Minister for Children, Youth, and Families (lay or ordained)
20 hours per week (flexible) including Sunday mornings (required) and weekly Wednesday afternoon staff meetings.
St. George’s Episcopal Church is seeking a compassionate person of faith to serve as our part-time Minister for Children, Youth and Families. This person will lead and work alongside parents and the congregation to help our parish envision new and creative models of ministry for the future. Our new leader will build strong relationships with children, youth and families. She or he will connect with the church and wider community through clear personal communication and through social media and other technologies.
St. George’s is a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant Christian community where every person of every age is invited to engage in mission and ministry. We are dedicated to involving all members in spiritual growth through mission opportunities and service projects in the community and the world.
Applications from lay or ordained candidates will be accepted until the job is filled.
The successful candidate should have:
- Passion for ministry to encourage the spiritual growth of children, youth and families.
- Appreciation for, and understanding of, the uniqueness of the Episcopal tradition and liturgy and a progressive theological perspective.
- Respect for a diverse range of opinions, theology, and backgrounds.
- Ability to embrace innovation and creativity while adapting to growth and change.
- Appropriate judgment, discretion, sensitivity, and confidentiality.
- Proven leadership skills utilizing a cooperative, collaborative team leadership style.
- Comfort with talking about and teaching aspects of the Christian faith and issues related to parenting.
- A commitment to establish a safe environment in which in which children and youth may discuss matters of importance without fear of judgment.
- A sense of humor.
The successful candidate is expected to:
Educate and Support
- Provide support and encouragement to children, youth, and parents/grandparents.
- Promote a safe and welcoming environment where children and youth can learn and are encouraged to think on their own.
- Lead some classes directly and train others to serve as teachers.
- Oversee implementation of curriculum.
- Oversee and implement programming for children, youth and families including our annual youth mission trip.
Organize and Coordinate
- Report to the Rector and attend weekly staff meetings.
- Oversee the program budget, including the purchase of program supplies.
- Set direction, recruit and train volunteers, and oversee our paid nursery staff.
- Assist in the coordination of baptism, confirmation and other welcoming activities for new families.
- Keep a roster of children and families participating in St. George’s programs.
- Work cooperatively with Time of Wonder Early Learning Center, which shares classroom space.
- Meet Safe Church requirements and ensure compliance for lay leaders and volunteers with Safe Church best practices.
Communicate and Reach Out
- Increase our visibility in the wider community through relationship building and new programming.
- Maintain clear communication with parents and families including regular contributions to bulletin announcements, parish e-newsletter, social media and website.
- Collaborate with other ministry teams to develop and implement new ideas for spiritual formation and mission.
- Ordained candidates will be expected to support the overall pastoral and sacramental life of the church.
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree (M.Div. or Equivalent preferred)
- Leadership experience with children and youth in an educational or church setting
- Working knowledge of child and youth development
- Experience and comfort with technology including social media and other emerging digital tools to connect effectively with youth and their families.
All applicants should be prepared to undergo an extensive background check. St. George’s Episcopal Church is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, age, religion or political beliefs.