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Senior Regional Youth Minister

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIY

The Senior Regional Youth Minister forms young men and women of high school and middle school age to being passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.

The primary objectives of this ministry are to:

  • Form young people to be disciples of Jesus Christ through prayer, discipleship, and formation. Create and form student leaders who seek to serve and grow the kingdom of God through regular formation outside of Life Nights and Edge Nights.
  • Communicate enthusiasm and joy for the Catholic faith among students, parents, and volunteers through relational ministry.
  • Build a team of local adults and mentors to serve as leaders and witnesses for young people.
  • Create a sense of Christian community and involvement among CORE team and students through fellowship, prayer, and formation.
  • Build bridges connecting all the parishes in the deanery in a common effort to minister to young people.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan, organize, and supervise, with CORE Team, year-long weekly large-group high school and middle school
  • Plan, organize, and supervise small group formation opportunities for student leaders.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate Life Teen and Edge programs and resources with Pastors and CORE Team
  • Recruit and develop a CORE adult leadership team who actively support the Senior Regional Youth Minister with the ministry, and coordinate training, support and evaluation of volunteers, including holding and leading appropriate planning meetings.
  • Coordinate the recruitment, support, and evaluation of additional volunteers in the ministry.
  • Collaborate with the Institute for Catholic Formation to ensure proper formation of volunteers
  • Identify and establish appropriate fundraising opportunities and partnerships to develop at least $10,000 a year to support and offset youth ministry efforts and summer trips.
  • Work with the pastors to arrange periodic youth ministry activities at each collaborating parish campus.
  • Work with Directors of Religious Education in the parish collaboration to connect youth ministry to Confirmation Preparation programs.
  • Engage with the Catholic schools in the deanery to foster a connection for middle school students with youth ministry activities.
  • Attend Sunday Mass in the collaborating parishes on a rotating basis to get to know each community individually and to become an engaged, involved and trusted parish minister.
  • In cooperation with the collaborating parishes and other involved parishes:
    • Plan an annual or bi-annual retreat for Life Teen and
    • Plan an annual mission trip for high school students with Catholic Heart Workcamp
    • Plan additional summer trips and
    • Foster involvement of youth in the life of parishes and local community, including liturgical ministries, elementary faith formation, and other parish
  • Oversee all youth ministry communication with both parents and students across all communication channels – bulletin, social media, email, and website, etc., ensuring engaging, regular, timely and accurate communications.
  • Work with collaborating parishes and their pastors to promote high school and middle school youth ministry through broader community outreach.
  • Write and distribute quarterly newsletter about youth ministry leveraging various communication channels (i.e. bulletin, email, social media).
  • Maintain a database of Youth Ministry Participants and volunteers through Flocknote.
  • Hire, develop, supervise and evaluate staff, if applicable.
  • Serve as the liaison with the Institute for Catholic Formation and their programs, services, and resources
  • Maintain policies, compliance and record-keeping with the Diocesan Safe Environment program and working with parish safe environment coordinators, ensure that all adults are in full compliance with Diocesan Safe Environment policy.
  • Be able to understand, support, and implement the vision statement of the participating parishes’ pastoral teams.
  • Communicate and collaborate with appropriate committees, i.e., liturgy, social justice, religious education, etc. in the participating parishes.
  • Regularly communicate with parents and parishioners and seek their input as appropriate.
  • Regular communications with Curial Offices, adherence to diocesan policies, participation in diocesan professional organizations.
  • Maintain necessary office and ministry records.
  • Provides appropriate and timely updates to supervisor, regional coordinator and collaborating pastors.
  • Incorporate the diocesan guidelines and policies into all programs.
  • Assist with long range planning, budgeting and program assessment.
  • Oversee ministry calendars and expenses, including preparing, submitting and adhering to annual budgets and fully accounting for spending.
  • Be available for and set times for listening, advising, and referral
  • Attend staff meetings of local parishes when invited.
  • Meet regularly with regional coordinator and others from participating parishes.
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  • Seek input in planning youth ministry activities.
  • Be a resource to leaders from participating parishes on issues related to young people.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • This is a ministerial position and requires a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing, grounded in a relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church, who understands and clearly articulates the mission and purpose of the church to save souls and make disciples.
  • Bachelor’s degree in either religious education/theology/secondary education, or national certification in youth ministry, background in theology and educational methodologies with a willingness to move toward credential or degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years related youth ministry experience in a Catholic parish.
  • Demonstrated vision and experience in planing, developing, coordinating, managing and implementing a disciple-making Catholic youth ministry.
  • A self-motivated leader, capable of casting a vision for ministry to students, parents, CORE team, and parish staff while following through with execution of strategies and plans.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, conflict management skills, nmanagerial skills and strong proficiency in contemporary means of communication and technology.
  • Must possess a proven ability to work effectively with youth, adults, diverse communities, and teams of volunteers.
  • Exemplifies personal excellence, teamwork, joyful sacrifice, and a solid emotional health to effectively lead, interact with and care for youth.
  • Flexible with a missionary spirit.
  • Engaging teacher/presenter who is also teachable and willing to learn.
  • Maintain confidentiality, hold a high degree of discretion and is professional in personal
  • Solid problem solving and time management skills.
  • Great interpersonal skills, with strong decision-making and leadership capabilities.
  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail.
  • Strong work ethic and desire to exceed client expectations
  • Physical demands of the job include bending, sitting, and lifting, and maintaining a high energy level for work with young people.
  • Compliance with diocesan policies and safe environment

Ability to work nights and weekends as required by the position.

To apply for this job email your details to Tracy.Casey@diobpt.org