Youth Pastor, Minneapolis, MN

Riverway is a non-denominational church that began in 2011. Our passion is community involvement and outreach to see people accept Jesus as their Savior and grow in their faith through Riverway.  We are looking for a Youth Pastor who is skilled at managing, speaking, organizing, and leading. This person should be passionate about teenagers finding Jesus, creating irresistible service environments, and mentoring youth. This person also needs to have an outgoing personality, highly relational, be able to multi-task as a self-starter, and be a visionary leader to keep our youth ministry relevant and growing. We are a portable church that meets at Champlin Park High School and currently run about 40-50 Middle School and High School students with a leadership team of 10 adults. We believe this situation is ripe for big growth and potential just waiting for the right leader.
This role can expect to work 40-45 hour per week (including Sundays) and is a full-time, salaried position. This person would report directly to the Lead Pastor.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • This role is responsible for all ministries for the youth of Riverway as well as leadership to youth in our community.
  • Be the “face” for youth leadership in our church, local schools, and community.
  • Lead the way in all vision casting, goal setting, innovation, and excellence.
  • Create and maintain a fun, passionate, and engaging youth program every week that will help teenagers build a relationship with Jesus and with other kids their age.
  • This role would recruit and oversee all volunteers including their training, encouragement, scheduling and communication. This would include having the right volunteers in the right spot based on gifts and abilities, as well as oversee all measures of security and background checks.
  • Oversee all set up and function of Wednesday night services for 6th-12th grade, Sunday morning Middle School services for 6th-8th grade, as well as events and activities.
  • Writing and creating all systems for consistency, clarity and excellence.
  • Spend time mentoring and building relationships with teens outside of service times.
  • Attend the Middle School and High School FCA Bible studies each week.
  • Use Small Groups as a part of the discipleship process.
  • Great communication with parents and using them as advocates in their kid’s life.
  • Create special events and activities to build relationships outside the service times.
  • Provide an offering of summer youth camps at Trout Lake Bible Camp and attend with them.
  • Other various Riverway tasks and support. (15% of job)

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or seminary training preferred; or a combination of education and experience
  • Ministry experience with proven leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and interpersonal
  • Must meet Biblical qualifications for pastoral leadership
  • Ability to work in a strong team environment
  • Must have a good sense of humor and like to have FUN!!  We take God seriously, but ourselves not so much!

If interested in applying, please email a resume and references.

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Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries, Roseville, MN

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville, Minnesota, is seeking an individual who engages faith to provide vision and coordination of ministry to children and youth (ages 0-18) as well as their families. The organized person in this position will have proven intergenerational experience to build lasting relationships and equip people in the congregation to serve children and youth in a variety of roles. In our welcoming and socially conscious environment, this broad-minded person will help us bridge all ages while developing and administering all aspects of ministry to support and encourage relationships and growth for children, youth and families in their faith.

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that gathers around God’s grace for all in word and sacrament; nurtures faith through learning, music, relationships, and generosity; and sends people to act for justice, and serve alongside others following the way of Jesus. We are rooted in Lutheran theology and tradition, progressive in theological outlook, and hold a strong sense of boldly living faith in the world today. Questions are encouraged as we reflect on scripture, meaning, and faithful living, and those with wonderings and doubts are welcome. Worship, choir-led music, and service draw us together in community and inspire us to live in the faith, hope and compassion of Christ. In living our mission, we deeply value expansive welcome, generous hospitality, vibrant worship and faith, authentic relationships, equipping one another in vocation, and acting for justice and peace.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop a multi-year programming plan and curriculum scope and sequence that aligns with St. Michael’s vision and values; assess and evaluate success, failures, and relevance of programming and adjust accordingly
  • Initiate, build and maintain authentic relationships with children, teens, parents and volunteers
  • Recruit, develop, train and appreciate a team of adult volunteers to serve at annual events and on Sunday mornings
  • Design and coordinate Sunday morning programming for ages 0-18 including researching, choosing and preparing age-appropriate Biblically-based curricula; oversee paid part-time staff, nursery attendants, and volunteers in various Sunday School classrooms during Education Hour in accordance with our Best Practice and Policies
  • Design, schedule, organize, implement, and attend monthly events, retreats, and trips; work from a team-approach with other ministry and office staff, especially Children and Youth Associate, for annual fellowship, fundraising, and service-learning events
  • Help parents and guardians inspire curiosity and spiritual interest in their children; equip parents and guardians with resources to be the primary source of faith formation
  • Foster congregational awareness and involvement with children, youth and family ministry through coaching and experimenting with intergenerational programming opportunities and worship service involvement
  • Establish an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment; encourage thinking, welcome questions, and foster discipleship among children and teens
  • Provide targeted, effective and consistent communication and promotion of activities including impact stories to students, parents and congregation via email, monthly newsletter, bulletin boards, church website, social media, etc.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Invest in the on-going life of students and families outside of church
  • Create and maintain resources and opportunities in worship service for children and youth
  • Coordinate and participate in rotation with pastors to establish relationships with students during high school Sunday School
  • Maintain and update database, calendar and website with office staff
  • Manage youth budget and finances
  • Direct both Youth and Education Committees and facilitate meeting agendas
  • Attend staff meetings and coordinate meetings with Children and Youth Ministry Associate, Director of Children’s Music, and Nursery Supervisor as appropriate
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities and network with other children’s and youth ministry directors and leaders
  • Be a present and engaged participant in standing church programs and worship services, and other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three to five years of related experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree (concentration in ministry/Bible/religious education preferred)
  • Embrace the Welcome Statement on our home page at stmichaelselca.com
  • Familiar and comfortable with Lutheran (ELCA) theology
  • Passion for engaging and nurturing children, teens and families
  • Flexibility in hours and scheduling
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to move freely in and out of different children and youth ministry settings (classroom, camps, churches, etc.)
  • Able to lift 50lbs
  • Able to comfortably speak in public forum
  • Have valid driver’s license and is able to drive

Core Competencies:

  • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Possesses high emotional intelligence and sense of humor; exudes a natural sense of care for the well-being of others; works well with people at all ages of the congregation; practices direct, honest and transparent communication; overcomes personal bias to genuinely hear the ideas and concerns of another; is open-minded, welcoming and approachable.
  • LEADERSHIP: Identifies, prioritizes and communicates clear, strategic objectives that are consistent with the vision and values of the church; provides direction, gains commitment, facilitates creativity and change in accomplishing achievable goals; good at figuring out the process(es) necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and tasks establishing good work flow.
  • ORGANIZATION: Identifies key objectives, scope, resources needed, realistic timeline for projects, events, and programs; uses time effectively and efficiently; can appropriately balance priorities; can sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; self-motivated in implementing and communicating action plans.
  • TEAM-ORIENTED: Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions; appropriately shares authority and responsibility; steps up to offer self as resource to other members of the team; keeps team briefed; understands the dynamics of human negotiation among conflicting interest groups and how to achieve mutual agreement; defines success in terms of the whole team.
  • DEVELOPING VOLUNTEERS: Able to identify gifts and skills to recruit people into volunteer positions; is good at establishing clear expectations, setting direction, providing training for each role; provides regular and ongoing feedback and appreciation about performance; creates a climate in which people want to do their best; makes each individual feel that their work is important.
  • SPIRITUAL FORMATION: Demonstrates an understanding of discipleship as journey or process; selects curriculum that is relevant, provocative and contributes to a deeper understanding of scripture, theology and spiritual practice; uses a variety of learning styles and experiences to maintain interest, build connection to daily life and social justice issues, and promote deeper relationships while developing faith.

This is a full-time position. Compensation includes salary, health benefits, retirement package and funds for continuing education. Pay based on experience. Send your resume and cover letter by ​December 20, 2018​​.

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Middle School Ministries Director, Golden Valley, MN

Calvary is a Christ-centered church located in Golden Valley, MN a Northwest suburb of Minneapolis. We are looking for a committed Christian leader with a passion for discipling the next generation.  The ideal candidate can relate well with youth, parents and adult volunteers.  The Middle School Ministry Director oversees sixth through eighth grade.  This position creates, manages and directs all aspects of middle school ministry.

Expectations:

  • Live out Calvary’s mission, priorities and prayer, applying them in your personal and professional life with vigor and excellence.
  • Operate as an accountable, authentic, caring, collaborative, team-first staff member, encouraging, praying for and building up co-workers, volunteers, congregants and guests.
  • Be intentional about one’s spiritual growth and development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Model relational discipleship to kids and families
  • Partner with the CYF Pastor, Children’s Ministry Director and CYF Ministries Assistant to develop programs that are organized, supervised and promoted
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of ministry with middle school kids, including weekly school year programming and summer opportunities (VBS, camps, mission trips, etc.)
  • Continue to develop a ministry that impacts the community and respects Calvary’s Lutheran roots
  • Recruit, empower and develop a team of volunteers (small group leaders, Guest Experience volunteers, Lenten mentors and special event volunteers)
  • Partner with the high school ministry team to equip and build student leaders
  • Establish bridges from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school from a relational and programmatic standpoint
  • Help develop the annual budget for middle school ministry
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge:

  • A growing Christ-centered faith
  • Strong relational skills with kids and adults
  • Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with a team
  • Minimum 4-year degree.
  • Prior youth ministry experience (1-3 years preferably in a large church context)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven organizational and administrative skills

Please fill out an application which can be found at www.calvary.org/about/jobs.

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