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  • Youth / Student Ministry
  • Assistant/Associate pastor
  • Children's Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Family Ministry
  • Young Adult / College Ministry

Our church…

  • is Congregational Church
  • has an average worship attendance of 160
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Job at First Parish Congregational Church

The special candidate will direct and lead programming for Family, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and High School age youth, fostering Christian community through building relationships with families and young people.

Job Description

Are you passionate about reaching people for Christ? Do you want to be more than "just a youth leader"? This may be the place for you! We are one of the oldest churches in the nation, but see God breathing new life in our midst! We just hired a new Lead Pastor six months ago and we are growing! We now want to invest in younger generations like never before!

First Parish Congregational Church (FPCC) was founded in 1644 and exists to honor Jesus Christ as LORD. Our church contains a rich heritage, a dynamic present, and a vibrant future. This candidate should be motivated to embody the church vision (exalt, edify, equip, evangelize) and be inspired by the church mission:

Our mission is to reflect the love of God by welcoming all people into a life-changing, ever-growing relationship with Jesus.
Purpose

The selected candidate for this position will direct and lead programming for Family, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and High School age youth. The Associate Pastor of Family and Youth Ministry shall seek to foster Christian community through building relationships with families and young people that strengthen their commitment to the church and their growth in faith in Jesus Christ.

Core Responsibilities
1. Provide leadership for and function as the primary staff person relating to the family and youth ministry initiatives.
2. Oversee the Early Childhood and Elementary education program.
3. Oversee the youth ministry including recruitment and training of adult volunteers to work with middle and high school age groups.
4. Plan and implement age appropriate activities for middle and high school age youth that promote community through fellowship, fun and faith development. Such activities might include: small group Bible study, worship band rehearsal, musical and dramatic presentations, local service projects, mission trips, and retreats.
5. Oversee the curriculum and the instruction of the annual Confirmation Class. While he/she is not required to lead each class, he/she should have an active role throughout the year-long class and will attend at least one retreat during the year.
6. Oversee the family ministry including home group organization and management.
7. Develop an annual budget for Family and Youth Ministries in conjunction with the Christian Education Committee.
8. Coordinate fund-raising activities that support special family and youth activities and trips.
9. Promote Christian service through age appropriate service projects.
10. Participate in weekly Sunday morning services and develop, lead, and/or coordinate Sunday morning youth classes.
11. Create a leadership development program to recruit, train, and certify volunteers to work with the children and youth.

General Responsibilities:
1. Become a member and active participant in the life and ministry of FPCC.
2. Attend weekly staff meetings, monthly Christian Education Committee meetings, monthly Diaconate meetings, and any other meetings required by the supervising minister.
3. Meet regularly with supervising minister at a time mutually agreed upon.
4. Coordinate all family and youth activities with other ministries of the congregation in cooperation with staff.
5. Collaborate with office staff and provide a timely and accurate schedule of family and youth activities.
6. Keep the congregation informed of events by coordinating the publicity for family and youth activities through the appropriate vehicles provided by the church. (e.g. monthly newsletter, special mailings, posters, bulletin announcements, web page, etc.)
7. Provide monthly reports of activities to Christian Education committee and a year-end report for the annual meeting.
8. Manage the disbursement of budgeted funds for Family and Youth Ministry within the guidelines of the approved budget and in adherence with the purchasing policies of the church. Keep an organized record of all expenses and submit an expense report with applicable receipts in a timely manner.
9. Encourage families and all young people to participate in all facets of the life of the community of faith, including worship, choirs, educational opportunities, youth activities, camp and service projects, etc.

Working Conditions:
The position of Associate Pastor of Family and Youth Ministry requires great flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends. The position is a part-time, salaried position based upon a projected 28 hours per week. However, the actual number of hours required during any given week is those needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Furthermore, it is recognized that the schedule may vary at different times during the year.

It is therefore understood that the Associate Pastor of Family and Youth Ministry shall:
- Maintain some regularly scheduled office hours to be accessible to youth, parents, staff and the leadership of the congregation. - Keep the church office informed as to how he/she can be contacted. - Notify the staff prior to all unforeseen and untimely absences from regularly scheduled events, and provide a suitable substitute in the case of anticipated absence (meeting excepted). - In the case of extended time away from the office arrange to receive and respond to messages. - Be familiar with and operate within the guidelines of church policies. Office, phone, computer, voice mail, email, Internet services, duplicating and secretarial support is provided by the congregation for work related to this position.

Qualifications:
Since the Associate Pastor of Family and Youth Ministry plays a major role in the faith development of the younger members of the church, both as a leader, and as an example, FPCC seeks a professional leader who has a solid understanding of the foundations of the Christian faith and who has a strong desire to nurture young people in the Christian faith. We seek a person who generates new ideas and programs, and a person who values a team concept of ministry. Therefore, the following qualifications are desirable.
- Family and Youth Ministry Education (bachelor degree in Youth Ministry, Christian Ministry or comparable degree required; master degree preferred). - 2+ years’ experience in youth ministry in a mid-sized church, or a graduate or student of an accredited theological school. - Exceptional ability to work with youth and adults. - Excellent organizational and communication skills. - Budget management experience.

Professional Development
The Associate Pastor of Family and Youth Ministry will avail herself/himself to further educational opportunities (conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.) to update her/his experience as time allows. She/he shall share this knowledge with the Christian Education committee, and other staff as necessary.

Additional Characteristics:
1. Agreement with Church’s Statement of Faith
2. Models Christian lifestyle and principles
3. Maintains an impeccable degree of confidentiality
4. Collaborates and follows the directives of the Senior Minister and other applicable leaders authorized to give him/her direction.

Terms of Employment
Will be negotiated individually and reflected in the Contract of Employment, with a preference for a 24-month or longer commitment to the role.

Accountability and Evaluation of Performance
The Associate Pastor of Family and Youth Ministry is accountable to and supervised by the Senior Minister. She/he will participate in the annual process of review (a performance evaluation) carried out by the members of the Christian Education committee with key input from the Senior Minister. Annual recommendations will be made to the Church Council by this committee, based upon its findings.

Other Responsibilities
Miscellaneous areas not covered will be determined by the Senior Minister and Christian Education committee with approval by Church Council. Other duties may be assigned.

Application Information
To apply – send the following information to: [email protected]
1. Letter of interest
2. Resume detailing your qualifications
3. List of 3 to 5 references with names, phone numbers and email addresses.

For additional information about First Parish Congregational Church visit our website: http://fpccwakefield.org

First Parish Congregational Church

We are one of the oldest churches in the nation, but see God breathing new life in our midst! We just hired a new Lead Pastor six months ago and we are growing! We now want to invest in younger generations like never before!
First Parish Congregational Church (FPCC) was founded in 1644 and exists to honor Jesus Christ as LORD. Our church contains a rich heritage, a dynamic present, and a vibrant future. This candidate should be motivated to embody the church vision (exalt, edify, equip, evangelize) and be inspired by our church mission