Job Type: Full-Time Posted: 10 months ago Denomination: United Methodist
Northbrook UMC is a family church in the heart of Roswell, GA, just 30 minutes north Atlanta. Northbrook’s vision is to Encounter God, Love One Another, and Serve the World – Together! We accomplish this work through worship (two services – modern and traditional), intentional discipleship (small groups meeting throughout the week), and local service (working to fill the needs within our community).
Northbrook is a “get-it-done” kind of church. When there is a need presented, the need always finds a way of being filled. Northbrook is not risk-averse. In other words, this church likes a challenge and loves to take chances. If something fails, it is not a big deal. We tried. Now we know what doesn’t work!
Northbrook’s willingness to risk comes out of a closeness to God, leading to a gracious and loving interior. The people at Northbrook love well. In a recent Youth Council meeting, one parent said the following about our search for a new youth director: “I really just want us to find someone who can love our kids well and disciple them. As they grow in the knowledge and faith of Christ, everything else will fall into place.” The others agreed. This is the heart of our church.
Northbrook serves students from 4 high schools, which are anywhere from within 1-5 miles of the church. Our students are hungry for community and growth. And similar to the risk-taking nature of the larger church, the youth love trying new things, regardless of potential failure. They have a great deal of fun, but they also seek a serious faith. One youth recently texted me: “We really love intimate, serious discussions about God and the Bible. We want more.”
Northbrook is the perfect place for anyone who is ready to take off! We are in the midst of steady growth, especially in our young families. Northbrook’s new youth minister would be able to craft and adapt a youth ministry in a growing context. The staff is similar to family in the manner in which they support one another. All are fully on-board with helping the new youth minister find success.
Additionally, Roswell is surrounded by a fun downtown atmosphere with a large community of young families. It is close enough to Atlanta to make it easy to get to the city, but far enough out that you aren’t IN the city. There is always something going on, so many great places to eat, as well as the best Parks and Rec in the state (voted in 2017). There is no shortage of community and beauty in this incredible community.
Average Attendance: 300 No. of Active Youth:
The Primary Task:
The Director of Youth Ministries is responsible for developing a vital and growing ministry to youth in 6th – 12th grades. The position includes building relationships with youth and their families, praying regularly for them and providing support and care and an authentic interest in their lives, as well as weaving the youth into the larger mission and vision of the church. Responsibilities include:
Along with youth ministry team, plan, develop, and implement all aspects of a balanced youth ministry in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach. This includes what is currently done as well as offering new plans and strategies.
Support and guide the work of the Youth Council or equivalent body in an annual process of evaluating the vision and goals of the youth ministry and directing monthly planning sessions.
Training & Support
Recruit and train volunteers who work with youth in all aspects of youth ministry and ensure adequate volunteer support and adult to youth ratios.
Coordinate Sunday school curriculum for youth (grades 6-12) and recruit teachers. Communicate plan for Sundays with youth – what is the theme? Curriculum? Entry points for new people?
Coordinate and teach Confirmation classes in partnership with the pastor(s) and provide leadership for confirmands, mentors, and parents beyond the classroom.
Reach youth in the community and develop a strategic plan for youth ministry outreach plan. Attend FCA and other school events as well as form partnerships with area schools.
Keep records of youth participation and manage the youth ministry budget.
Develop a communication strategy — to include commitment to communication in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all available resources. Ensure communication with church staff and leadership, parents, and the congregation as a whole.
Be aware of resources for developing the youth ministry programming and participate in continuing education events and training opportunities. Include continuing education plan with ministry plan.
Further Expectations include the following:
-Maintain records of students and families tracking attendance and trends.
-Contact families and parents — they should hear something from you once a week for general communication and once a month personal contact.
-Form a team of no less than 3 and no more than 7 adults to be on youth council. Assign specific responsibilities to each and be clear about expectations. Regular meetings to evaluate the effectiveness and places of improvement.
-Make yourself available to youth in a variety of ways (i.e. lunch at school, attendance at extracurricular activities, visitation, times of crisis, etc.)
-Visit homes and in hospitals as need arises.
-Over-communicate the vision and the plan.
-Spend time each week meeting with adult volunteers and youth for coffee and lunch. Money is available for connecting with people.
Salary Range: $30,000 - $40,000