December 8, 2016
Crossroads Special Issue
Job Opportunity at Armenian Prelacy

Youth Ministry Coordinator 
Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate

Overview of the position: 

The youth ministry coordinator will be solely accountable for growing a prosperous youth ministry within the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.  He/she will work to establish a youth ministry at each of the 20 parishes within the Eastern Prelacy through identifying and leading youth ministers within each respective parish.   The youth ministry coordinator will be responsible for coordinating with other church and community leaders to address the needs of the youth and maximize opportunities so that the ministry grows in participants, Armenian Apostolic Christian faith, and spiritual leadership within each parish. 

Responsibilities of the Position
  • The coordinator of youth ministry will be attentive to the hopes, concerns, and needs of youth in the community to determine with each parish youth minister how the congregation might serve them and their families and how they might serve one another as Armenian Apostolic Christian and good members of the community. This person will identify key people in the congregation and community for collaboration and advocacy for young people’s issues including a youth minister for each parish. 
  • The coordinator needs to be familiar with the congregation’s overall goals and how they are achieved through the congregation’s ministry by, with, and for youth.  They will work with the Executive and Religious councils to ensure their goals and objectives align with the overall mission of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church. 
  • This leader will advocate that all youth are welcome. The coordinator will raise congregational awareness of the needs and contributions of youth in the Armenian and non-Armenian (as identified appropriate) US community.
  • The coordinator will promote the understanding of Armenian Apostolic Christian vocation in daily life in work with each youth minister to build understanding of God’s call for all Armenian Apostolic Christians.
  • The coordinator will advocate for quality leaders and excellent mentors who encourage young people to develop their own gifts, skills, strengths, and ideas.
  • The coordinator will be informed of and follow the conference child safety policies, procedures, and requirements that are to be followed by the local church.
  • The coordinator will work with others to plan and carry out ministry by, with, and for youth in varied and wide-ranging programs that include worship, study, fellowship, service opportunities, annual retreats and others.
  • The coordinator will intentionally communicate with other Armenian organizations, people, and resources in the community that relate to youth and seek to connect the congregation with the community for a strong program.
  • The coordinator will guide the work of the youth leadership team (if organized) throughout the year, including planning its agendas, presiding at its meetings, and help prepare the material and curriculum vison annually. 
  • The coordinator will work with other leaders to learn about curriculum and other resources available for youth in order to help teachers and group leaders select appropriate resources for study and growth.

Qualifications helpful for the job: 

  • The youth ministry coordinator benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts:  servanthood, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, and administration. This leader should show evidence of passion for youth ministry, prior effective ministry leadership, and evidence of active and growing faith in the Armenian Apostolic church. This person demonstrates a basic knowledge of youth development.
  • Useful skills for this position are the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages and the ability to work with the Prelate, Vicar General, clergy, Executive and Religious council, parents of the youth, youth ministry leaders in each parish, and youth. Other skills needed include the ability to delegate responsibility and follow up to complete tasks.
  • This leader should show genuine interest in responding to the needs and concerns of youth in the community.

The youth minister coordinator will report into the executive council and work closely with the religious council to establish the program. 

The Armenian Prelacy 
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