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St. Mark's Lutheran Church

NextGen Ministry Director

Bowling Green, Ohio

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Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America- ELCA

Weekly Attendance: 400

Neighborhood: Bowling Green, Ohio

The role: The NextGen Ministry Director will develop, implement, direct and promote ministries that are relevant to the next generation (12-30 years old) of St. Mark’s community.


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Meet St. Mark’s Lutheran Church:

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church began in 1916, and since then has grown a vibrant church community built on a strong foundation of faith. Whether they are filling their parking lot on a Wednesday night for community meal and midweek programming, or organizing a furniture pantry or project assist initiative to reach out to their neighbors, St. Mark’s wants to help people become the person God has created them to be.  They have partnered with parents to help raise the next generation to become followers of Christ. Children and teens have opportunities throughout the week to grow relationships with each other and with God.

St. Mark’s is passionate about serving the global community and demonstrating God’s love to others. Whether in person or online, individually or in groups, within the church and around the world, they are focused on supporting and engaging in relationships that provide relief and restoration to a hurting world.

About the NextGen Ministry Director:


The NextGen Ministry Director will develop, implement, direct and promote ministries that are relevant to the next generation (12-30 years old) of St. Mark’s and our community. The NextGen Ministry Director is strategically minded, administratively skilled, aggressive with recruiting and team development, has a serving heart, and values relational ministry. The NextGen Ministry Director guides the five primary aspects found in the next generation ministries: Worship, Small Groups, Service, Education, and Fellowship.

The NextGen Ministry Director will:campus ministry

  • Create a vibrant youth group where students are spiritually connected and serving.

  • Build a weekly college event that engages 50% of students worshiping at St. Marks.

  • Engage post college young adults and get them involved in Sunday school and/or small groups.

  • Create ministry that impacts the entire congregation of St. Mark’s.

  • Create an alternative worship service.

  • Work in collaboration with other ministry areas.

  • Feel part of the team and family of St. Mark’s

What you bring:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the NextGen Ministry Director :


The ideal candidate will have a required bachelor’s degree in a related field. A master’s degree is preferred.


  • Minimum of three years experience leading students or young adults.  

  • Experience preparing and teaching biblical messages to audiences of at least 100 students and/or adults.

  • Previous experience in recruiting, leading and developing volunteers is preferred.

Personal Characteristics

  • Abiding faith in God.

  • Spiritually mature Christian with an active faith life and genuine passion for being a disciple of Christ.

  • Commitment to St. Mark’s mission, values and leadership.

  • Maintain positive relationships with youth, parents, volunteers, and staff.

  • A self-starter who has a strong work ethic.

  • Emotional and relational intelligence; ability to quickly build relational equity and maintain a strong rapport with students, parents, young adults and volunteers.

  • Able to demonstrate practical knowledge and skills in leadership.

  • Flexible and able to manage change.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills.

  • Knowledge of NextGen culture and ability to utilize this understanding in ministry.

  • Timely and responsible.

  • A good listener, mentor, and caregiver.

project connect fullWhat it's like to live in Bowling Green, Ohio:

Bowling Green is a college town centered on Bowling Green State University and it functions as the county seat and the largest city of Wood County Ohio. Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has nationally recognized programs and research in the natural and social sciences, education, arts, business, health and wellness, humanities and applied technologies.  

As Bowling Green  lies on the edge of the Toledo Metropolitan area and caters to locals in nearby farming towns and the country by offering shopping and entertainment. Because of this Bowling Green has a rather dualistic nature between the university area and the City proper.  This creates a diversity of activities in and around Bowling Green. There are numerous opportunities to enjoy BGSU Arts and Athletics. There are annual events such as the Black Swamp Arts Festival, The Wood County Fair, and the National Tractor Pull.

Located just 20 minutes north of Bowling Green, Toledo’s thriving downtown revitalization is becoming well known in the region. There are several building restoration projects underway that will bring condominiums, apartments, restaurants and small businesses to the area near the new 5/3 Field, home of the International League’s Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club.  An amazing zoo and the Toledo Walleye, a member of the East Coast Hockey League, are also found in downtown Toledo. The Valentine Theatre, a 108 year old, 900 seat venue has been restored and offers numerous cultural and musical features throughout the year.

Toledo is the fourth largest city in the state of Ohio and has been long known as “The Glass Capital of the World.”  Toledo has a long history of innovation in many aspects of the glass industry. The world-famous Jeep vehicles have been manufactured in the city since 1941.

The area of Northwest Ohio is not only a geographically striking region due to its numerous miles of shorelines, islands, and riverbanks, but holds many great activities such as swimming at the Centennial Terrace and Quarry, visiting Lake Erie’s shores and islands, and enjoying Cedar Point - the roller coaster capital of the world.  Bowling Green is also centrally located to and within a few hours drive of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Education includes public elementary schools: Kenwood Elementary, Conneaut Elementary and Crim Elementary. Two private primary schools, Bowling Green Christian Academy and the Montessori School of Bowling Green, and one parochial, St. Aloysius, also call Bowling Green Home. The Bowling Green Early Childhood Learning Center (Montessori) offers preschool and Kindergarten education options.

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