In the Market

Know anybody with Youth Ministry experience who might want to serve at St. John’s in Hingham? I’m in the market for someone who is awesome. Okay, this might be a bit too general — see below for the position description. And please keep it a secret that they’d be working for me — it might dissuade qualified applicants.

The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist
Hingham, Massachusetts
Job Description for Part-Time Youth Minister

The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist inHingham,Massachusetts, is seeking a part-time Youth Minister.St. John’sis a vibrant, growing parish on the South Shore of Boston with an average Sunday attendance of 220.

Qualifications
We seek a passionate, energetic, creative individual with a heart for teenagers to join our ministry team. The successful candidate should have: a strong faith in God, as revealed in Jesus Christ; high levels of comfort with questions, doubts, and differences regarding matters of faith; the ability to be in authority while sharing responsibility with other stakeholders (clergy, parents, youth, lay youth volunteers); knowledge of the Anglican tradition and the Episcopal Church; experience working with small groups of young people and developing age-appropriate programming; the ability to share his/her own perspectives and experiences while maintaining and communicating a deep respect for those of others; patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor.

Responsibilities
Responsibilities for the Youth Minister will include continuing to develop, build, and administer youth ministry at St. John’s; leadership of the Junior and Senior Youth Groups; helping to recruit and mentor lay leaders; serving as staff liaison to the youth program; planning and participating in at least one annual off-site retreat and/or mission trip; and communicating with parents about events.

We currently have two youth groups – a Junior Youth Group (7th and 8th grade) and a Senior Youth Group (9th and 10th grade). After a period of latency we added the older group last year (2010-11) which was spear-headed by our newly-hired assistant priest. Both groups have 12-15 kids with especially strong lay leadership in the Junior Youth Group. At this point our youth groups meet on alternating Sunday evenings from 5 to 6:30 pm with dinner.

We are planning to launch a Saturday night 5:00 pm service in the fall which may well appeal to teens (later hour, more contemporary, etc) and there would be opportunities for them to serve in a variety of liturgical and musical roles.

With the right person – someone who views ministry with teenagers as its own mission field – the potential to grow this program and have a deep impact upon the kids and the community is great.

Hours and Compensation
The position is for 10 to 20 hours per week. Salary is $12-15 per hour commensurate with experience. Hours include Sunday evening youth events, Saturday evening service, one Sunday morning every four to six weeks, and office time as needed. Agreed upon hours per week are subject to revision as needed and will likely be reduced in the summer months. Completion of Safe Church training through the Diocese of Massachusetts and a background check is required. Preference will be given to a candidate willing to make a longer-term commitment. The start date will be either late August or early September 2011.

To apply for this position, send resume and cover letter to the Rev. Tim Schenck at frtim@stjohns-hinhgam.org.



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