The Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization is responsible for facilitating deanery-based ministry and programming for the parish young adults, high school and middle school youth, utilizing an evangelistic and mission-oriented approach with sound vision, strategy, and execution aimed at forming missionary disciples. This mission is achieved through a clear understanding of the Church's evangelistic mission and promoting it in the interactions with and
development of the parish youth ministries. This position seeks to build up the young church at each deanery parish through collaboration and support with intentional relationships and tangible ministry.
The Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization is responsible for aiding the parishes in achieving the following goals:
• Empowering young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
• To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the
Catholic faith community.
• To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
The Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization is primarily responsible for all areas of deanery young adult, high school and middle school youth ministry.
III. Position Content Ministry Responsibilities
1. Articulates a dynamic vision of young adult and youth ministry envisioned in contemporary documents and books on youth ministry:
Connecting Young Adults to Catholic Parishes, Sustainable Young Adult Ministry, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry, Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry, Rebuilding Youth Ministry, Forming Intentional Disciples, The Art of forming young disciples,
2. Develops, maintains, and evaluates programs, events, and ministries that work to fuel dynamic youth and young adult ministry that aim to initiate, live and breathe discipleship formed at the parish
Relational Ministry Responsibilities
1. Fosters a relationship of support a collaboration with deanery parish ministers in efforts to serve:
3. Possesses an ongoing awareness of Archdiocesan recommended policies, guidelines and guiding documents in areas of catechesis, evangelization, worship, and sacramental preparation.
4. Sets goals and objectives for deanery youth and young adult ministry programs and experiences.
5. Maintains and initiates effective means of publicizing, promoting, and reporting programs for high school and middle school youth ministry in collaboration with the Design and Communications
• Providing programming that aids in the development and dynamics of the deanery focus of
evangelization aimed at supporting and connecting individuals with a parish community.
• Collaborating with team in networking meetings which aid in the overall and young adult ministry in the deanery from programming to training and pastoral care to resource.
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• Willing to aid and consult in the parish young adult and youth ministry program development as desired by the pastor and youth ministry and as appropriate for workflow.
2. Empowers adults in the deanery to reach out and form relationships with young people in intentional ways through involvement in deanery programming.
Leadership Development Responsibilities
1. Forms and supports a team of retreat directors (hosts) to implement deanery retreat ministry,
assisting with team recruitment, training and critique of talk and implementation of various retreats.
2. Identifies volunteer roles for high school and middle school ministry and works to develop job
descriptions to assist in the recruitment of volunteers.
3. Develops volunteer program leaders who coordinate specific ministry programs or experiences for high school and middle school ministries
Spiritual and Professional Development
1. Has a prayer life fueled by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
2. Participates in an annual team retreat.
3. Participates in professional enrichment or educational opportunities.
4. Attend the biennial National Conference Catholic Youth Ministry and/or other conferences deemed professionally beneficial by the Director.
5. Participate in youth ministry workshops, gatherings, and in-service opportunities as directed by the Catholic Youth Ministries.
6. Networks with deanery youth ministers, high school campus ministers, and other youth serving agencies and/or professionals.
1. Participates and works collaboratively as a member of the deanery staff/team.
2. Provides leadership and support in the administration of the deanery programs and vision and implementation of strategic plan.
3. Participates in annual goals process and review.
4. Prepares and submits annual budget for high school and middle school ministry programs.
5. Develops, coordinates and publicizes the high school and middle school ministry calendar of events, programs, and services.
6. Attends deanery staff meetings.
7. Assists with additional tasks as needed.
IV. Position Specifications / Requirements Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
1. Experienced with Microsoft software platforms (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Apple Mac computers.
2. Able to work as a member of a team and a leader of volunteers, discovering and utilizing independent gifts and charisms for the betterment of a collaborative ministry.
3. Comfortable speaking to parents and larger groups with both inspiring and logistical directives.
Education, Training and Experience
1. Is a professed and practicing Catholic, a true missionary disciple.
2. Can clearly articulate God's presence in one's life - sharing the news of salvation in Jesus Christ and the need/desire for a relationship with him and his Church.
3. Possesses the personality and character to form relationships and foster relational ministry.
4. 3+ years of ministry experience, preferably at the parish level or other Church organization
5. Experience in ministerial visioning and planning; familiarity with Church structures/processes.
6. Fluency in English; Spanish and intercultural competencies are pluses
7. Bachelors Degree in Catechetics, Theology, Evangelization or a related field preferred but not required.
9. Proficiency in Forming Intentional Disciples and and understanding of the relationship between
evangelization and discipleship.
10. Theological and ministerial perspective consistent with Church teaching.
1. Usual work hours include M-Thurs 8-4:30pm, occasional evenings and weekends.
2. Provides own transportation and is reimbursed for travel according to archdiocesan policy.
3. Private office available, share large meeting room and small meeting room for on campus programs.
4. Administration / secretarial assistance is available and determined by director.
5. This position requires the safeguarding of sensitive information
6. Salaries and benefits are arranged according to archdiocesan guidelines
7. The employee is expected to attend evening and weekend events, as necessary. Travel may be required, as specified by the supervisor. Regular travel throughout the archdiocese is required. In some cases, the needs of the position may require extra hours beyond the normal schedule. Some physical work may be required - packing, setting up, etc.
8. Lay ministers are vital ministers sharing the mission of the Church. They are expected to be role models and are expressly charged with leading parishioners toward Christian maturity and with teaching the Word of God. As role models, the personal conduct of every lay minister, both at Church and away from Church, must convey and be supportive of the teachings of the Catholic Church. These teachings include but are not limited to: honoring the dignity of each human life from conception to natural death, care for God's creation, and the belief that all persons are called to respect human sexuality and its expression in the Sacrament of Marriage as a sign of God's love and fidelity to His Church. The Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching can be found at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and- teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-
teaching.cfm. A thorough description of Catholic Church teaching can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Determining whether a lay minister is conducting him/herself in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church is an internal Church matter and is at the sole discretion of the pastor, administrator, and/or Archbishop. The Archdiocese recognizes that some lay ministers who contribute positively to the mission of the
Church are not practicing Catholics. For lay ministers of other faith traditions, there remains an expectation that, regardless of their personal religious affiliations and beliefs, they will become
knowledgeable of Catholic Church teachings, will be credible witnesses of the Catholic faith, and will be models of Christian values.
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of the physical capabilities and the working conditions involved in performing the essential functions of
this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made if needed to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
VI. Program Implementation
To be further developed and expanded:
Young Adult Ministry
• 4 Annual Young Adult Deanery Gatherings
• Annual Young Adult Retreat w/ArchIndy
High School Ministry
• Retreat Programming (4 retreats)
• Mission/Service Experience - Catholic Heart Workcamp
March for Life Pilgrimage
• NCYC groups transportation logistics
Middle School Ministry
• Middle School Monthly
• a monthly middle school gathering cohosted by a parish of the deanery focused on building relationships between middle school students and their youth ministers. Monthlies range from spiritual to social, and locations move with the different host parish.
• Every Tuesday in June - an opportunity for middle school students to serve the local area through service with a spiritual and social component in the afternoon.