The Coordinator of Youth Evangelization and Discipleship is responsible for assisting families in forming the young people of the Diocese of Lincoln to become disciples of Jesus Christ through programs designed to evangelize, disciple, and catechize. Particular attention is given to assisting pastors, parish leaders, and Catholic school staff in developing and implementing youth and young adult evangelization and discipleship initiatives in the parish context. A specific emphasis of this office will be youth ministry in the context of the family.
This position is an extension of the Bishop's Ministry. The incumbent must be willing and able to support the Mission of the Universal and Local Roman Catholic Church.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provide ongoing guidance, resources, and support to pastors and other adult leaders (e.g., youth & campus ministers; school principals, faculty, & chaplains; parents & volunteers) regarding best practices, methods, and principles of youth evangelization & discipleship.
• Form intentional mentor relationships with lay leaders to implement youth discipleship initiatives in their specific contexts.
• Assist the Director of Family Life and Discipleship Office with the coordination and execution of young adult events as needed
• Assist the Office of Religious Education with developing strategies for an emphasis on kerygmatic evangelization and catechesis for youth
• Oversee Safe Environment training and background screening of all adult participants and maintain a registry for annual re-certifications.
• Collaborate with department heads regarding unified efforts of Youth Evangelization and Discipleship in the parishes and schools as necessary.
• Maintain a high level of expertise in best practices for youth discipleship and propose Catholic doctrine
• Cultivate working relationships with the diocesan presbyterate
• Serve as a member of the Camp Kateri Advisory Board
• Direct and evaluate Totus Tuus program
• Assist, train and form parish and school leaders and work collaboratively to run World Youth Day pilgrimage, TEC Retreats, Diocesan Canoe Trip, and Steubenville Youth Conferences
• Assist the Office of Religious Education with the Freshmen Encounter Program by recruiting mentors in Lincoln, facilitating one small group 30 weeks a year, and collaborating on content.
• Maintain professional networking associations with other diocesan youth directors.
Maintain current knowledge and skills required to serve in this position effectively. This is accomplished through workshops or classes, networking with colleagues, and contemporary professional literature.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The requirements below represent the required knowledge, skill, and/or ability.
• Must be 19 years of age
• Must be eligible to work in the United States
• Must have a valid driver's license
• Must be willing to submit to a criminal background check
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
• Knowledge of and experience making disciples and teaching others to do so.
• Knowledge of the cultural context and contemporary needs of youth, families, Directors of Religious Education (DREs), catechists, and youth ministers.
• Knowledge of emerging trends and new approaches to faith formation and youth ministry, especially those built upon a relational/discipleship model.
• Knowledge of the providers of catechetical and youth ministry resources and training.
• Knowledge of the Theology of the Body and its particular application in youth ministry (preferred, not required)
• Ability to articulate the difference between initial proclamation, catechesis, and discipleship and apply distinctions to individual youth and parish situations
• Demonstrate leadership skills with the ability to mentor and train adult leaders
• Proficiency with Canva and Microsoft Office
• Knowledge and support of the Catholic faith and terms and principles associated with the faith
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Proficient in organizational skills and ability to give presentations
• Annual Safe Environment training
• Ability to work with personnel with all levels of expertise
DESIRABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor's degree in ministry, theology, or a related area. Master's degree preferred, not required.
• Three years combined experience in parish/diocesan youth, young adult, or campus ministry
• Some nights and weekends expected (extended periods in summer months)
• Flexible work-from-home opportunities available
The physical demands described here must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these important functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to feel objects with tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here represent those employee encounters while performing this job's essential functions. The environment is a traditional office setting with individual workspaces. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to moderate noise levels in the work environment. Some travel is expected. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.