We believe that the youth are one of our greatest missions, and we believe a youth minister should be spirit-filled, passionate, and dedicated to serving the youth, both within the congregation and outside it. Reaching the hearts of our youth for Christ - giving them spiritual direction and life support - is a vital function of the church. The role of the Youth Minister is to work in cooperation with the Elders and Ministry Staff in overseeing the ministry and outreach to middle school and high school students. He is also to work with the Children’s Ministry team of Elementary Education to develop from the early years, the Youth Group of tomorrow.
Key Responsibilities 1. Reports to the Elders Responsibilities include:
Developing goals and objectives for the Youth Group in line with the congregational goals. These are to be shared with the Elders.
Assessing the Youth Ministry needs and developing curriculum, programs and activities to meet those needs. These are to be shared with the Elders.
Providing Bible-based teaching in the Youth Group and in the congregation.
Serving as a motivating, inspiring and engaging teacher/leader to our students on a regular/weekly basis as part of a larger plan for the spiritual development of our students.
Modeling, teaching and mentoring our students by creating a climate for students that is safe, supportive and cultivates spiritual growth.
Addressing specific personal and spiritual needs of students as they arise through one-on-one or small group meetings, hospital visits, home visits, school events or other connections appropriate to the circumstances.
Involvement with the camp ministry at Camp for our youth, and using it as an outreach ministry.
Identifying for the Elders any individuals or families in need of benevolent assistance.
Assisting with seasonal or periodic workloads that will benefit the congregation and help it to move forward. i.e.: Workdays, Special days and other types of events.
Standing in with a Sermon for the Pulpit Minister in the event of an emergency or vacation.
Willingness to study with the unchurched to lead them to Christ.
Demonstrating and fostering support of the leaders in congregational issues.
Expected to participate in Elder approved programs.
Keeping announcements and information for youth events up to date in the church bulletin.
Willingness to visit those of the congregation in hospitals or nursing homes.
Encouraging a sense of community between the youth and other members of the body.
2. Staff Supervision and Development. We have congregational members that have a special interest in working with the Youth Group, who have expressed a willingness and have made themselves available to help.
Identify these spirit-led Christian volunteer. Overseeing, planning and implementing a volunteer staff recruitment, training and development.
Developing student leaders as well, who can humbly and courageously mentor and disciple their peers.
Providing ongoing informal feedback to the Elders regarding ministry health and activity.
3. Administration. Responsibilities include:
Developing short and long-term goals and plans for the Youth Ministry in concert with overall congregational goals and plans, with the approval of the Elders.
Developing and implementing a monthly calendar of activities and programs that are inclusive and promote relationship development and discipleship at levels appropriate to the group.
Developing and managing the annual budget for the Youth Ministry along with the Deacon and Elder over the Youth.
Responding to communications which arise through personal interaction, email, and telephone contacts.
Developing and maintaining relationships with schools, churches that support our efforts to reach students in the church and the community.
Participating in periodic discussion sessions with the Elders.
Notifying the Elders of commitments requiring time away from the responsibilities identified herein.
Keeping the areas used by the Youth Group in clean and good repair.
Meeting with Ministry Staff to pray and plan for future events.
Holding regular office hours (established by the Elders) to be used to complete projects, study, research, and prepare for events and classes.
4.Expected Accomplishments 1. Produce life-long disciples of Christ. 2. Mature young Christians in the kingdom through study, service, and fellowship. 3. Develop in the children and youth a desire to contribute to and participate in congregational life. 4. Promote and facilitate parental spiritual leadership in the home, in the youth group, and in the congregation.