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Director of Youth and Young Adults – Episcopal News Service

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

St. James Church

As Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the director will focus on creating a community where our youth and young adults are known, loved, and supported in their growth as disciples of Jesus Christ through the Christian formation, service and community.

Send your resume and cover letter to the vicar, Reverend Zachary Thompson, to [email protected] by May 1.

General responsibilities

  • Attend weekly staff meeting (Wednesday, 10am)
  • Participate in the weekly training team meeting with the training associate and director of children and family ministries
  • Plan weekly schedule and vacation/continuing education time in consultation with Rector and direct supervisors.
  • Occasionally participate in staff retreats, planning days, etc.
  • Be responsible for listings of relevant classes, committees and groups in the ACS database; relevant schedule entries in ACS Facility Scheduler; and the corresponding budgets in ACS Financial Suite.
  • Participate in the mutual ministry review after the first 6 months; annual review with supervisors thereafter.

Youth

Global Responsibilities

  • Work with the Youth Ministry Committee to develop an overall vision and direction for youth ministry in St. James’; provide appropriate leadership as staff liaison, working with the President and liaison with the vestry
  • Communicate effectively with parents and youth via email, text, website, social media, meetings, etc.
  • Ensure a safe and supportive community by overseeing adherence to Safe Church standards for all volunteers.
  • In cooperation and consultation with the clergy, provide appropriate pastoral care to youth and families

Youth in worship

  • Coordinate ushers for the 9:10 a.m. Eucharist (September to May); Grade 8 confirmands serve as ushers, with high school students serving as head ushers.
  • Support young occasional preachers (e.g. Sunday seniors)
  • Conduct the annual Christmas pageant, working with the Director of Children and Family Ministries and the Musical Associate for Children and Youth.
  • Prepare the confirmands to administer the ashes at 6 p.m. Ash Wednesday Eucharist
  • Coordinating Young Disciples at 4 p.m. Children’s Service for Good Friday

middle school

  • Responsible for the overall vision of ministry with and to 6th and 7th graders, with a clear focus on helping them grow as disciples of Jesus.
  • Recruit, train and support college youth counselors for the college youth group.
  • Plan the agenda for youth group meetings (Sundays, 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
  • Work closely with the youth committee to plan appropriate fellowship and mission/service opportunities (e.g. Friday Friends)

8th grade certificate

  • Responsible for the overall vision for the 8th grade confirmation experience.
  • Class: coordinate program and schedule with co-leader (volunteer parishioner)
  • Mission: coordinate the monthly youth evening during the Friday dinner program.
  • Worship: Make sure that confirmands serve either as ushers, acolytes or choristers.
  • Retreat: Plan confirmation-specific activities for Parish Weekend Away.
  • In the spring, plan individual meetings between each confirmand and the Rector.
  • Coordinate Confirmation Sunday: rehearsal, gifts and certificates, reception, etc.

High school

  • Responsible for the overall vision of ministry with and to students in grades 9-12, with a clear focus on helping them grow as disciples of Jesus.
  • Recruit, train and support secondary school youth advisers.
  • Plan the agenda for youth group meetings (Sundays, 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.).
  • Coordinate the monthly Youth Night at Friday Dinner program (2nd Friday of each month, September to May); recruit enough youth volunteers and accompanying adults; coordinate the menu with the FDP coordinator.
  • Plan at least one annual mission trip and/or religious pilgrimage.
  • Work closely with the Youth Committee to plan appropriate additional fellowship, pilgrimage, and mission/service opportunities.
  • Maintain contact with high school students at boarding school.
  • Coordinate Recognition/Senior Sunday

Young adults

The director will welcome young adults (the “St. Jamesians”) aged 18-39 and help them connect with others at the same stages of life. This group focuses on helping 20/30 year olds integrate into the larger life of the parish with a focus on studies, service, and social commitments in three parts. With the St. Jamesians committee, the director will coordinate, communicate, budget, plan, recruit, and train leaders to organize fellowship events, study and prayer groups, service opportunities, and retreats. Past offerings have included small groups, weekly Bible studies, house churches, retreats and theme nights at the parsonage.

Benefits: This position is full-time and provides health insurance and funds for transportation, hospitality and continuing education.