To lead, administer, maintain, develop, and continuously improve the ministry of St. George’s Episcopal Church to the children, teenagers, and young adults in its community in a manner consistent with the parish’s mission, vision, core values, and theology.
To identify a creative leader of a ministry that seeks to sustain and enhance our current offerings for infants and young children, to develop and execute new program offerings for older youths, and to find opportunities to engage members of the parish in this work.
The youth minister works under the supervision and direction of the rector and is responsible to the rector under applicable Diocesan and national Church Canons and Rubrics.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Implement curriculum for parish Sunday School each Sunday, including production and distribution of activities and lesson plans.
- Recruit, train, supervise, and assign Sunday School classroom instructors to ensure that each classroom is staffed with sufficiently trained and qualified instructors/catechists. If needed because of a shortage of instructors, the Youth Minister will provide classroom The Youth Minister is also responsible for determining which age groups should be placed together in light of student attendance and staffing.
- Ensure that all instructors, catechists, chaperones, nursery staff, and others in the parish charged with the care of minors have received appropriate and canonically required child-safety instruction (i.e., Safeguarding God’s Children), and maintain up-to-date records of those who have been so trained.
- Recruit, train and supervise staff for the nursery program; organize and manage all nursery responsibilities, including but not limited to supplies and classroom maintenance.
- Continuously monitor and recommend changes to the Church’s safety practices and standards to ensure the safety of the parish’s children, teenagers, and young adults.
- Provide weekly reports to the Rector regarding the parish youth ministry, highlighting important projects, events, and dates; anticipating future needs and budgetary requests; planning and developing new goals and programming; and reflecting on parishioner/parent feedback. These reports may be given as part of the parish’s regular weekly staff meeting.
- Report to the Vestry from time to time, or when requested to do so by the Rector. At minimum, these reports should reflect the youth ministry’s future goals and needs, and its current challenges and successes. Unless otherwise specified by the Rector, such reports may be given at an in-person of the Vestry, in writing, or through the Vestry’s youth liaison.
- Maintain active communication with parents and parishioners to inform them of the opportunities, expectations, and further development of the youth program. Communications should encourage engagement, comity, and volunteerism.
- In partnership with the Rector, develop and lead Chapel services at St. George’s Episcopal School throughout the academic year. Currently, the Rector leads Middle School Chapel program, and the Youth Minister leads all Lower School Chapel programs, providing weekly Chapel services to students in grades PreK-3 to 4th grade. As the Lower School Chaplain, the Youth Minister works in close collaboration with the school’s Director of Early Childhood, the Director of Lower School, and classroom teachers. Along with these collaborators, the Youth Minister develops curriculum and facilitates a range of Chapel experiences for a variety of age groups. Currently, the Youth Minister is responsible for the three separate lower school Chapel sessions: (1) PreK-3, (2) Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, and (3) 1st through 4th grades.
- Plan, develop, recruit participants and volunteers for, and execute events to engage and build community among the parish’s youth. These events include but are not limited to Vacation Bible School, Kick-off Sunday, seasonal Youth Sundays, the Christmas Pageant, Easter Egg Hunt, and Academic Recognition Sunday.
- Actively and continuously improve, grow and develop new program offerings for older youth (5th grade to young adults). These offerings may include programming design to encourage spiritual growth, community building/fellowship, and service to others. The Youth Minister is also encouraged to explore partnerships with other youth organizations that reflect the mission of St. George’s ministry, including diocesan and other faith-based groups as well as secular organizations.
- Act as a mentor to older youth (5th grade to young adults), helping them to find opportunities for individual spiritual growth and to discern their role in the Church in young adulthood.
Please send a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant experience to YouthSearch@stgeorge-nola.org.
Must provide 3 references and consent to a background check.
Candidates of all races, ages, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.