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Director of Youth Ministry
NATIVITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
POSITION TITLE: DIRECTOR OF YOUTH and FAMILY MINISTRIES
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Nativity Lutheran Church
Youth Ministry Position
60850 Brosterhous Rd
Bend OR 97702
JOB DESCRIPTION: Director of Youth and Family Ministries will be responsible for the ministries with middle school and high school students of Nativity Lutheran Church and will oversee denomination-specific spiritual formation for children and youth.
0.75 FTE ELCA health, dental & retirement benefits provided
NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
• Mature and curious Christian faith, desire to learn and practice progressive ELCA and ecumenical discipleship • Bachelor’s Degree • Creative, self-starting, energetic and resilient • Program developer • Eccumenical Collaborator • Culturally Aware • Professional experience in youth work • Competent and comfortable with telephone and interpersonal verbal communication. • Understanding of teenagers, joyful ability to relate with them • Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents and congregation • Ability to recruit, motivate, train and share ministry with volunteer leaders • Ability to plan and conduct programs that will encourage spiritual and emotional growth in students • Ability to develop and execute plans for fundraising • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license • Mature self-care and time management practices • Spanish fluency is desirable • Person in this job shall be subject to routine background checks
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
¬¬General • Develop & reorganize Nativity Youth ministry • Develop strong relationships with key congregational leaders by participating in the life of the church. • Develop and maintain relationships with middle and high school students, particularly those who do not attend youth “events.” • Develop a work presence on campus at local Middle and High school • Work with Pastor and Children’s Minister to develop cradle to college curriculum • Advocate for the well-being and health of students. • Provide pastoral care to students and their families: be personally available to students and leaders as needed, work to ensure that each student knows they are loved and has opportunities to connect with God, with themselves, with others in and outside of the church community. • Notice, affirm and cultivate the gifts of the Spirit in youth. • Offer consistent, effective communication with youth, families, staff and the larger congregation. (1:1 conversations for relational and planning work, text & email for group broadcasts) • Participate in weekly staff meetings • Work with pastor and children’s ministry director to oversee denomination-specific spiritual formation for children and youth. • Participate actively in worship on Sundays • Work with church bookkeeper to manage the budget for congregational youth activities. • Involve youth and families in Nativity social justice and service efforts. • Train adult and youth volunteer leaders: Recruit and empower volunteer youth leaders to act as mentors and educated resource guides for students; conduct training sessions for leaders to continue youth ministry education, develop skills, and provide the latest tools for effective ministry with adolescents. • Act as a resource for parents to connect students with counselors, prayer and community references. • Provide for the overall vision and administration of relational youth ministry.
Youth Collective Responsibilities
Participate in development and co-leadership of an ecumenical youth group.
• Responsible to the Supervising Pastor to coordinate work schedule, vacation days, continuing education days and annual review. • Responsible to work within the guidelines of Nativity documents: Clear Communication Policy, Employee Handbook, and Child Protection Policy.
Date: May 16, 2019
Nativity Lutheran lives our mission statement, seeking to be experienced in our local community as if Jesus has just been strolling through. We are ELCA; a progressive congregation with wide age diversity and ecumenical diversity within the community. We provide direct service & relationship with our community through volunteer run food bank and firewood lot - caring for 100+ families who are housing or food insecure per week.
We care about justice, not merely service, and so advocate on behalf of the poor, the migrant, the oppressed for the dignity and opportunity God would offer.
Though politically moderate to progressive, Nativity is politically diverse as well. We speak to issues, not about politicians, and we seek to maintain a table of conversation where all are respected and heard.
Nativity has a long history of progressive, ecumenical youth ministry and seeks to redevelop with partner congregations.
Nativity's locale will see 1000+ new homes built nearby in the next 5 years, with a new High School under construction across our property line presently (opens 2021.)