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The Cove

Director of Youth Ministry and ASAP Ministry

The Cove
Santa Rosa, California, United States

Date Posted: 11/07/2014
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-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 will work approximately 40% time in youth ministry 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.
The Director will also work approximately 60% time overseeing the After School Arts, Music and Sports Ministry (ASAP) which is a service to the families in our community who need enriching after-school care for their elementary age children. ASAP is vitally connected to the ongoing life of our congregation and its leader must provide a strong, visible presence within our church.
A Passion for Young People: You have to like teenagers and children and be passionate about their growth in faith
Christian Maturity, Experience, and Training in youth ministry, Reformed theology, communication, and people management
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
Leadership, Communication and Interpersonal Skills: kids must like you, parents must feel confident about you, staff must want to work for you; You must have an understanding of group dynamics and an ability to listen to others, as well as to articulate vision
Technology Skills: (in order of importance) Social media, spreadsheets, email, website maintenance, web resources, Powerpoint
Administrative Skills: Should be event and task-oriented and disciplined; have financial and marketing skills
Musical Ability: Skilled at leading group singing for the middle school and high school students (desired, not required)
Creativity: Leading games, planning, ability to adjust and invent Plan B
Patience: with children, adults with different personalities and in a variety of situations.
Willingness to do every job: e.g., cleaning paintbrushes, washing the van, teaching music, playing basketball
Physical and athletic ability: the physical demands of this job are taxing, background in organized sports preferred
Strategic Planning Skills: we have to plan ahead to find teachers, staff, transportation, and customers
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
707-528-3795 5146 Old Redwood Hwy Santa Rosa, CA 95403 e-mail:
Church Relations
Foster and maintain The Cove’s commitment to ASAP, financially and as the primary pool of volunteer support
Design and publish brochures as needed
Advertise and conduct public relations and
school relations
Grow the program to 40 enrollees at all times
Parent Relations
Ensure prompt communication with parents while their kids are at ASAP
Spanish language skills are desired
Recruit and schedule volunteers and paid staff
Supervise, train, and evaluate
Ensure the staff is paid fairly and timely
Manage the staff well
Interacting with Children
Earn the trust of the children. Play with them. Help them with homework. Nurture and care for them.
Obtain Class B Driver’s License and pick-up kids from school
Supervise the daily snack
Ensure a tidy and sanitary environment
Bookkeeping and Financial Management
Send out billing statements to parents
Maintain the scholarship program
Keep expenses and income balanced
Ensure a steady offering of sports and arts
Teach new skills to kids, especially sports skills
Website Maintenance
Maintain a clear and up to date site to facilitate enrollment
COMPENSATION : This is a salaried, full-time position. Depending on education and experience, the candidate will qualify for one of three salary ranges: $30,000 to $34,000; $33,000 to $37,000; or $36,000 to $40,000. You will accrue holiday pay and vacation pay. There is a supplemental insurance benefit, but no traditional health care benefit. The Cove, as the employing organization, will pay payroll taxes (fica and worker’s comp). Stipend for overnight trips of $75 per day (one night away = $150 stipend, two nights =$225 and so on).
TO APPLY: Submit resume and cover letter by email to In your cover letter, demonstrate familiarity with the purpose, program, pricing, curriculum, and philosophy of ASAP as expressed on our website (, and give specific examples of how you meet the requirements of this job. In addition to the cover letter, please provide really good answers to the questions below:
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?
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 possibly you.