We are beginning to think about a Community Youth Leader responsible for the establishment, maintenance, and coordination of youth programming for a Junior High program and a separate High School Program couple churches (and hopefully more) in downtown Redlands. Here's a draft of what we have looked at so far.
General Job Duties:
Conduct weekly youth group meetings utilizing an approved curriculum;
Build spiritually nurturing relationships with youth connected to both congregations – inviting them and their friends and guests to programs;
Actively recruit participants for the community’s youth group programs by reaching out to other churches and Christian youth group programs in the downtown area for possible inclusion in the collaborative ministry;
Support Christian church and community events, as well as service projects for youth group participation, as appropriate;
Refer all possible controversial matters on politics, sexuality and theology back to the family and local churches to address how they wish;
Coordinate involvement of youth worker volunteers from the various churches;
Conduct outreach events that collaborate with other ministries, churches, organizations and share the Christian message with an increasing number of young people;
Provide articles for the newsletters according to deadline provided by the church’s secretary;
Provide fundraising opportunities to the community youth group to help offset costs of youth camps;
Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Specific Job Tasks:
Conduct weekly Youth Meetings for Junior High and High School Youth;
Attend Monthly Youth Council Meetings, and report activities, projects and goals to the Board of Christian Education;
Plan a Monthly Special Outreach Event.
Bachelor’s Degree preferred, preference given to those with Masters level training or equivalent experience;
A person who has a Christian faith, integrity, and a strong character who models the Christian lifestyle;
Ability to communicate Christian values with clarity and effectiveness to children, youth and adults;
Ability to recruit, train, coach, and motivate students and youth counselors;
A self-starter with an encouraging and enthusiastic attitude and the ability to develop positive relationships in working as part of a team;
A person with initiative and commitment to do whatever it takes to make disciples of Christ;
Possess leadership, organizational and administrative skills;
Job Performance – Evaluation:
The Community Youth Leader will be evaluated on their job performance by the Senior Minister(s) no later than the first six (6) months after hire, then on an annual basis no later than the anniversary of the hire date. Job performance evaluation will also include a self-evaluation as part of the evaluation process
Hours and Salary:
This is a salaried position that requires a minimum of 20 hours each week
Compensation is commensurate with skill, training and experience
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Are we more than the animals?
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