Director of Youth Ministry & Religious Education Grades 6-10
COMPANY: St. Matthew-St. Gregory the Great Parish
LOCATION: Bristol, CT

DESCRIPTION

The Director of Youth Ministry & Religious Education Grades 6-10, in conjunction with the entire parish community, is responsible for inviting young people into the mission of God by recognizing their gifts and voices as vital to that mission. The youth minister is responsible for helping adolescents develop their sense of identity, belonging, and purpose as a child of God. In partnership with parish and families, the youth minister will help create an environment where adolescents can experience abundant life in Jesus.

Position Details:
Job Title: Director of Youth Ministry & Religious Education Grades 6-10
Pastor and Principal: Fr. Dietrich, Pastor and Dr. Liz Plasky, Principal
Name/Title of who the role reports to: Fr. Dietrich, Pastor
Hours a Week: 35
Required Number of Days Onsite: 4-5 days/week

Essential Functions of the Job:

Offers a ministry of presence in the Parish and School community through attending events and engaging with others
Oversees the Confirmation Program for students in Grades 9 and 10 and Religious Education for Students in Grades 6-8
Plans a dynamic Religious Education program and curriculum for Students in Grades 6-10 that engages students in a balance of evangelization, catechesis, and discipleship
Intentionally selects a team of joyful volunteers who have a deep love for Jesus and His Church, authentically live their faith, model virtue, engage students in relational ministry, create space for young people to ask questions, and share the beauty, truth, and goodness of our Catholic faith
Works to empower Youth Ministry volunteers, Religious Education volunteers, and all faith companions of adolescents through ongoing formation, resources, and trainings
Continues weekly Middle School Youth Ministry gatherings, establishes frequent High School Youth Ministry gatherings, and creates opportunities for Family Ministry.
Welcomes and invites young people and their families into the Sacramental life of the Church through organizing a monthly 5pm Teen Mass, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

Secondary Duties of the Job:

Builds developmental relationships with young people through expressing care, collaborating, providing support and challenging their growth
Collaborates with parish leaders to create a meaningful and intentional intergenerational culture of which youth are an integral part
Fosters peer relationships among youth through faith forming environments
Serves as an advocate and link for young people to the parish staff and faith community
Provides opportunities for students to engage in service experiences, retreats, conferences, and Catholic summer camps.
Maintains Parish Social Media and Announcements on the Websites
Attends Archdiocesan trainings and workshops and other professional development opportunities

Other Key Competencies (Role Information outside of Essential and Secondary Duties):

Openness and docility to the Holy Spirit
Commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church
Passion for spending time with and advocating for young people
Understanding of adolescent development
Effective communication skills
Ability and desire to innovate
Strong digital skills and ability to navigate social media platforms
Team building and empowerment
Project management and organization

Requirements:
Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in related field
Prior experience:
Experience working with youth
Licenses & Certifications:
Youth Ministry Certification Preferred (Parish will provide this training if necessary)
Specialized training in:
Evangelization, Catechesis, Discipleship, Accompaniment, and Relational Ministry

ABOUT PARISH/ SCHOOL/ ORGANIZATION

We have a wonderful Pastor and Principal, and there is a beautiful opportunity to serve here. We have a new Adoration Chapel set to be dedicated in September 2024, a Parish Center at St. Matthew Church with a Chapel with room for meetings and retreats, a CCD Center at St. Gregory Church with a hall and classrooms available for Religious Education and other events, St. Matthew School, and two Church buildings. Youth Ministry began here in 2018, and we have since implemented Edge Youth Ministry, the Steubenville Conference in the summer, relational ministry and activities at the school, modified Edge and Purpose for Religious Education for Grades 6-10, and family engagement. Many seeds have been planted, and the ministry is ready for the next mission-minded person. To learn more or to speak with the former Youth Minister, email Amanda at Youthministry@stmatthewrcc.com.

Here are our websites:
https://stmatthewrcc.com/
https://stgregoryrcc.com/
https://smsct.org/

HOW TO APPLY

If interested in applying, please send a letter of interest and resume to Fr. Dietrich at Pastor@stmatthewrcc.com.

DESCRIPTION

The Director of Youth Ministry & Religious Education Grades 6-10, in conjunction with the entire parish community, is responsible for inviting young people into the mission of God by recognizing their gifts and voices as vital to that mission. The youth minister is responsible for helping adolescents develop their sense of identity, belonging, and purpose as a child of God. In partnership with parish and families, the youth minister will help create an environment where adolescents can experience abundant life in Jesus.

Position Details:
Job Title: Director of Youth Ministry & Religious Education Grades 6-10
Pastor and Principal: Fr. Dietrich, Pastor and Dr. Liz Plasky, Principal
Name/Title of who the role reports to: Fr. Dietrich, Pastor
Hours a Week: 35
Required Number of Days Onsite: 4-5 days/week

Essential Functions of the Job:

Offers a ministry of presence in the Parish and School community through attending events and engaging with others
Oversees the Confirmation Program for students in Grades 9 and 10 and Religious Education for Students in Grades 6-8
Plans a dynamic Religious Education program and curriculum for Students in Grades 6-10 that engages students in a balance of evangelization, catechesis, and discipleship
Intentionally selects a team of joyful volunteers who have a deep love for Jesus and His Church, authentically live their faith, model virtue, engage students in relational ministry, create space for young people to ask questions, and share the beauty, truth, and goodness of our Catholic faith
Works to empower Youth Ministry volunteers, Religious Education volunteers, and all faith companions of adolescents through ongoing formation, resources, and trainings
Continues weekly Middle School Youth Ministry gatherings, establishes frequent High School Youth Ministry gatherings, and creates opportunities for Family Ministry.
Welcomes and invites young people and their families into the Sacramental life of the Church through organizing a monthly 5pm Teen Mass, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

Secondary Duties of the Job:

Builds developmental relationships with young people through expressing care, collaborating, providing support and challenging their growth
Collaborates with parish leaders to create a meaningful and intentional intergenerational culture of which youth are an integral part
Fosters peer relationships among youth through faith forming environments
Serves as an advocate and link for young people to the parish staff and faith community
Provides opportunities for students to engage in service experiences, retreats, conferences, and Catholic summer camps.
Maintains Parish Social Media and Announcements on the Websites
Attends Archdiocesan trainings and workshops and other professional development opportunities

Other Key Competencies (Role Information outside of Essential and Secondary Duties):

Openness and docility to the Holy Spirit
Commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church
Passion for spending time with and advocating for young people
Understanding of adolescent development
Effective communication skills
Ability and desire to innovate
Strong digital skills and ability to navigate social media platforms
Team building and empowerment
Project management and organization

Requirements:
Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in related field
Prior experience:
Experience working with youth
Licenses & Certifications:
Youth Ministry Certification Preferred (Parish will provide this training if necessary)
Specialized training in:
Evangelization, Catechesis, Discipleship, Accompaniment, and Relational Ministry

ABOUT PARISH / SCHOOL / ORGANIZATION

We have a wonderful Pastor and Principal, and there is a beautiful opportunity to serve here. We have a new Adoration Chapel set to be dedicated in September 2024, a Parish Center at St. Matthew Church with a Chapel with room for meetings and retreats, a CCD Center at St. Gregory Church with a hall and classrooms available for Religious Education and other events, St. Matthew School, and two Church buildings. Youth Ministry began here in 2018, and we have since implemented Edge Youth Ministry, the Steubenville Conference in the summer, relational ministry and activities at the school, modified Edge and Purpose for Religious Education for Grades 6-10, and family engagement. Many seeds have been planted, and the ministry is ready for the next mission-minded person. To learn more or to speak with the former Youth Minister, email Amanda at Youthministry@stmatthewrcc.com.

Here are our websites:
https://stmatthewrcc.com/
https://stgregoryrcc.com/
https://smsct.org/

HOW TO APPLY

If interested in applying, please send a letter of interest and resume to Fr. Dietrich at Pastor@stmatthewrcc.com.

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