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The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is Seeking a Director of Children's and Youth Ministry
Job Description:

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is committed to including children and youth in the worship life and mission of the whole church. We also value providing children and youth with age-specific spaces to learn the stories of the Christian faith, reflect upon the action of God in their lives, and experience the love of Christ in community. Epiphany is home to about 460 households, with a pandemic average Sunday attendance of 140.

The Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry at Epiphany organizes developmentally appropriate formational offerings and environments for our church’s youngest members. The Director leads and administers several teams of volunteers to accompany newborns, children, and youth in their spiritual journeying. While the majority of this work happens on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, the Director also actively participates in the life of the parish throughout the week by engaging with families, volunteers, and church staff on a regular basis. This position reports directly to and collaborates closely with the Associate Priest for Family Ministry. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, the task of rebuilding and re-imagining our programming for children and youth is a priority.

Basic responsibilities:

  • Oversee, organize, and grow Youth and Children’s Ministry at Epiphany (for infants through 12th graders) through shared leadership and collaboration with clergy, staff, and volunteers.
  • Support the ministry of the whole parish, and the integration of young people into parish life as full members of the church.
  • Develop effective Sunday School leaders and curricula for grades pre-K through 5th grade. Coordinate a team of volunteers to teach Youth Sunday School (6th-12th grade) during our Sunday morning formation hour and our Youth Group offering on Sunday evenings.
  • Develop an effective Children’s Chapel program and leaders.
  • Coordinate the nursery and supervise nursery staff (primarily on Sundays).
  • Collaborate with a leadership team for Youth and Children’s Ministry respectively. Periodically assess the church’s ministry to youth and children, discern next steps, and provide ongoing accountability and connection with the parish.
  • Form pastoral connections with children and their families, (and coordinate with clergy for mutual support).
  • Organize and help to lead special activities during significant times in the church year (August backpack blessing, Advent wreath making, January Epiphany pageant, Youth Confirmation Classes and Pilgrimage, Summer Vacation Bible School, etc).
  • Identify, recruit, train, and support leaders and volunteers, ensuring all persons serving in Youth and Children’s Ministry complete the diocesan required “Safeguarding God’s Children” training (for the prevention of abuse and sexual misconduct in the church).
  • Coordinate and chaperone youth participation in Diocesan events.
  • Prepare and manage the approved Youth and Children’s program budgets.
  • Attend worship on Sundays and Holy Days, attend Staff meetings, and maintain regular hours on site.
  • Manages youth Instagram account and collaborates with Parish Administrator on digital and print materials.
  • A Christian committed to Jesus Christ, and to the church as the Body of Christ.
  • A passionate desire to help children and youth discover the love of God and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience as a creative and effective teacher of young children, including skills in using various modes of learning.
  • A demonstrated ability to recruit, train and support volunteers.
  • A demonstrated ability to abide with conflict.
  • A demonstrated capacity for administration and honest, clear communication.
  • A Certified Godly Play teacher or a willingness to become one.
  • An understanding of and respect for the Anglican / Episcopal tradition and a commitment to incorporating this tradition into the children’s ministry.
  • A good listener and demonstrated ability to work graciously with people of various backgrounds and views. Completion of all required training: Safeguarding God’s Children, Safeguarding God’s People, Trans/gender Inclusion, and Dismantling Racism.
  • Demonstrated good judgment in boundaries (personal and professional) and in the wise and responsible use of technology and social media.

Education and experience:

  • An Undergraduate Degree, additional training in Religious Education, Christian Education, Education, Theology, or Pastoral Care is a plus.
  • At least two years’ experience in children’s or youth ministry.

Background Check:

Employment is contingent on a successful completion of a criminal background check.
Three references are required, including at least one personal and one professional reference.

Compensation and benefits:

This position is part-time, 30 hours per week and includes insurance and benefits.
Please send a resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications by June 25, 2022 to:
Amy Dills-Moore, Priest-in-Charge

Nicole Lambelet, Associate Priest for Family Ministry and Community Engagement

The application deadline is June 10 unless the position is filled.

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