Youth Minister Job Description
Queen of Angels Church, Lompoc
To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the young people of our parish community and our community at large here in Lompoc. A strong youth ministry will be (1) invitational, always reaching out to bring more young people to Christ, (2) dynamic, utilizing different methods to reach young people in prayer, community building, faith formation, and strengthening of their Catholic identity, (3) constructive, giving young people the tools and confidence to live out the challenges that Christians face in the world each day, and (4) unifying, helping our young people to be connected to their parish community.
The youth minister at Queen of Angels will report directly to the pastor. It is a full-time, non-exempt position. The primary responsibility will be the coordinating of the youth group, which is for high school teens only. This will include weekly youth group gatherings. It will also include retreats, outings and other events offered for high school teens, to be determined at the discretion of the pastor and youth minister. Secondary responsibilities include the coordinating of occasional gatherings for middle school age youth, perhaps monthly. Youth minister will also need to work closely with the religious education director on events that will benefit youth group and confirmation teens in the parish (i.e. RE Congress youth day or the like). Possible secondary responsibility would be oversight of a young adult group, to work as a feeder for young adult ministers for the youth group. Since the program will need to be started from scratch, the secondary responsibilities may also be adjusted in time as the youth minister and pastor see the program grow and understand the needs of our community better.
-Must be a practicing Roman Catholic, excited about sharing the Gospel with young people.
-Skill and energy needed to build a program from the bottom up.
-Live in such a way as to be consistent with the moral teachings of the of Roman Catholic Church;
-Comports himself/herself in a way that would be a good example to young people, and does not promote what is contrary to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
-Possess a degree from a four year college or university.
-Submit to a confidential background investigation through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
-Complete the Virtus Protecting God’s Children Program for Adults and ensure that all volunteers complete and adhere to the guidelines required by the adult Protecting God’s Children training.
-Knowledge of Renewing the Vision, the US Bishops’ document for building a successful youth ministry.
The following would not be required upon hire, but, if not already possessed, would be acquired by applicant within the first 2 years of hire:
-A certificate in Basic Catechist Formation from a diocese.
-A certificate in Youth Ministry Specialization from a diocese.
-Build a youth ministry from scratch.
-Maintain a vibrant youth ministry open to the needs of all our teens at Queen of Angels.
-Coordinate weekly gatherings of Youth Ministry.
-Provide retreat opportunities to high school teens, at least 2 per year.
-Coordinate special formation/retreat opportunities for core team members, i.e. participation in SAW, CLI, NCYC or the like.
-Being present to confirmation students and middle school age first communion students in order to welcome them to what our program offers.
-Keeps the parish community informed of youth ministry activities and goals by means of Sunday announcements at Masses when needed, as well as bulletin posts and the use of parish social media.
-Coordinate events for middle school age youth.
-Oversees young adult ministry in the parish.
-Develop and prepare appropriate catechetical experiences and lesson plans.
-Recruit, support and facilitate on-going training for youth leaders/adult volunteers.
-Schedule regular weekly office hours and be available and accessible for listening to and counseling teens, while following Virtus protocols.
-Coordinate fundraising, with pastor’s approval, as needed to support the programs’ activities.
-Advises, communicates and cooperates with other parish and diocesan organizations.
-Attends staff meetings.
-Participates in parish governing structures to ensure greater participation of youth in parish life and to bring awareness to the community of the needs of the youth ministry.
-Keeps informed through attendance at diocesan, regional, and national conferences, regular reading and membership in professional associations.
-Is aware of community agencies and resources that interface with youth.
-Communicates with parents with respect, providing information for events with advanced notice.
-Maintains contact with the Archdiocese and Regional Office of Youth Ministry.
-Initiates ways of gathering data on the needs, interests, attitudes, and beliefs of youth and young adults.
-Makes periodic reports to the pastor detailing progress and needs of the program.
-Ability to lift up to 20lbs.
-Must be able to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
-Be able to reach above shoulder level, to stoop, bend, grasp, pull, push and twist to retrieve equipment or materials.
-Utilize computer and/or office equipment.
-Be able to handle exposure to noise levels and temperatures consistent with a classroom environment.
Queen Of Angels Church (Lompoc)
3495 Rucker Rd
Lompoc, CA email@example.com