St. John’s Episcopal Church 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.
St. John’s is a part of the Beloved Community of God’s people across time and space. Our mission statement captures our primary values: We celebrate the gift of Christian community and welcome all, without distinction, to share the joy and pain of life’s passages. We commit ourselves to personal and spiritual maturity, both traditional and innovative worship, the healthy nurturing of children, and reaching out, beyond the Church, seeking Christ in all persons.
We are a community exploring Jesus’ Way of Love, which centers on spiritual practice, going deeper in our faith, and expressing that faith in love of our neighbors. Children & youth are a vibrant and essential part of our community and ministry. We are seeking to reflect the beautiful diversity of the realm of God, and encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply.
Children’s weekly prayer during Interim Transition:
God who loves us,
Thank you for being with us during this change.
Help the Transition Task Force figure out what you want for children’s and youth ministry.
Help the Search Team know who is a good fit to be our new minister.
We pray for that person right now… (pause for silent prayers).
Show us and the whole church how good you are to us.
The Transition Task Force (TTF) started in February with Amy McGrew, of InterServe Ministries, facilitating the process with Heidi Weaver as co-chair. Members include Diane Erdmann, Leah Guy, Kathryn Olson, Kari Rusch-Curl, and Mark Slade. This team is in the midst of doing a lot of assessment work and need your involvement and participation this month.
The Transition Task Force has been working to identify what we are looking for in this position by reviewing our history, engaging our members to learn their hopes, and aligning this information with our commitment to the healthy nurturing of children, personal and spiritual maturity, and helping children & youth experience Jesus’ Way of Love. In April, the TTF will complete their research and analysis with a staffing proposal including a list of core competencies and skills needed.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Congregational Listening and Learning Event on March 1 and participated in the Congregational and Youth Surveys. Quick overview of Survey Results here. Detailed Survey Results here.
The Search Team launched in April. They have determined the search process, timeline and interview questions and posted the position. They will review the applications and select top candidates to interview. Conduct interviews. Identify a top candidate or candidates to recommend to Lisa. This process will be led by a Search Team which includes our Rector, Lisa Wiens Heinson, Transition Task Force co-chair and Personnel Committee member Heidi Weaver and another TTF member, as well as other members of St. John’s, including a youth, with assistance from Amy McGrew.
Many thanks to Amy McGrew who is serving as our Interim Minister for Children, Youth and Families. Amy is an associate at InterServe Ministries, an organization whose role is to serve alongside congregations as they experience times of transition and change in their children’s and youth ministry leadership staff. Amy is responsible for the maintenance of our robust children’s and youth programming, so that it continues uninterrupted during our search. Second, she is here to help the church in its transition—to discern, evaluate, and strategize for the future of the children’s and youth ministry program, including the search process for a new Minister for Children, Youth and Families.
If you have questions about this ministry or the search process, please contact Amy at email@example.com.