Associate Rector for Youth and Welcoming Ministries, Dallas, Tex.
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Diocese of Dallas
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration seeks a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ, with a love for the Christian formation of youth, passion for inviting, welcoming, and connecting new people into the life of the church, and devotion to pastoral care of all people, to serve as Associate Rector for Youth and Welcoming Ministries. The Associate will direct the formation ministry for youth (grades 6-12), coordinate the parish welcoming ministry, and regularly preach, preside, and participate in pastoral care to a community of 1,800 members. The position is full-time and reports directly to the Rector. Transfiguration is a large, dynamic, and inclusive church located in far north Dallas. Our mission is to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and we do that primarily through reverent worship, formative education, compassionate service, and sacrificial stewardship.
Youth Ministry 50%
During the 2017-18 program year, the youth ministry of Transfiguration averages roughly 25 kids participating on Sunday morning, five kids for weeknight programs, and 6 kids are enrolled in Confirmation (eligibility begins in high school). Yet we know that there are over 100 youth not currently involved in the program, and it is our goal to better serve them and invite them into fuller participation. The roles of the Associate Rector with regard to youth ministry include:
- Direct Sunday morning youth formation, including the selection of curricula, preparation of the learning environment, and leadership of volunteer teachers
- Create and implement additional weekly programming for middle and high school youth to nurture the discipleship of youth, develop friendships, and foster community
- Recruit, equip, and train team of 12+ volunteers to assist with Sunday morning, weeknight programming, and additional events
- Ensure healthy communication with parents and develop ways for parents to be involved
- Ensure that Safe Church guidelines are observed for all events, to preserve the safety and well-being of youth and adults
- Provide first-line pastoral care to all youth, in collaboration with wider clergy team
- Develop additional special events and programs to cultivate deeper faith among the youth, grow their understanding of the Church, and support their overall Christian formation (e.g. outreach days, lock-ins, retreats)
- With the assistance of the Director of Operations, ensure the Youth Center is cared for appropriately and provides a welcoming environment for youth and adults
- Work with the Rector and other clergy to prepare youth candidates for Confirmation
- Collaborate with the entire staff on congregation-wide programs and events, and develop intergenerational opportunities for worship, formation, and fun
- Facilitate Youth Council, which is the body of middle and high school youth leaders appointed to guide the ministry
- Tailor communication and organizational methods to maximize connection with the youth, parents, and volunteers
- Plan and lead all pilgrimages, mission trips, and other “off-site” experiences
- Direct fundraising efforts for trips and other projects
- Manage the youth ministries budget
Welcoming Ministry 30%
Transfiguration welcomes hundreds of guests to worship and other events every year, and it is our goal to treat each one as though they are Christ. We seek to hone our welcoming and new member incorporation ministry to ensure that guests are not only treated hospitably, but also connected with meaningful relationships and ways to get involved. In the next few years we hope to better implement the principles of “Invite, Welcome, Connect,” to become more effective in retaining newcomers.
- Lead the welcoming ministries of Transfiguration, in coordination with team of volunteers
- Coordinate Visitor Center and recruit volunteers to serve as our primary greeters at all principle services
- Track of all visitors and lead organized, multi-faceted response
- Create regular newcomer events to allow visitors to learn more about the church, meet leadership, and develop relationships
- Coordinate with Rector to create bi-annual “membership liturgies” to recognize when someone desires formalization of membership
- Coordinate with Director of Communication to ensure attractive, helpful print and digital resources are available for visitors
Other Duties 20%
In addition to the above, the Associate will:
- Serve as primary liaison to the Young Adult Ministry (20s and 30s group)
- Preach and celebrate the Eucharist regularly
- Share in pastoral care, along with the team of clergy
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Rector
This is a full-time position.
Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2018. Interested candidates may submit a resume, along with a cover letter that describes their vision for a healthy and flourishing youth ministry, and their experiences of an effective welcoming ministry, by April 15, to the Rev. R. Casey Shobe, Rector.