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Second Presbyterian Church

Minister for Youth and Faith Development or Missional Ministries

Second Presbyterian Church
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 05/21/2014
Categories: Christian Education - Combo Positions - Missions Pastor - Missions/Domestic - Missions/Int. - Outreach - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Part 1 (Primary Responsibility): Develop, lead and sustain relationships and programs which encourage youth toward a deeper, transformative walk with Christ through holistic, thoughtful, relational ministries.     


Part 2 (Secondary Responsibility)Either - A: Develop, oversee, and help members and friends engage in, transformative service and mission opportunities. Or, 

B: Develop, oversee, and help adult members and friends engage in, groups, classes, events and relationships which lead to personal faith development. 



  • Develop and maintain respectful, courteous and professional relationships with church staff and leaders, volunteers, and committee members. 
  • Meet weekly with supervisor for support and prayer, and to assess progress and set goals.
  • Work in connection and cooperation with parents, the Children’s Youth and Families (CYF) Committee, the youth ministry team and staff to lead youth ministries in concert with the overall mission of second Presbyterian.
  • Regularly attend and provide staff leadership for the CYF Committee as well as the Mission or Faith Development Committees.  Attend weekly staff and monthly Session (elder) meetings.   



  • Uphold and ensure the mission and values of the church at all times.  Ensure all activities and conduct are compliant with internal policies, as well as all relevant laws and regulations.  Model the values and the mission of the organization at all times, and act as good steward of the organization’s resources.  Sign staff covenant (provided separately.)
  • Proactively seek out and engage in professional development activities in order to remain current with best practices.  
  • Demonstrate behaviors that contribute to team cohesion and result in a positive, effective work environment by displaying a “yes, and” response to new ideas, opportunities and challenges.


1 - MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Minister for Youth

  1. Create and model an atmosphere of openness and trust which demonstrates that honest questioning and exploration go hand in hand with a true faith in and relationship with Christ.
  2. Offer pastoral care and oversight to youth and their families.
  3. Establish programs that engage regular youth attendees and visitors weekly.
  4. Create, direct and facilitate special programs including but not limited to, musical opportunities, community volunteer opportunities, worship leadership and participation, intergenerational programs and mission/field trips.
  5. Establish and implement regular one-on-one contact with active and inactive youth via appropriate social media, text or face-to-face at home, school events, or other outside church venues.
  6. Creatively promote all youth events and weekly programming to build enthusiasm and maximize youth participation.
  7. Survey parents and youth to solicit feedback after every major youth activity and at least annually to measure satisfaction and improve programs.


Volunteer Recruitment, Encouragement, Training and Oversight

  1. Recruit and train a youth ministry support network with a core team of reliable youth mentors and program/event leaders who provide consistent leadership, support, feedback and overall analysis
  2. Insure that all volunteers complete an application and safety awareness training program before they become involved including background checks.
  3. Lead efforts to lift up, recognize and appreciate all volunteers at least yearly.


2 - Adult Faith Development

  • Oversee and provide staff leadership for existing adult Sunday School classes, small groups and educational events. 
  • Work with pastoral staff to evaluate existing programs and plan, design and implement new initiatives to create relationships and encourage spiritual connections within the congregation
  • Provide on-going training, encouragement and oversight to volunteer leaders of these programs
  • Small Groups – Bring cohesion to and promote existing groups.  Generate ideas for potential small groups; recruit leaders, plan, publicize, and empower leaders
  • Recognize the need for and help facilitate the creation of new education/discipleship groups
  • Other tasks as designated by the Senior Pastor


Or 3 - MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Missional Engagement

  • Work with Mission Committee and Director of Engagement to promote service and mission opportunities, personally recruiting individuals and providing leadership as needed
  • Identify local church-wide, intergenerational, mission initiatives each year
  • Schedule and recruit leaders/teachers for mission and service emphasis Sundays.  Bring in mission/service leaders to teach classes on occasion.
  • Meet with local non-profit leaders, establish good relationships and stay current with local news and initiatives
  • Participate in wider Missional Church Conversation
  • Explore and identify new service opportunities
  • Lead efforts to recognize and appreciate all servants and volunteers annually
  • Other tasks as designated by the Senior Pastor



  • Bachelors degree, graduate degree preferable
  • Familiarity with and commitment to Presbyterian polity and Reformed theology
  • Strong organizational ability, self starter
  • Collaborate well with staff and lay leaders



  • Commitment to Jesus Christ and the local church
  • Outgoing personality and ability to communicate well with others
  • Positive outlook.  Good sense of humor.  Ability to laugh at one’s self
  • Solutions-focused approach to problem solving
  • Motivated to create, implement and evaluate programs



Performance reviews will be conducted annually with goals/objectives created, adapted and assessed every six months.  The Session Personnel Committee will annually review the adequacy of compensation.