The Youth Minister will perform a wide variety of activities to direct and coordinate a strong Faith-filled youth ministry aimed at helping youth grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. The mission of the youth minister is directed towards youth grades 6-12. This person is to have
purposeful engagement in relational ministry with youth and parents, provide for catechesis, and invite youth to serve others and make disciples. To that end, the youth minister is responsible for the development, coordination, supervision, and execution of parish programs designed to engage the youth of the parish. Develops close communication with, and mutual support from families of youth. The youth minister will also serve as a liaison and presence to the young adult community by providing support, resources, and a prayerful presence to this ministry.
Major Areas of Responsibility -
The Youth Minister should be adaptive and receptive to the varying requirements of this position.
• Coordinate the recruitment, training, support, and evaluation of volunteers in the youth ministry program and provide appropriate training for the youth and adults in leadership positions.
• Lead the core team(s) and catechists in planning and coordinating programs and service
• Provide support to young adult leadership.
• Participate in ongoing formation and maintain a personal commitment to holiness being sure to frequent the sacraments and seek Christ in daily prayer. The youth minister should attend at least
one retreat per year and regular spiritual direction.
• Develop vibrant and orthodox programming that will lead middle school and high school students into a deeper relationship with Jesus. To the end of leading youth to Christ, this programming should build a vibrant youth community at Holy Spirit. Examples include but are
not limited to the following:
o High-school and Middle-School weekly faith formation (Edge and Life Teen)
o Weekly discipleship group for high school youth.
o Regular social events for middle and high school youth.
o High-school Retreats
o Youth Conference (Summer), and mission trips such as Catholic Heart Work Camp (Summer).
o High-school Confirmation preparation program and retreat
o Youth Masses led by youth and in collaboration with the Pastor and Liturgy Committee.
o Works of Mercy: regular service projects, mission trips, The March For Life Etc.
o Participate in the life and activities of the parish and develop opportunities for youth to be visibly present and involved with the larger parish community.
o Have an active presence in local schools, build relationships with teens, and encourage them in their faith.
o Provide connection through relational ministry between youth and the Church.
o Develop and foster a culture among the teens that is focused on evangelization and discipleship.
o Provide opportunities for youth to hear and respond to the Gospel message and to spread the good news. (Community building activities, service opportunities, retreats, conferences, etc.)
o Plan events and activities specifically designed to recruit new students-both inside and outside the parish into the program.
o Ensure that young adult programming is orthodox, prayerful, and focused on building relationships with Christ.
• Represent the needs of youth and young adults to the pastor and the community.
• Facilitate the development of community among young people, their families, their parish, and the local community.
• Support families in their roles as the primary catechists. Establish proactive processes to ensure the safety of all youth and that all Archdiocesan guidelines for the protection and safety of youth are followed, including VIRTUS training.
• Serve as the liaison with the archdiocesan office of youth ministry and their programs, services, and resources.
• Facilitate the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Youth Ministry mission and vision.
• Supervise the activities and schedules of Youth Ministry volunteers and employees.
• Develop and monitor youth and young adult budgets in collaboration with the Director of Faith Formation and Finance Council.
• Effectively and creatively provide communication to teens, the parish, and the community
regarding activities and events through the use of church bulletin, announcements and
• Develop and maintain records and database(s) of information pertinent to Youth Ministry such as membership lists, resource materials, event information, budget, program income/expense,
• Actively participate in parish staff meetings and events, Diocesan gatherings, and related activities.
• Collaborate with the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry to provide quality programming, training, and opportunities.
• Ensure parish property is respected and appropriately used.
• Adhere to the policies and guidelines of the Archdiocese
• Collaboratively work with Pastor and Parish leadership by:
o Attending Pastoral Council meetings and providing Youth ministry reports.
o Participating in staff planning.
o Communicating about youth ministry activities.
o Seeking input in planning youth ministry activities.
• Collaborate with the Liturgy Committee and others as necessary to develop and implement the youth Masses as scheduled.
• Prepare and adhere to an annual budget for the youth ministry.
• Submit formal long-range plans and set goals for youth ministry programs to the Pastor to be reviewed and evaluated annually.
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
• Skills, Knowledge, and/or Abilities
• Strong personal relationship with Jesus and a deep love for the Catholic church; must be an active, practicing Roman Catholic, in good standing with the Catholic Church.
• Passion for evangelizing and discipling middle and high school-aged students.
• A joyful, authentic, charitable, prayerful, and courageous presence.
• Thrives in team environments and has the ability to work collaboratively
• Effective organizer, planner, and implementer
• Working knowledge of social media platforms
• Past experience with youth ministry and/or Life Teen-Edge programs is a plus.
• Ability to pass a criminal background check.
• Ability to make a solid connection with the youth and parents of Holy Spirit.
• A reliable and respectful commitment to the parish.
A. Education, Training, and/or Experience
• BA in Theology/Religious Education or a related educational field and/or a certificate in ministry or theology from a Catholic institution of higher learning is preferred.
• Past experience with youth ministry and/or Life Teen-Edge programs is preferred.
• Proven participation and continuous updating of the VIRTUS Safe Environment Program sponsored through the diocese.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; proficient in composing reports, and correspondence in publishing e-newsletters and flyers in English. Bilingual is a plus.
• Ability to read, prepare, and manage budgets for major events and programs.
• Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office; Technological proficiency in email and text communication, web, Facebook, etc.
• Has knowledge of current youth culture and current trends and issues within those cultures.
• This position entails frequent evening and weekend work.