Youth Formation Leadership
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (SAEC) seeks to hire a youth minister with a track record of building a strong and vibrant youth community. SAEC will welcome youth from both within and outside of the congregation. The youth minister will have a demonstrated ability to think and teach theologically and spiritually with the unique ability to relate well to youth. Simultaneously the youth minister will successfully maintain supportive and mature communication with parents or adult guardians. The congregation seeks an energetic and dependable youth minister with long-term interests in the congregation’s life and development.
The youth minister builds a strong and vibrant community in which church and neighborhood teens develop confidence, faith and spiritual maturity. This is done through study, prayer, play and community service.
• Work collaboratively with clergy, staff and lay ministers to steward the overall health and development of the parish.
• Communicate and collaborate with clergy or other pastoral ministers on any and all pastoral concerns.
• Design and implement an Episcopal formation plan that attends to biblical narratives, spiritual practices and social and ethical questions.
• Identify or develop a solid and engaging curriculum for substantive faith formation in youth.
• Assist youth in finding meaningful ways to pray and worship.
• Create opportunities for youth to participate and learn in community contexts outside of the church.
• Provide opportunities for youth to develop skills in relating across class, cultural, and generational lines.
• Foster opportunities for youth to learn in relationship with other parish ministries.
• Develop in teens the ability to identify and address critical questions of society, faith and spirituality.
• Provide consistent experiences of team, community and overall confidence building.
• Implement Episcopal Diocese of Texas Safeguarding God’s Children and Safe Church Ministry policies.
• Maintain personal certification in the required Diocesan Safeguarding programs and ensure that all participants in youth efforts are adequately screened, interviewed, trained, certified in Safeguarding programs and references are checked.
• Ensure an environment of continual education, responsibility and openness on topics such as sexual abuse, boundaries and protection or bullying and social exclusion.
• Engage the critical number of parents and/or adult leaders needed to guarantee the life and success of youth formation efforts.
• Manage systems for parent notifications, communications and permissions.
• Establish clear and well-communicated expectations of parents/legal guardians.
• Recruit and provide ongoing support to youth ministry volunteers.
• Engage other church ministries to explore interactive and cooperative opportunities for learning, service, mutual support and celebratory fellowship.
• Utilize social media in effective and responsible ways to build and shape community and youth seekers.
• Exercise critical thinking, maturity and judgment at all times.
• Maintain personal habits of spiritual health and wellness.
• Demonstrate accountability and transparency of work.
1. Post-secondary education preferred.
2. Experience teaching theological concepts and spiritual practices to youth.
3. Curriculum development and implementation expertise.
4. At least three years working with middle school and/or high school students.
5. Professional level communication with diverse age groups.
6. Bilingual Spanish and English a plus.