||The Director of Youth Ministry (the “Youth Minister”) nurtures a community of youth and their families by creating opportunities for fellowship, joyful worship, service, and prayer, enabling youth to grow closer in relationship to God and one another.
DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversees and develops the youth ministry at CCG and directs the implementation of its mission/vision
- Encourages and enables volunteers and other parishioners to build meaningful relationships with youth
- Spiritually supports youth of CCG for a life-long faith walk
The Youth Minister oversees all programs and special events for youth (grades 6-12) and their families. In addition, (s)he also engages older elementary school children (4th-5th graders) in faith formation and fellowship programming. The following outcomes are desired/anticipated:
- Regular programs are growing in participation, enthusiasm, and excellence. The programs and activities are transformative and excite and nurture faith development, are relevant and age-appropriate, and build relationships.
- The infrastructure for the program or activity is organized and complete: in a timely manner, information is shared with all necessary parties, proper documentation is collected, the required amount of volunteers are secured and trained, and all Safe Church best practices are followed.
- Youth ministry is not confined to the walls of the church building. The Youth Minister engages partnership opportunities with other youth groups and organizations, plans and organizes retreats, organizes mission and outreach activities, and builds relationships with youth in their own milieu (eg. sporting events, musicals, etc.).
- The Youth Minister advocates for youth and their parents in the context of the whole church community, continually bringing to the forefront those issues that are important to the spiritual, social and emotional development of youth (and their parents when appropriate).
- A budget for the program year and individual programs/activities is developed and managed.
- A CCG Confirmation program is nurtured and facilitated. Confirmands are introduced to and serve in the different areas of Church service (e.g., greeters, altar guild, hospitality). Each confirmand has at least one meeting with a member of the clergy.
The Youth Minister ensures that appropriate relationships are built among youth, church staff, volunteers and the church as a whole. These relationships are built on guidance, support, and encouragement in the youth’s faith development and in all other aspects of their lives. The following outcomes are desired/anticipated:
- The Youth Minister knows the youth and their parents in the church directory by name.
- Youth engage in meaningful ways not only with each other but with adult volunteers, mentors and pastoral leaders
- Excellent communication is maintained with youth, parents and the church.
- Systems are implemented for tracking, following up, and checking in with youth and families who are new, have not been attending, and are attending regularly.
- Parent gatherings happen several times a year to educate, answer questions, share the vision for upcoming events, and engage families in the youth ministry.
The Youth Minister recruits and trains a team of invested adult volunteers who support all the different aspects of the youth ministry. The following outcomes are desired/anticipated:
- All volunteer positions have clear, results based job descriptions.
- All youth ministry volunteers are recruited and receive training at least one month before their terms of service are to begin. In other words, they are equipped to serve in a way that honors their time and the students with whom they are engaging.
- The retention level of youth ministry volunteers is high, providing consistent, long-term leadership.
- Ongoing training is provided for the youth ministry volunteers including group gatherings and “on-the-go” training times. Spiritual support and encouragement is also provided for the volunteers working hands-on with youth.
- All adults involved in the youth ministry programs have completed the appropriate channels for serving as a volunteer (such as background checks) and all adults are engaging in safe church practices.
The Youth Minister works closely with the Music Director, Acolyte Guild, and Director of Children and Family Ministries to ensure an organic and seamless integration of the youth ministry, the youth choir program and acolytes. The following outcomes are desired/anticipated:
- Youth ministry and youth choir events (camp, overnight trips, etc.) are calendared in a complementary way, and the Youth Minister will regard choir events as an important and valuable place for him or her to minister to youth (attending, when able, events and programs such as choir camp, overnight trips, etc.).
- In conjunction with the Music Director, the Youth Minister has provided a cohesive Christian Education plan for choristers and acolytes.
- The Youth Minister is regularly present at choir dinners and overnight events.
- The Director of Children and Family Ministries and the Youth Minister collaborate on a regular basis, ensuring there is intentional and strategic programming and formation opportunities for children in 4th and 5th grades.
- The Youth Minister assists the Director of Children and Family Ministries.
- The Youth Minister works closely with the clergy and is considered part of the CCG leadership team.
Team Composition (number): One staff person, serving with a team of volunteer leaders
Time Commitment: 40 hours per week
Special Talents, Skills Preferred:
- A growing and personal relationship with Christ and the Holy Spirit
- A bachelor’s degree or higher and a minimum of five years of youth ministry experience
- A great understanding of today’s adolescents and families
- An ability and desire to connect with youth and families
- Excellent communication through all mediums (oral, written, digital, etc.)
- Ability to develop, maintain and adhere to a budget
- A desire for lifelong learning
Resources and Training Provided: Attend continuing education events for youth and “tween” ministry. Complete the Safe Church
Training and CHRO Sexual Harassment Training.