St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

Job Opportunities

Director of  Youth Ministry

Posted 04/06/2017


The Director of Youth Ministry proclaims the love of God for all people through organization and implementation of ministry with and to the middle school and high school students of St. John’s Lutheran Church. This full-time position reports to and collaborates with the pastoral staff.


  1. Plan and coordinate scripture-, prayer- and service-based youth programming for the sake of nurturing and deepening the life of faith.
  • Establish and maintain healthy relationships with youth.
  • Plan, coordinate and lead regular events for confirmation study and youth fellowship.
  • Maintain regular outreach/service events.
  • Plan, promote and coordinate leadership for youth trips (local and ELCA-sponsored) for confirmation, fellowship and service purposes.
  • Work cooperatively with Youth Ministry Advisory Council (YMAC) for support of programming at local & synod levels.
  • Cultivate a team of mentors along with creative strategies to encourage natural congregational and parental involvement.


  • Love for and knowledge of Scripture and an understanding of Lutheran theology.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including facility with social media.


  • Must embody a love for youth of all ages.
  • Have work and/or volunteer experience with middle school/high school youth.
  • Bachelor’s degree or significant experience.


Please submit both a resume and cover letter via email to Senior Pastor, Rachel Thorson Mithelman, ( by May 30, 2017.


 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America