Associate Pastor for Youth and Community – First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck – West Windsor, NJ
Rationale for the Position
Dutch Neck has discerned a need to step out of the old mold and envision something new. Our vision of this new youth and community ministry, therefore, may best be described by the following adjectives: Youth-driven, connectional, outward-looking, intergenerational, and flexible.
First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck seeks a part-time stated supply Associate Pastor for Youth and Community Ministry. This is a minimum half-time 25-hour-per-week position, with the possibility of slightly increased hours (and pay) to:
Build relationships with and among our youth and young members (up to c. age 20) and build bridges to youth in the community at large
Empower our youth and young members to participate in the life of the church in ways meaningful to them. Explore new means of faith formation by, e.g., innovative forms of communal worship, service and mission work in the community, and “radical hospitality” by the church itself.
Create safe spaces for young people’s questions and concerns about faith and the church.
Use new communications platforms to develop, e.g., new educational experiences, new mission and service activities.
Provide pastoral care to our young members and to youth in the community.
Connect with the congregation’s young members both one-on-one and in groups, to get to know them, their concerns and aspirations, and build personal relationships.
Provide a safe and stimulating environment for youth and young members, their friends, and their parents, to ask questions and discuss issues of faith and life pertinent to their lives right now.
Support youth-driven activities of all kinds and act as their advocate by connecting them with the relevant human and financial resources in the church, e.g., committees, staff members, and individuals, who can partner with them to realize their ideas about participation and ministry.
Get to know well the surrounding community in order to connect our youth with other youth and young adult groups, especially in neighboring Christian churches and Jewish and Muslim congregations, and make fruitful connections with service-based community organizations (e.g., La Convivencia, Youth Charity Organization)
Use social media creatively as platforms to connect our youth to one another and to the community, gather issues and concerns, and to conduct educational and mission activities
Co-ordinate with the pastor, worship service team, and choir directors to engage youth and young members in the church’s regular Sunday morning and special worship services, and to explore and develop distinctly new forms of worship for youth and young members.
Assist occasionally in leading regular worship, including preaching.
Be prepared occasionally to teach young children’s Sunday School; assist in the recruitment and scheduling of Sunday School teachers; and advise on appropriate curricula.
Be prepared to teach and lead teens through the PC(USA) Confirmation process, if and when sufficient numbers are present.
Duty Time and Reporting
Time commitment is a minimum of 25 hours per week (50% for ordained clergy); depending on the person and circumstances this could rise to 30 or so hours per week (c. 60% time).
This position reports to the Pastor/Head of Staff and is reviewed annually by the chair/co-chairs of the Christian Education and Personnel and Administration Committees of Session.
Ordained, or ordainable, person in the PC(USA) or a communicating Reformed denomination.
Disposition for and eagerness to conduct ministry that is not confined to church buildings or Sundays.
A self-starter; able to discern and act on new ministry initiatives independently.
Excellent networker, “connector,” and bridge-builder.
Demonstrated experience working with youth, young adults, children, or young families (in that order).
Able to work collaboratively with open-minded and supportive church leadership.
Able to work with people from diverse faith traditions (or no faith tradition) and from diverse national, cultural, racial and personal backgrounds
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Adept and responsible user of social media tools, including WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram.
Knowledge of the surrounding area—West Windsor, Plainsboro, Robbinsville.
Inquiries may be directed or PIFS and resumes sent