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Allentown Presbyterian Church

Coordinator, 8th Grade and High School Ministries

Allentown Presbyterian Church
Allentown, New Jersey, United States

Date Posted: 03/31/2011
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Allentown Presbyterian Church
Job Description
Coordinator, 8th Grade and High School Ministries


To embrace and carry out the mission statement of the APC youth ministry:

• To inspire youth in the Allentown area to develop lifelong, intimate relationships with Jesus Christ,

• To encourage those youth to grow as active members of God’s family,

• To empower the youth of APC to serve with such a passion for God that their communities and their worlds are impacted for Jesus Christ.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This position will ensure that programs, events and goals of the 8th grade and High School Youth Ministry are reflective of the larger mission statement of Allentown Presbyterian Church.

This role oversees the Ministry for 8th – 12th grade youth at Allentown Presbyterian Church. The Coordinator will embody the love and hospitality of Jesus, pursue with passion a personal relationship with Jesus and create a warm, welcoming climate throughout the Crossroads Youth ministry that builds community and communicates the love and hospitality of Jesus.

The Coordinator of 8th grade and High School ministry reports to the Director of Youth Ministry.

The Coordinator will:
• Attend Planning Meetings -Meet weekly with the Youth ministry planning committee to help plan the overall youth ministry and the specific events for 8th grade and High School youth groups.
• Provide Leadership - Lead the youth ministry on Thursday evenings with 8th grade students and Wednesday evenings with the High School Youth Group.
• Train Shepherds - Recruit, train and inspire the adult shepherds working with the groups.
• Prepare for Sunday mornings - Ensure preparation and leadership for the Sunday morning classes for 8th-12 graders including confirmation.
• Build the Leadership Team - Identify and lead a team of exceptionally committed high school student leaders. Provide extra opportunities for Bible Study and leadership training for that team. Give the team additional responsibility for leadership of the high school ministry. Organize at least one retreat with them.
• Spend Time with the Youth – Spend time with the youth in their environments.
• Plan Retreats - Help to plan and implement two retreats annually along with the rest of the youth ministry planning committee.
• Provide Discipleship - Provide other opportunities apart from youth group for small group discipleship for youth desiring to grow deeper in their faith.
• Summer Intergenerational Mission Trip – With oversight from the overall Youth Director, organize and plan the summer mission trip

The Coordinator will ensure:
• Contacts made with all first-time visitors with an exceptional and timely follow up; so that all students who want to become a part of the APC 8th grade- High School Youth Ministry do so in a way that feels welcoming and natural to them.
• Contacts made with absentee kids, shepherds, teachers in a timely follow up so that they sincerely feel missed and loved.
• All youth ministry announcements are developed and distributed in a timely and creative way including the church newsletter, youth flyers, articles, bulletin, worship, confirmation and Sunday School announcements as needed.
• There is a monthly mission opportunity for the 8th grade and high school youth.
• Proper planning and coordinating of fundraisers including the biennial 30 Hour Fast.
• Composing and distributing letters to parents as requested.
• Collecting forms, registrations and money for youth programs.
• Supervising seminary interns designated to work with the 8th grade or high school youth ministry.
• Maintaining and Updating Attendance Records, Mailing Lists and a Youth and Leader Directory for 8th - 12th Grade Youth Groups, SS classes, confirmation and worship (including youth of the church and youth of the community).
• Control documents are in place and distributed in a timely fashion (the Youth and Leader Directory, the Youth Ministry Calendar, and Event and Trip Registration Forms). Compliance documents are up-to-date and distributed to all involved parties (copyright licensing, background checks on volunteers and staff, etc.).

Expectations and Qualifications

This position must delegate as much responsibility as possible, empowering parents, shepherds, teachers and volunteers to create the community and set the climate alongside the Youth Ministry Planning Team.

1) Personal
a) Live by the Youth Leadership Lifestyle Covenant and the Child Protection policy of the church.
b) Enthusiastically support the mission, values and goals of APC and its youth ministry.

2) Attendance
a) Sunday morning worship
b) Sunday School
c) Regular youth staff meetings
d) Major youth ministry events, major church-wide events
e) Church staff meetings; meet with the professional staff of the church on a weekly basis for prayer and coordination of activities of the church.

3) Leadership
a) Teaching and leading Bible studies in such a way that a volunteer is always sharing the responsibility for that part of the ministry.
b) Leading events in such a way that a volunteer is always sharing the responsibility for that part of the ministry.

4) Initiative
a) Greeting all visitors personally.
b) Visiting any hospitalized kids or shepherds while they are in the hospital.
c) Evaluate immediately following each meeting with key volunteers and staff.

5) Preparation
a) Remain current with best practices in the youth ministry

6) Experience
a) Theological education (at least undergraduate) preferred
b) Background/appreciation of the reformed Christian tradition
c) Experience with High School youth

Allentown, New Jersey is an historic small town with a population of about 2000, an easy one-hour drive to New York or Philadelphia, within 20 minutes of Princeton and 30 minutes of the Jersey shore. Allentown’s excellent schools, just across the street from the church, are located just blocks from the quaint downtown area, peppered with shops and restaurants. Not a single traffic light can be found in town. The surrounding area was, until recently, all farmlands. But new housing developments now dot the area, bringing a new generation of families to move to this charming community.

Founded in 1720, Allentown Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in New Jersey, yet in many ways, the church is very contemporary and innovative. We are a young congregation with many families with children and teens. Consistent with our motto, “Growing In Christ,” we have seen dramatic growth over the past 10 years, with membership and worship attendance doubling, forcing us to move from one weekly service to multiple Sunday morning services.

With a membership of over 550, approximately 350 people attend one of the church’s worship services on an average week. Our professional staff now includes a pastor, a full time director of worship and music, a full time director of children’s ministry, a full time director of youth ministry, and we are currently seeking a full time coordinator for 8th grade and high school ministries.

The congregation has a strong intergenerational flavor. Visitors often comment on their striking first impression of how crowded our sanctuary is with teens. Undoubtedly, the area of most dramatic growth in the life of APC over the last10 years has been the youth ministry, meeting at the Crossroads Youth Center. In that time, the ministry has grown from a handful of youth to over 200 youth participating on a weekly basis in four different mid-week groups and many Sunday morning classes, and groups meeting at various times.

The church leadership sees the youth ministry as a mission outreach of the church, with many youth and parents from other churches, and many unchurched youth participating regularly. As a result, a number of youth (and their families) have come into a relationship with Christ through the doorway Crossroads. As the ministry has grown, the youth staff has grown from one part time person to four paid positions (Director of Youth Ministries, Coordinator of 8th Grade and High School Ministries, Director of Youth Music, and a Youth Administrative Assistant), as well as several seminary interns from Princeton Theological Seminary.

The new Coordinator of 8th Grade and High School Ministries will enter a faith community with a rich history of treasuring and nurturing its youth, a congregation that understands that the entire community shares the responsibility for raising its youth. APC strives to surround its youth with a constellation of Christian adults who themselves seek to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.