Title: Director of Youth Ministry
Effective: August 1, 2017
Salary: $10,000 annually
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church is a growing community of open-minded Christians who seek to do
what Jesus taught us: to include, love, and serve all people without exception. We are a new church
without walls, and we meet in places where we can serve and be with our neighbors. We seek to build
a diverse fellowship, and we welcome all who want to ask deep questions and put faith into action.
Since our congregation’s launch in September 2016, we have nearly doubled in size, and we now have
a great group of middle school students who are eager to start a youth group. In addition, we’ve made
great connections with the students at the Brownsburg High School Equality Club (LGBTQIA support
group) and we have the possibility to support the formation of an Equality Club at one of
Brownsburg’s middle schools. We seek a Director of Youth Ministry who will develop and lead a
program that invites every 6th-12th grade student in the church database and in our partner
organizations to make steps toward deeper spiritual maturity by building a youth ministry that
brings alive the mission and values of our church.
The director will:
・・Plan and develop a bi-weekly Sunday morning Christian formation offering and a bi-weekly
weeknight youth group that engages a progressively growing number of middle and high
school students in regular participation. As part of this work, the Director will establish
baseline numbers of participating youth at the beginning of her/his ministry and then track
program participation on a weekly basis.
・・We expect that the youth minister will regularly be building relationships in the community.
The first opportunity will be to build a strong relationship and ministry of presence with the
students Brownsburg High School Equality Club (LGBTQIA support group) by attending their
weekly meetings and by engaging a team of adult volunteers from Good Samaritan to
accompany and support you. When appropriate, invite Equality Club members to participate
in Youth Group activities, and vice versa.
・・Recruit and develop a youth ministry leadership team (consisting of 2-3 adults) that helps to
guide and oversee the ministry.
・・Recruit and develop 3 adult volunteers who initially co-lead formation offerings and youth
group with her/him for 12 months, and then assume responsibility for leading these offerings
within a 24 month window.
・・Ensure that Safeguarding God’s Children training has been completed by all leaders and
volunteers, and that Safeguarding standards are in effect for all gatherings and interactions.
・・Know the names of every youth and parent on our rolls.
・・Follow up with first-time visitors personally within one week of their visit.
・・Contact inactive youth or parents by email or phone for a pastoral check-in at least once per
・・Visit our students at their schools (currently: Wayne Township, Brownsburg, and Avon
schools) on a rotating schedule at least once every other week during the school year, and
invite volunteer leaders to accompany her/him on those visits.
・・Develop and distribute control documents in a timely fashion (the youth directory, the youth
ministry calendar, calendar requests, event and trip registration forms, etc.).
・・Communicate regularly with parents, via email and in person, inviting their concerns and
・・Coordinate with Good Samaritan’s outreach ministry leaders to engage youth in church-wide
・・Coordinate with and promote participation in diocesan youth events and summer Waycross
・・Make connections with other youth ministers in Brownsburg/Avon, as appropriate.
・・Participate in twice monthly supervision with the Vicar.
CORE COMPETENCIES NEEDED
・・Good judgement, mature outlook.
・・Ability to have fun!
・・Recruitment and equipping of leaders and volunteers.
・・Programmatic leadership, organizational, planning, and development experience.
・・Delegating and administrative abilities.
・・Relates well with teens and their families
・・Be a bold, inclusive, extroverted enthusiastic follower of Jesus Christ.
・・Commitment to a “church without walls” concept (radically inclusive, not focused on a building
but on people and serving others)
・・Passion for building a community of diverse people at different places on the Christian journey.
・・Capable of maintaining confidences, effectively listening, and resolving conflicts.
・・Able to work well both independently and in teams.
・・Demonstrated experience in leading groups of young people in conversations about God and
experiences of faith development.
・・Demonstrated leadership skills.
・・Must pass a criminal background check and Oxford Documents screening.
・・Must satisfactorily complete Safeguarding God’s People and Safeguarding God’s Children
online courses prior to beginning work.
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis are very committed to
diversity. We strongly encourage all qualified applicants, especially people from racial/ethnic
minority groups, to apply.
To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to The Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne
(email@example.com) before July 30.