Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Qualifications: 

  • Must be an Orthodox Christian in canonical good standing.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • 2+years of relevant experience.
  • Must not be a new convert to the Orthodox Faith.
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred, but not required. 
  • Background check is required.

 

Please note: This is not always a 9-5, M-F position. Activities and events you would be overseeing or managing require some weekend and evening time commitments.  

 

Who We Are: 

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church,  is a rapidly growing community dedicated to sharing the fullness of Orthodox Christian faith in Beaverton, Oregon and the greater Portland area. Currently, we are home to over 150 families with almost half the total parishioners being 22 years old or younger. In order to better serve the ministry needs of our community, especially after two years of the COVID pandemic left many of our youth ministries dormant, we are looking to hire a Director of Youth and Family Ministries to develop, manage, and oversee the activities, events and retreats for our parish. 

 

Who You Are:

You are an Orthodox Christian with two or more years of experience working in youth ministries. You are not new to Orthodoxy, and you have been actively cultivating and deepening your faith through years of practice within the Orthodox Church. You are outgoing and willing to engage with a variety of different people on a daily basis. You are an excellent communicator with the ability to collaborate with a number of different groups on various projects. You have excellent organizational skills and are able plan events, including overnight retreats, and lead groups of volunteers. You are morally above reproach and leading a life that does not cause scandal or discord. Most importantly, you are a devout Orthodox Christian who attends the services regularly and who has a desire to serve Christ through the Church.

 

Objective:

The Director of Youth and Family Ministries position will strengthen the ministries of Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church by having a dedicated person to develop, manage, and oversee activities, events, and retreats for the youth and adults in our parish. The Director of Youth and Family Ministries will also monitor adherence to all guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese and will ensure that all volunteers pass background checks and complete all required training before helping out with youth programs.

 

Compensation:

  • $45,000 - $55,000 Depending on Experience 
  • Medical Insurance  
  • PTO

Job Description:

1) Youth Ministries

  • Planning and executing youth ministry events, along with the youth workers.
  • Effectively recruiting youth workers and volunteers.
  • Fostering relationships with parents of the youth and collaborating with key parents to host/coordinate ministry events.
  • Building relationships with the youth by taking a sincere interest in their lives and struggles.
  • Creating a youth culture that discourages cliques and exclusion.
  • Regularly attending Sunday services and major feasts.
  • Meeting regularly with the priest to keep him informed of youth ministries and to make certain that all youth events and activities are conducted with an Orthodox fronima (“ethos”) and with a focus upon the substance of the Faith.
  • Meeting quarterly with a Youth Ministries Council to develop a calendar of events and program content.
  • Assisting with the Sunday school program as needed.
  • Working with Philoptochos to find opportunities for the youth to serve others.
  • Planning regular field trips to monasteries and other churches.
  • Planning at least two youth retreats annually (including overnight retreats for the teenagers).
  • Potentially creating a “Vacation Church School”-style summer program, which includes planning, recruiting volunteers, and running the program.
  • Communicating about metropolis youth events and working with the metropolis youth director and youth pastor and the archdiocese Y2AM.
  • Working with Portland area Orthodox churches to cultivate pan-Orthodox youth events.

2) Family & Adult Ministries

  • Working with parish volunteers on parish retreats or mini-retreats for adults with keynote speakers.
  • Developing and disseminating tools for helping families to cultivate the “home church” and learn how to live Orthodoxy.
  • Assisting and communicating regularly with the other parish ministry chairs.
  • Seeking outreach opportunities for adults and for youth, working with Philoptochos.
  • Working with the metropolis Family Wellness Ministry to bring metropolis events and activities to the parish level.
  • Potentially planning a quarterly “Family Night” at which parents hear from a speaker about aspects of parenting and faith, while the children are taught in age-specific groups.
  • Taking an active role in engaging new (inquirer/catechumen) families and youths into the life of the parish.

3) Administrative Work & Skills Required

  • Communicating effectively through all means (newsletter, flyers, emails, texts, phone calls, social media, etc.) to ensure the maximum participation at youth events and to keep parishioners adequately informed of upcoming events.
  • Successfully using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint to complete a wide range of administrative tasks.
  • Managing the archdiocese youth safety protocols and ensuring that all adults who work with youth are up-to-date on their training and background checks.
  • Planning ahead to ensure that there are sufficient youth workers who are fully trained before a need arises.
  • Developing, managing, and submitting a Youth Ministries budget.
  • Keeping the directories of the youth and their families up to date.
  • Providing regular updates to the parish council and general assembly meetings on progress and impacts of the programs.
  • Working closely and harmoniously with the parish administrator.
  • Responding promptly to emails and phone calls.

 

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Submit Resume, Cover Letter, and any questions regarding the application process to churchoffice@stjohngoc.org. The church website is: https://stjohngoc.org/

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St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

Address

14485 Walker Rd Beaverton, OR 97006

Website

stjohngoc.org

Email

churchoffice@stjohngoc.org

Phone

(503)- 644-7444

Posted on: June 09, 2022