Associate Pastor for Family Life is a new role within the church. Responsibilities will include:
Leading Children’s and Youth Ministry – approx. 50%
– Lead the overall operation of the Church’s Youth and Children’s Ministry Programs, nurturing young people in their faith journey from birth through 12th grade.
– Plan and supervise weekly Children’s message and Sunday school worship services and special programs (Christmas Pageant, Vacation Bible School, Youth Mission Trips, Youth Program Fundraising, etc.).
– Maintain regular correspondence with parents, youth, and church family through multiple media including: phone, email, social media, text messages, church newsletter, Sunday bulletin and annual report.
– Facilitate Youth and Children’s Ministry Committee meetings on a quarterly basis, and an annual committee retreat.
Pastoral Care – 40%
– Along with the Pastor and Deacons, visit those in nursing homes, assisted living, hospitals, or confined to their homes. Stay abreast of people in need though attendance at worship services and at various social gatherings involving church members.
– Provide pastoral services for those in crisis situations.
– Encourage all members to care for each other as well as the neighbor in need.
Support Worship Leadership – 10%
– Inspire the congregation through carefully prepared and artfully delivered sermons, articulating a clear and consistent theology, delivered on average one Sunday/month and in the Pastor’s absence.
– As-needed, conduct funerals and memorial services, baptisms and weddings, and administer communion.
– Perform other pastoral duties in backup to, and as requested by, the lead pastor.
· Ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and minimally, possess a Master of Divinity degree from a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
· Possess a strong desire to nurture church members of all ages in the Reformed tradition of the Christian faith as expressed within the Presbyterian Church.
· A personal spiritual life, and an ability to tell what his or her faith is in understandable words. A clear commitment to Christ and an assurance of a call to ministry.
· Must be committed to providing a safe, nurturing and supportive environment of mutual respect and encouragement.
· Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively preach to the congregation, communicate with children and parents or those in personally stressful situations.
· Some clinical pastoral education (understanding of counseling procedures). The person should understand that he or she is not a professional psychologist or social worker and understand when to refer people to those with that competence.
· Must be knowledgeable of the spiritual, physical, recreational, social and psychological development of youth.
· Motivated, energetic, fun, loving, caring and has a sense of humor.
Job Type: This is a full-time position of 40 (forty) or more hours of work per week. The exact number of hours may vary from week to week, especially in busy times.
Salary: Final salary will be determined based on successful candidate’s experience.
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]
The First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other protected category under applicable law.
About First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown
As a progressive, community-oriented church, we respond to the changing needs of our congregation and neighbors through worship, fellowship and outreach. 15 years ago, we made a substantial investment in a large addition. This has enabled our church to grow with a beautiful and functional space for church and community groups to gather. We started a Montessori preschool, host education, music, and exercise programs, plus community outreach with the Deacons, to name a few. Our church has become a true "center" for our community.
We nurture the unique talents, challenges and opportunities that come with every age in a person's lifetime of faith. Our membership is encouraged to show our God-given gifts through a wide-ranging menu of fellowship and stewardship activities. From flowers to finance, singing to Sunday school, ushering to raking, there is a place for everyone to put their faith into action.
Looking to the future, we recognize we are a community with an aging population, a lack of diversity and an increasing need to enrich our programs for our youth and families - all of which present challenges and opportunities for our church.