Fergus, Ontario , N1M 1J4
We are looking for a person to join our staff team who is committed to helping young people both inside the church and outside the church meet Jesus and grow in their following of Him. There are significant opportunities to connect with young people in this growing and evolving community.
The congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (“St. Andy’s”) of Fergus is a friendly and inviting church family, moderately conservative but loving Jesus and therefore serving our living God. It is a mix of seniors and young families who participate in both traditional and contemporary worship. In pre-COVID times a combined average of 225 people attended the two Sunday worship services, the on-line viewership during COVID-19 has held at about that number.
Worship takes place inside the Gothic-revival church that was built in 1860 and sits atop the Tower Street hill overlooking town. An extension was added in the 1990s which houses the offices, a gym and fully equipped kitchen to support administration and recreational activities.
There is active involvement in a ministry for Haitian schools, various small bible study groups, Sunday School programming for children with 4-5 teachers and Women’s Auxiliary groups. Historically, St. Andy’s has sent Youth and adults on Mission-Work trips to Nicaragua, and sponsored Refugee families in our community.
The town of Fergus is a vibrant community that partners with its sister-town Elora, being part of one municipality known as Centre Wellington. Fergus is known for its strong Scottish heritage and much effort goes into annually hosting the International Scottish Festival every summer. The Grand River flows through the town centre, offering pretty views and attracting anglers and kayakers from all around, while old-world charm is reflected in the historical stone houses and buildings. Centre Wellington is approximately 30,000 citizens and rapidly growing and evolving. The close proximity to Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph has leant the town to being home to commuting residents, while opportunity presents itself as the local economy is based on agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. There is a new hospital, both a public and Christian high school, and 5 elementary schools serving the community. As with many rural areas, Fergus is currently seeing a large influx of people settling from GTA, and the town population is expected to be 45,000 in another 5 years.
Youth Ministry Objectives
- Lead youth toward a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
- Nurture youth into becoming bold disciples of Christ.
- Build Youth into strong spiritual leaders to their peers.
- Give young people the tools to daily live for Christ.
- Integrate Youth into the main body of the Church.
- Reach out to the youth of our community.
Junior & Senior High Youth Ministry
- Organize a weekly Junior & Senior High Youth program that strives toward our Youth Ministry Objectives,
- Conduct 1-on-1 mentoring ministry with Youth. (Both for youth in the church and in the community.)
- Participate in denominational and interdenominational events, retreats, camps, etc. when appropriate.
- Maintain a good working relationship with the youth pastors and youth ministries in other congregations in Center Wellington.
- Oversee, recruit and train volunteers to help with the programs.
- Maintain good communication with parents and youth.
Senior Youth Discipleship Program
- Establish a separate discipleship program for committed older Youth.
Youth Mission Trips
- Organize and lead youth mission trips as the Trip Coordinator under the Guidance of our Youth Mission Trip Policy and Mission Team Committee.
Young Adults (Post-Secondary)
- Seek ways to develop a young adult discipleship ministry.
- Lead families toward a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
- Build relationships with parents in the congregation.
- Help Church Family Life Committee imagine activities for families in the church.
- Offer parenting programs through speakers, video, etc.
- Support VBS and Sports Camp programs
Involvement in Sunday Worship
- Help to lead worship, prayers, children's story, etc. for the Sunday Services.
Resources for the Youth Pastor
- An office will be provided at the church, including phone, computer, and Internet access.
- The Youth Pastor will have keys to the Church.
- There is a Youth Budget to cover costs of the Youth programs.
- Weekly oversight of the Youth Pastor will be provided by Senior Pastor of the church.
- Youth Pastor will meet with the Senior Pastor each week to discuss programs, strategy, pastoral issues, spiritual growth, prayer concerns, etc.
- Youth Pastor will report to the Discipleship Committee regarding Youth Program plans.
- The Youth Pastor's position & job description will undergo a development review in December and June of each year.
- The Youth Pastor shall comply with all aspects of the Presbyterian Church's Leading with Care Policy (policy regarding the protection of the young and the vulnerable).
- Pastoral issues arising in the course of the Youth Pastor's ministry will be handled with the help of the Senior Pastor when appropriate
- A passionate follower of Jesus Christ
- Longs to live a life that gives glory to God
- Celebrates the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives
- Believes in the Bible as the Word of God
Education and training
- Have a post-secondary degree or diploma
- Some courses in theology preferred
- A working knowledge of the Bible and how it applies to life
- Demonstrated understanding of youth culture
- Demonstrated understanding of the social, mental and spiritual needs of youth
- Demonstrated ability to connect with youth both inside and outside the church
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- Comfort with using social media and virtual technology
- Can tell the story of their following Jesus
- Have led a youth group for at least 1 year
- Have experience mentoring youth in their following of God
- Comfortable working in a Presbyterian congregation
- Able to work with other churches
- This is a full-time position.
- Remuneration commensurate with experience.
- Health and Dental Insurance provided.
To inquire about the position or to apply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call St. Andrew’s Church at 519-843-3565.
We will begin reviewing applications in the week of August 1, 2021 and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.
Posted Under: Pastoral - Youth/Youth Worker
Career ID: [ 9158 ]