Director of Youth Ministry – St. Stanislaus Parish and Newman University Parish (Stevens Point, WI)

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DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Youth Ministry, FT Employee
St. Stanislaus Parish and Newman University Parish (Stevens Point, WI)

St. Stanislaus and Newman parishes in Stevens Point, Wis. are discerning who will serve our communities in establishing and coordinating our new Youth Ministry program. We seek a servant-leader with the vision and skills to work in building a sustainable youth ministry by coordinating ministries that lead young people to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ by practicing our Roman Catholic faith.

Ideally, the successful candidate will begin work late this spring or early summer. Minimum requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, a youth ministry certification or desire to become certified, and experience in parish life and ministry. This is a full-time position with salary and benefits.

St. Stanislaus and Newman are neighboring parishes in a city of 24,000 in Central Wisconsin. The parishes are adjacent to a university campus of 10,000 students. You can learn more about the parishes at www.newmanuwsp.org and www.saintstans.net.

Purpose of this Ministry
The Youth Ministry Director/Coordinator assists our parishes provide comprehensive ministry to our middle school and high school students. This individual serves as a spiritual leader to our young people and empowers them to become engaged in the parish community. By calling upon and channeling the gifts and talents of parishioners, the youth minister fosters deeper relationships with Jesus Christ and lifelong commitments to the Church.

Reports to: Pastor

Collaborates with: Parish Religious Education Director, parish staff members, Pastoral Councils, youth ministry advisory committee, volunteers and the parish communities.

Status: Full-time

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Develops ministerial relationships with teens, adolescents and their families by being visible and available in the community and parish.
2. Develops ministerial networks to support and mentor youth ministry team leaders, adults and youth.
3. Plans, develops, coordinates and evaluates activities and programs, including weekly gatherings of high school students, retreats for middle school and high school youth, annual service trip and other events. Regularly evaluates the effectiveness of these gatherings and makes adaptations for improvement.
4. Coordinates confirmation preparation (grade 9/10) in collaboration with the Religious Education director.
5. Has an active role in the Religious Education Program for grades 7-9.
6. Offers outreach and ministry at the public and Catholic high schools and middle schools.
7. Maintains a presence in the campus ministry program for university students, especially in recruiting and mentoring student assistants, and in regard to events such as the beginning of the year picnic, the end of year picnic, etc.
8. Models and gives witness to his/her personal faith.
9. Provides administration of youth ministry in terms of budgeting, communication, networking, record keeping and supervision.
10. Is involved in the life of the parish beyond youth ministry, such as ministry at Mass, volunteering for parish picnic, etc.
11. Maintain a consultative and/or working relationship with area youth ministers, as well as those on the diocesan and state level.
12. Attend staff meetings and work with other staff members in planning and facilitating programs as needed in a team approach.

Qualifications:
1. Manifest a deep faith in Jesus Christ that is exemplified in the practice of the Roman Catholic faith, and moral character adhering to the values of the Gospel.
2. Experience in youth ministry under the model of Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
3. Understands principles of psychology and sociology pertaining to adolescence and family development.
4. Appropriate safe-environment certification and clear criminal background checks.
5. Openness and availability to work evenings and weekends, as well as some major feasts of the Church, such as Triduum.
6. Bachelor’s Degree in theology or other related field.
7. Ongoing personal and professional development is required and is competency based.

Skills and Abilities:
1. Intuitively incorporates sound Roman Catholic principles when teaching and interacting with parishioners. Familiar with the vision of Pope Francis as articulated in The Joy of the Gospel, as well as the “new evangelization” of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
2. Proven abilities in pastoral leadership, demonstrated through the ability to listen; call people to prayer, and lead them in prayer; effectively lead meetings; establish and align goals, and engage others in the enactment of a vision; identify talents and delegate.
3. Strong organizational skills, including event planning and time management.
4. Respects personal boundaries and maintains confidentiality.
5. Embraces technology and social media as tools for ministry. Is proficient with Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Excel and Access). (206)

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