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Youth Minister

Organization: Our Lady of Lourdes
Full Time

Position Description:

Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Francis Borgia parishes are looking to collaborate on a youth ministry program together. These two parishes serve the needs of the people of the City of Washington and together care for the Sacramental needs of 2,400 families. Both parishes have K-8th grade schools with a combined enrollment of approximately 525 students. Both parishes have a PSR enrollment of approximately 180 students. Within the City of Washington, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School (an Archdiocesan School)also serves the students of the City of Washington and currently has an enrollment of approximately 500 students.

The City of Washington does not currently have a youth ministry program, but the pastors and parishioners of both parishes are seeking an experienced youth minister to create a youth program from the ground up. This full-time position undertakes the challenge of creating, organizing, and coordination the youth ministry activities in the area and will require great experience of successful youth ministry programs and a vision for leading teens to Christ. Collaboration will be expected with a variety of staff and parishioners at both parishes.

Vision:

  • To foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person
  • To draw youth to a fuller involvement in the life of faith, most especially in the sacramental and communal life of our parishes and the greater Catholic Church
  • To empower youth to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today
  • To prepare youth for a healthy, faith-filled adult life
  • To encourage the consideration of religious vocations

Requirements:

  • Be an active, committed, faith filled Roman Catholic with a regular habit of personal prayer
  • Possess a solid understanding of the Catholic Faith and adhere to all the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Be able to teach and share the Catholic Faith
  • Have significant leadership experience as a youth minister
  • Possess strong organizational skills
  • Have the skills needed to manage a budget

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administrative and Leadership Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with the youth, parents, pastors,associate pastors, and parish staffs to begin and maintain a youth ministry program
  • Collaborate with the Archdiocesan Youth Office to maintain an awareness of Archdiocesan resources, programs, and guidelines
  • Coordinate and promote the Youth Ministry Program as part of the Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Francis Borgia parish families
  • Recruit and train volunteers to assist the youth ministry program
  • Participate in professional development and continuing education programs
  • Maintain an ongoing knowledge of trends and resources in youth ministry
  • Establish two weekly youth ministry events – one hosted at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and one hosted at St. Francis Borgia Parish
  • Work with the staff at each parish to plan and execute an annual retreat
  • Work with the day schools and PSR principals to reach out to middle school students

Pastoral Responsibilities

  • Part of the responsibility of the youth minister will be to create regular programs for the youth of the area. These include, but are not restricted to:
  • Bi-weekly youth events
  • Plan and execute at least one annual retreat
  • Promote and chaperone an annual trip to Springfield Missouri, for the Steubenville Youth Conference
  • Promote and chaperone an annual trip to Washington DC for the March for Life (with Generation Life)
  • A youth Mass at one or both parish
  • The youth minister will need to be accessible during the week to provide opportunities and appropriate settings for the youth to come for discussion of current events and/or personal crises. Including, but not limited to:

  • Regular office hours
  • Visiting middle schools at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Francis Borgia
  • Visiting students at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
  • Attending extracurricular events and activities of the youth of each parish when possible

Networking Responsibilities:

Establish and maintain regular communication with both parishes regarding the youth ministry program:

  • Regularly meet with pastoral leadership
  • Regularly attend staff meetings at both parishes
  • Regularly attend parish council meetings at both parishes
  • Maintain close contact with students, parents,administrators, and campus ministers of area high schools
  • Establish and maintain regular and appropriate communications with high school students and middle school youth, utilizing various means of communication
  • Fiscal Responsibilities
  • Prepare, develop, and manage an annual budget
  • Account for all youth ministry expenses

Organize and manage fundraising while researching the availability of and apply for appropriate donations and grants in support of the youth ministry program

Compensation:
Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Francis Borgia Parishes offer a competitive salary based on years of experience and educational formation. In addition, we offer health insurance, dental insurance, as well as a retirement plan. The Youth Minister will have appropriate office space and all essential materials provided by the parishes.

Contact Details:

Qualified candidates may submit their resume,salary requirements, and cover letter to Fr. Jim Theby at jtheby@ollwashmo.orgor by mail to

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Attn: Fr. Jim Theby

1014 Madison Ave.

Washington, MO 63090