This is a part-time position with the potential for growth and advancement. The position might be ideal for (but is not limited to) a college graduate seeking to discern a call into full-time vocational ministry. We are looking for someone willing to make a 2-year commitment while co-discerning their next steps. We would welcome the opportunity to pour into our Youth Director for a time before going off to seminary, or to walk alongside our Youth Director through seminary via distance learning. If seminary is not where God ultimately leads, we will be glad to help in the discernment process and send our Youth Director out wherever God leads from here.
Regular duties and responsibilities
• Become a member (or transfer membership) and attend weekly worship at Immanuel CRC.
• Prepare a youth ministry calendar each summer for the upcoming school year.
• Prepare, plan, and implement regular meetings for high school (weekly during the school year) and junior high (bi-weekly during the school year). This will include intentional times of discipleship and teaching (Bible, theology, worldview).
• Prepare, plan, and implement engagement with youth during the summer (events, summer bible study, etc.).
• Will maintain a relationship with post-high students and encourage them to become integrated into the life of the local church.
• Prepare, plan, and implement a youth retreat during the school year.
• Serve as a Hi-Camp counselor (youth summer camp).
• Prepare, plan, and implement summer service projects/mission trip as a discipleship opportunity for the youth.
• Become integrated in the life of the community and attend student events (sports, plays, etc.).
• Speak for chapel at the local Christian School (at least once per year).
• Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly governing council meetings. Will also provide a monthly report to the church council.
• Meet weekly with senior pastor for a mentoring relationship and read assigned books on theology/philosophy of ministry.
• Facilitate discipleship relationships for each high school or junior high student with an adult in the church.
• Maintain and equip a group of adult volunteers to support and engage students as well as help with details of weekly meetings, fund raisers, and retreats.
• Maintain communication with parents, the council, and the congregation so everyone is current with Immanuel CRC youth ministries.
• Maintain youth ministry budget.
• Baptized Christian in good standing with current church.
• Preferred college degree or at least 5 years in related experience.
• Identification with and affirmation of reformed theology, piety and practice. Adherence to the Three Forms of Unity.
• In addition to godly character, must possess a growing relationship with and love for Christ and His church.
• The ability to teach while also being teachable.
• The ability to relate well with others and work within a team.
• Good organizational skills.
• Good communication skills (verbal & written).
• The youth director reports directly to the senior pastor and is responsible to the governing council of Immanuel CRC for doctrine and life.
• The youth director receives an annual evaluation from the senior pastor, a member of the governing council, and a member of the personnel committee.
Time and compensation
This role is not to exceed 28 hours per week with a starting salary of $32,000 per year.
If you’re interested in applying for this position, please send the following information by email.
2. Answers to questionnaire (below).
3. Cover letter as to why you are interested in this position.
1. Describe a situation you really enjoyed (or a “success” story) and a situation that was messy and difficult that didn’t work out as you planned while working with parents of youth, a coworker, or a boss.
2. In your experience looking back, what are 1-2 assumptions about youth ministry/culture that you once held but have now changed? In other words, what perspectives of youth ministry have changed for you over time?
3. What are your thoughts on the role of technology/social media in the lives of youth?
4. Describe your approach to organizing volunteers for youth ministry in a church and equipping them to serve. What are 1-2 strengths and weaknesses you’ve learned about yourself in this approach? Or, if you have not organized volunteers before, what would be your approach and what strengths and weaknesses might this type of work reveal in you?
5. Where do you see yourself needing help and where do you feel the most confident in organization and administration of youth ministry? In teaching and equipping?
6. What are your goals and dreams for the future?