Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

Job Summary: Christ the King has identified Children, Youth and Family Ministry as a critical ministry to the overall vibrancy and health of the church. We are in a time of revitalization with growing numbers of children and youth. A lot of our programs are flourishing with extremely strong lay and staff leadership while others are ready to be developed further. Our goal is to build a sustainable CYF ministry and a church culture that will embrace families with children from infant to young adult. The Director of CYF Ministry will be a healthy, capable leader who will work with staff and lay leaders to build healthy systems and create an environment that fosters authentic growth and discipleship.

GENERAL PURPOSE The mission of the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry is to create, direct, and support ministries that focus on engaging young people and their families in the vibrant community and life-changing mission of Christ. Guided by the mission, vision, and values of Christ the King Lutheran Church, The Director of CYF Ministries will work collaboratively with pastors, staff, and lay leaders to give spiritual leadership and direction to these ministries. This is a half-time position.


  1. Provide leadership in ministry to children (Birth – Grade 5).
    • Oversee and supervise the lay ministry leaders in the children’s ministry.
    • Work with ministry leadership to develop and/or implement Sunday School programs and our Wednesday night children’s programs.
    • Support the Vacation Bible School team. Assist them with recruiting, equipping and supporting leaders, teachers and helpers.
  2. Provide leadership in ministry to middle school youth (Grades 6-8).

    • Oversee, supervise and work with the lay leadership to maintain and grow the Middle School student ministry including confirmation, Sunday School and various student events
    • Work with pastors and existing leaders to continue building our confirmation program.
    • Coordinate and lead monthly service and/or other various community building, fun events.
  3. Provide leadership in ministry to high school youth (Grades 9-12). Oversee, supervise and work with the lay leadership to maintain and grow the High School student ministry including Wednesday night gathering, Sunday School, service opportunities, lock-ins, and retreats.
  4. Provide leadership in intergenerational ministry.
    • Oversee, supervise and work with the lay leadership to maintain and grow the FLIP (Faith Learning Intergenerational Practices) ministry.
    • Assist in FLIP programing when needed or necessary.
  5. Organize faith forming trips and retreats that build community, use young people’s gifts, and deepen faith.
    • Maintain a relationship with a Bible camp. Secure camp dates, promote camp participation, coordinate and submit registrations, attend camp (when appropriate) and recruit adult chaperones as needed.
    • Together with the pastors, organize fall and spring Confirmation retreats.
    • Organize the annual High School summer trip.
  6. Nurture Christian community and discipleship in all members, particularly children, youth, and families– Be intentional about building genuine relationships with students and their parents. Develop and nurture an online community to deepen relationships and grow faith. Assist with providing opportunities for members to grow as disciples, particularly in mission to youth and their families. Create opportunities for lay leadership by inviting, equipping, and supporting parents, mentors and other adults to participate in this ministry.
  7. Provide dynamic preaching and teaching to children – Prepare and deliver Sunday morning worship children’s sermons.
  8. Engage in the neighborhood and community Help the congregation to engage the neighborhood and each other across racial and cultural divides. Work to enhance the feeling of community.
  9. Work collaboratively with staff and lay leaders, as well as other leaders in the community Participate in weekly staff meetings. Pray for and support other staff and lay leaders. Network with other children, youth and family workers in the community.
  1. Sponsor CYF ministry teams – Together with other staff and council leaders, work with members to create, equip, and resource new and existing CYF ministry teams.
  1. Coordinate the CYF Mission Party – Prepare and lead regular (currently monthly) gatherings of all of those people who are involved in the work of one of the CYF ministry teams for the work of celebrating, networking, planning, evaluating, and visioning for the future.
  1. Nurture and model a vibrant faith – Tend to your physical, emotional and spiritual needs in order to model a vibrant faith and life for staff and members.



  • Express a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ, living out a heartfelt call to ministry and demonstrating personal efforts to grow in faith and discipleship.
  • Demonstrate faithfulness to the ELCA’s understanding of the Christian faith. Express knowledge, understanding, and agreement with Lutheran theology, teachings, and expectations of a staff program leader in the ELCA.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in CYF ministry leadership.
  • Experience and training in child development and current youth culture.

Special Skills and Considerations

  • A demonstrated ability to teach effectively with small and large groups. Must be comfortable presenting in a large group (20-50) and work effectively with small groups (3-8).
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be able to teach and communicate well, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to utilize technology relevant to this position, e.g. personal computer (email, word processing, Power Point, membership data base, internet), digital projector, social media.

Personal Skills

  • Possess demonstrated ability to interact enthusiastically, graciously, and responsibly with people of all ages.
  • Have a passion for working with diverse cultures and urban neighborhoods.
  • Enjoy learning, with a desire to grow in faith and skills.


Working conditions:

The Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry position requires flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. The position is salaried at half-time. The actual number of hours required during any given week are those needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. It is recognized that the schedule may vary at different times of the year.




From Luke 10: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest… Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you… Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’”


Christ the King is one of ten historically white, middle-class, traditional, Lutheran churches, all of which were founded over 50 years ago, serving a 15 square mile area directly south of Minneapolis. Our area has grown increasingly multicultural, religiously pluralistic, and lower income. Many of our residents are retirees, but we are starting to see a new generation of young families move into the area. The pace of these changes is increasing. We are now at a time and place where the church has not moved to different neighborhood, but God has changed the neighborhood which the church is called to serve.


As Lutherans, Christ the King has a 60-year tradition of sharing the Gospel and being a community of faith to the people of our area through strong liturgy, music, and programs and activities relevant to the needs of our community. As in Luke 10, Christ the King is in a pivotal moment of discovering how to engage with people of peace in our midst, and enter into the harvest that is already underway in our neighborhood.



All interested applicants should submit:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Resume
  3. Three references with phone, e-mail, and affiliation information.

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 18th.


A full background check will be required before any positions are offered.


Please send the required information to Pastor Rory Philstrom by e-mail to or by mail to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55420.