Missionary for Youth and Young Adult Ministries – Episcopal Information Service


About the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and St. Paul’s Cathedral Church
Located on Boston Common in Downtown Crossing, the Diocesan Offices and the Cathedral Church are the hub of the vibrant Episcopal Church community in eastern Massachusetts. The diocese serves as a grantor and administrator for multiple direct and field service programs, supporting local efforts in more than 175 congregations.

In our new diocesan mission strategy, we reaffirm in these tumultuous times that “As people of hope, we come together to find the way forward”. We see ourselves as disciples of Jesus, seekers of righteousness, and protectors of creation. We know that to be successful we will need to further harness the unique brand of enthusiasm, honesty and energy of our youth and young adults.

The missionary for youth and young adult ministries is responsible for encouraging, applauding and challenging the church to embrace creative and robust ministry both for and with youth and young adults, both in our worship communities and in the life of the diocese as a whole.

To do this, the Missionary for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, reporting to Bishop Suffragan,

  • Provide direct service to young people (through the Diocesan Youth Council and other activities)
  • Provide professional development and networking opportunities for youth workers (through training events and ongoing communication)
  • Nurture visible young adult leadership through the support of the Young Adult Advisory Committee and the Young Adult Network
  • Foster connections between young adults and those who care for them in the diocese in congregations and other settings, including college chaplaincies and the Life Together residential scholarship program, and encourage partnerships and collaboration between these ministries
  • Look for innovative ways to integrate young people and youth ministry in all areas of the life of the congregation and the diocese
  • Oversee the administrative and surveillance activities of the office
  • Perform other assigned and mutually agreed upon tasks

In all of this work, the missionary must work intentionally to dismantle racism within the church, to work in a way that challenges the culture of white supremacy, and to recruit, uplift, and support POC leaders and communities.

Work plan / Details to accomplish these responsibilities:

Reporting to Bishop Suffragan, the missionary for youth and young adult ministries:

Offer a direct service to young people

  • Recruit, select, support and manage the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC)
  • Recruit, select, support and manage other diocesan groups, such as the Las Fronteras Pilgrimage Group, according to needs and opportunities
  • Plan and organize annual weekend retreats and pre-confirmation retreats at the Barbara C. Harris Diocesan Camp and Conference Center (BCHCC), in partnership with DYC
  • Promote, plan and organize the participation of young diocesans in denominational-wide opportunities such as the Triennial Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), the official presence of young people at the general convention of the Episcopal Church and of ‘others offered by the Episcopal Church.
  • Plan and organize half-day and full-day youth events throughout the diocese, opportunities for young people from several congregations to meet and collaborate in the name of Christ
  • Serve as an advisor and resource to the BCH Camp Director and Summer Chaplain in their efforts to recruit visiting chaplains for the summer; develop the summer faith training theme and Bible studies program and plan worship life for the camp at BCHCC; sit on the board of directors of BCHCC, attend board meetings and participate in board committees as available
  • Provide professional development and networking opportunities for youth workers
  • Plan and organize periodic training and networking opportunities for youth leaders in the church, serving both paid and volunteer youth leaders, lay and ordained
  • Serve as a resource to congregations across the diocese on youth ministry and youth spiritual training by responding to inquiries, organizing and attending meetings, conducting parish visits and other activities
  • Nurture visible young adult leadership through the support of the Young Adult Advisory Committee and the Young Adult Network
  • Support the leadership of the Young Adult Advisory Committee in the programming, planning and management of bi-monthly committee meetings
  • Support the work of committee working groups and subcommittees and help ensure maximum coordination between committee activities
  • Work with committee leadership and bishops to recruit and orient new committee members as requested in their terms of reference
  • In partnership with the Missionary for Networking and Training, support the culture and mobilization of the Young Adult Network, fostering leadership within the network and providing support to cultivate, nurture and develop emerging leaders
  • To foster bonds between young adults and those who care for them in the diocese in congregations and in other contexts, including college chaplaincies and Life Together, and to encourage partnerships and collaboration between these ministries
  • Convene episcopal chaplains working in various contexts for periodic meetings with the aim of enhancing opportunities for mutual support, ministerial collaborations and seeking opportunities for activities on campus to engage with young adults off campus, as well that, if applicable
  • Meet regularly with Life Together staff and, where appropriate, with fellows to seek ways to engage this community with other young adult communities, and vice versa
  • Maintain constant contact with the regional canons of the diocese who are involved in the creation of new campuses and young adult ministries in their regions to support these efforts and to align them with the overall diocesan efforts (such as emerging possibilities with UMass / Dartmouth, St Peter’s, Dartmouth and Grace, New Bedford)
  • Support the Young Adult Advisory Committee to review the larger map of ministries and opportunities across the diocese and ensure committee members continue to include representatives from Life Together, campus ministries and others key efforts of young adult ministry
  • Seek innovative ways to integrate young people and the ministry of youth and young adults in all areas of the life of the congregation and diocese
  • Seek, develop and maintain partnerships with working groups, commissions, committees and other diocesan working groups to ensure wide participation of young people in the life of the diocese
  • Maintain and coordinate communications on Youth and Young Adult Ministry activities, opportunities and resources through the Diocese Youth Ministry website (diomassyouth.org) and the Diocese website (diomass.org/young- adult-ministries), FYI, eNews and other means of communication
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends, promising practices and national opinion leaders in the field of youth ministry, campus ministry and young adult ministry, and share this information as useful and appropriate
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with a wide range of people across the diocese to ensure that the activities of the office are effective and useful
  • Participate in meetings, debates and activities of diocesan staff, seeking opportunities to collaborate with other areas of ministry for the benefit of youth and young adults, our congregations and church life in general
  • Oversee the administrative and surveillance activities of the office
  • Oversee the office’s annual budget and process payment of expenses incurred on behalf of the office as well as service charges and other income
  • Supervise all staff, volunteers, contractors and interns assigned to youth ministry
  • Support and advise the general manager of Vivre ensemble
  • Supervise the chaplains of the colleges who are on the diocesan pay
  • Work closely with the Canon for Ordained Vocations whose role is to liaise staff with the Young Adult Ministries and Campus Subcommittee of the Mission Initiatives Committee of the Diocesan Council, helping to align their working with the overall coordinated strategy of young adult ministries

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of leadership and management of youth and young adult programs or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of the Episcopal Church or similar tradition highly desirable
  • Excellent leadership, management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills required, with sensitivity and confidentiality
  • Highly motivated and able to work collaboratively
  • Available to attend evening meetings, weekend events and occasional travel
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow people with different abilities to perform essential job functions


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