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Position Title: Director of Youth Ministries

Immediate Supervisor: Curate

Position Summary:

The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, is seeking a Director of Youth Ministries. The Director will be responsible for developing a vibrant youth group and programs for students in middle and high school. This Youth Minister will guide the youth group to be a community where students grow deep roots in Jesus and each other, where they are safe to be themselves, and where they can have fun while learning to integrate their faith into all aspects of life. The position requires mature leadership, the ability to collaborate, and the skills to respond appropriately to the developmental needs of teenagers.

The ideal candidate will have these qualities:

  • An open, warm, outgoing, and energetic personality.
  • A love of, and appreciation for, middle school and high school students.
  • A commitment to engage students in order to develop relationships and nurture spiritual growth.
  • A respect and appreciation for the Episcopal expression of faith.
  • A lifestyle that reflects an authentic commitment to Christ, and one that sets an example for children and youth in the Parish and the community.
  • A desire to work with and learn from young people and their parents/caregivers.
  • Ability to recruit and raise up leaders.
  • Ability to work and serve well with others.
  • Ability to manage time, complete tasks/assignments, and initiate new ideas.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Plan and lead engaging, community-building, and spiritually meaningful activities weekly.
  • Identify, recruit, train, and motivate adult volunteers to serve as sponsors, assisting with youth programs.
  • Foster an environment in which students are encouraged to be themselves, are respectful of one another, and are excited to be together.
  • Provide pastoral care for students via calls, texts, and visits to schools for lunch, school events, and other extracurricular activities.
  • Encourage students to attend Diocesan youth events.
  • Communicate with students and parents via telephone, e-mail, mailings, and social media.
  • In collaboration with the Communication Coordinator, communicate with the wider Parish about activities and events for youth through Heavenly Rest’s print media and website.
  • Keep records of youth participation.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Manage youth ministry budget, in collaboration with Heavenly Rest’s Manager of Operations.
  • Attend Safeguarding God’s Children training.
  • Ensure all adult volunteers are trained in Safeguarding God’s Children.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or University.
  • Self-initiative work style.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of volunteers, co-workers, staff, and parishioners.
  • Highly organized with excellent record-keeping skills.

Compensation: Full-time salary with benefits

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to chrepis@heavenlyrestabilene.org.

Here are different resouces for online bible study:

    • The Episcopal Catechism online.

    • The Revised Common Lectionary- Bible Studies online.

    • Diotima - Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World.

    • Navigating the Bible - Started as a tool for use by Bat or Bar Mitzvah students, its focus has been expanded to include anyone interested in learning about the Torah, or Old Testament. A searchable site with Excite.

    • Project Genesis- Torah on the Information Superhighway.

    • Scrolls from the Dead Sea - The Library of Congress site - includes the scrolls plus images of other artifacts found in the caves, including textiles, utensils, and coins.

    • World Wide Study Bible - Part of Wheaton College's Christian Classics Ethereal Library- connects users to Internet resources related to particular books or portions of the Bible. The simple front page interface lists the books of the Bible. After selecting one of these users access links to an overview of the book as well as commentaries, sermons, and the entire text of the book.

    • Bible Sprout - Their mission is to educate young Christians with access to the top biblical resources (translations, commentaries, dictionaries) on the web. They’ve also compiled hundreds of bible questions and answers to help young Christians in strengthen their faith to become tomorrow’s leaders for Christ.

    • Also check out opportunities for personal Bible Study at Bibles.net.
 

The following list includes a few of the links available online for Episcopal, Anglican, or otherwise interesting topics.

Sites related to many parish programs or otherwise of immediate interest

The Lectionary Page has links to all the Sunday and Major Feast Day readings.

The Lectionary- Another great source for the daily lectionary of the Episcopal Church

Today's Reading from Forward Day By Day

Daughters of the King National Website

Cursillo National Website

Brotherhood of St.Andrew 

Episcopal Church Women

United Thank Offering

Altar Guild Association

 

Our Province

The Episcopal Church is divided into nine Province for program and administrative purposes. Northwest Texas is a member of Province VII, which consists of the Dioceses of Arkansas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northwest Texas, Rio Grande, Texas, West Missouri, West Texas, Western Kansas and Western Louisiana.

 

The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church has an extensive web presence, beginning with its main website.

Office of the Presiding Bishop

Latest News from the National Church is now a part of Episcopal News Service Online.

Parish Finder - Locate an Episcopal parish in your area. Includes maps. A service of the Church Pension Fund.

Clergy Finder - Locate Episcopal clergy. The Episcopal Clerical Directory Online from Church Publishing

Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion

The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer

1559 Book of Common Prayer

1662 Book of Common Prayer

1892 Book of Common Prayer

1928 Book of Common Prayer

1979 Book of Common Prayer

 

A few interesting, miscellaneous sites

Episcopal Network for Stewardship

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Taizé Community

Anglican Fellowship of Prayer 

The Alban Institute

Faith Encouragement Ministries (formerly Faith Alive!)

 

The Anglican Communion

The Worldwide Anglican Communion

Lambeth Conference, 2008

Official Web Site of the Church of England

The Archbishop of Canterbury

Anglican Church of Canada

Anglicans Online -- A connection to all things Anglican

The Scottish Episcopal Church 

 

Worship and Devotion

The Mission St. Clare  - The Daily Office

Oremus - The Daily Office and more

Bible Gateway - The Bible in different translations

Calendar of Christian Historical Biographies

Guide to Early Church Documents

Anglican Liturgical Library - A collection of authorized and other texts used in the Anglican Communion

Association of Anglican Musicians - The support of music and the allied arts in all their aspects especially in relationship to liturgy.

Episcopal Church Glossary of Terms -  An alphabetical listing of all things Episcopalian and their meanings.

 

 

 

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