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Asbury United Methodist Church

Director of Student Ministries


Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Snapshot 

Weekly Attendance: 2600

Denomination: United Methodist 

Neighborhood: Tulsa, Oklahoma

The role: The Director of Student Ministries provides strategic leadership in the coordination of Asbury Student Ministries including staff, volunteers, parents, and sixth through twelfth grade students.

Asbury5Meet Asbury United Methodist Church: 

Asbury United Methodist Church was founded in 1962 as a Tulsa District church plant in (at the time) far-south Tulsa. First meeting at Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Asbury’s growth first came from the suburban neighborhoods that encompassed the area.

In 1964 and straight out of seminary, Rev. William C. Mason was appointed to Asbury and would remain Asbury’s Senior Pastor for 29 years until his retirement in 1993. Bill’s entire ministry focused on pastoral care through hospital visitation, door-to-door home visits, and strong personal relationships that continue to define fellowship at Asbury. Soon after Bill’s arrival, Asbury built its first buildings at 5838 South Sheridan Road. Beginning with a sanctuary/fellowship hall, offices, and a few classrooms, Asbury has always been a growing church, resulting in many building and capital campaigns in order to expand its facility and ministries. A 1,000 seat sanctuary and the multi-use Mason Center were the capstones of Asbury’s Sheridan site.

At the same time, Asbury has never defined itself by its facilities. Rather, being strongly missional in its identity, Asbury consistently committed itself to effective ministries to children, youth, adults (including single adults), worship, and outreach.

Upon Rev. Mason’s 1993 retirement, Dr. Tom Harrison took the role of Senior Pastor. Tom succeeded in carrying Bill Mason’s emphasis on pastoral care and introduced a number of his own initiatives as well. The Perceptions radio spots reach thousands of northeastern Oklahomans each day and have been a significant source of Asbury’s growth (you can listen to the daily Perceptions right on their website). Continuing in its effectiveness at all age levels, Asbury grew strong in the ministries of Worship, Marriage & Family, and, in recent years, Celebrate Recovery.

With consistent growth into the new millennium, Asbury found its Sheridan campus inadequate in size. Committed to continued growth, Asbury commissioned a long-term planning task force in 1997 to begin studying its options. At the end of 1999, God opened the door for Asbury to purchase 35 acres on South Mingo Road. A number of “God stories” became the confirmation needed to move forward with the relocation. The congregation moved to its new campus facility at 6767 S. Mingo Road in late February 2004.

In 2008, Asbury opened Venue in order to house its growing modern worship service and an exploding Student Ministry. In addition, the four year old Children’s Ministry building almost doubled in size.

Almost 8,000 people call Asbury their church home today with an average of 2,600 people in worship and more than 2,000 people in discipleship groups.

In 2012, Asbury United Methodist Church celebrated its 50th anniversary! While remembering the amazing work of God in their history, they are all-the-more looking forward to the exciting future!

 

 

 

Asbury6About the Director of Student Ministries: 

The Director of Student Ministries provides strategic leadership in the coordination of Asbury Student Ministries including staff, volunteers, parents, and sixth through twelfth grade students.

The Director of Student Ministries will: 

  • Actively demonstrate Asbury’s Core Behaviors (genuine kindness, confident humility, and committed team player).

  • Support the church-wide mission of helping others follow Jesus and the 2019/2020 strategic initiative of strengthening worship attendance. Develop all youth programming through these two lenses.

  • Develop a process that helps students understand the value of Sunday morning corporate worship and gets them more engaged on Sunday mornings.

  • Manage, develop, motivate, and equip staff, volunteers, parents, and students.

  • Develop and lead a larger pool of volunteers who are committed to our mission and strategic initiative.

  • Develop and lead an intern program that integrates college students into the youth staff.

  • Lead the process with the Student Ministry team to set ministry goals and direction, in alignment with Asbury.

  • Provide goal setting and performance management tasks for staff members.

  • Provide leadership and direction for Student Ministry programming, including but not limited to, Sunday morning, Sunday night Small Groups, Wednesday night programming, and retreats, camps, and spring break missions.

  • Assess every facet of Asbury Student Ministry programming and make recommended changes, as needed, to the leadership team.

  • Provide leadership for the student staff for effective evangelism to attract more students into our programs.

  • Research, evaluate, and create processes, programming, and curriculum that best support the needs of today’s youth.

  • Lead and facilitate regular Student Ministry team meetings.

  • Invest in and equip Small Group leaders to be able to reach today’s students.

  • Work across ministry departments to integrate Student Ministries into the life of Asbury.

  • Work with the Children’s Ministry to develop a smooth process for on-boarding new students.

  • Work with Adult Discipleship to develop a smooth process to transition students out of Student Ministry.

What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in the field of Christian ministry. Some additional theological training is preferred.

  • 7-10 years of youth ministry experience with at least five of those years being in a leadership position at a mid to large size youth program.

Personal Characteristics

  • Possesses a dynamic and growing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, evidenced through worship, biblical literacy and learning, purposeful/missional living and Christian community.

  • Possesses a distinctively Wesleyan understanding of the Christian faith.

  • Understands how to reach today’s youth and has the courage to make hard decisions for the best of Asbury’s Student Ministry.

  • Has the ability to organize and prioritize work quickly.

  • Possesses exceptional written and verbal communication skills with students, parents, volunteers, and staff, including speaking to large groups or meeting one on one.

  • Has the ability to thrive handling multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment while serving others.

  • Is a self-starter and able to work independently.

  • Is adaptable to quickly changing situations.

  • Is able to motivate and lead a team.  

  • Is able to maintain confidentiality in all circumstances

  • Is able to work with all levels of leadership and staff effectively.

Asbury7What it's like to live in Tulsa, Oklahoma: 

Tulsa, located along the Arkansas River in the northeast part of the state, is a commercial, industrial, and cultural center for a large agricultural and oil-producing region. Many say it is “where the South meets the West,” mixing characteristics of a traditional, genteel, and historic Southern city with the ruggedness, ambitions, and appearances of the West.

Not surprisingly, energy is the biggest industry. Several oil and gas companies make Tulsa their home, and some 1,000 more companies have energy-related operations here. This industry is on an uptrend and more recently the economic base has broadened into high-tech, telecommunications, banking, and financial services. The downtown area is prosperous and modern with parks, gardens, and attractive older areas, such as the oil-boom era Art Deco district. Although not the largest city in the state, Tulsa has a full set of performing arts and museums. Excellent suburbs lie east, northeast, and south, and Tulsa is coming into its own as a good family city. The low Cost of Living Index makes Tulsa a good value for what is available.

The city of Tulsa lies along the Arkansas River surrounded by gently rolling grassland and hardwood trees, mostly oaks. Tulsa is far enough north to escape long periods of heat in summer, and far enough south to miss long periods of extreme winter cold.

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