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- Youth / Student Ministry
- Administration / Coordination
- Children's Ministry
- Christian Education
- Family Ministry
- is Episcopal
- has an average worship attendance of 6 thousand
Job at Saint Michael and All Angels
An experienced formation leader (lay or ordained) called to serve with all ages in the spirit of the Episcopal Church.
POSITION SUMMARY The Associate Rector/Director of Children, Youth, and Families is responsible for designing, directing, and coordinating the programs and activities for children and youth at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. This position will develop and implement operational strategies and conduct outreach outside of the St. Luke’s walls to promote the religious activities provided. This individual will need to foster and develop relationships with the children, youth, and their families by providing guidance for learning and spiritual development. There is also an element of support for the caring adults in the lives of these children and youth, empowering their own faith journey and equipping them to walk alongside the youngest congregants.
A note to potential candidates: St. Luke’s is intentionally seeking the right person for this position, regardless of their ordination status. That said, the parish and leadership are genuinely interested in both lay and ordained candidates (or somewhere in between), bringing with them their gifts and call to ministry with young people. A clergyperson could reasonably expect to contribute to the liturgical and pastoral life of St. Luke’s in conjunction with the responsibilities listed below.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Vision and Leadership - Vision overarching goals and pathways for faith development for children, youth, and families, in collaboration with clergy, staff, and volunteers - Oversee, communicate, and provide primary leadership in developing appropriate and effective programs for children, youth, and their families, evaluating and recommending curriculum, and obtaining materials - Provide guidance, training, and assistance to programs including Sunday School, confirmation class, youth group, parent curriculum, and intergenerational programs - Integrate the children’s and youth ministry with the larger church body
Community and Connection - Build personal relationships with children, youth, and parents - Create a safe space for children, youth, and families, no matter where they are on their faith journey - Facilitate regular youth meetings for Middle School and High School students - Plan and promote camps, retreats, trips, pilgrimage, mission trips, outreach, etc. - Provide support for parents and other caring adults, seeking out their needs and responding with community efforts - Build relationships and resources with other youth ministry leaders in the Atlanta Diocese; seeking to cooperate for building the larger community of faith - Partner with clergy to establish and provide a network of pastoral care for children, youth, and families
Administration and Program Management - Recruit, train, equip, and support volunteer teams for children and youth ministries - Provide supervision and leadership for the Nursery and Youth Employees - Articulate to parents and the parish the purpose and goals of the church’s children and youth programs - Develop and execute an overarching communications plan for children and youth ministry, including outreach via emails, social media, mailings, phone, and text. - Partner with church staff to include children and youth ministry updates in parish-wide communications - Maintain database records with accurate information for children, youth, and families - Maintain a reliable communications mechanism with internal personnel to ensure efforts are in line with the church’s objectives - Generate and develop new fundraising opportunities, maintaining fundraising documentation
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES)
Bachelor’s degree required
3-5 years direct or translatable experience
Dedication and passion for faith formation and Christian life
A deep and abiding personal faith, grounded in an Episcopal identity
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships
Emotional intelligence in all spaces, in particular navigating varying expectations
Flexible, creative, and able to work in a non-structured work environment
Demonstrated capacity to think “outside the box”
Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Excellent oral/written communication skills, including well-developed presentation skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Compensation is commensurate with experience and comparable Episcopal positions including salary and benefits. St. Luke’s is prepared to provide a competitive compensation package regardless of ordination status and thoroughly encourages lay professionals, recent seminary graduates, and ordained clergy to apply.
Qualified applicants are invited to share a resume and cover letter with Martha Whitesides [email protected] Other inquiries about the position are also welcome.
Since its humble beginnings, Saint Michael has grown to become one of the largest Episcopal churches in the United States, serving nearly 6,000 communicants. In 1948, our founders built a Gothic stone structure, which is now the Saint Michael Chapel. Later, a two-story church-school building was added and over the intervening years the campus was expanded to meet the needs of new ministries and increasing attendance.