Episcopal Church of the Cross
Minister of Children’s and Youth Formation
Position Description
April 2021

Overview:

The Episcopal Church of the Cross is a six year-old church plant located in the Lake Travis area of Western Travis County.  Approximately 120 persons call Church of the Cross their home.  The Diocese of Texas owns land in the area, and we are currently taking steps towards the creation of our first space.  To this point, the community has mostly worshiped in an area elementary school.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worshiped outdoors at a local wedding venue and online.

We seek an energetic, faithful, creative, and joyful soul to serve as our Minister of Children’s and Youth Formation to help the children, youth, and households of the ECC and beyond grow in faithfulness and discipleship.  This position has semi-flexible work hours of 10-15 hours/week, and Sunday morning presence is required.

The Objective:

The creation of a vibrant and sustainable children’s and youth ministry in a new congregation.

Principles of the Ministry:

We seek to build this ministry upon these eight foundational principles:

  • We desire to create a free and safe space for authentic inquiry where young people of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and economic backgrounds can seek faith and ask questions without judgment and with clear, compassionate conversation.
  • We will provide opportunities for meaningful service in the Church and in the World.
  • We seek formation for young people in Scripture, theology, and liturgy in age-appropriate ways that equip young people to have the tools to “read, learn, and inwardly digest” the Scriptures; explore and understand ways of connecting with God; and to fully participate in Episcopal worship and liturgy.
  • Children and Youth Formation is whole-family and whole-household formation, so this ministry focuses equally on ministry for and with the adults in children’s households to equip parents and guardians to be the primary guides in a child’s journey of faith.
  • Young people benefit through connections with adults in a congregation other than their parents. Therefore, we seek to foster intergenerational connections between the children, youth, and adults of the Episcopal Church of the Cross.
  • We want to have fun!
  • We…staff, parents, young people, and the entire ECC community…will exercise ingenuity, creativity, flexibility, and a willingness to experiment to grow this ministry and grow personally in this ministry.
  • We commit to working with other Austin area Episcopal Churches.

 

Responsibilities:

The pandemic has significantly altered our common life for thirteen months.  We expect it will continue to do so into the near future.  The responsibilities listed below are reflective of more normal times.  They are a starting point.  We understand these ministry responsibilities will look different coming out of these present circumstances, and we are excited about new possibilities.

The staff of the ECC works as a team.  The vicar and curate will help the Minister of Children’s and Youth Formation fulfill these responsibilities.  Other resources will also be made available to help us live into these purposes.

Sunday Morning Responsibilities:

  • Oversee setup and cleanup of children’s ministry areas before and after Sunday worship.
  • Oversee a Sunday morning teaching ministry for children in grades one through five.
  • Oversee paid nursery care for children under five.
  • Engage with members of the congregation before and after worship, in particular with youth and children and their parents.

Planning Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement Sunday Morning curriculum for children in grades one through five.
  • Facilitate the development of fellowship and relationships among the youth of the ECC and their friends. This includes being present with youth occasionally throughout the week in various settings such as service opportunities; small groups; fun and social events; games, performances, and other events.
  • Help create a viable confirmation ministry for youth in the eighth grade and up.
  • Develop a team of people to help with children’s and youth ministries.
  • Meet regularly with staff.
  • Regularly keep parents informed of children’s and youth teaching and events.

Safeguarding:

  • The Minister of Children’s and Youth Formation will receive all the necessary Safeguarding certifications of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; adhere to all Safeguarding Policies of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; and will be responsible for facilitating all volunteers’ certification and adherence to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas’ policies for Safeguarding God’s Children and People.

Helpful Practices and Aptitudes:

The staff of the ECC works as a team.  A cooperative and supportive spirit is immensely helpful in this work.

Regular, faithful, and personal disciplines of prayer, study, fellowship, and self-care are foundational for this ministry.  We recognize this is a big description for a part-time job, so the ideal candidate would manage time well and communicate boundaries effectively.

An appreciation of the adventure of the Gospel and an entrepreneurial spirit are helpful for all serving in any new church, including Church of the Cross.  We live the adventure, and we love the adventure!

The ECC is six years old, and still just getting started.  The Minister of Children’s and Youth Formation understands that in helping form the faith life of children, youth, and their households they are also helping form the faith life of the entire congregation.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the spirituality, tradition and practices of the Episcopal Church, and our commitment to being a community that is loving, liberating, and life-giving.
  • A bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience in the workforce.

 

Other:

  • Compensation is competitive. Pay period is monthly.
  • The Children’s Minister will undergo a background check and be certified in the Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s people ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
  • Work schedule outside of Sunday morning is flexible.

For more information or to submit a resume, please contact Paul Johnson, Vicar of Church of the Cross, at paul@ecclt.org or 512-695-2803.