday school and mid-week Bible studies for Jr. High and Sr. High (age-appropriate for each).
*Frequently and regularly engage students in venues outside the church.
*Work with the Minister to Families and the Family Ministry Spiritual Formation Team to cast and implement the ongoing strategic plan for Galloway's Family Ministry that implements the four Core Values of Galloway's Family Ministry.
*Cultivate/teach students various age-appropriate ways of personal Bible-reading and spiritual formation, continually demonstrating the importance and relevance of prayer and the Scriptures.
*Provide students and parents with a variety of guides, aids, and devotionals to help individuals find their own authentic ways of faith formation and discipleship.
*Lead students in ways that foster mutual support and the gift of community in Christ.
*In collaboration with other GUMC staff, seek to develop opportunities for youth involvement within Galloway such as drama, missions and outreach, church camps, worship, etc.
*Equip students to engage in relational faith-sharing that is authentic to their own respective individual personalities.
*Oversee and guide the Youth Spiritual Formation Team of volunteers.
*Under the direction of the Family Minister pastor, collaborate with the Children's Director to plan and implement Confirmation.
*Provide pastoral care for students.
*Actively recruit unchurched youth while maintaining a proportional emphasis on discipleship & nurture.
*Engage in intentional relationships with college students in the Jackson Metro area as well as remaining in relationships with Galloway Collegians in other geographic areas.
*Lead regularly in worship and participate in weekly worship planning meetings.

The competitive compensation package for this position is commensurate with experience and training. Interested persons should submit a resume and personal statement (Microsoft word or pdf format required) via e-mail by March 7, 2024 to The personal statement should be no more than 300 words and should address the question: How would you lead ministry with students at Galloway to advance our Mission: To Extend the Love of God; The Grace of Jesus Christ; and The Power of the Holy Spirit, and what is it about your training, experience and philosophy that uniquely qualify you for this position?

Galloway is an Equal Opportunity Employer


About Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church:

Since its founding in 1836, Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church has provided a home for generations of those seeking to follow Jesus and share His love with others. Our mission is simple - we offer life-giving community where everyone is welcome, and we seek to create a space where people can have authentic encounters with Christ, discover their gifts and use them for God's glory.

Located in downtown Jackson, Mississippi just footsteps from the state capitol and Governor's mansion, Galloway offers a variety of ministries to meet the needs of a diverse
congregation that includes young growing families, business professionals of all ages, as well as the homeless and those in need. We seek to reveal ‘heaven on earth' by loving God and loving our neighbors through ongoing personal spiritual formation, congregational ethos, and engagement in numerous ministry and mission opportunities in Jackson, Mississippi, and the world.


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Minister to Students
Time Type:
Full Time
$60,000 -70,000
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Church Size:
500 - 750

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Sherry Russum
305 N. Congress
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