Director of Student and Young Adult Ministry, Normal, IL

First Presbyterian Church of Normal, Illinois, is looking for a Director of Student and Young Adult Ministry.  This person will be responsible for the following:

Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop and maintain a compelling, realistic vision for the student and young adult ministries of First Presbyterian Church of Normal.
  • Formulate a full, diverse, attractive calendar of programming including opportunities for spiritual formation, fellowship, service, recreation, and outreach.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage, inspire, equip, and empower a competent team of volunteers for programs including youth group gatherings and Sunday school.
  • Provide energy, excitement, and dedication to the student ministry and young adult programs of First Presbyterian Church of Normal.

Student Ministry:

  • Develop the teaching schedule for the program year of messages and lessons offered to students in both Sunday school and Sunday night youth group.
  • Encourage the middle school and high school students of First Presbyterian Church of Normal to grow in their love and faith in Christ and encourage them to regularly participate in the life of the church.
  • Create a positive and safe atmosphere where each student is encouraged to develop and grow in their special gifts and talents.
  • Collaborate with the pastoral staff for the annual Confirmation class.

Young Adult Ministry:

  • Establish compelling programs and opportunities for young adults.
  • Engage young adults and invite them into the worship and life of the church.
  • Maintain and foster encouraging, supportive connections with our college students while they are away at school.

Communication:

  • Inspire and offer an anticipation and joy surrounding the activity and identity of the student and young adult ministries.
  • Effectively share all necessary details as well as fostering open lines of communication for any questions or new members.
  • Utilize multiple forms of media on a consistent basis to ensure communication is visible to all demographics including students, families, church staff, congregation members, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Strong faith with dedication toward growth and regular devotional life.
  • Display strong character and sense of maturity.
  • Prior experience or education in Students Ministry.
  • Demonstrate a proven understanding of pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults today.
  • Ministry education is preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrate an adept knowledge of, appropriate use of, and presence within social media/technology.
  • Communicate effectively with parents and build strong relationships with families.
  • To model the attributes of a Christian leadership and modeling from 1 Timothy 4:16…
    o       Speech: Appropriate language free of foul language and coarse joking.
    o       Life: To live a life that models the heart of Jesus Christ.
    o       Love: To demonstrate love and grace to all people as our neighbors.
    o       Faith: To exemplify a passionate, growing faith in Jesus Christ.
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Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Clarendon Hills, IL

Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, is seeking an experienced full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministries. CPC is a PCUSA congregation that is centered around living the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, community, and our journey of faith. The church is located in the village of Clarendon Hills, a southwestern suburb only a train ride away from Chicago. Clarendon Hills gives you a village feel in a suburban area. CPC’s youth program is a strong, well-supported program with passionate and engaged students and devoted, long-term volunteers. CPC is committed to their youth and investing in their spiritual growth and they are looking for the right person to lead this ministry.

Essential functions:

  • Oversee the Christian Education program for sixth through twelfth grade students and college-age students, which includes: Small group program, Sunday school, Fellowship and service opportunities, Retreats
  • Work collaboratively to develop and implement a comprehensive and cohesive Christian formation plan
  • Execute the vision for the youth program
  • Coordinate, facilitate, support, and attend all youth mission opportunities including week-long summer opportunities for all high school students
  • Facilitate opportunities for youth and their families to build community and feel supported
  • Maintain and manage all modes of communication for youth programs
  • Manage the budget for youth ministries
  • Grow the youth program in participation, enthusiasm, and excellence

Qualifications:

  • Has a personal relationship with God
  • Is a person of prayer, personal integrity, and joy
  • Acts as a good model and teacher of the faith
  • Has the ability to relate to and work well with youth and their families
  • Is an enthusiastic and engaged partner with staff and other leaders
  • Possesses a deep sense of calling to youth ministry
  • Exhibits strong communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills

Education and experience:

  •  Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum of three years’ congregational youth ministry experience in a mainline reformed tradition

A competitive compensation package including full benefits is offered. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume.

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