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Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries (PT) – Episcopal News Service

Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries


This professional staff position is part-time (approximately 20-30 hours per week). The director will promote the integration of our young people into the full life of faith in St John’s. This position is committed to the long-term development of family ministry with enthusiasm and dedication to working directly with people of all ages. The director will develop programming, fellowship, and opportunities for service and worship; coordinate with youth education teams; and encourage volunteers and parents to provide fellowship and faith-building activities for our youth.


  1. Lead all facets of youth programs including children’s education programs including Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Confirmation and Vacation Bible School.
  2. Plan annual retreat and youth mission opportunities to include content development, budgeting, fundraising, registration, etc.
  3. Develop and coordinate intergenerational social activities/events.
  4. Be active on Sunday mornings with the educational hour and develop ways for young people to become more involved in Sunday services. The director will be a regular part of the Sunday service.
  5. Attend staff meetings and faith formation committee meetings.
  6. Communicate with families, youth and volunteers, staff and the congregation to let everyone know about current and upcoming youth and family programs through the most effective channels.
  7. Work with the Youth Education Team to recruit, develop and encourage volunteers and parents to offer fellowship and faith-building activities. The director will develop or implement a curriculum for use in all programs.
  8. Evaluate the effectiveness of youth and family programs and provide recommendations for improvement to the pastor.
  9. Any other assigned task.


  • Initiate, develop and maintain positive personal relationships with youth and their families through a variety of activities.
  • Build relationships with St. John’s and non-St. John’s children, youth and families who may be looking for a church family.
  • The director is responsible and supervised by the senior pastor.
  • The director supervises the crèche staff.


The director submits:

  • A monthly report to the senior pastor.
  • An annual report to the Council of Congregation for distribution in the Annual Report to the Congregation.
  • Other reports requested by senior pastor and/or board.


Each year, the senior pastor will engage the director in a formal process of evaluation and feedback for reflection and job performance evaluation.


EDUCATION: Preferred bachelor’s degree


  • One-year experience in a faith-based organization affiliated with the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) or a church with which the ELCA is in full communion (The Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, United Methodist Church, The Moravian Church).
  • Demonstrated experience in accompanying people, including but not limited to children, youth and families on their journey of faith.
  • Experience in event planning, budget management, program development and implementation, and working with volunteers.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to identify issues, exercise discretion and maintain good boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills within an intergenerational community.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and adhere to agreed guidelines.
  • Ability to adapt to flexible working hours.


  • Ability to pass all background checks and clearances.
  • Ability and desire to support the mission of St. John’s and to welcome all people in accordance with ELCA theology.
  • Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machinery and communicate with colleagues and stakeholders in person and over the telephone.
  • This is an active position that requires regular walking, standing, bending, leaning, and pushing/pulling. May require lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • This position requires flexible work hours, including nightly and infrequent travel within and outside of Pennsylvania.
  • Free from addiction and abuse of illegal or illicit drugs, alcohol, inhalants or other chemicals or controlled substances.