Lay Associate for Formation, Youth and Program

Anderson, SC
Type: Lay
Posted Nov 17, 2022
Job Title
Lay Associate for Formation, Youth and Program
Name of church or organization
Grace Episcopal Church
Anderson, SC
Job Description
POSITION :      Lay Associate for Formation, Youth, and Program
EMPLOYER:  Grace Episcopal Church – Anderson, SC
STATUS:          Full Time Salaried Position with Benefits
                          Salary Commensurate with Education, Experience, Diocesan Guidelines 


Position Summary


Grace Episcopal Church is a vibrant, energetic, good news church that proclaims and celebrates the word and sacrament that God in Christ embraces the world. The synergy of our parish is most evident in our love of outreach, service to others and our commitment to supporting our children and youth while living out the gospel of Jesus Christ. All are welcome. We seek new ways to live into our role as a part of the body of Christ. We explore discipleship, forgiveness, ways to honor the environment and how to love our neighbor. We seek a Lay Associate for children, youth and families to lead formation and programs. This individual will have responsibility for Christian formation for children from preschool through grade 12 and lead an energetic and creative program for youth in grades 6 through 12. The Lay Associate will be an integral part of all ministries and programs; engaging all members with a focus on children, youth and families within our parish and the surrounding community. He/she will build and strengthen friendships, promote love and kindness and extend the love of Christ to the world and always remember the Gospel of Jesus Christ is really good news, all the time, to everyone.



  • Develop, coordinate and lead a balanced youth program that engages youth, creating opportunities for spiritual growth, connection, fun, fellowship, mission, and service for middle school and high school students
  • Create caring and compassionate relationships and a welcoming community for children, youth and families within our parish and the community beyond based on the joys and traditions of Christianity and our Episcopal tradition
  • Serve as a spiritual leader, role model and mentor, supporting the spiritual formation and overall well-being of children and youth
  • Build relationships with parents and other adult parishioners to recruit and develop a committed network of volunteers
  • Develop, coordinate, and lead innovative and inviting class offerings, activities, experiences and community building events for children, youth and adults grounded in our Christian faith
  • Organize classrooms, materials, and lessons to maximize learning, creativity, spiritual growth, cleanliness, and safety
  • Engage parents in the spiritual formation of children and youth
  • Communicate in a timely and effective manner, using all available communication resources (email, social media, website, church Facebook page, bulletins, church newsletter, speaking at church services) the details of programs, youth events in the parish and diocese, event registration details, volunteer needs, program successes, etc
  • Collaborate and coordinate activities with the Rector, staff, children, youth, parents, volunteers, and other church ministries and groups
  • Coordinate and grow parish fellowship oppurtunities
  • Prepare and steward the youth ministry budget, keep records of expenditures and attendance
  • Contribute a monthly article for the newsletter and status reports as requested
  • Provide a year-end summary for the church’s Annual Report
  • Maintain a healthy balance of personal spiritual formation, self-care, and ministry



  • Education: minimum high school education, bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience in youth ministry, Christian education or similar experience is preferred
  • Exhibit high integrity, sound judgement, ability to handle challenging situations, with quick decision-making, grace under pressure, and a good sense of humor
  • Outstanding leadership and relationship skills for educating, inspiring, and empowering young people, parents and volunteers
  • Problem solving, conflict resolution, strong verbal and written skills, computer skills
  • Knowledge of the Bible
  • Demonstrated commitment in working with young people, parents, and volunteers in a highenergy and dynamic environment.
  • Must possess strong organizational, leadership and group management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with exceptional ability to communicate and build relationships with youth and teens, as well as with lay leaders, parents, and other stakeholders
  • Excellent project management, program planning, implementation, and administrative skills
  • Understanding of and ability to work within a defined budget
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a “team player” with other staff and volunteers
  • Ability to utilize computer expertise, various software programs, a website, social media, eblasts, and other modes of communications to promote and administer programming Required to complete Safe Church Training and other training materials • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Must have good driving record, dependable personal transportation and insurance
  • Must be physically healthy and be able to be physically active
  • References required

Contact: The Rev. Jack Hardaway

Type of Commitment
Full Time
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Application Process
Contact Rector: The Rev. Jack Hardaway
Application Deadline