Are you our Next Youth Minister?

Hello, readers!

I am writing this from Virginia Theological Seminary where I have just started my DMin in Educational Leadership. I’m excited to dive deep into the world of pedagogy and research what is effective for faith formation today and in the future. I hope to share more about that soon.

In the meantime, I am wondering if you or someone you know is looking for an exciting new opportunity? Kenilworth Union Church is looking for a full-time Associate Minister of Youth, Young Adults, and Mission as our long-time youth minster retires. This is an excellent opportunity for fellow UMC deacons, mainline protestant clergy, or those with a certification in youth ministry to lead our vibrant program. The new staff member will be part of an amazing church and an amazing team. This photo was taken last week during VBS – aren’t we a happy bunch?

Note: To apply you will need to contact Philip at Ministry Architects. But here’s the post to share:

Associate Minister of Youth, Young Adults, and Mission

KENILWORTH UNION CHURCH (, a well-established, ecumenical church community that is independent of any particular denomination, located in Kenilworth, Illinois, is looking for a full-time Associate Minister of Youth, Young Adults, and Mission. The Associate Minister leads the congregation’s vibrant, active, and inclusive ministry with youth and young adults grades 7+ including confirmation class, the youth mission trip, and Wednesday evening and Sunday morning  youth activities. In addition, the Associate Minister works with the Senior Minister on existing mission giving and expanding missions in the congregation. The Associate Minister will typically supervise and mentor 1-2 staff who support the youth ministry.

This candidate will need to bring high levels of passion and energy for undergirding the many different aspects of our church’s ministry to oversee and continue to create a transformative and faith-forming environment. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree. An M.Div., certification in youth ministry, or a master’s degree in a related field is preferred. The candidate will have experience leading and planning all aspects of a youth ministry consisting of 60-100 youth, and the ability to create activities that help people find God’s guidance and inspiration, as they are sent out to love and serve God and others. 

Resumes and inquiries can be directed to Philip Dezern.  


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