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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.