PROFILE OF THE OCEAN GROVE CAMP MEETING ASSOCIATION
With roots in the Methodist tradition, Ocean Grove is the longest-active camp meeting site in the United States, and since its founding in 1869 as an outgrowth of the nation-wide camp meeting movement, it has developed into a diversified and dynamic year-round community. Ocean Grove’s rich history of Christian witness spans nearly a century and a half, yet the organization’s core mission remains: to be the seaside community where all generations can know and grow in Jesus.
Ocean Grove accomplishes this mission by providing opportunities for spiritual birth, growth, and renewal through worship, education, cultural, and recreational activities, all in a beautiful, seaside setting. Special memories are made as old friendships are renewed, new friendships are created, and friends and family share a season of fellowship and spiritual growth. When summer inevitably comes to an end, believers return home refreshed and renewed in the power of the Holy Spirit, having learned important faith lessons to carry them through the rest of the year and beyond.
The Director of Children’s & Youth Ministries will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering an effective and comprehensive ministry for the Children and Youth programs for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, and to their families, consistent with our mission statement, “to provide opportunities for spiritual birth, growth, and renewal through worship, educational, cultural, and recreational programs for persons of all ages in a Christian seaside setting.” This person will be part of the Program team, working alongside the Program Director and Program Assistant and will report to the Program Director. This ministry role will also work collaboratively with the Beach Office Manager and Chief Lifeguard to establish a vision and plan for beach programming that reflects recreation and spiritual formation.
This position is faith-based and requires agreement with the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association’s Statement of Faith, and understanding that the applicant is expected to plan and conduct activities which advance others in the faith which the Statement of Faith exemplifies. As a committed follower of Christ, the ideal candidate should possess the background, core skills, and experiences needed to create and sustain dynamic, externally focused and transformative programmatic and worship opportunities for youth. He or she will responsible for the planning and management of the programs and staff for Riptide and Thornley Chapel (ages 3 ½ to 11), Children’s Church and Nursery: Sunday, The Current (Youth Worship Jr and Sr High), Breakfast Club (ages 12 to 17), Freestyle (Jr. and Sr. High), Youth Dramatics (New Beginnings, Children’s, and Teen Shows). The candidate will remain heavily engaged with the Youth Ministry team for the purpose of team building and to measure/assess program effectiveness and growth in both attendance and spiritual maturity. Additionally, he or she will work collaboratively with the Beach Office Manager and Chief Lifeguard to establish a vision and plan for beach programming that reflects recreation and spiritual formation. Additionally, the candidate will recruit and train interns during the off season for summer programming; and serve as role model / mentor by creating a professional environment that promotes learning, growth and hands on opportunity to discern a call for ministry.
The position requires approximately 40 hours per week in season including nights and weekends from late spring to late-summer; 10 to 15 hours per month during the winter season (remote). The candidate must hold a valid driver’s license and own a vehicle with insurance and safe driving record. Housing is not provided and relocation expenses are not covered. Employment at OCGMA requires a background check, finger printing and completion of the abuse training program; as well as completion of application forms.
Vision & Leadership
Provide leadership and work collaboratively with the program chair and committee to establish a sustainable model of youth ministry.
Contribute to and collaborate with the various staff and volunteers for integrated, meaningful, and intentional ways to connect the youth and their families to program and worship opportunities for spiritual, birth growth and renewal.
Build and train teams of youth and young adult volunteers to lead programming for youth, fostering long term engagement between youth and adults. Maintain meaningful, encouraging relationships with volunteers where volunteers feel equipped and valued.
Facilitate a vision for the youth ministry working with the program committee, staff and key volunteers to create a mission, and core values for the youth ministry.
Develop personal relationships with youth by creating a welcoming, fun and inclusive culture, being a friendly resource and positive role model, and providing spiritual counseling and leadership that encourages young people to make a lifelong decision / commitment to become followers of Jesus Christ. Additionally, develop close ties with parents to support faith formation in the lives of their child/children.
Identify, develop, and disciple youth leaders, creating opportunities for youth to be involved in leadership roles within OGCMA.
Track and follow up with visitors to all youth programs.
Foster relationships with adults to develop a committed network of volunteers for the youth ministry.
Be responsive to the needs for of team members, parents, and constituents as a respected and trusted representative of the OGCMA.
Oversee the spiritual formation, development, planning, and implementation of comprehensive faith formation curriculum for the youth ministry.
Work collaboratively with the program department and beach management to develop a comprehensive and cohesive Christian formation plan for current youth beach programming.
Consistently seek out and or create opportunities for youth to be exposed to or participate in activities with areas of OGCMA worship and programming.
Communicate program information to youth, parents, and the larger OGCMA community through a variety of media in a timely fashion, including social media, youth webpage, and OGCMA calendar.
Ensure that all areas of ministry are in full compliance with OGCMA standards policies, as well compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines.
Advertise, interview, reference check and hire a total of 6 summer youth interns.
Oversee the hiring of qualified Christian workers by Supervisors in the Children’s and Dramatics ministries.
Consult regularly with Dramatics Director, Children’s Director and Children’s Church Director for staffing, budget curriculum, planning and program development.
Prepare the annual budget for children, dramatic and youth ministries in collaboration with Program Director and Executive Director / COO.
Oversee the budget compliance of each department to ensure that each department and its leader stay within budget.
Meet weekly with youth leadership team members for program planning, team building and program assessment.
Attend weekly staff and quarterly program committee meetings.
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of four years of experience in youth ministry. The Director should exhibit high integrity, sound judgement, ability to handle challenging situations, with quick decision-making and problem-solving skills, grace under pressure, and a good sense of humor.
Be in full agreement and committed to the mission and vision of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and willingly abide the OCGMA code of conduct.
A well-grounded and robust Christian faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, with the ability to articulate it to young people.
A demonstrated commitment to working with young people, parents, and volunteers in a high-energy and dynamic environment.
Outstanding leadership and relationship skills for educating, inspiring, and empowering young people, teachers, volunteers, parents, and reaching out to newcomers.
In-depth knowledge of the Bible and the ability to discern and express sound Biblical interpretations and Christian theology.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; a degree in youth ministry, Christian education, or similar is especially welcomed.
The mission of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, rooted in its Methodist Heritage, is to provide opportunities for spiritual birth, growth, and renewal through worship, educational, cultural, and recreational programs for persons of all ages in a Christian seaside setting.
Be the seaside community where all generations can know and grow in Jesus.
Our Statement of Faith
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day He arose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. AMEN
SBGR = Spiritual Birth, Growth, and Renewal
Spiritual Birth: The new birth is one of the most exciting doctrines of Christianity, but exactly what does it mean, how does a person get it, and what happens after they receive it?
We hear Jesus' teaching on the new birth when he was visited by Nicodemus, a leader of the ruling council of ancient Israel. Afraid of being seen, Nicodemus came to Jesus in the night, seeking the truth. What Jesus told him applies to us as well:
"In reply Jesus declared, 'I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'" (John 3:3, NIV)
Despite his great learning, Nicodemus was confused. Jesus explained that he was not talking about a physical new birth, but a spiritual rebirth:
"Jesus answered, 'I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.'" (John 3:5-6, NIV)
Before we are born again, we are walking corpses, spiritually dead. We are alive physically, and from outward appearances, nothing seems wrong with us. But inside we are creatures of sin, dominated and controlled by it. Just as we can't give physical birth to ourselves, we can't accomplish this spiritual birth by ourselves, either. God gives it, but through faith in Christ we can request it:
"In his great mercy he (God the Father) has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you ..." (1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV)
Because God gives us this new birth, we know exactly where we stand. That's what is so exciting about Christianity. We don't have to struggle for our salvation, wondering whether we have said enough prayers or done enough good deeds. Christ did it for us, and it is complete.
Spiritual Growth: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
That's a shocking change. Again, we look the same on the outside, but inside our sinful nature has been fully replaced with a new person, a being who stands righteous in the eyes of God the Father, because of the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ. With our new nature comes an intense desire for Christ and the things of God. For the first time, we can fully appreciate Jesus' statement:
"'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" (John 14:6, NIV)
We know, with all our being, that Jesus is the truth we have been seeking all along. The more we get of him, the more we want. Our desire for him feels right. It feels natural. As we pursue an intimate relationship with Christ, we experience a love unlike any other.
As Christians, we still sin, but it becomes shameful to us because we now realize how much it offends God. With our new life, we develop new priorities. We want to please God out of love, not fear.
When we become a new person in Christ, we also leave behind that suffocating burden of trying to earn our own salvation. We finally grasp that Jesus has done that for us: "'Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" (John 8:32, NIV)
Spiritual Renewal: A born again person was already prepared by God to live a life of grace. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:8-10)
The believer has (1) a new nature, (2) the life of God in him, (3) a vital relationship to God and to other believers through the Holy Spirit, and (4) the presence of God in his body and consciousness. This sets the stage for an effective expression of a life on high moral standards in keeping with the character of God. In this new relationship, a young believer only recently entering into salvation in Christ can transform his relationships, thoughts, opinions, attitudes, and habits. He can experience and know the will of God and achieve a high moral standard. Even though immature, a young believer can have a dramatic change in his life. Spiritual maturity, however, is achieved only as the new believer grows in experience. Spiritual maturity takes time, whereas spiritual birth occurs immediately upon conversion.
Spiritual renewal takes place when a person yields his spirit to the will of God. This takes place practically when a person yields to the authority of God through his Word, the Bible. Many issues which face the Christian, however, are not taught explicitly in the Bible. Hence, there must be yieldedness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given to the individual to provide guidance in these matters. That is, God's will can be known through prayer and applying the general principles of the Bible to the particular issue which is facing the individual.