Minister with Youth and Young Adults

Westminster Presbyterian Church - Grand Rapids, MI

Job Type: Full-Time   Posted: 2 months ago   Denomination: Presbyterian (PCUSA)

Church Description:

As a dynamic faith community that has grown and changed over time, we have been writing the history of Westminster Presbyterian Church in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan for 160 years. Founded in 1861, we are a diverse congregation drawn from all parts of the metropolitan area. With over 1,200 members, we are a community of Christians committed to worshiping God, serving Christ through mission in our local community and world, and listening for the Spirit’s transforming movement in our midst. We are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.

Our Context for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults:

Because God in Christ welcomes all, we strive to provide an inclusive community for people of all genders, races, sexual orientations, backgrounds, questions, and doubts. Children and youth are vital to our faith community; we seek to integrate their voices, energy, and vision.

Our youth ministry seeks to create a context to explore faith in Jesus Christ; foster a brave space where all youth—whether or not they are Christian—will be welcomed, accepted, and celebrated; remove barriers for friendships among youth; encourage connections between youth and adults; empower youth to lead within the church and challenge them to follow God outside the church; live joyful lives, rejoicing in God’s creation, embracing the fullness of life in its messiness and beauty.

Music is foundational to our traditional-style worship, and includes choirs for all ages and instrumental ensembles; we are united in praising God through music. Westminster has 3 core missions: Westminster Child Development Center provides childcare with a sliding payment scale. Camp Henry is an all-season camp that provides life-changing experiences in a positive Christian environment. The Downtown Food Pantry provides emergency assistance to people in need. The congregation is committed to justice through our membership in Grand Rapids’ new broad-based organizing effort and in partnership with other local ministries. The PCUSA Matthew 25 initiative compels us to dismantle racism, eradicate poverty, and grow congregational vitality.

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Youth Ministries

Average Attendance: 450  No. of Active Youth: 50

Job Description:


Supervised by: Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
Job Classification: Exempt — Full Time 40 hours per week
Education and Related Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in education, Christian Education or ministry related field. Experience working with youth and/or young adults is preferable.

Summary: The Minister with Youth and Young Adults will work with the Youth Committee and both paid and volunteer adult leaders to oversee and implement ministry with the youth and young adults of Westminster Presbyterian Church, so that young people are invited into a brave space where the Holy Spirit and the practices of prayer, worship, learning, and service empower them to live in compassion, peace, justice, and hope within the church and in the world.

Key Attributes of a Successful Candidate
– Authentic faith, with a willingness to engage a wide variety of faith perspectives while remaining committed to showing the love of Christ
– Able to support the mission, vision, and values of Westminster Presbyterian
– Theological education or experience with the PCUSA an added benefit
– Strong relational skills as well as strong organizational/management skills
– Prioritizes safety and healthy boundaries
– Ability to build strong and healthy relationships with youth, young adults, adult leaders, and families
– Collaborative spirit with an ability to work with pastors, staff, and volunteers
– Technologically savvy and proficient with social media
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Self-starter; able to work independently
– A good sense of humor
– Able to incorporate music into the experience (even if candidate is not a musician)
– Curiosity to learn about the community and congregation

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with the Youth Committee in overseeing and implementing the youth ministry program.
– Oversee and implement youth group activities with two youth ministry coordinators and the Minister of Music
– Nurture and supervise youth ministry coordinator(s), working with them to choose and/or develop appropriate curriculum
– Help recruit and support a team of youth ministry volunteers
– Help plan and implement youth summer trips and weekend retreats
– Help plan and implement youth-led worship
– Work toward integration of youth and youth voices in many areas of Westminster’s ministry, including but not limited to worship and hands-on mission
– Help oversee the youth ministry budget and annual budgeting process.
– Take a lead role in the Confirmation process under the direction of the ministerial staff
– Nurture relationships with youth and their families
– Nurture support opportunities for parents of teenagers
– Supported by the Communications Manager, provide regular communications via appropriate digital and print media with youth and their families
– Act as a mentor, leader, and role model
– Prioritize safety and healthy boundaries

With a team of young adults, begin to envision young adult ministry possibilities
– Support and nurture of young adults currently attending Westminster.
– Support and nurture of college students connected to Westminster.
– Envision and experiment with ways to connect with and offer meaningful space for and with the many young adults in the Westminster neighborhood and in Heritage Hill.

Serve as staff liaison to the Camp Henry Board of Directors
Participate in weekly staff meetings
Occasional participation in worship liturgy

Salary Range: $50,000

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