First Presbyterian Church, a vibrant 1800-member church located in a world-class city, Ann Arbor, Michigan, is passionately committed to excellence in worship, Christian formation, mission and pastoral care is seeking a full-time Director for Youth and Family Ministries. This position is open to ordained or lay individuals. The ideal candidate will implement the church’s vision for youth ministry, building on the strength of the church’s current program, which engages approximately 30 young disciples each week. This Minister/Director will serve as a part of the pastoral staff of the congregation and lead a youth ministry team, which currently includes adult volunteers and teachers, plus a full-time youth ministry intern/peer minister. Our candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field or ideally a Masters of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.), Master of Divinity (M. Div.) or relevant graduate training or experience in Christian education or youth ministry. While listed as an interim, there is a path to a permanent position.
You can learn more about our congregation by going to our First Pres website. The Youth Ministry Transition Team, led by Linda Dabrowski, is guiding this important search.
- Provide spiritual leadership for young people and their families, equipping young people to become followers of Christ.
- Create a welcoming environment and safe haven for all young people (from 6th grade through 12th grade) to interact with other young people, provide mutual support, explore a healthy Christian faith, connect with the Christian story and develop a healthy self-confidence.
- Spend time with young people one on one, in small group settings and large group events. Be available to support and educate parents.
- Promote leadership/ownership among young people, parents, and adult volunteers.
- Facilitate and encourage worship participation and leadership.
- Foster the ongoing, vibrant formation of a healthy, expressive faith in Jesus Christ and connection to First Presbyterian Church.
Position Description & Responsibilities:
First Presbyterian Church believes that youth ministries are ultimately the responsibility of the entire congregation, and the Interim Director of Youth & Family Ministries is the coordinator for such ministries on the church staff. Core responsibilities include:
- Create a welcoming environment and safe haven for all young people.
- Establish and maintain healthy relationships with young people and parents.
- Plan and coordinate middle school and high school Sunday school.
- Plan and coordinate regular, weekly youth ministry gatherings for middle and high school young people, incorporating a variety of events, conferences, concerts, retreats, youth mission trips and related activities.
- Create programming for the confirmation class. Involve volunteers as teachers, mentors and exemplars for young people. Engage parents in active learning and participation in faith formation.
- Facilitate and encourage worship participation and leadership.
- Support and encourage parents and families with middle and high school young people. Create and offer opportunities for learning, growth and inspiration.
- Recruit, train, coordinate and provide direction to the volunteers in implementing ministries and creating relationships with young people.
- Connect with youth and families using contemporary social media tools.
- Work collegially with the Youth Ministry Work Group to establish annual ministry goals and priorities, to set the monthly meeting agenda and to share information.
- Work collegially with the Christian Education Committee and the Directors of Children & Family Ministry, Music Ministries and Adult Education to purse broad congregational goals and programs for faith formation for all ages.
- Attend weekly church staff meetings and regular program planning gatherings.
- Participate in worship leadership regularly; preach as assigned.
- Ensure the effectiveness and quality of youth ministries. Assess youth programming effectiveness regularly. Take risks. Provide metrics on annual participation and program successes, growth as well as failures.
- Seek out conferences, mentors, classes and materials that will serve as professional and/or personal development and continuing education.
- Abide by First Presbyterian’s Child and Youth Safety Policies and keep appropriate personal boundaries.
Qualifications for an Interim Director of Youth & Family Ministries:
- Reflect an engaging Christian faith, a welcoming spirit and a love for young people
- Have a calling to work with young people between the ages of 12 and 18.
- Possess the ability to work in the spirit of the theology and practice of youth ministry expressed in the FPC Youth Ministry Overview Task Force Report of 2016-2017 and to carry out youth ministries that embody the characteristics of excellence in the report.
- Be an active participant in a congregation, preferably in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
- Possess a sense of humor and a keen sense of God’s grace.
- Have the ability to work collegially with volunteers, teachers, church leaders, program staff and pastors.
- Have the capacity to be a mentor to young people and colleagues.
- Have a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field (or other relevant field such as education or social work) from an accredited college or university.
- Have a Masters of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.), Master of Divinity (M. Div.) or relevant graduate training or experience in Christian education, youth ministry, religious studies, psychology, counseling, social work or a related field.
- Demonstrate significant prior experience working with youth in a local congregation or other church setting.
- Show maturity, discretion, and the ability to work effectively with young people and their parents.
Compensation & Benefits
This is a full-time interim professional position, beginning immediately, and projected to be 12-24 months in duration. Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background, experience and credentials. The Search Committee will consider all qualified Youth Ministry professionals, including Youth Directors, Church Educators, Teaching Elders, Commissioned Ruling Elders and other skilled candidates who are members in good standing within their congregation and/or governing body. Further details concerning employment are outlined in the FPC Personnel Manual.
The Session of First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan, complies with the statement of employment practices as outlined in The Form of Government of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.: “The unity of believers in Christ is reflected in the rich diversity of the Church’s membership. In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, God unites persons through baptism regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, disability, geography, or theological conviction. There is therefore, no place in the life of the Church for discrimination against any person.” (F-1.0403)