Job Summary

Student Ministry in Houston is a unique and exciting challenge. At Chapelwood Students, our mission is not to simply keep students in the church, but rather, we desire to equip students to know and follow Jesus and to impact their world for His kingdom. Therefore, Chapelwood UMC is looking for a dynamic, engaging, and creative individual with a vibrant relationship with Christ and a hunger to disciple students relationally. We are looking for someone with the unique capability to be a fun and authentic presence with 6th-12th grade students, to strategically put on retreats and events designed to further students’ faith, and to partner with parents, the primary disciple makers of their children. 

Responsibilities include leading regular bible studies and teaching; recruiting, coordinating, and equipping volunteers; planning and running retreats; building relationships with parents and families; working closely with a small team; and keeping a timely rhythm of work habits and communication. 

The successful candidate will offer the best fit from our standards of competence, character and culture.


Knowledgeable and supportive of the Wesleyan theological tradition, embracing an understanding of God’s concern for the spiritually and materially poor and be able to communicate that concern effectively to others.

Exceptional interpersonal skills, with a proven track record of developing quality relationships, effective leaders and strong teams; a recognized aptitude for interpersonal engagement, structured dialogue, and diplomacy; a clear ability to recognize and develop talent in others; along with strength in forming and guiding groups to accomplish common objectives.

Ability to meet students in crises situations and walk alongside them.

Creative, “big picture” person who can keep track of the details of multiple and varying projects and relationships simultaneously; experienced and disciplined in the development and implementation of strategic plans.

Proven organizational and leadership skills, along with strong verbal and written communication skills; able to plan effectively, manage time and financial budgets, accomplish tasks, solve problems, address complex issues, make decisions, delegate and follow projects through to timely completion with minimal direction.

Computer proficient – skilled in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook and willing to learn new applications.

Professional and Personal Growth

Enhance professional and spiritual growth through continuing education opportunities and professional memberships.

Maintain physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health.

Pursue an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Accountable to

This position is accountable to Joseph Patty, Director of Student Ministries.


An authentic personal faith in Christ

Conviction of core tenants of faith in line with Scripture and Creeds

A healthy development of formation and practice of spiritual disciplines

Grace, embodied in a lifestyle that exhibits the Fruit of the Spirit

Integrity and consistency of personal morality and faith

Humility, self-awareness, and teachability

Trustworthy, with the ability to create a safe place for others, and dependable

Discernment, spiritual as well as expressing a healthy wisdom of social boundaries

Peacemaker, able to offer challenge without faction

Perseverant, is capable of working through adversity with grace


Enjoys working as a self-motivated member of a dynamic and fast-paced team, with the ability to handle constant change and adapt well.

Not only the Student Ministry team, but as part of the larger team of Chapelwood Staff and Lay Leaders

Able to build strong relationships with parents and students

Fulfills the expectations of the staff as outlined in the Chapelwood UMC “Staff Values Covenant,” including being able to demonstrate and communicate the vision of the church.

Values empowering and then working alongside lay core teams.


Chapelwood offers a competitive compensation package of salary and excellent benefits (medical, dental, vision, retirement) commensurate with education and work experience. Particulars of compensation will be worked out with the successful candidate upon satisfactory completion of financial and criminal background checks.

Next Steps

 Contact Joseph Patty via email or phone, as seen below.

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