1. Purpose: To nurture and support middle and high school-age youth, and college-age adults in developing their relationship with Jesus Christ. To plan and provide leadership for the youth ministry programs within First Presbyterian Church and in the local community; providing training, counseling and encouragement for youth.
2. Relations and Responsibility: To the Pastor as Head of Staff; the Associate Pastor as supervisor; the Youth Discipleship Team for program development and the Personnel Team for collaboration on performance evaluation.
3. Job Description: Responsible for organizing ministry programs for middle school and high school students of the church which include worship education, spiritual development, evangelism, mission, fellowship, affirmation of youth and support of the families of youth.
- To plan, coordinate and provide leadership for Youth activities; i.e.
- i. Special events
- ii. Summer camps
- iii. Youth events/retreats
- iv. Mission and service projects
- Plan and oversee confirmation classes as needed;
- Oversight of the use and maintenance of The Youth House;
- Attend monthly Youth Discipleship Team meetings; meet weekly with supervisor and attends staff meetings if possible;
- Recruit, train, guide, and motivate volunteers responsible for leadership in youth ministry. Schedule volunteers and purchase materials as needed;
- Coordinate youth activities with other church events by communicating and working with other church staff members to ensure that youth events do not unreasonably conflict;
- Interact with Central Florida Presbytery’s Youth Coordinator, taking advantage of youth program opportunities of Central Florida Presbytery and the PCUSA. Develop a collaborative relationship with other local youth ministries;
- Coordinate with Pastor and Worship Team for participation of the youth in worship services including Youth and/or Laity Sunday and any other events that will strengthen and enhance this ministry and promote intergenerational connectedness;
- Get to know and maintain appropriate regular, relational contact with the youth of First Presbyterian Church and their parents;
- Get to know and maintain appropriate relational contact with those involved in the Youth Ministry Programs and reach out to develop relationships with other youth in the community;
- Inform youth, parents, and the congregation of the activities and ministry of the Youth programs using letters, notes in the church bulletin, articles in the First Press, the church/youth website, and when appropriate in the local newspaper; and
- Plan and coordinate a ministry for college-age young adults.
4. Annual Review: The Pastor as Head of Staff will hold an annual review with the person holding this position and will make recommendations concerning adjustments in remuneration or in the above duties and responsibilities to the Session for consideration and possible approval. All new employees will have a review after the first six months of employment.
5. Time Required: The Director of Youth Ministries is a regular full-time exempt position. It is the responsibility of the employee to fulfill the requirements of the job description while managing his/her time. The supervisor will establish a work schedule with the Director of Youth Ministries, and monitor fulfillment of this job description with an appropriate time commitment commensurate with salary.
6. Qualifications and Special Skills: College degree preferred. Prior experience in leadership positions with young people desirable; committed believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, active member of a worshipping congregation with a manner of life that is a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and the world; committed to the mission and vision of this church; recruiter, motivator and enabler; caring and enthusiastic; demonstrates a strong, self-motivated work ethic and professional organizational skills; able to work relationally with middle and high school aged youth; and a calling to help people connect with God through worship and has a passion both to nurture Christians and reach the lost.
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter describing interest in the position address to the Emerging Ministries Search Committee, First Presbyterian Church, email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.