Associate Pastor (Youth) - Naperville, IL


Listed 02-22-2018
Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Ln., Naperville, IL 60540. Phone: 630-355-8181. Web site:
Naperville, IL
Start Date
Full Time

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At Knox, we believe that God has called us together to be a community of faith where people encounter the living Christ and desire to be more like him. We are a thriving, welcoming, spirit-filled community focused on worship, fellowship, education, and mission. We endeavor to learn, grow and serve as followers of Jesus.

The vision for our youth is to cultivate a community of young Christians who believe deeply that loving God, knowing Jesus, embracing the Spirit of love, compassion and forgiveness, and serving others are not just church doctrines—they are a way of life. To accomplish this, we strive to:

Learn and Grow: Confirmation; Wednesday and Sunday night Youth Group; Retreats; Worship attendance

Serve: Mission trips and local service opportunities; Youth-designed and led service projects

Cultivate Christian Leaders: Youth Leadership Team; Lean on Me Ministry; Worship roles, including testimony; Confirmation leaders; VBS leaders; Instrumentalists and music performers

Instill “Intentional Christian Community:” Fun fellowship events within a Christian behavior context

Love Others: Inclusion regardless of cross-cultural, physical, cognitive, or other differences

Mentor: Adult volunteers encouraged to develop mentoring relationships with youth; College mentoring program

Evangelize: Youth and adults taught the value of visible Christian action and the need to invite others

Safety: Child Protection Policy

Our Youth and Young Adult Ministry leader will advance existing programming while crafting novel programs.

  • Programs must be scripturally-based and instill the ethics and morals of Intentional Christian Community

Our leader will demonstrate a strong personal faith, spiritual maturity, tenacity, and passion for youth and young adult ministry.

  • This position encompasses many responsibilities with a significant workload
  • A successful leader in this position must be fully dedicated to advancing God’s Kingdom by loving, understanding, and patiently guiding youth and young adults
  • This position will require energy and stamina to keep up with the pace of activities and drive of our youth

Our leader will build trust and relationship with and among our youth and their parents, young adults, adult volunteers, staff, and the congregation as a whole. This will include:

  • Collaboration, encouragement and support of all these persons
  • A recruitment, management and succession plan for adult volunteers
  • A balance between fun carefree interactions and re-direction to appropriate behavior, with discipline as necessary

The issues facing our youth are most effectively addressed from a culturally relevant perspective.

  • This role will require deliberate and ongoing personal enrichment for spiritual growth, creativity and relevance to our youth’s culture

We are looking for a spiritually mature leader who loves teaching the Word of God and imparting Christian morals and ethics in ways relevant to our youth.

Our leader must be able to work collaboratively with the Head of Staff, the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry, and other staff members to develop a consistent progression of biblical teaching from early childhood through high school. To implement this programming, our leader must possess good communication skills, including public speaking to large and small groups, as well as effectively utilize popular modes of electronic communication.

Our leader must be compassionate for the pain and concerns of youth as they progress through adolescence. Our leader should be an accessible and empathetic advisor and must foster an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for all youth regardless of abilities, background or situation. Our leader must cultivate strong and trustworthy personal relationships with staff, adult volunteers, youth, and their parents.

Finally, our leader should have a clear vision for growing the ministry and the ability to develop a well-defined strategy to achieve that vision. They should take initiative in leading the ministry into new places. This will require strong personal resilience and adaptation in the face of adversity with the goal of seeking constructive outcomes.

This position reports directly to the Head of Staff and works with Staff, Session, and the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Council to plan, implement and supervise all programs, and provide spiritual guidance and counseling for Confirmation (grade 8), youth (grades 9-12), and young adults up to age 25. If the applicant is ordained, this role will include pastoral duties as directed by Head of Staff.

Program areas include the following:


  • Sept to April program during 8th grade (eg, Sunday classes, special events, Weekend of Decision retreat, and Confirmation Sunday)

Senior High Ministries

  • Wednesday and Sunday Night Youth Group
  • Youth Retreats (eg, Spring, Winter, Awakening, Triennium)
  • Fellowship Activities (eg, Lock-Ins, Fall event, Whirlyball, Dunes day trip, Broom Hockey)
  • Service Activities (eg, Hesed House; Senior (Citizen) Prom)
  • Youth Leadership opportunities (eg, Leadership Team; Lean on Me Ministry)
  • Spiritual Activities (eg, Worship participation, Testimonies)
  • Baccalaureate Service
  • Go and Serve Mission Trip
  • Committee liaison and spiritual leader for yearly June, week-long, US trip
  • Participants include youth (post-Confirmation to seniors), college age (post-sophomore), young adults, and adult volunteers
  • Average attendance over 120 persons

College Ministry

  • Bible Study; Mentoring program; Care packages; Fellowship events

Young Adult Ministry

  • Bible Study; Fellowship events; International mission trip (yearly Dec/Jan)

Please submit your cover letter and Personal Information Form to the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee, Tom Rose, Moderator.

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