Director of NextGen Ministries

Parkside Church

Job Description

Parkside Church, in the Southwest Metro area of the Twin Cities, is in search of a Director of NextGen Ministries. Recent growth and renovated facilities lead us to see who might join our team to help fulfill God’s mission at Parkside. This new position will oversee and lead all ministries from cradle to college. Their goal is to establish ministries to children and students as one strategic, continuous ministry that maximizes the impact the church can have before adulthood. The focus will be to minister to the whole family, empowering parents and mentors to better disciple their children to maturity in faith. The person in this position will oversee and coordinate the efforts of a combination of volunteers, interns, and paid part-time stipend staff who will conduct the various NextGen ministries. We want to seize this opportunity in transition to develop a staff position that recruits and equips the congregation rather than simply minister to them.  

What you’ll be doing:

  • Provide flourishing, continuous ministries that lead young people into a deep and meaningful relationship with Christ that will last for a lifetime.
  • Establish deep networks and relationships in the church and community
  • Leverage those relationships and networks for the purpose of providing leaders and others to serve in NextGen ministries and programs. 
  • Recruit, equip and engage volunteers and develop strong leaders
  • Empower parents in laying a foundation of faith
  • Collaborating with church senior leadership to integrate our vision for disciple-making into NextGen ministries so that we prepare our young people to be disciples who make disciples. 

Skills and characteristics you need to have:

  • An authentic and vital relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior with observable fruits of the spirit demonstrated in this person’s life.
  • Demonstrated passion for children’s and/or student’s ministries.
  • Alignment with Parkside vision as it relates to church staff focusing on ‘equipping the saints’ for ministry as opposed to conducting all the ministries themselves.
  • Alignment with Parkside vision as it relates to emerging Disciple Making Movement (DMM) initiatives and a commitment to integrate that into the NextGen ministry programs. 
  • Interpersonal and organizational leadership skills necessary to recruit and equip the volunteers, interns, and paid part-time stipend staff necessary to conduct the various NextGen ministries.
  • Teachability will be paramount since it is unlikely that a candidate will have expertise and training in both children’s and student’s ministry.
  • Education that includes a bachelor’s degree (or an approved training program) in an area relevant to this position. This person must be licensed for ministry or be willing to pursue licensure with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Experience in paid youth ministries leadership in a church comparable to Parkside will be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.  
  • Experience that includes 2-3 years of volunteer or paid service in some area of children’s and/or student’s ministries in a church comparable to Parkside.

Waconia is a progressively growing community located just 30 minutes west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in an area popular with visitors for its many lakes, parks, and other enjoyable destinations. Named a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the City of Waconia is nestled next to scenic Lake Waconia, the third largest lake in the Metro and one of the cleanest lakes in the area. 

Additionally, Waconia boasts a dynamic economy, established industrial parks, first-class education, and exceptional healthcare facilities. Combined, all of these amenities make Waconia a great place to minister, live, work, learn, and play!


Those interested in being considered for this opportunity should send a cover letter and resume to:

Paul Blezien

Executive Administrator

[email protected]

Position Filled
Experience Required
1 – 5 years


Education Required
Bachelor’s degree

Date Posted
1 year ago
Waconia, Minnesota

Christian Missionary Alliance

Church Size
250-350 people

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