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Youth Director

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Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur GA
Youth Minister Job Description
Job Title: Youth Minister (Part-time, 20 hours per week)
Reports to: Associate Pastor
Job Purpose
In close collaboration and partnership with volunteer leaders, the Youth Committee, and the
church leadership team, the Youth Minister will plan, promote, implement and administer a
youth ministry that welcomes and engages all youth from grades 6th through 12th. The Youth
Minister will provide the youth with support and pastoral counseling for their nurture and
spiritual growth, opportunities to build long-term relationships with other youth and adult
leaders in the church, and the skills and opportunities for meaningful participation in social
justice and service to the community. The Youth Minister and the OPC Youth Ministry Program
should honor and foster the congregation’s commitment to diversity and social justice.
Duties and Responsibilities
a. Build and maintain relationships with youth (including members and regular visitors),
parents of youth, and volunteers in the congregation, in order to foster spiritual growth
and discipleship
b. Assess the needs of 6th-12th graders and collaborate with the Associate Pastor and
Youth Committee to develop and implement an appropriate calendar for programs of
ministry
c. In coordination with the youth committee, plan, publicize and execute weekly middle
school and high school youth programming, special events and annual summer trips.
● Retreats, mission trips, summer conferences and all other church-sponsored youth activities. For example, the Pride Parade, Youth Sunday, Christmas pageant,
lock-ins, fundraisers, OWL program, participation in worship, and youth
ushering.
● Although middle school and high school Sunday school is planned and administered by the Christian Education Committee, the Youth Minister may be
called upon occasionally to teach Sunday school.
d. Provide pastoral care to youth and their families on a regular basis and in times of
acute need. Connect with students and families via in person, phone call, email or
text in order to provide care and connect them with ongoing support and resources.
e. Provide ongoing and timely communication with youth and parents (including
members and visitors) and publicize all youth events via different remote media.
● Weekly emails to youth and their families ● Regular text messages to students ● Maintain youth ministry social media accounts. ● Update the youth database with any new information on students, families etc. f. Gather and work with a team who will identify, recruit and train new youth ministry
volunteers.
g. Provide support and facilitate collaboration with youth ministry volunteers for event
leadership and relationship-building with youth.
h. Attend and participate in Oakhurst Presbyterian staff meetings
i. Prepare and lead monthly youth committee meetings.
j. Serve as a resource for Christian Education Committee.
k. Work with congregation to integrate youth into the life and worship services of the
church
l. Actively participate in the life of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
m. Perform other duties as requested by the Pastors or the Session
Job description during the period in which in-person church services are suspended due to
Covid pandemic
Job Title: Youth Minister (Part-time, approximately 10 hours per week)
Reports To: Associate Pastor
Duties and Responsibilities
a. Inspire vision for the structure of the youth ministry in the pandemic and
post-pandemic era.
b. Build and maintain relationships with youth (including members and regular visitors),
parents of youth, and volunteers in the congregation, in order to foster spiritual growth
and discipleship.
c. Assess the needs of 6th-12th graders and collaborate with the Associate Pastor and
Youth Committee to develop and implement an appropriate calendar for programs of
ministry. These programs and activities will encourage and maintain youth engagement
with each other and the church in a safe environment that complies with the decisions
of Session regarding in-person church events. Planning needs include weekly and
special events during the school year as well as for upcoming summers.
d. Plan in an online format (with occasional socially distant in-person meetings), youth
group programs and all other church-sponsored youth activities (for example, Youth
Sunday) in coordination with the Youth and Youth Committee. This will include at least
two zoom calls a week with youth.
● Weekly zoom calls for Middle School and High School students that may include check- in, prayer, games, and Bible Study
● Virtual meetings with small groups of students at a time in order to build relationships
● Work with the staff, session and youth committee to plan youth participation in worship and other all-church events, instilling in young people a spirit of
discipleship and a desire to serve and make a difference in the larger community.
e. Provide pastoral care to youth and their families on a regular basis and in times of
acute need.
● Connect with students and families via in person, phone call, email or text in order to provide care and connect them with ongoing support and resources
f. Provide ongoing and timely communication with youth and parents and publicize all
youth events via different remote media.
● Weekly emails to youth and their families ● Weekly Remind text messages to students ● Post ongoing communication through a platform that allows all youth, regardless of phone operating system, to communicate
● Update youth ministry instagram site ● Update the youth database with any new information on students, families etc. g. Gather and work with a team who will identify, recruit and train new youth ministry
volunteers.
i. Attend and participate in Oakhurst Presbyterian Church staff meetings
j. Prepare and lead monthly youth committee meetings.
k. Serve as a resource for Christian Education Committee.
l. Actively participate in the life of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church.
m. Other duties as requested by the Pastors or the Session.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the public health measures needed to combat the
continuing Covid-19 pandemic, Oakhurst is committed to nurturing and sustaining the
vibrant youth program. Like all institutions in this season, we are doing our best to
balance safety while striving to provide opportunities for fellowship and growth. While it
makes planning more difficult, the Youth Committee and Session will do all it can to
support our youth and the youth minister.
Qualifications and Skills
Required
● Technology: Demonstrate competence and creativity with social media, and other online teaching approaches.
● Initiative: Provides energetic leadership for events and a willingness to take on new responsibilities as they grow in skills and experience.
● Atmosphere: Creates a sense of joy, belonging and fun at youth events and activities which encourages participation
● Spiritual Formation/Discipleship: Demonstrates an understanding of spiritual formation/discipleship as a journey or process with focus on building
relationships, social justice and service to community; invites others into
theological reflection; creates teaching and small-group environments that
promote discipleship; teaches a variety of spiritual practices to lead others in
deepening their faith
● Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes new connections and partnerships to strengthen programs; takes acceptable risks in pursuit of
innovation; learns from mistakes; has good judgement about which creative
ideas and suggestions will work.
● Hospitality/Accessibility: Generates a sense of hospitality and accessibility by his/her presence; communicates a sense of availability, warmth, openness and
approachability; fosters natural connections with youth in congregation as well
as visitors
● Influencing Others: Encourages others to cooperate, participate, provide resources or make decisions, in service to work at hand; encourages long-term
friendships among the youth; generates energy, passion and commitment to
activities and values of the church
● Pastoral Care/Counseling: Demonstrates the ministry of presence; creates a spirit of openness that invites those who are spiritually or emotionally troubled
to confide in her/him; demonstrates appropriate pastoral boundaries,
recognizing his/her own limitations as a care provider.
● Education: Bachelor’s degree required; seminary degree or enrollment preferred Desired:
● Experience with Diversity: Knowledgeable about building community in multicultural youth-group settings; experience creating activities that provide for
reflection on issues such as racism, homophobia, or sexism with youth;
familiarity with pastoral concerns of youth of color.
● Leadership Development: Encourages others to discover and engage their giftedness and skills in service to the larger community; calls out the best in
others; supports others in the development of their skills and abilities; actively
seeks to engage adults in the leadership of youth ministry; thinks strategically
about the continual need for a next generation of leaders and works to build the
leadership base.
● Organizational Knowledge: Knowledgeable about how congregational communication, decision-making and leadership works; knows how to get things
done through formal and informal decision-making channels; experience working
with advisory committee and building connections with church committees.
● Familiar with the popular culture of youth ● Experience with Our Whole Lives Curriculum (OWL) Additional Information
● Hours - Part-time, 20 hours per week post-pandemic, 10 hours per week during the pandemic while youth group is online with occasional small group gatherings.
Must be available on Sundays and for some evening meetings, week-long summer
mission trips and conferences, and weekend retreats are required for this position.
Compensatory time off may be provided by the Senior Pastor or Associate Pastor.
● OPC is committed to supporting the Youth Minister through a network of volunteer leaders, church leadership, and the Youth Committee in the planning,
implementation, and evaluation of the Youth Ministry and its programs.
● Training - Complete the state approved and church sanctioned Child Protective Training program and criminal background check.
● Valid Georgia’s driver’s license required. ● Supervision - regular supervision sessions with Associate Pastor will be included in working schedule for each month
● Commitment - Desired 3-4 years; minimum commitment of two years is preferred. ● Compensation - Based on experience and skills ● References - At least three references (two professional, one personal) required ● Please submit a cover letter, resumé and references to Heather Chase, Associate Pastor, at [email protected]

Oakhurst Presbyterian Church

Oakhurst Presbyterian Church USA is a diverse community. We are from different places, different religious backgrounds, different lived experiences, different ethnicities, and different cultures, different ages, different socio-economic levels and we strive to honor them all. We are a welcoming and affirming community and welcome everyone. Nobody is denied a seat at the table. We are a truly multiracial congregation willing to have the difficult discussions to worship and witness together as children of God. Our life together at OPC has led us to affirm our call to be one family through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our sermons are not always comfortable as we boldly face the demands of the world. We are actively seeking transformation as a people of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are Oakhurst Presbyterian Church USA.