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Director of Youth and Urban Ministries

First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon El Cajon, California, United States



3 years - 6 years



$50,000-$55,000 annual salary

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Fri Jun 12, 2020
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Thu Apr 23, 2020

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:   Presbyterian -- PCUSA

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The Director of Youth and Urban Ministries will have three major areas of responsibility:
• Youth Ministry: providing spiritual and servant leadership for youth and young adults through a relational and missional youth ministry.
• Urban Ministry: building ecumenical and community partnerships to reach out to, learn from, and serve our neighbors.
• Worship Services: supporting and participating in our weekly worship service and special worship gatherings, including preaching 6-8 times a year.

First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon (FPCEC) is seeking a Director of Youth and Urban Ministries who is engaged in the journey of following Christ; embodying spiritual and emotional maturity, Kingdom vision, and a passion to lead, develop, and shepherd others. The Director of Youth and Urban Ministries will work closely with the pastor to cultivate spiritual formation, missional impact, and justice-oriented service within the congregation, with particular focus on deepening and growing sustainable ministry rhythms that nourish and empower the students in our congregation and neighborhood.
FPCEC is a member of the Presbyterian Church, USA. A vibrant and multicultural city has moved in around our historic 137-year-old church. We are two blocks from downtown El Cajon and feel compelled to explore further how we can tangibly live out the Kingdom of God, engage younger generations with the gospel of
Christ, and have greater impact on our urban and increasingly diverse neighborhood.


Youth Ministry
• Lead by example – model Christlike leadership and relational wholeness
• Provide a holistic approach to discipleship with an attentiveness to inner formation (e.g., heart/mind/body holistic spiritual growth, prayer practices, self-understanding) and outer formation (e.g., corporate spiritual practices, stewardship, social justice)
• Oversee all curriculum, content, planning for youth ministry
• Plan, coordinate, and lead weekly youth group for middle school and high school including biblical lessons, worship experiences, fellowship, and fun
• Build relationships with the youth in ways that cultivate trust, faith development, spiritual and relational maturity, community care, and service
• Create a culture of belonging and learning
• Shepherd youth through one-on-one meetings, home and campus visitation; provide counsel, care, and resources to students and families facing a crisis or other critical needs
• Recruit, train, and develop volunteers to assist in program components and teaching
• Affirm and shepherd leadership team; seek to develop their journeys with God both personally and in ministry
• Develop relationships between the students and congregation, as well as intentionally reaching out to the neighborhood
• Maintain active engagement with parents/guardians and develop a culture of trust, communication, and partnership with families
• Coordinate retreat opportunities for students including summer camp
• Create regular service opportunities for students to exercise their gifts, practice generosity, and engage justice issues
• Work with the pastor to develop and teach Confirmation Class
• Work with the Christian Education and Worship Support Elders to offer special events and worship experiences during Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter, and other celebrations in the liturgical calendar
• Support volunteers overseeing student music programs including New Generation Bells and the youth band
• Communicate clearly and regularly with the pastor, staff, volunteers, parents/guardians, youth, and the church, publicizing youth events and updates in the weekly worship bulletin, monthly
newsletter, church website, and other social media outlets
• Develop and effectively manage the administrative aspects of the ministry, including the budget, fundraising, and safety policies, working with the Christian Education Committee to conduct
background checks and keep records secure and up to date for all youth ministry volunteers 

Urban Ministry
• Work with the Mission and Outreach Committees to seek an understanding of the assets and needs of our neighborhood, and prayerfully consider the biblical call to love God and love
neighbor, empowering congregants toward sustainable and focused action
• Identify ways to welcome and serve neighborhood youth
• Explore how we may further support our partnership with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church through our shared ministry events, Welcome Ministry, and our community garden
• Network with other churches and community organizations to engage local social justice initiatives, inform our congregation and recruit teams to peacemaking and service opportunities to
alleviate suffering and be a light to El Cajon Worship Services
• Assist in worship services and special worship gatherings, working with the Pastor to coordinate service details and offer experiential worship elements
• Participate weekly in worship service as requested by the pastor
• Initiate and coordinate opportunities for youth representation and participation
• Preach 6-8 times a year

• Spiritual Maturity: demonstrates a vibrant, growing, Christ-centered faith with biblically grounded wisdom; desires to learn and grow, and has a teachable spirit; seeks the wisdom and guidance of mentors; models emotional and spiritual health; articulates a clear and consistent theology; practices prayer and rest
• Leadership: works effectively, positively, and cooperatively with staff, session, and congregation; manages people well and grows healthy relationships; takes initiative to be a self-starter with strong follow-through; able to lead, develop, and teach within small and/or large group contexts; makes professional choices in stressful and non-stressful situations, maintaining a non-anxious presence; able to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive issues; respects, embraces and encourages God’s love for all people and diversity, interacting graciously with people of all ages and backgrounds.
• Strategy: creates and communicates vision, direction, and goals clearly for the ministry; guides leaders and participants in the process of developing and refining ministry goals, sharing best
practices, identifying and solving problems, and establishing sustainable work rhythms; demonstrates excellent organizational and administrative skills
• Communication: demonstrates excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; effectively utilizes technology relevant to the position including social media tools
• Financial and Time Management: plans, organizes, and prioritizes appropriately; uses time effectively and efficiently; financially responsible; plans according to budget parameters; keeps
clear records; able to fundraise
• Innovation and Creativity: generates new ideas; makes new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches; takes reasonable risks in fulfilling goals; learns from mistakes; has good
judgment about creative ideas and assessing the congregation’s threshold for change
• Experience: with youth and community development and/or urban ministry
• Education: BA degree, working toward a degree, or commensurate experience

The Director of Youth and Urban Ministries will be accountable to the pastor as Head of Staff, and partner with the Christian Education Committee, Worship Support Committee, Outreach Committee, and Mission Committee when necessary.

This position is classified as full-time, salaried and exempt.

• The probationary period shall be 90 days beginning with the first worked day.

• An initial performance review shall be conducted during and/or at the conclusion of the probationary period.
• Subsequent performance reviews will be conducted annually.

• Vacation: 4 weeks of vacation and 1 week of study leave shall start accruing after the first month of employment
• Sick Leave: Sick leave shall start accruing from the first day of employment and may be used after the first month of employment.


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