Job Description – Director of Youth Ministries

ROLE:

The Director of Youth Ministries will help to accomplish the vision and mission of Forest Grove Reformed Church, focusing primarily on ministry to middle school and high school students, both within and outside of the Church. He or she will provide a Christ-like example in teaching, discipleship, and fellowship within the Youth Ministry of FGRC, and equip volunteer leadership to do the same.

To contact the search committee please email us at:
dymsearch@forestgroverc.org

Responsibilities:

● Imagine, research, implement, coordinate, and celebrate programs and events that welcome students, introduce them to Christ, encourage spiritual disciplines, and strengthen their faith and witness for the Kingdom of God. (These include, but are not limited to: youth group, retreats, mission trips, and other service projects)
● Develop, oversee, mobilize, and encourage (adult and student) volunteer leadership for all youth ministry programs
● Work collaboratively with Lead Pastor and lay leadership in children’s and adult ministries to share resources and ensure smooth transitions for students entering and graduating from each age group
● Intentionally pursue visibility in the local community
● Support, partner with, and provide resources for parents as they raise their child(-ren) in the Christian faith
● Serve as a youth advocate, regularly educating and enlightening the congregation about the hopes, concerns, and needs of students in our church and community
● Work in coordination with the Lead Pastor to develop a system of inviting and preparing students to publicly profess their faith in Jesus Christ
● Assist with planning and participation in worship services as requested by the Lead Pastor and the Director of Worship & Music
● Nurture a safe and fun environment for all at youth ministry programs, events, and trips
● Maintain up to date documentation regarding FGRC Child Abuse Prevention Policy and ensure that policies are being respected and followed
● Collaborate with other ministries of FGRC to avoid scheduling conflicts or redundancies, or to create and execute intentional, cooperative, Gospel-centered ministry
● Communicate with church leadership, staff, parents, and the congregation in a timely manner utilizing available resources (email, website, bulletin, newsletter, slides, etc.)
● Provide a monthly report in writing (or in person, as invited) to the Consistory
● Attend and participate in staff meetings
● Proactively connect with other area youth pastors for peer support, training, and sharing ideas and resources
● Organize and oversee fundraising efforts that bolster community and celebrate the ministries and opportunities those funds will create

Qualifications:

● Vibrant and growing relationship with Christ
● Passion for the Word of God
● Consistent worship attendance and involvement at FGRC
● Strong work ethic, coupled with appreciation and pursuit of sabbath
● Gifting, enthusiasm, and natural passion for shepherding students
● Ability to build and maintain healthy relationships with other staff members, volunteers, parents & guardians, and the congregation of FGRC as a whole
● B.A. in youth ministry, theology, secondary education, social work or a related field and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills that demonstrate intentionality, thoughtfulness, restraint, maturity, and grace. This applies to public and private interactions, as well as social media
● Healthy conflict management skills reflective of the principles of Matthew 18
● Proficiency in researching costs, requesting appropriate funding, and staying within a budget
● Committed lifelong learner, seeking out ongoing education and industry best practices
● Willingness to respect tradition while pursuing innovation
● Awareness, embracing, and pursuit of the vision of FGRC
● Willingness to adhere – and if necessary, defer – to the doctrine and witness of the RCA
● Preference given to candidates with gifts and experience leading worship music

Other Information and Expectations:

Reports to: Lead Pastor and Executive Team
Hours: 40-50hrs per week, with the expectation of one full day off per week
Schedule: Flexible, to include some predictable, consistent office hours, and some floating hours to accommodate student availability and activities. Compensatory time off following events, retreats, trips, etc. is expected but must be approved by the Lead Pastor.
Vacation: 2 weeks per year
Study: 1 week, plus 1/52 of salary, per year
Salary: Compensation negotiable based on applicant’s qualifications and experience,
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