Posting Information

Posted by:
St John of the Ladder Orthodox Church
213 Roper Mountain Road Extension
Greenville, SC 29615

Phone: (864) 299-1140
Email: office@stjohnoftheladder.org
Web: www.stjohnoftheladder.org

Posting Date: April 1, 2021

Pastoral Assistant

Seeking (preferably ordained) Orthodox Christian to assist in better serving the needs of SJOTL as a pastoral assistant with a focus on youth and young adult ministry and formation.

Liturgical Responsibilities:

Fully Participate in the Liturgical and Sacramental Life of the Parish. Assist with Parish Priest with functions as deemed appropriate by the Pastor including:

  • Preaching
  • Adult Catechesis
  • Hospital Visits

Youth Education Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as a spiritual leader for all the youth of SJOTL through teaching and personal example.

  2. Ensure the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of all youth during a parish sponsored event.

  3. Plan and facilitate education, service/outreach, spiritual and social activities for all the youth of St John (outlined further below).

  4. Help incorporate youth into the life of the Church (participation in services, understanding the traditions and worship of the Church).

  5. To organize and be present at all Youth functions.

Practically:

  • Oversee & develop the current youth ministry programs of the parish:
    • Church School (grades Pre-School through 12) including teaching/co-teaching the oldest class as the service schedule allows as it will help facilitate further relationship building with these teens.
    • Develop a one-week Summer Church DayCamp (grades Pre-School through 6) o Host monthly (minimum) Youth Social meeting/events/outings/activities (ages 13-20) and incorporate teachings of the church as fitting
      • Organize and be present at all Youth functions.
      • Plan for adequate number of mentors and chaperones
      • Encourage parental involvement in these and all youth activities.
    • Facilitate Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) meetings/events/outings and encourage participation in Telos Project (www.teloscommunity.org)
    • Host biannual (minimum) but ideally quarterly Young Adult ministry events for 21-30 age group
    • Attend All American Council (or Diocese of the South Assembly) and assist with youth events.
  • Maintain regular communication with the youth and their families through the Weekly Bulletin, email, parish Realm App/site with articles, announcements, and photos as well as personal communication (see Communication section below)
    • Spend time with the youth in their daily life (part of youth ministry is building trust with the youth in order to allow them to share the struggles of life). This includes making personal visits to the homes of our youth, could include having lunch with them at their school, attending their extracurricular activities etc.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise advisors & leaders for each of our youth ministry groups/areas.
  • Assist with planning of regular activities for each age group, including meetings, outings, retreats, service projects, and field trips.
  • Encourage participation in existing youth ministry programs (summer camps, pan-Orthodox organizations i.e., YES: Youth Equipped to Serve, Project Mexico, etc.)

Communication:

  1. To ensure that every child/teen and parent is aware of every event and function that is held.

  2. To utilize every possible means of communication to do so.

    1. Updating Realm and if applicable Facebook page

    2. Text, call, email if appropriate parents of teens and teens themselves

  3. To follow through with every communication to ensure that events are well attended.

  4. To assist in finding transportation for any child that may have this need.

Preferred Qualifications:

Degree in Theology from an Orthodox Christian Seminary or College Experience working in the Parish and Church setting, Youth Work experience

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A member in good standing of the Orthodox Church, knowledgeable about the beliefs and practices of the Church, with a deep love for Christ and a sense of calling to share His love with young people.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

  • Three personal and two professional references.

  • Prior experience in youth ministry.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.

  • Competence in basic lay counseling and listening skills appropriate for youth ministry

  • Awareness of Youth Protection practices, guidelines, policies and procedures of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

  • The passing of a drug test and a complete background check that will include a review of criminal records, the sexual offender registry and DMV records.

Responsible to: Archpriest Marcus C. Burch

Remuneration: salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Time Requirement: average of 40 - 50 hours per week
The Pastoral Assistant is expected to be at the Church office daily (excluding days off and any youth related function) and should work a minimum of 40 hours/week. These hours are not the typical 9 AM to 5 PM time frame since much of this ministry is during the evenings, on the weekends and throughout the day.

Term of Employment: two years

To Apply

Interested applicants should please send a resume and cover letter to office@stjohnoftheladder.org