New Orleans, LA: Director of Youth Ministries
Rayne Memorial UMC
3900 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
General Purpose of Director: To equip and encourage middle-school and high-school aged young people to serve one another, the congregation, and Rayne’s broader community as Christ’s disciples. To develop and implement youth ministry efforts and mission plans that Rayne’s youth and their families have opportunities to grow in godly wisdom, grace, peace, and justice.
Date prepared: Feb 4, 2019
Date approved by SPRC: Feb 13, 2019
Status: part time, salaried
Hours: 20-25 hours per week
Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Ministry: The director of youth ministries benefits from possessing and utilizing one or more of the following gifts:
Teaching, encouragement, entrepreneurial leadership, helping, and shepherding – to demonstrate love for youth and their families in the way of Jesus Christ; to show passion for youth ministry and care for their personhood; and to advocate for youth and their concerns/needs in the community.
The ability to listen and to communicate with people of all ages is significant in order to work well within the team of ministers and support staff, other directors, and leaders in the congregation. Additionally, the director with the gifts to delegate responsibilities and share in ministry/mission with others (parents, guardians, and/or volunteers in the ministry area) shall grow the overall opportunity of the youth ministry at Rayne.
Primary Task: To love and equip youth wherever they are in their journey of faith; to encourage youth in developing their relationship with God in Jesus Christ; to provide regular opportunities for growth through study, worship, fellowship and service in the community; to empower each youth to respond to God’s call to serve Christ and our neighbors.
Advocate for youth and educate our congregation about their hopes, concerns, and needs in our church, as well as in our community.
Help, plan, develop and implement a balanced youth ministry – group building, worship, discipleship, mission and outreach. Sundays offer substantial timeframes for incarnational ministry – the director will be present to share in the ministry of Rayne.
Support and guide the youth ministry team in an annual process of envisioning and goal-setting for the youth ministry area; directing a monthly planning session with such team.
Mentor youth in discipleship and utilize their gifts and graces for ministry and mission. One youth mission trip per year will serve as a point of priority.
Recruit and train volunteers who serve with youth in all aspects of the youth ministry; ensure that the child protection policy (i.e., Safe Sanctuary) is observed in all youth ministry settings.
Record the activities of the youth ministry and the participation of youth; manage the budget for youth ministry.
Work in concert with the gifts and graces of other staff members to maintain a healthy teamwork model. Monday afternoons and evenings serve as central times for connection with Rayne’s staff team and leadership – the director will be present to support and help facilitate ministry and mission.
Coordinate Sunday school curriculum for youth (grades 6 – 12) and in participation with the children’s ministries director coordinate Confirmation; provide leadership for confirmands, mentors, and parents beyond the class sessions.
Because Mardi Gras represents a vital time of connection with our broader community, the director will develop and implement a plan for the portapotty ministry and will serve with youth and other volunteers during the days of parades.
Relationship within the Organization and Supervision: the director of youth ministries reports to the senior pastor and/or the associate pastor for spiritual and ministry/missional guidance. In cooperation with Rayne’s SPRC, the director submits to an annual evaluation and shares strengths and growing edges of the position. Attendance/participation in the following meetings is expected: weekly staff meetings, church council, monthly youth ministry team. In connection with the larger team of ministry at Rayne, the director is also responsible for and subject to local church policy as determined by the Charge Conference, the senior pastor and the SPRC.
Qualifications and Aptitudes: the director must appreciate and honor an ethic of inclusion for all youth; s/he shall develop a vision and a demonstrated plan for youth ministry; s/he must possess a proven ability to serve effectively with youth, diverse people, and teams of volunteers. Additionally, as Rayne’s ministry to children and their families has grown, the director is tasked with developing the quality of ministry with youth and growing the quantity of those involved in the ministry area. The director, therefore, is more than a manager of the youth ministry, but will be encouraged to assert entrepreneurial skill in order to expand the scope and size of the ministry area.