Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Oconee Presbyterian Church, Watkinsville, Georgia

Job Type: Full-Time   Posted: 8 months ago   Denomination: Presbyterian (PCUSA)

Church Description:

Oconee Presbyterian Church is a loving family of faith who believes God calls us to:
Invite in all people to discover constantly the love and grace of Jesus Christ
Build up one another in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, encouraging everyone to discern and use their gifts
Send out empowered disciples to our community and the world to share God’s love in word and deed to relieve suffering in Christ’s Name
Oconee Presbyterian began as a New Church Development in 1999. Rev. Pam Driesell and missionary members from area Presbyterian churches began worshiping in homes, a storefront, a clubhouse, and a school. In 2001 with 100+ members, we purchased 15 acres and worshipped al fresco while building a multi-use 15K sq. ft. building dedicated in 2004. The church grew under Rev. Pam’s leadership through 2010, when she was called away to serve as pastor of a large congregation in Atlanta. In 2012, we welcomed Rev. Joel Tolbert and his family, who then responded to another call in January 2020. In April 2020 we were blessed to welcome Interim Pastor Steven Barnes who continues to lead us. Our session has extended the closure of the main OPC building beyond Labor Day weekend and up through the Thanksgiving holiday (Thursday, November 26th), with the acknowledgement that we will continue to monitor the pandemic situation, hoping and praying for improvement, and re-evaluate as we move forward through the fall. Although the building is closed the campus and outdoor facilities remain open. Until the building is reopened, youth group meetings will be held at the OPC Pavilion or virtually.

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The Director of Children and Youth Ministries is responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive program of Christian Education and Formation for children (birth – fifth grade) and youth (middle and high school) at Oconee Presbyterian Church. This responsibility includes the development and implementation of the vision, strategy, and tactical elements for all programs, activities, and educational aspects related to the ministry. The ministry will be consistent with the mission, values, and theology at Oconee Presbyterian Church.


The Director of Children and Youth Ministries reports to the Pastor/Head of Staff. The Director works with the Pastor and the Session Children and Youth ministry team to develop the Children and Youth Ministry of the church.


The Director of Children and Youth Ministries of OPC will:
Create a welcoming and engaging environment where children and youth and their families can explore the Christian faith and experience authentic Christian community and thus assist in fulfilling the church’s mission to Invite In, Build Up, and Send Out to be Christ’s disciples.
Develop, support, and equip the Children’s and Youth Ministry volunteers to minister to children and youth.
Interface and coordinate with the Pastoral and Program Staff and relevant Ministry Teams to deliver a comprehensive, holistic ministry to children, youth, and adults.
Develop new and creative ministries designed to aid in the faith development of children and youth and integrate Christian Education into the greater life of the church.
Minister and build relationships with parents, children and youth, and members of the congregation.


The Director of Children and Youth Ministries of OPC will provide dynamic leadership and oversight to children (birth through fifth grade) and youth (middle and high school) equipping the children and youth, their parents, and adult leaders to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. The Director will be responsible to coordinate and oversee the Children and Youth Ministry Team as follows:
Reach out and develop a strong relational ministry with children, youth, and families of OPC making the participation in church activities a positive experience for all.
Motivate ministry and measure program participation among children, youth, and their families
Bring fun and joy to the process of spiritual growth for the program participants.
Plan and implement creative programs for children and youth aligned with the church, mission, the church calendar and the assigned budget.
Build effective, exceptional and appropriate communication networks for children, youth, and their parents.
Encourage volunteer support from parents and other adults. Create zones and secure zone leaders.
Participate in worship leadership as requested by the Pastor/Head of Staff.
Participate in prayer, worship, and Children and Youth Ministry that works alongside the Inclusion Team and people with disabilities.
Support other staff members to achieve the overall mission of OPC.
Attend scheduled staff meetings.
Be visible and active in all aspects of the life of the church.
Equip and interact with parent(s)/guardian(s) to help encourage their and their children’s discipleship.
Work toward an intergenerational emphasis, by connecting the ministry of children and youth with the larger congregation and integrating them as full participants in the life of the church
Equip, train, support and pray for children and youth ministry volunteers (adults and/or youth).
Participate in prayer, worship, children and youth education that lifts up, reflects, and takes seriously the racial justice statement published in the summer of 2020.
Supervise and support UGA Waddel Fellowship Intern for Children’s Ministry

Specific duties include:

Children and Families
Plan and implement the Children’s education program
Supervise the nursery coordinator to coordinate nursery volunteers and paid staff with children’s ministry team
Coordinate and participate in Children’s Sermon during worship
Provide worship engagement (i.e. bulletins, supplies or crafts) for children who remain in worship
Secure a Vacation Bible Adventure coordinator and assist in curriculum development, planning, and implementation of VBA and other summer programming.
Plan special worship services for children

Coordinate weekly middle and high school youth gatherings with the youth ministry team
Lead and plan the Confirmation Ministry in coordination with the Head of Staff
Plan and implement the Sunday morning Youth education program
Plan and lead Youth Worship participation in collaboration with the worship ministry team.
Plan special worship services for youth.
Coordinate and encourage participation in the youth conference, camp and retreat ministries of our denomination and presbytery, and other opportunities that become available.


The Director shall be a committed Christian who demonstrates an active faith life and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Director must possess a baccalaureate degree in education or a closely related field, and shall have experience teaching or directing educational activities in a Christian setting. The Director should communicate enthusiasm for Children and Youth Ministries and have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and the Confessions of the Reformed Faith. Advanced study and training in Christian Education is desirable and strongly encouraged.
The Director of Children and Youth Ministries shall:

Be passionate about the faith formation of children and adults
Demonstrate support for and commitment to the mission of OPC
Display a positive work ethic, be self-motivated and a team player, and have strong interpersonal skills, demonstrating an ability to work harmoniously and enthusiastically with both children and adults.
Be action-oriented and comfortable taking the initiative
Maintain a commitment to staying current in the field of Christian Education and value Continuing Education
Be willing to participate in church-wide activities and events beyond one’s ministry area for support and visibility.

Additional Skill Requirements:
Leadership and Team Building
Organizational and Administrative ability
Program Planning and Execution
Cost and Schedule Management
Oral and Written Communication
Curriculum Evaluation and Development
Current CPR Certification


This is a full-time exempt staff position with a semi-flexible schedule. This position requires the ability to work flexible hours to meet the programmatic needs of the Children and Youth Ministries and of the church and to accommodate the seasonal aspects of Christian ministry. The Director is expected to take an active role in the life of OPC.


Salary is commensurate with educational background and experience (OPC follows the NEGA Presbytery minimum terms of call guidelines for salary and benefits). Continuing Education funds and a Book and Expense Allowance are included. Ten days of vacation are available after one year along with 5 days of annual study leave. Additional benefits may be negotiated.


Times of mutual sharing will be held with the Pastor, Elder Personnel and Personnel Liaison through mid-year and annual reviews. A Covenant Agreement will be reviewed and approved annually by the Session of Oconee Presbyterian Church.

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