Arbor Heights Community Church, Southwest 102nd Street, Seattle, WA, USA
STATUS: Part-time, salaried
HOURS: 20 hours per week plus
BENEFITS: Vacation, holiday, sick leave
The goal of the Youth Ministry (Middle and High School) is to build disciples for Christ who can actively share their faith, influence the culture and make other disciples. The mission of discipleship in relational environments will be a key component of this ministry.
The Youth Director reports to the Senior Pastor for spiritual and ministry guidance. The Senior Pastor provides an annual evaluation of the Youth Pastor’s performance, based on an agreed ministry action plan.
The primary responsibility of the Youth Director is to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to student ministry. This comprehensive approach is based on the understanding of the below objectives:
Help plan, develop and implement all aspects of a balanced youth ministry
Recruit and train volunteers to serve and disciple in various aspects of youth ministry and ensure adequate adult to youth ratios
Create attractive and compelling environments to which our youth can invite their non-Christian friends
Select and implement curriculum for both Sunday and mid-week gatherings for youth (grades 6-12)
Teach and equip youth the gospel and its implications for all of life
Demonstrate Jesus’ love and truth through teaching and modeling
Support and assist the parents in the process of discipling their youth
Be an advocate for youth and young adults and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns and needs of youth in the local church and community
Mentor youth and young adults in developing their leadership skills
Participate in continuing education events and training opportunities
Manage the youth ministry budget
Communicate with the youth and parents in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all available resources (email, website, bulletin, newsletter, texting, etc.).
Work in concert with the gifts and talents of other staff members and maintain a strong teamwork mentality
Attend all required Staff Meetings as well as any other regular scheduled meetings
Ensure that the Child Protection Policy is observed in all youth ministry settings
QUALIFICATIONS & APTITUDES
Adhere to theology and values in harmony with AHCC’s mission, core values and vision as well as the C&MA Statement of Faith and Statement on Human Sexuality, Marriage, Gender and Sanctity of Life
Clear, observable commitment to Jesus Christ
A relational and pastoral heart
A Professional Certification in Youth Ministry or two plus years of experience in the area of youth ministry is preferred
Must have vision and a demonstrated ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement a student and family ministry within the parameters of the church
Must have good written and verbal communication, conflict management and computer skills
Must have a proven ability to work effectively with youth, young adults, parents, diverse individuals and teams of volunteers
YOUTH MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY
Below is a description of AHCC’s key theological and philosophical beliefs regarding youth ministry. These beliefs shape the foundation and trajectory of all youth ministry.
The youth ministry will support the same overall mission of AHCC to “receive and participate in the mission of Jesus to reconcile, heal and transform to the glory of God.” The end goal will be to make disciples who make disciples through a missional church context. We define “missional” as a church that postures itself with an outward focus on incarnating the gospel to the community, versus attracting people to a church building. We want our youth to join Jesus in His mission, not just on Sundays or in a church building, but in all walks of life.
The gospel, the person and work of Jesus Christ, is the central vehicle for salvation, transformation, discipleship, equipping, evangelism and mission. Youth will be continually pointed to find their foundation and identity in the gospel.
We believe the spiritual development of youth is primarily the responsibility of Christian parents, not the church (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). Therefore, we see our role as helpers or partners of families to equip and disciple their children.
Since our youth ministry goal is to “make disciples who make other disciples”, our ministry is primarily about evangelism and discipleship, not “consumerism” or “teensitting”. By “consumerism” or “teensitting”, we mean creating a ministry that promotes students to remain as consumers and see the goal of the Christian life as meeting their own desires and catering to their needs. Therefore, we will make sure that the elements of discipleship such as worshipping, praying, teaching, caring, serving, and witnessing are reflected in our overall ministry and programming.
Our goal is to minister to youth at their spiritual level or stage of assimilation. Therefore, the stages of assimilation are from community youth, to crowd youth, to church youth, to committed (Christian) youth to core youth. This process generally translates into the stages of outreach, evangelism, discipleship and leadership.
Because of our focus and vision to make disciples who make disciples, our main programming and strategies will be primarily about discipleship with outreach events, while developing core youth through participation in hands-on leadership experiences based on spiritual maturity, giftedness, and passions.
We believe that spiritual growth is not something we force on people or produce in them, but is primarily an individual’s choice and responsibility, based on their partnership between themselves and God’s work in their lives. We therefore expect Christians to desire growth and encourage them to take responsibility for their own spiritual growth. Our role is to support their decisions and help feed their spiritual needs. Therefore, personal spiritual disciplines or “holy habits” are modeled, taught, encouraged, and expected for the good of the individual Christian, as the basis of this discipleship ministry.
We believe ministry and discipleship is mostly relational and more caught than taught; therefore we put more emphasis on individual mentoring, relationships and small group ministry.
Our goal in teaching is to involve modeling, self-discovery, critical thinking, media, peer participation and group discussion rather than a one-way imparting of verbal truth as in a seminar/lecture style.
We believe this educational model also applies to leadership. Youth leaders are formed through teaching and hands-on experience as they are encouraged to actually practice leadership in close relationship with more mature mentors.
Our evangelism philosophy involves both verbal presentation of the gospel and a distinct lifestyle shaped by the gospel by core, committed and church youth after purposeful, long-term, incarnational relationships of love or practical service to the needs of the community or individuals.
Since friendship is a major, common, and key value for this age group, this ministry should take into consideration the need to encourage the formation of deep friendships with peers of the same age and same gender. These friendships should also be encouraged to form into discipleship relationships as our primary goal is to make disciples who make disciples.
Although spiritual growth to committed or core youth is best accomplished through smaller number ratios, ministry to community, crowd, and church youth is best accomplished in larger groups. We will utilize both contexts for youth ministry.
We will create a place where youth can have a fun, engaging and exciting time while being in a safe and secure environment with appropriate leader to student ratios and safety policies.
To receive and participate in the mission of Jesus to reconcile, heal and transform to the glory of God.
Our mission consists of both receiving Jesus work in our lives and joining Him as He seeks to reconcile people back to a relationship with God, heal their hearts and bodies and help them become all God desires. We are a community of “in-process” people who continually discover ways we fall short in our lives, yet pursue and follow a God who, by His grace, changes and transforms us from the inside out. Because of His unconditional love for us, in the midst of our failures and sin, we are passionate to participate with Jesus as He seeks to lavish His heart bending love on a lost world.