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Director of Youth Ministry (part-time), First Congregational Church of Berkeley (UCC), CA

Director of Youth Ministry (part-time, 12 hrs/wk, for 10 months per year)

Director of Youth Ministry position overview: We are seeking a thoughtful, curious, collaborative, empathetic, creative, prayerful, energetic, unconditionally supportive and enthusiastic Director of Youth Ministry to join our vibrant, queer-friendly and deeply progressive Christian community and professional staff team.

Church Community overview:

We are theologically diverse people who have been brought up in Christian traditions, other faith traditions or no traditions at all. We are families of different shapes and sizes. We are people of different races, including multi-racial families. We are people of different ages and styles of life. We like to think and exchange ideas and opinions. We are free to wrestle theologically. We respect other faith traditions, and many of our families are interfaith. We take care of each other.

Director of Youth Ministry responsibilities:

  • mentoring middle and high school aged youth
  • fostering the spiritual formation of middle and high school aged youth
  • building community for youth and lay youth advisors to grow in spirit, self- awareness, love of God, appreciation for all people, and nonviolent communication
  • designing, leading and attending weekly youth group programs, scaffolding activities for different learning modalities and preferences, and diversifying every program for different interests
  • organizing and leading service projects and special events, including lock-ins, field trips, fundraisers, denominational youth events and our annual week-long work camp in June
  • communicating regularly with youth, lay youth leaders, and parents through texts, calls and emails, and a weekly digital newsletter
  • marketing youth events to the wider church community through monthly newsletter articles, announcements during Sunday worship, posts on social media and the church website, etc.
  • recruiting, training and supporting the leadership development of lay adult youth advisors
  • working collaboratively with youth to design one youth-led worship service each year
  • taking an active interest in participating youths’ lives inside and outside of church
  • attending Sunday Morning worship and other church events and engaging youth in making meaning from spiritual traditions, intergenerational community and community service
  • attending staff meetings and retreats and collaborating with church staff on programs, worship themes, social justice projects and evangelism initiatives
  • praying for our youth, our parents, our lay youth advisors, our community and our world.

Core competencies:

  •  A love of youth, with a commitment to their spiritual growth and well-being
  •  Demonstrated experience designing and leading fun, engaging, meaningful and community-building youth programs that grow over time
  •  Ability to serve as a positive role model for youth; mature and emotionally secure
  •  Proven ability to develop authentic and appropriate relationships with youth and parents and lay youth leaders representing a wide variety of identities (racial, ethnic, economic, sexual orientation and gender identity, family structure) through deep listening, nonviolent communication skills, openness to new ideas, regular solicitation of feedback and collaboration, and a plethora of outreach
  •  Ability and willingness to talk openly about one’s own faith
  •  Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter, with strong follow-through
  •  Superior communication skills and the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with professional pastoral staff, lay youth leaders, parents and youth
  •  Proven organizational skills and ability to be a creative problem solver
  •  Intermediate MS Office skills
  •  Successful completion of a background check

Reports to: Director of Family, Youth and Children’s Programs

Works collaboratively with: Pastoral and program staff (including communications staff, lay church leaders, committee leaders), lay youth leaders, parents and youth, and all relevant church committees, including the Family Children and Youth Ministry and the Outreach, Mission and Service Ministry

Hours: 12 hours/week, including Sunday morning 10a.m. worship, evening and weekend youth events, and occasional Staff meetings (Tuesdays 1-2:30pm, at least 1x/month) and Worship Planning meetings when appropriate (Tuesdays 10:30am – 12pm).

Start date: August, 2019

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

We are a progressive faith community and an Open & Affirming congregation and strongly encourage people of color and people who identify as LGBTQ+ to apply. Learn more about us at

Draft Church Vision Statement (to be voted on Spring 2019):

We are a community that values radical inclusion and artful worship, where belonging is more important than belief. We are a restorative sanctuary for the suffering and weary, a space for creative and contemplative ritual, and a hub for transformative moral action on the justice issues of our day.

 Guided by these values, God calls us to:

Grow in intimacy as the marvelous, motley Body of Christ.
Provide a diversity of distinctly Christian, creative and liberating worship forms to nourish the spiritual lives of the current community and reach new seekers.
Address the Bay Area’s most urgent human need by ending homelessness in Alameda County

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
United Church of Christ
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-3696