Youth Pastor


Youth Pastor (Full Time) - Responsibilities to begin summer 2020

Youth Pastor (Full Time) - Responsibilities to begin summer 2020

First Church is a diverse worshipping congregation with people from various religious backgrounds, races, socioeconomic statuses, and genders - we celebrate being an open and welcoming place for all of God's people. Our congregation includes people from the LGBTQ community who have been harmed by the church, others who have been disenfranchised from organized religion, and people who have meaningfully been a part of a church their entire lives. Therefore, any staff person must have an appreciation for the diversity of the congregation and an inclusive theology that should be reflected not only in their personal beliefs but in the way they speak and lead a ministry. Finally, the First Church staff works as a highly motivated, collaborative team, so anyone seeking employment must be a definite "team player" able to work well with others and independently motivated.

The Youth Pastor helps First Church live out its mission to be an OPEN place for ALL to youth - ages 6th grade through 12th grade - and their families. They seek to build relationships with students and families (and between students and families) through compassionate, engaging, fun, and theologically grounding experiences. Through sharing the inclusive and free love of God as expressed in the personhood of Jesus Christ, the Youth Pastor helps our youth and families live into our priorities of practicing hospitality,
embodying diversity, doing justice, encouraging authenticity, creating an inclusive community, and embracing tough questions. The Youth Pastor is a coach, a teacher and an advocate to and for our youth and their families. They must have a deep love of God, a passion for developing young people, and a call to help youth see they belong and are loved as they are.

The Youth Pastor position requires flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. The actual number of hours required during any given week are those needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the job. It is recognized that the schedule may vary at different times of the year. The Youth Pastor will work on Sundays with a day off during the week.

The Youth Pastor reports to the Senior Pastor and Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Job Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of experience
  • Commitment to First Church's mission statement and priorities
  • Unique Talent and Skills Preferred: Independently motivated, organized, communicates
  • effectively verbally and in writing, ability to recruit, train, equip, and delegate ministry to
  • volunteers, handles administrative duties with accuracy and punctuality, relates well with
  • teens and their families, and knows how to engage others in having fun
  • Develop and maintain a program that engages a growing number of 6th -12th graders weekly.
  • Create a student ministry that leans into our priorities and is a safe space for ALL
  • students.
  • Plan and promote all events so that the targeted number of students participate.
  • The Youth Pastor should know the names of every youth and parent on the rolls.
  • Participation and oversight of quarterly contact with all students in the database.
  • Create a Student Ministry team to provide vision and implement ministry goals.
  • The Youth Pastor is visible at student events each semester during the school year, and volunteer leaders are invited to accompany them at those visits.
  • All weekly volunteers are recruited no later than one month before serving.
  • All weekly volunteers receive training before they serve and are given ongoing support.
  • The Youth Pastor meets personally with each volunteer at least once a year and checks in with them at least quarterly.
  • Documents for communication and registration are developed and distributed in a timely fashion (calendar, event/trip registration forms, background checks, etc.).
  • Safe Sanctuaries is taught twice yearly and practiced at all times and in all ways.
  • Compliance documents are updated, distributed, and adhered to by all involved parties (copyright licensing, background checks on volunteers and staff, etc.).
  • Communication through social media, newsletters, email and other means will be consistent, timely, clear, appropriate, and kept current.
  • Communication with parents takes place, both written and in-person, leaving the avenues of communication open for concerns and suggestions.
  • Students who do not typically attend worship are sought out and invited to sit with the Youth Pastor and students during the services.
  • Communication with church staff is proactive to provide ample time for support of the youth ministry priorities and programs.
  • Implement an engaging and creative small group ministry for 6th – 12th graders.
  • An exceptional and personal follow-up to all first-time visitor youth and families happens within a week of their visit.
  • Problems are evaluated in a way that honors the concerns of those who brought them. Creative solutions are implemented in a timely fashion.
  • Participation in providing pastoral care when concerns, challenges, or hospitalizations are faced by the student and his or her family.
  • Discovery weekend is planned and promoted annually for youth.
  • Minimally two summer youth trips are planned involving volunteers (one revolving around justice/service/learning and the other around fun/relational engagement).
  • An annual youth ministry budget is created, submitted, and followed.
  • Organize, train and recruit volunteers, for an enriching Confirmation experience.
  • Offer leadership in worship services as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Terms of Employment
  • A Criminal Background and Safe Sanctuary background check will be required
  • References - 2 Professional and 2 Personal
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • The probationary period will be six months
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rev. Stephanie York Arnold at

Contact: Rev. Stephanie York Arnold

Address: 518 19th Street N Birmingham AL 35203

Phone: 205-254-3186



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