Saint Michael Careers

A congregation of the Nebraska Synod ELCA

Director of Ministry for Youth and Young Adults

Position Description: Saint Michael Lutheran Church, Omaha NE

A congregation of the Nebraska Synod ELCA

Vision for Ministry

Saint Michael Lutheran Church is a welcoming community of faith, inspired by joyful worship, growing in selfless service as we share the good news of Jesus Christ. Youth are a vital component of our vibrant faith community and we are seeking a ministry leader to build upon the successful foundations of previous ministry leaders to empower and enable youth to see themselves as full members of the body of Christ. SMLC has one thousand members and one hundred youth in grades 6-12. We worship with a unique love of liturgy, linked to the generations before us while inspired to always be “made new” here and now. We welcome all to the nourishment of word and sacrament and seek to be voices of justice and peace, both locally and through our partnerships around the world.

Reports to: Senior Pastor


  • Demonstrates a love for God and for young people in all their sacred variety.
  • Proclaims the gospel through the Lutheran lens of justification by grace.
  • Able to communicate clearly and consistently in both written and electronic formats with both youth, their families, staff, and the congregation.
  • Fosters an environment of welcome and safety for all.
  • Able to organize events and direct programming for learning and leadership.
  • Holds a degree or certification in youth ministry or related field, and balances a rigorous teaching of the faith with a joyful experiencing of the faith.
  • Envisions new potentials and engages with others in exploring ministry possibilities.


  • Develop and direct the Affirmation of Faith program for grades 6-8, communicating with 40-50 youth, their families, the congregation, and council. Recruit and support teachers and small group guides in partnership with the pastor. Promote camp, intergenerational, and service experiences. Help young people transition through life changes by building trusting relationships with them and their families and creating a safe space for them to be themselves.
  • Facilitate a comprehensive approach to high school ministry empowering leadership, discipleship and faithfulness through peer ministry, parental ministry, service, study, and worship. Building personal relationships among the 40-50 youth and families who attend various schools is key. Planning youth trips, facilitating Bible study, launching discussions, arranging guest speakers, and leading activities can all be components in an overall ministry plan but there may be new and innovative approaches to take as well.  Youth are vital members of the church here and now. Connecting them with the whole faith community is essential to our shared spiritual growth.
  • Help the Saint Michael community support and stay connected with young people after high school, partnering with current campus ministries and planning unique events that help maintain relationships and a sense of “home”.
  • Work with other staff and congregational volunteers, including appropriate committees, to engage youth and young families in a public witness of faith. Service opportunities, peace and justice advocacy, and inter-religious dialog are possible areas of development.
  • Clearly and consistently communicate with staff, pastors, council, and the congregation about youth programming and events as part of an overall ministry team. Encourage youth to take their place among worship leadership, congregational planning, and a life of discipleship.
  • Other interests as identified or other responsibilities as needed.


This is a full-time, professional, salaried position with health and retirement benefits. Work hours will vary and will require evening and weekend commitments. Day schedules are flexible as are days off during the week. Vacation time is important and negotiable. A background check and boundary training certification is required. SMLC staff agree to abide by all church policies. This is a mind, body, and spirit calling and SMLC will support this position with time for self-care and continuing education.

To apply

  • Submit a professional resume with three listed references and their contact information.
  • Attach a one page statement of faith that includes your philosophy or approach toward sharing and empowering faith in youth and young adults and any experiences you wish to share with us that have been impactful in your faith journey.


Interview Process

Submit your resume and statement postmarked or emailed by March 18, 2019 to:

Rev. Timothy Koester
Saint Michael Lutheran Church
13232 Blondo Street
Omaha NE 68164

or email:

Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline for possible interviews with a flexible hiring date depending upon individual circumstances.  May the Spirit guide and direct you in this process.  Please pray for us as we pray for you.

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