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The Cove

Director of Youth Ministry

The Cove
SANTA ROSA, California, United States

Date Posted: 07/09/2014
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

Purpose:   Youth Ministry with hands on responsibility for the spiritual life and growth of 7th-12th graders so that they may be strong and secure in their faith by the time they finish 12th grade. The Director of Youth Ministry will work 12-16 hours per week under the supervision of the pastor and the elders to provide an effective and comprehensive ministry to our youth, their friends, and young people throughout the county, that they might Experience God, Know Jesus Christ, Follow the Spirit and Love Others. Job position to begin (at the latest) on August 18th, 2014.


About Us:  Our mission as a church is to Experience God more fully; Know Christ more deeply; Follow the Spirit more closely; and Love Others more.  We are a church of 150 members, 20 youth, and 40 children. We were planted in 2002 and purchased a building in 2010. We are comfortable within Reformed theology; as an entrepreneurial church we find ourselves able to do anything we deem effective in ministry. Our staff includes a pastor, children’s director, worship director, handyman/custodian, and youth director (possibly you).


The Ideal Candidate Would Bring …


A Passion for Young People: You have to like teenagers and everything about them; and be passionate about their growth in faith

Christian Maturity, Experience, and Training: A Strong background in Christian experience, ministry and education. Also training in or exposure to Reformed theology.

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills: Do others like to follow you? Oral presentations; understanding of group dynamics, ability to listen to others

Technology Skills: (in order of importance) Social media, word processing, email, website maintenance, web resources, Powerpoint, Photoshop, movie making, spreadsheets

Administrative Skills:  Should be event and task-oriented, disciplined, organized, clear communicator

Spiritual Vitality:  Have a love for God, passion for worship, vibrant prayer life.  Willing to become a member of our church.

Evangelistic Concern: Have a desire to reach the lost, the outsider, the seeker

Musical Ability:  Skilled at leading group singing for the middle school and high school students (desired, not required)

Creativity: Leading games, planning

Patience: Possessing patience with children, adults with different personalities and in a variety of situations.




Be a Role-model to youth for how to live out one’s faith as a 20-something or 30-something individual

Lead weekly programs for children in middle and high school, teach Sunday School consistently, small group Bible studies; special events

Plan and Publicize the program, content, games, schedule, themes and events

Organize mission trips for youth and families, overnight special trips, service opportunities, outreach events

Increase student commitment to Christ and involvement in discipleship and ministry

Collaborate/Integrate with the church staff, so programs will have strategic impact—we’re a team

Prepare students for membership in the church, and leadership as their gifts emerge             

Recruit, equip and communicate with volunteer staff and parents to ensure their effective participation

Model the spirit and attitude of Christ in all things

Be Mentored by the Pastor, maintain accountability and a strong work ethic


Compensation:  $12 to $17/hr depending on background, experience, and educational level. (no bachelors=$12-$14; bachelors = $13-17). Minor supplemental insurance; no paid vacation. Stipend for overnight trips of $75 per day (one night away = $150 stipend, two nights =$225 and so on). Possibility of housing allowance or subsidy.


To Apply

                Submit by email your resume, plus really good answers, to the questions below to:


        1. In one paragraph, explain your philosophy of youth ministry. How would you put this into practice?

2. Other than Scripture, what has been most influential in the formation of your Christian faith? Reference traditions, education, mentors, other individuals, books, music, camp and parachurch experiences, etc.

        3. Describe a significant youth ministry experience you have had in the past. Why was it significant?

        4. From your point of view, what are the biggest problems facing students today?  What are some effective ways of dealing with these problems?