Pastoral Associate for Youth Religious Formation and Ministry
St. Mary Magdalen Parish, founded in 1993, located 45 minutes northwest of Detroit in Brighton, Michigan, and comprised of just over 1,500 households seeks an individual to take up the full-time oversight of Youth Religious Formation and Ministry. This individual will work with the pastoral ministry staff and volunteer ministers to support the parish’s vision of a strong youth religious education and ministry that excites younger parishioners into learning and sharing fully in the life of the Church. The Pastoral Associate for Youth Religious Formation and Ministry will work together with other pastoral ministry staff members and volunteers to promote the comprehensive vision of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish.
Essential Ministry Components
Direct an established parish religious education program, grades K-10, for approximately 500 participants.
Recruit, train, and supervise catechists for all grade levels.
Prepares and schedules sacramental preparation programs for parents and youth preparing for first Reconciliation, first Communion, and Confirmation.
Selects curriculum, orders program materials, reserves classroom and meeting spaces.
Coordinates the implementation of the Safe Environment Program, including background checks and training for volunteers.
Develops and implements youth ministry experiences for middle school, including regular social, catechetical, and service opportunities.
Strengthens and grows youth ministry program for high school, including regular social, catechetical, and service opportunities.
Develops and participates in a summer service project for middle school and high school youth through the Center for Ministry Development.
Available weekdays, some evenings, and weekends
Demonstrated interpersonal skills
Excellent oral, written, and graphic communication skills
Proven experience in program development, and effective implementation
Administrative skills, including budgeting, recruiting, and organizing
Background in Catholic tradition
Openness to share one’s personal journey of faith with others
Comfort with technology to create documents, presentations, and social media
Self-motivated with the ability to work in a multi-task environment with minimal supervision
Team player / Ability to see bigger picture
Bachelor’s degree, preference given to candidates with a degree from a Catholic institution and/or with experience and knowledge of Christian humanism
A strong Catholic faith commitment and a willingness to communicate it with joy, optimism, gentleness, and hope
Enjoyment working with youth of various ages and stages of development
Ideal candidates will have some experience in programs targeted to middle school and high school aged youth
Salary commensurate with experience, and comprehensive benefits available through the Michigan Catholic Conference.