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Children’s and Youth Director

Reports to: Lead Pastor
Status:Permanent Part-time (20 – 30 hours per week), as determined by Lead Pastor.

Measurable Criteria:
 Agreement with NLCC’s vision, goals, and statement of faith.
 Committed to Kingdom-Building through new conversions.
 Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from four-year college or  university (Bible college or Seminary desired)
 At least three years of verifiable leadership experience in youth and/or family ministry.
 Experience recruiting, training and managing volunteers.

Observable Qualifications:
 A strong walk with God through a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
 Displays mature spiritual leadership within the immediate family.
 Qualified in accordance with New Testament requisites.
 Teachable, with a desire to grow in faith and abilities.
 Highly motivated-Self Starter who works well within assigned parameters.
 Has a passion for children, youth, and families.
 Understands contemporary youth and family culture.
 Strong verbal and written communication skills.
 A good role model.
 Entrepreneurial team player with effective relational skills (works well with others).


Establish a vision for the development of a Christ-centered children ’s and youth ministry, that is consistent with the vision of NLCC.
 Develop a strategic plan to establish and grow a healthy ministry program for    children (infant to 5th grade), and youth (6th grade to 12th grade), and assume responsibility for the effective execution of the plan.
 Create a Biblical purpose statement for ministry, based upon the foundation of NLCC’s vision and mission statements, and the core values of Learning, Loving      and Living (see Church Launch Proposal).
 Responsible for casting the vision and developing ownership in the vision by all volunteers, staff, students and parents.
 Pray daily for children, parents, staff, community and the lost.
Develop and lead programs according to the vision and purpose of the ministry.
 Create outreach/service programs, activities and events (evangelism) to reach the lost and share the gospel of Jesus Christ in accordance with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
 Develop and facilitate the spiritual growth of emerging disciples from the ages of infant to 20, through programs, activities, and events; providing opportunities for worship, fellowship, service, and evangelism.
 Plan all programs, activities and events, with the specific purpose of fulfilling the Greatest Commandments (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew28:18-20).
Recruit, and train volunteers for the effective growth and development of the children’s and youth ministries.
 Every child should experience the love and care of Christ through the investment of adults in their lives.
 Manage the background check process of all volunteers to ensure compliance with all church, local, state and federal regulations.
 Meet and communicate regularly with all volunteers, staff, and parents.
 Develop and Implement a consistent and measurable training program for volunteers and staff.
Develop, staff, and manage weekly services and activities.
 Staff, and manage a nursery during Sunday services.
 Staff, and manage a toddler’s class during Sunday services.
 Staff, and manage a pre-k class during Sunday services.
 Staff, and lead a children’s worship service for grades K – 5
 Develop and maintain appropriate security measures to ensure the safety of all children.
 Staff, and manage a mid-week or weekend program for Jr. & Sr. High     Students.
 Create, staff, and manage children’s programs during small group services.

Supervise the weekly set-up and tear down of all classes and nursery locations.
 Recruit and train volunteers to set up individual areas.
 Inspect and ensure proper setup in all children areas prior to the beginning of services, and inspect and ensure proper cleaning of all areas at completion.
 Lead and pray with and for all teams each worship day.

Build and maintain relationships with both churched and un-churched kids.
 Meet regularly with all kids and families from the ages of 0 to 20.
 Actively befriend un-churched kids in the community with no strings attached.
 Seek out opportunities to “hang out” with kids on campus, at sports events, or   in the community.

Build and maintain quality relationships with community leaders and parents.
 Clearly share your vision with parents and community leaders so they     understand the purpose of the children’s and youth ministries.
 Create avenues of consistent contact with parents (regular e-newsletters, website, parent meetings, phone contact, etc.)
 Deliberately seek out the needs of parents and kids.

Network with other youth workers (Christian and secular) in the community.
 Initiate contact with other youth workers to pray for the community.
 Meet regularly with other youth workers, encouraging each other, sharing ideas and experiences.
 Program or attend area events with other youth ministers annually.
 Attend and serve on camp staff one week each summer.

Set and oversee the youth ministry budget.
 Set a budget that reflects the values in your vision and purpose, within the limits of NLCC’s financial abilities.
 Manage and report on finances monthly and as required.

Involve students in the ministry of the church as a whole, supporting and participating in the church’s vision, worship services, and activities.

Attend church staff meeting.

Provide monthly reporting to lead pastor of your goals, accomplishments, prayers and praises.

Additional duties as assigned by lead pastor.

Physical Address:
Northern Light Christian Church (NLCC)
5611 Martin Road
Duluth, MN 55811