A part-time, hourly position to serve in a large Episcopal Church in suburban Boston, Massachusetts. The ideal candidate is passionate about working with teens in both middle and high school. This person must be engaging and creative, able to create lessons to meet multiple learning styles, willing to work collaboratively with volunteers and staff, and interested in the spiritual development of teens. The youth minister will report to the director of family formation and will work collaboratively with all other clergy and lay staff, as well as a committed group of lay leaders. The youth minister will be primarily responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing our youth groups.
The Parish of the Epiphany has a rich history of forming children, youth, and families through worship, learning, and mission. In the past three years, many new families have joined our community and we have experienced a revitalization of both the high school and middle school youth programs. We have been successful connecting the youth in these strong core programs into the life of our parish community as seen in the revitalization of our acolyte program, the creation of a high school choir, an increase in youth participation in our worship as lay Eucharistic ministers and lectors, and the commitment of youth volunteers as Vacation Bible School counselors and as volunteers at parish events. The successful candidate will bring with her or him flexibility, creativity, excitement, and charisma as we continue to expand and integrate all of our youth programming.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Enhance our two youth groups: one for middle school and one for high school-aged teens.
- Develop relationships with youth and their families by attending community events, reaching out to teens on special occasions, and participating in the life of the Parish of the Epiphany
- With the Director of Faith Formation, develop and oversee a youth acolyte training program.
- Communicate with all constituencies through multiple media as appropriate.
- Work collaboratively with the clergy, the director of family formation, and the director of music and all other staff to achieve goals across all of the parish’s programs.
- Participate in Children’s Ministry Committee meetings and occasionally attend staff meetings.
- Coordinate opportunities for youth to participate in regular mission and outreach opportunities.
- Passion for ministry with teens and families; deep regard for spiritual and religious life
- Ability to nurture and build friendships within the youth groups and to meet each youth where they are on their spiritual journey.
- Ability to recognize when a youth is ready to make a deeper commitment to our faith community, to discern their gifts and interests, and to appropriately introduce them into areas in the larger worship community that will nurture them.
- Ability to advocate for youth as full participants in our community.
- Have strong communication skills both verbal and written.
- Ability to take initiative, to work both independently and collaboratively, and to develop and encourage individuals and teams
This is a part-time, 15-hour per week position offering competitive compensation rates commensurate with experience. There is some flexibility to work from home. Availability on Sundays is essential as is availability for occasional youth retreats and overnights.
Please email a resume and a brief statement of interest to: Ms. Sarah Twiss, Parish Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org