||Position: Missioner for Young Peoples’ Ministry
Reports to: Canon for Congregational Development & Transitions
Status: Full time
The Missioner Young People’s Ministry will encourage, equip and empower communities of faith in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan to develop ministries for young people ages 0-18. Reporting to the Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions, the Missioner will facilitate programming and serve as a trainer for local congregational ministries by offering educational opportunities for adults who work with the young people, creating networks of communication and support. The Missioner must have a thorough understanding of pedagogy, childhood spirituality, and childhood development, and a passion for young people and those who minister to them. Creativity, unbridled optimism, and wily administrative skills will be a strong asset as the Missioner works with the bishop’s team to further our congregations’ vitality. We value deep spiritual maturity and a commitment to self-awareness and spiritual growth. We expect this missioner to nurture their professional and spiritual development through continued study, retreat time and professional development.
Congregational Resource and Support
- Provide support and training for congregations in Christian Education programming including Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Godly Play, Journey to Adulthood and additional relevant and up to date programming.
- Design and plan Christian Education programming for children, youth & their families in diocesan congregations
- Assist communities of faith as they strategically offer and deepen their ministry to families and their children; serve as resource and consultant.
- Maintain current knowledge base of resources and programming for children and youth and information as helpful to worshipping communities
- Provide opportunities for gathering and training of congregational staff and volunteers support children, lay & ordained, paid & volunteer
- Provide expert and current consult in policies relating to safe and appropriate standards for ministry with children and youth.
Diocesan Programming & Support
- Plan and promote seasonal diocesan events for children and youth that support the vision of the bishop
- Coordinate participation in Episcopal gatherings beyond the Diocese of Michigan as well as ecumenical and interfaith events
- Develop teams of congregational leaders to coordinate and support these programs
- Support and resource opportunities for summer camp experiences for children and youth.
- Serve on boards and committees as requested by the Bishop of the Diocese.
- Degree in Education/Christian Education or background and certification in a relevant field of study
- 3 Years of experience in leading and designing Christian Education programs
- Knowledge of Episcopal Church polity and ethos, history and theology
- Ease and facility in addressing large and small groups across the broad range of diversities included in diocesan demographics
- A calling and passion and experience in working with children, youth, families
- Familiarity with The Episcopal Church and current education trends and practices for the twenty-first century.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to incorporate current technology in planning, communicating and execution of programs
- Demonstrated ability in recruiting and coordinating volunteers
- Solid administrative abilities, including the ability to effectively track and coordinate a number of complex projects at once
- Must be able to work collaboratively with diocesan lay and clergy leadership, and other members of the Bishop’s staff, and ensure appropriate confidentiality in all matters
- Must be able to adjust personal schedule to accommodate after hours and weekend meetings at locations throughout the Diocese
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.