Area Director - Henderson County, TX


​Henderson County Young Life is an established Young Life area that is looking to hire an area director to build on current ministry. Henderson County’s population (as of 2010)  is approximately 78,000.The county seat is Athens. Currently ministry in Henderson County mainly draws from Athens High School, but other small town neighboring high schools also attend this club. This position is for ministry to high school students in the county. There is a solid financial support base, a healthy committee, and supportive adult involvement. The area sits in the Northeast Texas Region which includes 35 areas and 75 full-time staff members.


  • Demonstrate spiritual leadership on a personal and area level.
  • Recruit and train staff and leaders to build leadership teams that reflect the community.
  • Build a healthy mission community among staff, leaders and committee while providing vision and direction.
  • Supervise, develop and evaluate area staff, providing resources and experiences needed to implement the vision.
  • Observe and evaluate each of the schools/ministries in the local area annually.
  • Lead or co-lead a model Young Life club; lead an effective Campaigners ministry with excellence.
  • Model excellence in contact work, club, Campaigners and camping to other leaders.
  • Develop and lead the area’s fundraising strategy and ensure excellence in communication to donors.
  • Raise the necessary funds to carry out the ministry vision for the local area, keeping the area consistently in surplus (goal is a one-month cash reserve minimum).
  • Manage finances with stewardship, accountability and transparency using the missionwide applications.


  • Previous Young Life staff experience required, preferably two-three years.
    • Require completion of Young Life Core Training Phase 1.

  • Love for Christ and kids.
  • College degree preferred.
  • Proven relational and leadership skills with youth and adults.
  • Ability to recruit, train and lead adults.
  • Ability to raise personal support.


  • Salary in line with education, experience and responsibilities.
  • Medical, dental and vision.
  • Flexible paid time off.
  • 401(k) matching plan.

How To Apply:

​Please send a current resume (including all ministry and job experience) and a one-page letter describing your testimony to Johnny Russell. Thank you for your interest!