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Minister of Children, Youth, and Families

published 6/17/2020

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis is seeking an individual who is personally invested in expansive Christian faith to provide vision and coordination of ministry to children and youth (ages 0-18) as well as their families. This person innovates, effectively copes with change and uncertainty, practices integrity and transparent communication, is organized, is a team player, enjoys working hard, and makes connections in the congregation to serve CYF in a variety of roles. We are seeking a lay minister but could also consider ordained clergy.

In our welcoming and socially conscious environment, this broad-minded person will help children and youth to fulfill our baptismal covenant, which includes seeking and serving Christ in all persons and striving for justice and peace among all people. This minister will develop all programs to support and encourage relationships and growth for CYF in their faith and will be a strong advocate for youth.


Essential Functions:

  • Work with staff and families to develop programs and curriculum sequence that aligns with St. John’s mission, the Way of Love, and Episcopal emphasis on scripture, tradition and reason. Evaluate success, failures, and relevance of programming and adjust accordingly
  • Cultivate authentic relationships with children, teens, parents and volunteers; foster intergenerational relationships within the congregation
  • Recruit, develop, train, manage and appreciate adult volunteers
  • Design, organize, implement and participate in events, service projects, retreats, and pilgrimage; work from a team-approach with other staff
  • Recruit, train, schedule and supervise nursery caregivers
  • Help parents and guardians inspire spiritual curiosity and interest in their children, and to practice faith at home as families
  • Establish an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment
  • Provide pastoral support to teens and families
  • Teach about connections between faith and justice issues, especially addressing racism and our impact on the environment
  • Communicate about and promote all CYF activities and programs to children & youth, their families, staff, and the entire congregation via email, e-newsletters, bulletin boards, church website, social media, etc.
  • Teach and adhere strictly to all Safe Church practices and policies in all aspects of ministry

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate in regular one-on-one meetings with rector as well as staff meetings
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other staff
  • Manage CYF budget and finances
  • Participate in Episcopal Church in Minnesota CYF Network and empower St. John’s members to do the same
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities
  • Be a present and engaged participant in standing church programs and worship services, and other duties as assigned​

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three to five years of related experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • Professional training in Christian Education and/or Youth Ministry desired
  • Embrace the mission of St. John’s and the Way of Love
  • Familiar and comfortable with Episcopal theology
  • Able to use technology and online platforms innovatively
  • Passion for engaging and nurturing children, teens and families
  • Flexibility in hours and scheduling
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check
  • Have valid driver’s license and ability to drive
  • Familiar with and willing to adhere to Episcopal Church Safe Church policies and guidelines
Core Competencies:
  • STRATEGIC DISCIPLESHIP:  Tends to a rich personal spiritual life that includes discipleship to Jesus’ Way of Love; uses this experience along with professional competence to cultivate similar discipleship in children, youth and their families through all programs, events and other ministry. Aligns these efforts with St. John’s direction and focus, which includes both personal and social / systemic transformation.
  • TEAM-ORIENTED INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:  Works collaboratively as a team in all relationships with volunteers, staff, clergy, and families. Focuses on affirming and working with peoples’ gifts. Invites and responds with maturity and grace to constructive feedback.
  • PASTORAL AND RELATIONAL CARE:  Conveys warmth, openness, approachability and availability to children, youth, families and volunteers. Demonstrates empathy and care while understanding and observing appropriate interpersonal boundaries. Conducts all ministry, particularly pastoral care, within the spirit and letter of Safe Church policies and guidelines.
  • EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: Communicates clearly, respectfully and promptly with members and staff; adapts communication mediums to match generational preferences and changing economic, cultural and societal landscape.
  • COMPETENT ADMINISTRATION: Appropriately plans, organizes, administers and communicates the complex interplay of all children & youth programs in a way that provides sufficient notice to staff, families, church and ECMN.
  • FAITHFUL INNOVATION: Works with the leadership of St. John’s to prayerfully experiment, reflect, adapt and learn about the changes needed to CYF ministry in a rapidly changing cultural environment. Discerns what is most valuable about our faith and how to express it in today’s world.

Compensation includes salary DOE, funds for continuing education, vacation and health benefits.

Application Info:

This is a part-time position of 25-30 hours per week. We intend to increase to 40 hours per week—which the position was before the COVID-19 pandemic—as soon as we responsibly can. Compensation includes salary DOE, funds for continuing education, vacation and health benefits.

Send your resume and cover letter to the Search Team at by July 20, 2020.

July 20, 2020

Position Type:
This is a part-time position of 25-30 hours per week.

Contact: Rachel Svihel

Address: St. John’s Episcopal Church. 4201 Sheridan Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Phone: 612-922-0396



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