Youth Director Job Description
The Director of Youth Ministry provides vision and coordination for the parish’s efforts in ministry to young people from 9th through 12th grades. This includes high school weekly or bi-weekly gatherings, monthly activities, catechesis and Confirmation. The director of youth ministry also works closely with the coordinator of middle school ministry and with the entire religious education staff as part of the religious formation team.
The Director is a member of the parish staff who reports directly to the pastor.
Parish staff member
Attend regular staff meetings
Participate in staff planning
Communicate to staff about youth ministry activities
Seek staff input in planning youth ministry activities
Be a resource person to parish staff on issues related to youth and youth ministry
Serve as the liaison with the pastor, parish staff and the parish council.
Parish Youth Ministry – the parish youth ministry program integrates adolescent catechesis into a comprehensive ministry to, with, by and for young people. The DYM will be responsible to:
Facilitate the Youth Leadership Team, which is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive youth ministry program;
Serve on the Youth Ministry Commission, which is an oversight group providing vision, direction, support, and advocacy for the parish ministry with youth;
Coordinate the recruitment, training, supporting, and evaluating of volunteers in the youth ministry program;
Develop a systematic and intentional plan for adolescent catechesis that utilizes a creative variety of formats, settings, and timeframes;
Provide resources (print, video, archdiocesan events) for effective programming,
Provide appropriate training for the adults and young people in leadership positions:
Collaborate on the administration of Faith Formation for middle and high school students and the Confirmation program;
Foster the involvement of young people in the life of the parish, including serving on various parish committees and being involved in parish activities;
Coordinate the outreach to and evangelization of all young people in the parish;
Provide appropriate services and programs for parents of adolescents; Advocate for a comprehensive vision of youth ministry, based on the1997 USCCB document, “Renewing The Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry”:
Serve as the liaison with the (arch)diocesan office of youth ministry and their programs, services and resources;
Participate in the (arch)diocesan association of professional youth ministers and in any local youth ministers association.
Pastor – immediate supervisor
Parish Staff – close cooperation and communication and seek staff involvement and input when appropriate
Parish Council – attend regular meetings and provide a youth ministry report
Parish Committees – communicate and collaborate with appropriate committees, i.e., liturgy, social justice, religious education, etc.
Youth Ministry Commission – close support and involvement
Parents and Parishioners – regular communication and seek input as appropriate
Arch)diocesan Offices – regular communications, adherence to (arch)diocesan policies, participation in (arch)diocesan professional organizations ((arch)diocesan association of professional youth ministers)
Goals: Youth ministry is based on the USCCB document, Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. The goals of youth ministry are to:
Call young people to be disciples of Jesus Christ;
Draw young people into the life, work, and mission of the faith community;
Foster the total personal and spiritual growth of young people
Objectives: Specifically, youth ministry has the following objectives:
To enable young people to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ,
To connect young people with the life of the parish community and to make them
more visible in parish life,
To enable young people to know and understand the teachings, traditions and
practices of the Catholic Church, deepening their Catholic identity and to empower them to work for justice
To connect young people with caring, believing adult role models,
To provide young people with service opportunities,
To provide a safe environment and a place where young people share and grow
together in faith, learning more about being Catholic,
To develop an intentional outreach to uninvolved and unchurched youth,
To involve young people in prayer and worship,
To enable our young people to become happy, health and holy adults.