Minister of Youth and Family Discipleship Resurrection Lutheran Church Portland, Oregon

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1 Resurrection Lutheran Church Portland, Oregon Purpose of Position: To effectively carry out the mission of this congregation, the position of is an essential member of the leadership team of RLC. The is the key staff person assisting the Pastor and serves in creative collaboration with the Pastor, youth and family ministry team and other ministry teams to initiate and maintain programs and activities that encourage faith-nurturing relationships among the youth and families of this congregation and provides a safe environment for development of discipleship among the youth and families of RLC. The supports the mission of Resurrection Lutheran Church by being the lead visionary and having primary oversight of all youth and family ministries as well as the ongoing development of discipleship through educational and relational program ministry. reports to, is supervised and evaluated by the Pastor. I. Key Qualifications 1 Loves the Lord and can express his/her faith well 2 Demonstrates a mature faith in Jesus Christ and a basic understanding and agreement with Lutheran theology 3 Has a passion for ministry, enthusiasm, a positive outlook, and a sense of humor 4 Self-motivated, models teamwork, and able to take constructive criticism 5 Ability to lead, motivate and relate well with youth 6 Ability to communicate and relate well with adults and congregational leadership 7 Ability to lead small groups to promote faith development 8 Is willing to receive coaching, outside training, and on-the-job training 9 Bachelor s Degree or beyond years of age or older 11 Valid Driver s License 12 Basic computer skills Resurrection Lutheran Page 1 of 6

2 II. Key Responsibilities and Expectations A) Youth/Family The key function of the is to develop a vision for a comprehensive youth and family ministry program at RLC, communicate that vision to lay leaders and inspire increased participation of youth and their families in the ministry programs of RLC. To accomplish this, the Minister of Youth and Family Discipleship: 1) has primary oversight and responsibility for the youth ministries of RLC (PK-12). 2) shall work closely with the Children s Ministry Coordinator to envision, coordinate, develop and execute a comprehensive and strategic plan of ministry for youth relevant to their age groups including the creation and staffing of ministry groups associated by age. 3) shall have primary oversight of the Youth and Family Committee and shall take leadership in directing the work of the Y&F Committee, goal setting, visioning and evaluating the ministry. 4) ensures that the ongoing needs of youth and family ministry are attended to and continuously plans, implements, supports, participates and evaluates the ministries and gatherings of the RLC youth ministry. 5) is the key person who coordinates and supports the Infusion Ministry group (Young Families) 6) has collaborative oversight (with the Children s Ministry Director) of the Sunday morning youth education program 7) has the primary responsibility to cultivate youth and lay leadership, to enhance youth programing at RLC, as well as guide youth and lay leaders as they seek to edify the church through special trainings, workshops, studies, etc. 8) is responsible for lifting up youth ministry in the context of the wider ministries of RLC, seeking opportunities to engage youth in leadership roles in the ministry of RLC including, but not limited to: worship, music, youth Sunday, participation on council and committee teams, Rally Sunday, VBS, Peer Ministry, Mission Trips, etc. 9) shall identify and recruit a youth representative to serve on the church council who will be elected at the annual meeting. 10) has the responsibility to be immersed in the lives of the youth of RLC and their families - both on and off campus (attending events which youth and family are involved), 11) is charged with lifting up vocations within the ELCA and encouraging qualified individuals to explore rostered church leadership. 12) continuously communicates and encourages participation in Synod, Region and National youth events designed for specific age demographics. 13) recruits and equips lay adults to take on leadership responsibility. 14) is responsible for envisioning and providing for innovative, ongoing education and discipleship opportunities for youth and young families. Resurrection Lutheran Page 2 of 6

3 B) Worship 1) collaborates with the Pastor, shall participate in the Worship life of RLC and encourage deepening participation by children, youth and families. 2) is responsible for encouraging the active and engaged participation of youth in the worship life of RLC up to and including the development of specific worship opportunities tailored to the needs of youth and their families. 3) shall preach when scheduled 4) assists the Pastor in tending to the pastoral acts that revolve around worship. 5) shall provide leadership and support for regular youth emphasis in the worship life of RLC. 6) shall provide continuing follow-up for those youth and families that intersect the life of RLC in the worship offerings 7) shall tend to and follow up with the milestones of youth and families that are celebrated in worship (Baptism, Confirmation, Births, etc.) C) Education/Discipleship 1) has primary oversight for the vision, development and expansion of the Education Ministry (PK-12) of RLC including the Preschool, Sunday School and weekly educational offerings designed for youth. 2) shall actively assist the Director of Children s Ministry in the identification, recruitment and training of Sunday School teachers. 3) has direct supervisory responsibility for the Children s Ministry coordinator and shall provide assistance and resource in the choosing of curriculum for Sunday School, overall program for increased involvement and VBS. 4) collaborates with the Pastor in the oversight of the confirmation program (class, retreats, projects) of RLC, sets goals, recruits lay leaders and implements curriculum. 5) has primary responsibility for providing age appropriate and engaging educational opportunities for Elementary, Middle and High School youth including the recruiting and training of volunteers. 6) is responsible for the continual lifting up of youth education in the context of the wider ministry of RLC, encouraging and challenging the membership to take leadership roles in Youth Christian Education. 7) is primarily responsible for the ongoing discipleship of High School Youth including programs such as Peer Ministry training and Mission Trips 8) assists the Pastor teaching adult Bible Studies and coordinating events and programs that will deepen the discipleship of all RLC members 9) shall publicize, plan, coordinate, recruit and encourage participation in retreats, conferences and programs of the ELCA and other Christian organizations focusing attention on those directed to Youth, Family and Discipleship. Resurrection Lutheran Page 3 of 6

4 D) Administration 1) shall be the key leader guiding and collaborating with the Youth and Family Ministry Team and the Children s Ministry Team to create a vision for the strategic and comprehensive young family ministry program of RLC with specific goals and timelines to ensure that RLC is reaching its fullest potential ministering to the young families of this congregation and those to come. 2) oversees, directs and supervises the current youth and family ministry program of RLC. Strategizes and plans for the continual expansion of the youth and family ministry, encouraging and enabling lay and paid staff to carry out their ministries in concert with the mission and vision of the church. 3) Is responsible for the creation of the Youth, Family and discipleship budgets providing realistic goals and rationals for funding the ministries over which he/she has oversight. 4) communicates to the church council on behalf of youth, family and discipleship ministries. 5) creates an environment of innovation and welcome for those whose gifts may be used in youth and family ministry 6) has direct supervisory responsibilities for the Children s Ministry Coordinator, Nursery Coordinator, Sunday School Staff and all lay volunteers who work with youth. 7) is responsible for the development, approval and implementation of policies and procedures for the protection of youth which includes developing a procedure for the background screening of prospective lay adult volunteers in consultation with the Pastor. All such information shall be kept in personnel files on site at RLC. 8) has oversight of the nursery coordinator and shall prepare and update all policies and procedures related to the safe functioning of the RLC nursery. 9) reports weekly to the Pastor 10) reports monthly to the Church Council 11) reports annually to the Congregation including activities, participation, questions, and youth finances 12) provides a monthly column for the church newsletter, specifically highlighting youth ministry. 13) shall network with other youth workers and clergy specializing in youth ministry 14) shall attend continuing education events designed to grow and deepen skills associated with youth ministry. D.1) Publicity and Contact Hours Office Hours includes time spent creating publicity regarding special events and ministries. Publicity includes invitations, bulletin inserts, newsletter articles, posters, flyers, s, phone calls, etc. Contact hours are a way to create, sustain, and deepen relationships with youth and families. 1 These hours include time spent making direct and continued contact with youth and families through phone calls, s, personal visits, and community events. 2 Community events include any events youth are involved in, such as sports events, school plays, concerts, etc. Resurrection Lutheran Page 4 of 6

5 E) Reflection and Review The is responsible for intentional reflection and reviews of the ministry including: 1) Meetings with Staff 2) Meetings with the Youth and Family Ministry Team, the Church Council and other ministry teams of RLC 3) Meeting with the Oregon Synod Youth Organization promoting ongoing development of programs for Oregon Synod Youth. 4) Continuing Education through conferences, trainings, and literature 5) Annual reflections and proposed revisions of the job description F) Pastoral Care 1) assists the Pastor in the pastoral care of the congregation with specific attention paid to children, youth and their families. 2) shall make home visitations 3) is primarily responsible for the care of the youth and young families of Resurrection. 4) coordinates and communicates with the Pastor regularly regarding the pastoral care of the youth and young families. 5) assists the Pastor in the pastoral acts of the congregation when requested (baptisms, confirmations, etc). G) Personal Care 1) This position is a full time. RLC shall provide ELCA health benefits for the employee. The Employee has the options to purchase coverage for family members. Starting contributions for retirement is set at 6% of defined compensation. 2) Continuing education reimbursement of $1,000, mileage reimbursement of $1,200 and professional expense reimbursement of $500. 3) shall have two weeks (80 hrs) days of vacation. A maximum of one week (40 hrs) of vacation may be accumulated and carried over to the next budget year. No more than one week (40 hrs) of accumulated vacation time shall be compensated at the end of service to RLC. 4) shall have one week (40 hrs) of continuing education leave. No more than one week (40 hrs) of continuing education leave may be accumulated. Unused continuing education leave is not compensated at the end of service. 5) shall have two days per week for sabbath on which no work is expected. In the event that the Minister of Youth and Family Discipleship works on his/her proscribed day off - he/she is expected to take another day off. A maximum of one week (40 hrs) may be banked as comp time and added to vacation time. No unused comp time may be carried over or compensated at year s end. Unused comp time is not compensated when service ends. The shall submit a written request to bank comp time to the Pastor. 6) shall participate in synodical events such as Bishops s convocation, Synod Assembly, Oregon Lutheran Youth Organization (OLYO) and other events that may arise through synodical service. Resurrection Lutheran Page 5 of 6

6 The Cash Compensation for this position shall depend on education and experience. We anticipate this to fall in the range of $30,000 - $40,000. Review The Pastor is the direct supervisor of the and is responsible for annual review and salary recommendations This review shall be conducted in consultation with and shall include members of the Personnel Committee as well as key stakeholders in the ministries involved. The Pastor, Personnel Committee and the Mutual Ministry Committee shall review the Minister of Youth and Family Discipleship s Job description annually and make recommendations for changes to the Church Council at the October meeting of the Church Council. This Job description was reviewed and approved by the Church Council of Resurrection Lutheran Church on. President of the Congregation Date Resurrection Lutheran Church Pastor Michael O Berg, Pastor Resurrection Lutheran Church Date Date Resurrection Lutheran Page 6 of 6

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