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Youth Ministry Coordinator

We are looking to hire a salaried, part-time Youth Ministry Coordinator. This person directs and oversees youth from 6th to 12th grades. Potential candidates should have a heart for understanding the special needs of middle school and high school students and have a desire to include this valuable group of young people in the life of the church.

This is a salaried, part-time position (averaging 20 hours/week) that requires non-standard work hours, with some flexible scheduling (Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings required). 

Qualified candidates will have experience working with youth, a growing faith, leadership and organizational skills, and the ability to motivate and work with volunteers. 

A complete job description can be found below. 

Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Qualified candidates are invited to send a resume, cover letter and statement of faith to jobs@stjohnsbr.org by July 31, 2018.

YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR JOB DESCRIPTION

The Youth Ministry Coordinator is called to help build disciples for Jesus Christ by implementing a comprehensive approach to youth in grades 6 through 12 by serving as a spiritual leader and role model, by leading and directing Youth programming, and by helping a diverse group of youth grow spiritually in the way of Jesus.

This is accomplished by providing a welcoming, competent, Spirit-led staff presence at youth ministry programs; inspiring youth, volunteers and parents to live faithfully and joyfully into the calling of ministry with youth; and engaging in cooperative ministry planning and implementation along with pastors and staff.

Description and Responsibilities:

  • Builds disciples for Jesus Christ by incorporating Christian teachings and beliefs, as well as United Methodist practices and theology, into all facets of the Youth Ministry.
  • Helps plan, develop, and implement all aspects of a balanced youth ministry in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach.
  • Mentors youth in developing their leadership skills.
  • Plans and implements Youth Ministry events and rites of passage in coordination with the church’s overall mission, vision and calendar. This includes the summer mission trips, Youth Week, small groups, retreats and mission efforts. 
  • Maintains youth calendar and communicates information in an effective and timely manner, using all available resources (email, website, bulletin, newsletter, bulletin board, social media, etc.). Ensures communication with church staff and leadership, parents, youth, and the congregation as a whole.
  • Recruits all volunteers serving in the Youth Ministry and provides training and support for those volunteers, including youth Sunday School teachers, summer Youth Intern (if applicable), and volunteers for Sunday evening youth group, trips and special events. Ensures adequate volunteer support and adult to youth ratios.
  • Coordinates Sunday School for youth (grades 6-12) and recruits teachers in partnership with other program staff and pastors. Provides teachers and volunteers with materials, curriculum, registration information, and needed equipment.
  • Maintains and distributes control and compliance documents in a timely fashion. Control documents include Youth Directory, Volunteer Job Descriptions, Youth Ministry Calendar, Event and Trip Registration forms, and Leader Directories. Compliance documents include copyright licensing and background checks on volunteers.
  • Is an active part of St. John’s church community and life, and as such participates in all Sunday worship services. Supports the church through prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Encourages others in participation of all facets of church life.
  • Maintains a regular weekly schedule in order to be accessible to youth, parents, and staff. 
  • Manages and works within the youth ministry budget, and coordinates fundraising activities to support special youth activities and trips.
  • Collects and maintains attendance and other pertinent data about the Youth Ministries and tracks attendance monthly to identify youth and families who have been absent, following up with those who have been absent. Provides new families with youth timely, welcoming follow-up that naturally encourages their future involvement in the life of St. John’s and its Youth Ministry.
  • Encourages and facilitates involvement in spiritual formation opportunities offered outside the local church through our United Methodist connection.
  • Develops a comprehensive, strategic plan for youth ministry and regularly evaluates, visions, and sets goals for the youth ministry of St. John’s. 
  • Works in concert with the gifts and talents of other staff members and maintains a teamwork mentality.
  • Ensures that the Safe Sanctuary policy of the church is observed in all youth ministry settings.

Time Commitment: This is a salaried, half-time (20 hours per week) position, with the potential for additional hours as the youth program grows. It requires non-standard work hours, and weekend commitments (including Sunday mornings and evenings); additional hours are required for overnight retreats, lock-ins, mission trips, and special events.

Special Talents, Skills Preferred: Education and/or experience with middle school or high school age youth, maturity, delegation, organization, communication (including social media), administration, creativity, a passion for and love of youth; familiarity with The United Methodist Church and Wesleyan doctrine.

Resources and Training Provided: Annual Safe Sanctuaries training. 

Organizational Relationship and Supervision: The Youth Ministry Coordinator reports to the Lead Pastor. The Lead Pastor, in cooperation with the Staff Parish Relations Committee, provides an annual evaluation of the Youth Ministry Coordinator’s performance. Attends staff meetings, Christian Formation, Church Council, and any other meetings deemed appropriate by the Lead Pastor. 

Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the recommendation of the position’s supervisor with approval of the Staff Parish Relations Committee. All changes will be communicated in writing prior to implementation.

City: 
Baton Rouge
State: 
Louisiana
Employer: 
St. John's United Methodist Church
Job Type: 
Part-Time
Job Category: 
Youth Ministry
Denomination: 
United Methodist Church (UMC)