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Challenge: Write your own job description

Write your own youth ministry job descriptionMy church is going through a lot of transitions right now. One pastor is retiring, another is being sent to plant a church in our community, and various administrative staff are moving away and stepping down. It’s all very positive and I’m excited for how God is leading each individual, but with all the staff changes in such a short amount of time I can’t help but wonder where God is taking us in the very near future.

My Sr. Pastor and I have spent some time vision casting, dreaming, and talking through our church’s future ministry and direction. They’ve been very healthy discussions. My Sr. Pastor knows that our vision and direction needs to be clearly defined before we start to bring new staff members on board to help us move in that direction, which I wholeheartedly agree.

As we’re evaluating all the different areas of ministry in our church, the youth ministry included, and revisiting things like job descriptions, I thought I’d pull out my church’s old job description because it’s been a long time since I last looked at it. Here it is:

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What this person is:
A person called by God to further the mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church as we experience and express the life and love of God through Jesus Christ. This person will reflect God’s heart for people and our commitment to Jesus’ Great Commandment and Great Commission, with a special focus on targeting middle school students through college age students.

What purpose this person commits to:
To provide an atmosphere where youth feel accepted, God’s love is revealed, and where all can grow in their desire to serve and honor God. In light of that purpose, this person will seek to reach out to uninterested students helping them get connected with Christ and other Christians and challenge interested students to grow in their faith.

What this person does:
Nurture a Spirit-filled relationship with God and Jesus Christ through the spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith.

Partner with the Youth Ministry Team and pastoral staff in ministering to youth and families. Participate in weekly staff meetings and regular Youth Ministry Team meetings.

Partner with parents in student’s spiritual development.

Develop a relational style ministry that includes:

  • Connecting with students in their culture.
  • Identifying and equipping volunteer adult leaders.
  • Establishing and maintaining small groups.
  • Training adult leaders for student ministry.
  • Developing student leadership within the youth group.

Communicate and promote youth ministry to the broader congregation.

Keep good records of activities and programs.

Keep financial records and manage student ministry checkbook.

Work in conjunction with other churches in city wide youth events.

Work in conjunction with the Northwest Conference and Evangelical Covenant Church in the area of youth ministries.

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I’m glad to see that it is still a fairly accurate reflection of my role in the youth ministry, but there are some things I’d like to add, emphasize, and specifically address that aren’t reflected as clearly as they should be.

Here’s a challenge I’m going to take and I want you to do it with me:

If you could write your own youth ministry job description, what would it say? I’m going to write mine and review it with my Sr. Pastor as an exercise that will probably facilitate some good discussion. I’ll share my self-written job description with you later after we’ve had that discussion.

In the meantime, write your own job descriptions and share in the comments below. Take this seriously, not just some general “help kids grow spiritually” statement or something.

  • What’s your vision for youth ministry?
  • What roles and responsibilities should be yours and not yours?
  • What degree of supervision and accountability should you have?
  • How much of your job is doing youth ministry and how much of it is supporting and encouraging others (i.e. parents, youth leaders, and teens) to do youth ministry?

Posted on May 11, 2010

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/peripatew peripatew

    As a small comment, scrolling through the google ads is annoying! Maybe put them under the comments?

    I was recently given the opportunity to rewrite my job description, and it's still be tailored and finalized. It's uniquely focused on me as an individual, so this wouldn't be what would be used to hire another minister. I've a task list oriented person, that's why everything item based rather than sentences or paragraphs.

    Job Description

    Purpose

    To develop and oversee a ministry that seeks to meet the holistic needs of youth (6th – 12th grade), by partnering with parents and volunteers, that balances our 5 key areas of ministry (Community, Discipleship, Evangelism, Service, and Worship) and focuses on the vision of Our Church.

    Responsibilities

    Develop ministry vision and strategy:
    Establish long-term, measurable ministry goals.
    Develop and follow a ministry framework for Christian Education and Spiritual Formation
    Develop and maintain Youth Ministry budget.
    Attend staff and elders meetings.
    Preach on Sunday mornings when needed.
    Safety Policy – Oversee it, enforce it, keep it updated and current, teach it
    Yearly Ministry evaluations: Families, Volunteers, and Youth in 5 key areas. Ministry safety

    Volunteers:
    Recruit, train, develop and equip
    On-going training and volunteer development
    Policy education enforcement

    Parents and Families:
    Partner with
    Develop relationships with
    Maintain good communication through regular meetings, email, and the website.
    Train and equip parents and families.

    Youth:
    Develop programs and activities for the 5 key areas
    Maintain a ministry schedule, planning lessons, events and trips
    Preparation of lessons
    Maintain contact and develop relationships with youth
    Ensure the care and cleanup of church facilities when used by the youth

    On-the-job training:
    Attending ministry conferences at least once every two years
    Work towards M.Div

    Accountability:
    Work in unity with the Elders and Staff
    Work towards the vision of the church
    Report monthly to the Elder overseeing the youth ministry

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/timschmoyer Tim Schmoyer

      Dude, that's great! Did your church ask you do to it with the consideration of making it your official job description?

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/peripatew peripatew

        Yup. Our church is re-organizing and re-visioning. A part of that was to have better accountability and mentoring relationships between Elders and Staff. Creation our of job descriptions is part of our evaluation process.

        Incredibly excited about what God is doing in our community.

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