We are looking for a half-time Director of Faith Formation to help us with Sunday School and Youth Ministry. Here’s the news:
Director of Faith Formation will help the people of Good Shepherd develop as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. The focus of the position is on ministry with and on behalf of children, youth, and their families, but we do not expect this person to “do ministry” while the youth (and the rest of the congregation) receive it. The successful candidate for the position will lead and equip all of God’s people across the generations to build relationships with each other and share the ups and downs of life and faith.
The position begins, March 1, 2016, or as soon as the right candidate is found. Twenty hours per week. Salary range: $13,000-15,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. Two weeks paid vacation. Paid holidays.
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (LCGS) is a congregation of about 200 members with an average Sunday attendance of 135 in two worship services. One of the objectives of our current strategic plan is to foster spiritual depth and sense of belonging to God and belonging in community with one another, so that sharing our faith is a natural process. We have approximately 15 students from 8 families in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and seek to reach out to these families as well as others. This is a new position.
Duties of this Position
- Build relationships with children and youth in the congregation and their friends.
- Oversee intergenerational education, fellowship, and service.
- Direct Sunday School:
- Provide teacher training and orientation.
- Schedule pre-K through 12 Sunday School teachers.
- Schedule children’s story presenters in worship.
- Ensure that LCGS practices follow those documented in our Safe Child Policy.
- Research curriculum for Sunday School.
- Direct Youth Ministry:
- Update web site and Facebook page with youth news.
- Oversee the recruitment and training of adult advisors.
- Plan and implement activities for Middle and High School age youth that promote community through worship, learning, fellowship, and service.
- Coordinate fund-raising activities that support special youth activities.
- Direct Small Group Ministry:
- Recruit and train small group leaders.
- Work with volunteers to coordinate the development of groups and choices of curriculum, etc.
- Be a part of the worshiping community of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on a regular basis, taking part in the means of grace.
- ENCOURAGEMENT & CARE
- Encourage young people to participate in all facets of the life of the congregation, including worship, choirs, educational opportunities, youth activities, synodical activities, Bible camp, service projects, etc.
- Advocate for the full participation of youth and families in all facets of the life of the congregation.
- Refer prospective families for membership to the pastor and the Membership & Evangelism Committee.
- Work with the pastor to provide care for families in crisis.
- Attend weekly staff meetings and bi-monthly Education & Youth Committee meetings.
- Meet regularly with the pastor at a time mutually agreed upon.
- Manage the disbursement of budgeted funds within the guidelines of the approved Sunday School and youth budgets and in adherence with the purchasing policies of the church.
- Keep administrative records needed to provide the Church Council with information needed for future planning.
- Manage consent forms, registration for youth events, and so on.
- Coordinate small group ministry, including the training of leaders, sign-ups, and so on.
- Be in contact with office staff and provide a timely and accurate schedule of Youth & Small Group activities.
- Keep the congregation informed of youth events by coordinating the publicity for youth activities through the appropriate vehicles provided by the church. (e.g. monthly newsletter, special mailings, posters, bulletin announcements, web page, etc.) Provide monthly reports for the Congregational Council and a year end report for the congregation.
The successful candidate will:
- be a person of deep Christian faith with an appreciation for the distinctive Lutheran witness within the Christian church,
- hold a bachelor’s degree, or be in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree,
- have at least one year of experience in youth and family ministry, or a related field.
To apply, mail or email a résumé, with references, and cover letter to:
Kimberly Dunbar, secretary
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
22 Fisher Road, Brevard, NC 28712