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The Chapel, LA

Youth Ministry Director

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 1400

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Role: Youth Ministry Director

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Meet The Chapel, LA:

In 1972, The Chapel on the Campus was established in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by a group of people who were concerned for the spiritual needs of students on the campus of Louisiana State University. Over the years, The Chapel not only succeeded, but it also thrived, growing beyond its expectations in size and impact. Its success has been attributed to its commitment to its founding vision to share the Good News of Jesus on the campus, in the community through ministry, and around the world through missions.

In the early 2000s, The Chapel’s impact was moving beyond its location on the campus of LSU. In response, the elders initiated a stewardship campaign to provide funding to revitalize campus ministry and to relocate part of the congregation to a new facility centrally located in the heart of Baton Rouge. Ministry to collegians was enhanced by starting a Sunday evening service called Refuge 7:37 and opening a free coffee shop named Common Grounds to LSU. Community groups, leadership training, and mission opportunities helped students mature in their faith and adopt a global mission mindset. The college ministry has established ongoing student involvement in China and the Czech Republic and in local missions to serve the poor and needy. As part of the strategy to relocate some of the congregation, a temporary Chapel location was established at The Dunham School in June 2003. This temporary location found a permanent home when The Chapel received The Oaks Community Church and merged ministries in October 2006. This second location is named The Chapel/Siegen Ln while the 1st location is called The Chapel/LSU.

Although The Chapel has changed from the early days when it had no buildings, no set place to meet, and only a single staff member, one thing has remained the same: The Chapel’s ongoing commitment to glorify God by introducing people to salvation through Jesus Christ and helping them develop into committed disciples who help others meet, know and follow Jesus—On the Campus, In the City, and around the World.

The Chapel, under the leadership of Dr. Kevin McKee who became Senior Pastor in 2011, looks toward its 10 Year Vision called “Geaux 2030” with a renewed sense of direction to:

  • Equip and send 300 people into full-time ministry by 2030, 

  • To mature and prepare those who attend The Chapel to “live sent” on the campus of LSU and in the Baton Rouge community

  • Plant churches near major universities throughout the US and abroad. 


About the Youth Ministry Director:

The Youth Ministry Director will work to achieve the Chapel’s mission of helping people to meet, know and follow Jesus by providing leadership and direction to the Chapel’s Middle and High School Ministry at its two locations.

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The Youth Ministry Director Will: 

  • Next-Gen Ministry |  Be a collaborative and supportive member of the Chapel’s Next Gen Ministry. The Youth Director and Kids Director will work together to shape the NextGen Ministry in alignment with the Chapel’s mission and values. The goal is to create a strong partnership between the church and parents. 

  • Global Champion | Be the global champion by providing leadership for the Youth Ministry at its two locations;  alignment between mission, locations, curriculum, youth volunteers and staff, etc.  

  • Volunteer Recruiter | Be a recruiter and developer of leaders that will invest relationally in the lives of middle and high school youth, leading to discipleship. The position will require the leader to raise up and equip others to connect relationally with youth on the weekends and throughout the week.  

  • Biblical Teacher | Be a teacher of God’s Word and a developer of others to lead youth to understand and apply the  Bible to their lives.  

  • Shepherd Leader | Be a shepherd that provides care and support to students, their families, and volunteers 

  • Organizer/Dreamer | Be a dreamer/organizer of events, retreats, and trips that create community, provide an entry point for new youth to connect and move the mission of the Chapel forward.  

  • Technically Skilled | Be proficient in the use of technology and other social media to reach/communicate with youth.

  • Budget Minded |  Be responsible for the spending and oversight of the yearly Youth Ministry budget.

  • Mission Supporter | Be a supportive member of the Chapel’s Lead Team as the champion for the Youth Ministry.

What You Bring: 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; preferably a biblical degree or student ministry degree.

  • Have 3-5 years of experience on a paid staff leading or connected with Youth Ministry.

Personal Characteristics

  • A track record of spiritual maturity and character consistent with biblical leadership.  

  • A relational leader that sees fun and doing life with students, their families, and our team as a value.

  • Have a passion to reach and disciple unchurched students and their families 

  • Have an understanding of a Church/Parent Ministry model.  

  • Be a self-motivated leader, loving life on a team without the need for micromanagement.

  • Be a gifted communicator that can convey biblical truth in an age-appropriate manner.

  • Be a problem solver, having a successful track record of project and event management.

  • Have the ability to recruit, develop, and lead teams of volunteers.

  • Agree with and embrace the culture, vision, and doctrinal statement of The Chapel.


What it's Like to Live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 

The Baton Rouge area, also known as the "Capital Area," is the middle ground of South Louisiana cultures, having a mix of Cajun and Creole Catholics and Baptists of the Florida Parishes and South Mississippi.

With a prime, central location—just an hour away from New Orleans and Lafayette—Baton Rouge is the perfect city to explore the eclectic culture of this amazing state. Nicknamed the “Red Stick,” the city’s rich past as an ocean port and center for antebellum commerce adds spice to the local character. There are many points of interest along the shady streets with their gracious old homes. The landscape is unique to the state, with lush, wet forests of evergreen, live oak, and magnolia trees growing in the area. Especially to the west lie areas of mixed agricultural use, sugar plantations, and marshland, with areas of woodland and pine forest to the north.

A colorful political history is deeply entwined in the culture of Baton Rouge; it can be found both in the storied past of local dealmakers, showcased at the Old Louisiana State Capitol, and in the political history that is being written now inside the art deco skyscraper that serves as the current capitol. As home to the main campus of Louisiana State University and several smaller colleges, the city buzzes with the energy of youth while holding fast to its traditions in Southern lifestyle and historic sites. LSU's home football games dominate the fall social calendar when fans perfect the art of tailgating and pack the immense Tiger Stadium. A revival is underway in the city center where attractions range from a riverfront casino to the USS Kidd floating museum to the ultra-contemporary Shaw Center for the Arts, which clusters an art museum, gallery spaces, theaters, and restaurants in the heart of downtown.

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