St. Mark's Lutheran Church
200 S Main St, Washington, IL, 309.444.4618
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Position title: Youth and Young Adult Ministries (YYAM) Director
Supervised by: Senior Pastor
Status: Full-time, 40+ hours/week, salaried
This position seeks to accompany, encourage and engage youth and young adults (12 through 23 years old) to grow in faith and discipleship through a wide variety of education and youth programs.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
▪ Develop and lead ministries with youth and young adults that encourage a life of discipleship, including Confirmation, Sunday School, Bible studies, fellowship and service events, camp, retreats, synodical and church-wide youth gatherings.
o Recruit, equip and coordinate adult volunteers and peer leaders.
o Together with the council Discipleship chair, appoint a Youth and Young Adult Ministries (YYAM) Team to provide oversight and support for these ministries.
▪ Forge meaningful relationships with youth, young adults, parents, staff, volunteers and congregational members.
o Communicate regularly with these groups through personal contact as well as printed and digital communications.
o Reach out to new and to inactive youth and young adults.
o Be present within the congregation: attend events as schedule permits; worship regularly; occasionally help to lead worship by, for example, reading lessons or providing children’s sermons.
o Be visible at community and school youth events.
▪ Work collaboratively with all congregational ministries to fulfill our mission and vision.
▪ Network in the community and with other ELCA and local congregations to develop and share resources.
▪ May be assigned additional responsibilities from time to time.
Qualifications and Requirements
▪ Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience in ministry with youth or young adults.
▪ Strong interpersonal, organizational, computer, digital, verbal and written communications skills.
▪ Successful completion of background check.
▪ Compliance with St. Mark’s policies, procedures and the Employee Handbook.
▪ Have valid driver’s license. Able to move freely in and out of different ministries settings.
▪ Ability to lift 25 pounds or reasonable appropriate accommodations.
▪ Spiritual maturity: A follower of Jesus Christ who strives to make prayer and Bible reading a regular part of life. Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding, a person of prayer and devotion, nurturing a rich spiritual life through reading, reflection and study, and able to articulate a clear theology based in the Word and consistent with the ELCA. Provide a positive role model for the spiritual, moral and social development of youth and young adults.
• Teaching: Share the Word of God with middle and high school youth using interactive, creative, age-appropriate teaching methods with an ELCA Lutheran perspective.
Passionate and sensitive about working in youth ministry with a love for youth and their faith formation. Designs effective lesson plans and facilitates learning experiences in both small and large group settings. Take acceptable risks in pursuit of improvement; learns from mistakes; has good judgment about which ideas and suggestions will work.
• Values: Honors the mission, vision and core values of the congregation in his/her choice of behaviors; able to influence others to engage, provide resources and serve; and generate energy, passion and commitment to the mission, vision and core values in others. Demonstrates integrity and trust; practices direct, honest and transparent communication; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; and responds to situations with constancy, clarity and reliability.
• Teambuilding Orientation: Demonstrates interest, skill and success in team environments; promotes group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others, takes responsibility for his or her part in team failures; fosters a vibrant, dynamic and safe environment that provides youth and young adults with opportunities to build new relationships, find a supportive network, and foster intergenerational involvement and relationships.
• Interpersonal Skills: Relates well to all kinds of people including youth, young adults, parents, volunteers, colleagues, supervisors, and community residents; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; is seen as approachable.
• Organized and Self-Reliant: Be self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision; work a flexible schedule; organized in the management of time, tasks, resources and money; able to keep the large picture in mind while tending to details.
St. Mark’s offers a competitive salary plus benefits.
To apply for this position, please mail or email a cover letter and resume to: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Attention: Youth and Young Adult Director Interview Team
email@example.com or 200 S. Main St., Washington, IL 61571
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