Southeastern Synod ELCA

Director of Youth and Children's Ministry

Employment

June 12, 2018

Cross of Life Lutheran Church is seeking a full-time Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry to coordinate all ministry in the congregation relating to children and youth (nursery through college).  Working in partnership with the Sr. Pastor and the Council, the DYCM will recruit youth and adult leadership, support existing ministries, develop new programming, provide needed curriculum and resources, and assure that our children/youth experience a safe, Christian, nurturing environment, grounded in our Lutheran beliefs.  We are seeking a candidate who exhibits passion and joy in their faith and proclamation of the gospel.   A detailed job description may be found below.  Information about Cross of Life may be found on our web-site:  www.crossoflifelutheran.org

Please submit your resume by May 15 to:
Pastor Terri Stagner-Collier
Pastorterri@crossoflifelutheran.org
1000 Hembree Road
Roswell, GA  30076



Position Description:  Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry
 
Purpose:
The Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry (DYCM) will oversee all ministry in the congregation relating to children and youth (nursery through college).  Working under the supervision of the Sr. Pastor and the Council, the DYCM will recruit youth and adult leadership, support existing ministries, develop new programming, provide needed curriculum and resources, and assure that our children/youth experience a safe, Christian, nurturing environment, grounded in our Lutheran beliefs.
 
Key Responsibilities:
30%     Develop, lead and participate in programs/events
The DYCM will work with adult and youth leaders to develop new ministry programs which are consistent with our mission and theology, and will facilitate, participate and implement existing programs, including but not limited to:

  •       Middle (grades 6-8) and High (grades 9-12) School Youth Groups
  •       Sunday School Program for ages 0 to 18
  •       Confirmation Classes, Lock-ins, and Confirmation Sunday Celebration
  •       College Ministry Events
  •       Vacation Bible School
  •       COL Montessori School programs, chapel services and special events
  •       Annual Christmas Programs for children and youth
  •       Synod/state/national events such as Lutheridge, Affirm, SESLYO and All Georgia and                  National Youth Gatherings
 
25%     Recruit, train, and support youth and adult volunteers
Trusting that the ministry belongs to the congregation, the DYCM will work through the volunteers of this church, actively seeking leaders to take ownership of the various Children’s and Youth programs.  The DYCM will work with the Council Representatives for Youth and Children’s Ministries, Sunday School and Confirmation teachers, youth and children’s music leaders, and other adult leaders and provide support as needed in order to assure the quality and consistency of the programs by monitoring and filling leadership and teaching voids where needed.
 
30%     Administration and Communications
The DYCM will promptly accomplish those administrative tasks necessary to fulfill the goals of the program and assure that all programming and events are creatively communicated, including, but not limited to:
  • Complete appropriate background checks and maintain files for all volunteers working with children and youth
  • Attend staff meetings and needed planning meetings
  • Serve as primary staff liaison with Cross of Life Christian Montessori School
  • Be responsible, with the Council Representatives, for drafting and overseeing budgets/expenses for Youth and Children’s ministry, following policies and procedures of the congregation
  • Publicize all events through the use of various media, including social networking, the bulletin, newsletter(s), web page, email lists, phone calls and news media,

 
 
15% Relational Ministry
The DYCM will strive to relate to the youth and children of our congregation and community through attendance at ball games, community events, youth activities and children’s programs, as well as be available for individual supportive conversation and prayer.
 
10% Communication and Publicity
 
Scope of Work
The DYCM will serve under the daily supervision of the Senior Pastor, with final responsibility to the Personnel Committee and Church Council.  The DYCM is expected to work with a high level of initiative and independence, while remaining committed to the overall well-being of the entire congregation.
 
This is a full-time position which requires regular weekend service and some travel with youth ministry programs and retreats.  In the summer months, some travel requires a week-long stay.  Weekday hours would be flexed depending on the weekend hours served.
 
Requirements
A committed Christian who is passionate about sharing the Gospel who can creatively articulate, nurture and teach from a Lutheran perspective.  As a Christian role model, the DYCM is expected to live in ways which are consistent with traditional Christian values.
 
A college degree or commensurate professional experience (preferred majors include: religion, youth ministry, Christian education or education.)
 
Strong organizational and recruiting skills, healthy personal boundaries, ability to serve as part of a team and exhibited joy and enthusiasm for ministry.
 
For the safety of our children and youth, a criminal background check and drug text will be made prior to hiring.  References will be requested and checked.