The Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry (CYF) is a critical role to the overall health of the church. A large emphasis for this position is to work with church staff and volunteer leaders to build dynamic ministry opportunities for all ages that enables spiritual growth and a deep connection to the church community.

The goal of this full-time position is to maintain and build a sustainable, thriving CYF ministry. This role will be an important support to our faith community which has a culture that fully embraces children, students, and family ministries. A key focus of this ministry position will be connecting with and leading middle school and high school youth.

Congregation: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, Minnesota

Job Description:

Position: Full time

Application deadline: 08/01/2019

If interested, email cover letter / resume to Cory Jones at

As the Director of Youth and Family Ministries of Farmington Lutheran Church (FLC) you will manage the spiritual formation programs for confirmation, youth, and their families. This will be done through relationships and experiences that promote a rich faith life and passionate servanthood. In collaboration with the other staff and volunteers, the Director of Youth and Family Ministries will help to cultivate a culture of creative ministry, excellence in administration, and alignment of the ministries to the church’s mission and vision.

The three key accountabilities to this full-time position include:
• Planning and management of the confirmation program
• Cultivating and growing the youth and family ministry programs
• Developing systems for engaging volunteers and leadership training

Farmington Lutheran Church, in Farmington Minnesota, is a growing and thriving ELCA congregation in the Twin Cities southern metro area. We are part of the St. Paul Area Synod. The church has grown to more than 2,500 baptized members. We have over 500 students in the church school and confirmation programs. Average weekly attendance is 500 people.

Job description

Status: Full time

Application deadline: 09/30/2019

Contact person: Jim Ollhoff at or (651) 295-2454

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church (8211 Red Oak Drive, Mounds View Minnesota 55112) has a job opening for a Lead Teacher for Abiding Savior Preschool. We are looking for a caring and energetic person to serve as the lead preschool teacher starting in the fall. Our preschool serves 3 and 4 year olds with classes held Monday – Friday from 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., from early September through mid-May. The Lead Teacher is responsible for developing, implementing, and teaching the preschool curriculum in the classroom.

Anyone interested in learning more about our wonderful school and this position should email or call (763) 784-5120.

Status: Part time

Application deadline: 07/31/2019

Contact person: Tracy Nicholls at or (763) 784-5120.

Trinity Lutheran, Faith Lutheran, First Lutheran, and Federated United Methodist, all in the Morris area, seek a Multi-congregation Youth Director.

Full-time, salaried, with portico benefits and insurance: These four congregations are looking to bring in an experienced youth director to build a program funded by the four congregations, but ultimately existing as its own multicongregational youth group. This program is a new start and along with a major $25,000 grant, church leaders have secured funding from all four congregations to fully fund this program until it is a budgeted outreach and a regular fixture in the broader Morris community. Local pastor with more than a decade of youth and family ministry experience will be mentoring the position and volunteers from all four congregation are already in place for leadership and committee leadership!

Full job description

If interested, send cover letter and resume to Pr Chris at Trinity Lutheran of Cyrus.

Rev. Chris Richards

Status: Full time (with Portico benefits)

Application deadline: 07/26/2019

Community of the Cross Lutheran Church is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week, including Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings) Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Director to coordinate and direct the ministry program for children and youth (birth-12th grade) and their families. If interested, please submit cover letter, resume, and completed application form to by July 31.

Full job description

Status: Full time

Application deadline: 07/31/2019

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is seeking a Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry for 15 hours per week. Main responsibilities would be on Wednesdays and Sundays, with time allotted for off-site planning and communicating.

Bethlehem has a strong core of CYF volunteers. Our need is for leadership, organization, and communication with our volunteers so that they feel supported in carrying out their roles.

Bethlehem is a fairly traditional ELCA congregation in Bayport, Minnesota. Bayport has a “small town” feel to it while being in close proximity to the Twin Cities. Bethlehem would be a perfect site for someone interested in church work while going to school.

Please contact Pastor Rich Larson for a one-on-one visit. Then, if it feels like a good fit, the candidate can have a formal interview with the CYF search team.
Pastor’s phone 651-485-8676 (text or call)
Email (to receive copy of job description)

Status: Part time

Application deadline: 07/31/2019

Contact person: Pastor Rich Larson at (651) 485-8676 or

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities is looking for a part time (28 hour per week) Children’s Ministry Specialist to coordinate the Sunday children’s programming at our Minneapolis Campus including infants, toddlers through 4th grade. This will include directing summer programming and collaborating with other staff for similar programs at the other campus sites.

Children’s Ministry Specialist
With the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, with the staff and ministry teams, Bethlehem endeavors to equip people to live as disciples of Jesus. Together its members will create a robust, vital, and life-giving Christian faith that is holistic: a way of the head, the heart, and the hands.

Reports to: Director of Student Ministries
Collaborates with: Faith Formation ministry team, lay leaders, and church members
Hours: 28 hours/week that include Sunday mornings (8:00-12:30) and occasional weekend/evening hours as needed
FSLA classification: Exempt

Objectives / Accountability
• Direct, coordinate, and facilitate Sunday children’s programming, MPLS campus
• Leadership in infant and toddlers offerings, MPLS campus
• Direct and coordinate summer children’s ministry programming and camps, MPLS campus
• Collaborate with Faith Formation Specialist to create and implement Sunday morning children’s ministry at other campus sites

Responsibilities & Tasks
1. Direct, coordinate, and facilitate Sunday children’s programming, MPLS campus
a. Direct Sunday School (2 year olds through 4th grade)
i. Recruit, equip, and support volunteer teachers and leaders
ii. Write or curate age appropriate curriculum centering on the scripture of the day
iii. Coordinate Family Sunday School with pastoral and faith formation staff
iv. Collaborate with Faith Formation team for intergenerational events
2. Direct infant and toddlers ministry
a. Direct, coordinate, and facilitate infant and toddler events
b. Create and guide ministry for families with young children
c. Oversee nursery nanny, volunteers, and needs

3. Create and direct summer children’s ministry choices, MPLS & MTKA campuses
a. Vacation Bible School
i. Recruit and/or hire leaders
ii. Write or curate age appropriate VBS curriculum
iii. Coordinate and schedule ordering supplies, training, and decorating
b. Explore and make available other summer camp options
4. Manage calendar of events in collaboration with Faith Formation team
5. Other duties as assigned (a whatever it takes frame of mind)

• Strong personal faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to the ministry at Bethlehem.
• Desire to build relationships with children and families to help them grow in their faith
• Experience working with children and families
• Bachelor’s degree minimum
• Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills
• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
• Willingness to work weekends, Wednesday evenings, and spend occasional weekends away at youth overnights

Status: Part time (28 hours per week)

Application deadline: 08/01/2019

Contact person: Steven Tjeltveit at or (612)312-3409

Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown, Minnesota, is seeking a Children’s Ministry Coordinator to provide leadership and coordination of our Children’s Ministry program (birth – 5th grade). This energetic individual will help form the foundations of faith by engaging children in creative ways and by cultivating faith-filled connections for families both at church and at home.

Status: Part time (10-12 hours per week)

Full job description:

Application deadline: 07/31/2019

Contact person: Pr. Jeffrey Engholm, or (952) 955-1891

Congregation Name and City: Christ Lutheran, Lake Elmo

Brief Job Description: 

Desired Outcomes
• Youth (grades 6-12) will have opportunities to grow in faith, have fun and build lasting relationships at Christ Lutheran Church
• Youth will develop as leaders, at CLC and beyond
• Youth will engage in serving others through mission trips, retreats and local service opportunities

Essential Functions
• Build relationships with youth and their families
• Oversee Birth – Grade 6 Faith Formation and be the go-to support person for the volunteer Sunday School Coordinator
• Assist the pastor in developing a dynamic confirmation ministry
• Engage post confirmation youth in congregational life and provide (at least) monthly fellowship and faith opportunities
• Communicate with parents and congregation on a regular basis
• Equip youth to minister to their peers and be disciples in the world, through Peer Ministry or other means
• Plan and lead mission trips and local service opportunities (in coordination with ministry teams)
• Plan and implement fundraising for camp and mission trips
• Work with the Faith Formation Team, Director of Intergenerational Ministries, and volunteers to coordinate VBS and other youth programming opportunities
• Work with staff members and SS Coordinator to plan calendar for the year
• Engage and empower youth to lead a new worship service on Wednesday evenings

Other Responsibilities:
• Participate in weekly staff meetings
• Recruit and train volunteers
• Explore and purchase curriculum resources
• Network with area youth directors

Desired Qualifications
Knowledge of Lutheran faith tradition
Degree in education, psychology, ministry or related field (or currently working towards degree)
Ministry experience
Knowledge and comfort with technological and social media trends

Salary commensurate with experience and education

Christ Lutheran Church is an ELCA congregation located in a growing suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
We believe all are welcome and have gifts to share. We strive to deepen our faith and nurture closer relationships with God and each other. And, we long for others to experience the grace we have found.

Find out more about our church at

Status: Part time (25-30 hours per week)

Application deadline: September 1, 2019

Contact person: Andy Evenson,, (651) 777-2881

Job title: Director of Children, Youth, and Family

Congregation: Diamond Lake Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

Brief position description: This position manages the educational, service, and fellowship ministries for children, youth, and their families, in collaboration with other staff and volunteers. Includes Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, and some nights and weekends. Immediate opening. 40 hours per week. Will consider job sharing (two part-time positions—one for children, one for youth). Please send resume and cover letter to Pastor Mark Orvick, Application deadline: September 1.

Full job description:

Status: Full time (or open to job sharing to create two part-time positions)

Application deadline: 09/01/2019

Contact Person: Pastor Mark Orvik, or (612) 866-2579

Position title: Nursery Faith Formation Lead Staff

Congregation: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

Brief position description: Our Saviour’s Lutheran has a growing cohort of children from birth to three years old and are seeking a responsible person to help us organize our nursery as a faith formation ministry. The position is for Sunday mornings, 8:30am until 12:00noon, and consists of two parts.

During Education Hour (9:00 – 10:00am)
Help shape an age-appropriate schedule for the hour; work with volunteers to set up space; welcome children and parents as they arrive; using curriculum provided (“Frolic” from Sparkhouse), lead story time and activity time; supervise open play time; provide guidance for volunteers; keep materials and supplies organized; facilitate set up and clean up of space; make note of repairs or supplies needed; facilitate transition time as children depart.

During Worship (10:30 – noon)
Encouraged to participate in worship service. Following the children’s message, lead small children (roughly between the ages of 1-5) to the Godly Play space for “children’s church.” Supervise children for approximately 20 minutes. During this time, offer a brief prayer; guide children toward appropriate seasonal/theme Godly Play materials. Facilitate “God talk,” helping children to develop a language of faith. If appropriate, tell a bible story. Prepare children to return to worship with their parents, including putting materials back in their places on the shelves. Encouraged to return to worship for prayers and Holy Communion. Before departure for the day, make sure Godly Play room is back in good order.

Qualifications: Interest and experience in working with small children; preferred – interest and experience in faith formation of children birth to three. Reliable and approachable. Good communication skills and organizational skills.

Background check required, at church expense. Pay is $20/hour. Program year runs September through mid-May, with occasional Sundays off. Summer schedule: 10:00am – noon.

For more information or to apply, contact Pastor Laurie Eaton, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2315 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis MN 55404; (612) 871-2967;

Status: Part time

Application deadline: 08/30/2019

Contact person: Pr. Laurie Eaton at or (612) 871-2967

Position title: CYF Coordinator

Congregation: Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, Minnesota

Brief position description: Oak Knoll Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a vibrant, welcoming suburban congregation with more than 700 members. We are led by two full-time pastors (senior and associate) and a part-time associate pastor. Our congregation is excited to build upon our dedication to our youth faith formation by hiring a part-time CYF coordinator. This position will partner closely with our full-time associate pastor to lead and guide our youth in growing the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, generosity, faithfulness and self-control; Galatians 5:22-23) and empowering them to join in God’s work for the world. General Purpose of Position:

The successful candidate for this position will be accountable for working alongside the associate pastor in developing and implementing a comprehensive and engaging plan for Oak Knoll’s CYF ministry via an approach that: (1) loves our youth where they are in life; (2) mentors them with an open heart and mind; (3) encourages them in developing their relationship to God; (4) provides them opportunities for nurture and growth; and (5) empowers them to join in God’s work for the world.


§ In partnership with your supervising pastor, assist in developing and implementing all aspects of a balanced CYF ministry program (pre-k through high school) that allows our youth’s families and our congregation to walk alongside them. As part of the CYF ministry program:

§ Work in partnership with your supervising pastor to coordinate Sunday school curriculum and recruite teachers

§ Work in partnership with your supervising pastor to identify and coordinate family, educational, community outreach, team building, and service opportunities as part of the youth ministry program

§ Partner with Oak Knoll Music Director on children’s music ministry approach

§ Advocate for our youth and educate the congregation and church council about the hopes, concerns, and needs of youth in our church family and broader community

§ Identify, build relationships, and leverage community and other educational resources for our youth and their families

§ Work in partnership with your supervising pastor to effectively reach youth in the broader community and develop a strategic youth ministry outreach plan

§ Work in partnership with your supervising pastor to identify and implement effective and modern ways in which to communicate and engage with our youth and our families

§ Work in concert with the gifts and talents of other staff members and maintain a teamwork mentality


§ A commitment to Christian discipleship, a participant in worship, and able to articulate the Christian faith to others

§ A passion and heart for guiding, mentoring, and walking alongside youth as they navigate their place in God’s world

§ Demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth in a faith setting (preferably across a wide range of age levels)

§ Knowledge of the principles and practices of CYF ministries and program development (youth ministry certificate or pursuit of certificate preferred)

§ Ability to dream big and think strategically in order to successfully plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement the CYF ministry program

§ Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including conflict management

§ Ability to organize and prioritize work with strong attention to detail

§ Ability to build and sustain relationships with youth, church, and broader community members

§ Must pass a background check, have a driver’s license, and be able to transport youth for offsite gatherings and events

If interested, email cover letter and resume to Pastor Kayla Monson at

Status: Part time

Application deadline: 09/30/2019

Contact person: Pr. Kayla Monson at or (952) 546-5433

Position title: Faith Formation/ Communication Coordinator

Congregation: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Eagan

Brief position description: Mount Calvary Lutheran in Eagan, Minnesota, is a fun and engaged congregation just south of Saint Paul. The primary responsibilities of the the Faith Formation/Communications Coordinator will be: to oversee faith formation on Sunday mornings for elementary and preschool children, collaborate with staff and volunteers for other youth and family ministry opportunities, provide leadership on electronic communication/social media and website, and offer technological support and leadership for volunteers and staff. This is a full-time position, with opportunity to shape the position around gifts, interests, and experience. Please contact Pastor Kelli Weiss if you are interested in the position.

Full Job Description
The primary foci of this position are 1) children and family ministry and 2) communications and marketing and 3) IT with the assistance of a tech team and consultant company. HOURS: 40 hour per week including Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Compensation will be at guidelines.

Children and Family Ministry (Early Childhood-Elementary)
• Oversee faith formation on Sunday mornings for elementary and preschool children, teach and facilitate as necessary
• Collaborate with pastors, staff, and volunteers to experiment with multi-generational faith format opportunities

Opportunities for Collaboration
• Youth summer trips/events
• Vacation Bible school
• Service and fellowship events
• Wednesday night ministry

Communications and Marketing
• Manage/produce both print and electronic communication pieces including bulletins, newsletters, and files for use on the sanctuary screen
• Serve as webmaster and coordinate related work and efforts of staff/volunteers
• Manage social media sites in coordination with staff/volunteers
• Assist pastors and administrator with preparation of stewardship materials

• Coordinate the work of the tech team to support the servers, computers, and other technology
• Provide technology support and training for appropriate equipment

Status: Full time

Application deadline: 09/03/2019

Contact person: Pastor Kelli Weiss at or (651) 454-2344

Position title: Director of Children’s Education

Congregation: Trinity Lutheran Church, Lindstrom, Minnesota

Brief position description: The position is part time (25 hours/week). Salary is $18,000-$20,000. For questions or to apply (with a resume and two references), contact Business Administrator Amber VanHorn at or 651-257-5129.

Full job description:

Status: Part time

Application deadline: 09/01/2019

Contact person: Amber VanHorn at or 651-257-5129