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First Presbyterian Church

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

First Presbyterian Church
Berkeley, California, United States

Date Posted: 04/11/2013
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

Position Description – Exempt/Full Time, Benefits

Director of Youth and Family Ministry

Deadline to apply: May 5, 2013

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Position Overview:

We seek a person of energy and vision who has a strong, personal relationship with Jesus. He or she will possess a compassionate desire to love students into faith and toward maturity in Christ. They must be skilled in Christ-centered teaching, with a proven ability to make the word of God relevant in the lives of youth. While the focus is to shepherd a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate program for youth that intentionally enfolds them into the life of the larger congregation and the world, we expect this person to work in concert with colleagues on the family ministry team and develop an active partnership with parents.



Key Responsibilities:

Christian Formation

  • Steward a comprehensive spiritual formation and equipping ministry that intentionally points our students to Christ and creates a path to faithful and mature young adulthood
  • Develop the teaching plan and curriculum for Middle and High School Ministries
  • Teach regularly in the high school and occasionally in middle school ministry gatherings
  • Oversee the youth small group ministry


Missional Engagement

  • Responsible for organizing and leading a week-long high school mission trip – currently to Mexico
  • Develop outreach and evangelism opportunities for youth at First Pres
  • Engage in strategies for reaching out to youth within and outside of the church to draw them in
  • Encourage students to act on their faith and participate in programs/service outside of church
  • Partner across departments to envision and enact opportunities for our church to be more purposefully intergenerational and missional in our outreach and service efforts
  • Intentionally cultivate relationships with other non-First Pres youth ministry programs


Community Life

  • Develop/maintain student events designed to engage and deepen the student community
  • Encourage/plan regular student contact work with staff and advisors
  • Encourage and develop plans for intergenerational participation in events, worship etc.
  • Provide pastoral care and counseling with youth and parents; partnering with other colleagues as necessary
  • Maintain regular contact with parents in person, email, and occasional parent ministry meetings
  • Organize youth appreciation events, training, etc.



  • Serve as Team Leader for the Family Ministries Department
  • Serve on the Ministry Alignment Team, a group of staff that considers issues facing the larger context of the whole church
  • Meet regularly with youth staff for supervision, learning, program planning, event oversight, pastoral care, administration, and communication.
  • Recruit and equip advisors and other volunteers in partnership with youth staff
  • Coordinate with department administrative assistant for planning, budgeting and communication
  • Work with the Director of Administration & Staff and Session department to craft annual budget
  • Coordinate activities with the Director of Music Ministries for youth
  • Participate in Sunday worship services periodically






Desired Background and Skill Set:

  • Growing and deepening faith in Jesus Christ
  • At least two years of prior experience in leading youth ministry, including curriculum and event planning, speaking, and supervising other youth staff and volunteers
  • Possess a solid theology and philosophy of youth ministry and how it fits into the larger life of the church
  • Demonstrated passion for teenagers in all aspects of their lives - possess a natural, relational affinity for students, finding it as comfortable to simply “hang out” with students as it is to teach and disciple them
  • Ability to shape and communicate a clear vision for students, their families, and advisors and translate that into effective programs
  • Flexible, creative, and resourceful
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills (one-on-one settings, small groups, and large groups)
  • Experience in managing people, teams, and processes; empowering delegator and motivator
  • Teachable, committed to personal accountability
  • Enthusiastic supporter of the larger ministry of First Pres and its mission and vision statements, as well as its core values and ministry goals
  • Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Masters of Divinity or Theology; Masters Youth Ministry desirable


Reports to: Senior Pastor

Direct Reports:   

Middle School Ministries Coordinator

Assistant Coordinator, High School Ministries

Administrative Assistant                                                                  


Meets regularly with:

Directors of Children’s Ministry

Director of Marriage and Family Ministry

Director of Music Ministries


Serves on Committees and Departments:

Team Leader, Family Ministries Department

Ministry Alignment Team


Weekly Work Schedule:  

Traditionally Sunday – Thursday


A final job offer will be contingent on passing a criminal records background check.


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