To work within a team to provide extensive, faith-based programming to at-risk youth ages 11-19 focused on under resourced neighborhoods in Lima, OH with a special emphasis within our female population. Our mission is to help young people develop a way of living taught by Jesus Christ: balancing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of life. We build valued relationships that are sustained through ongoing involvement and wrap-around care for students in their neighborhoods. We support the family unit and partner with other agencies and other YFC ministries to provide youth a pathway to success. This position does require a portion of personal and community fund-raising.
Lima City Life Staff Support Responsibilities
A: After School Program 2:45- 6:15 – 3.5 hours 3 times a week | 10.5 hours/week
- Objective: Report to the after- school coordinator and serve the volunteer teams to provide a loving atmosphere for teens after school
- To be a Godly presence to teens and connect with them regularly
- Areas of responsibility include but not limited to homework help, group activities, meal prep, set up/clean up, and transportation support under the direction of the after- school program coordinator
B: Club 5-9pm | 4 hours / Club Small group prep – 30 min | Total 4.5 hours/week
- Objective: Report to the Club coordinator and serve volunteer ministry leaders to provide a high energy large group atmosphere.
- Provide safe transportation for teens
- Help with programing which includes but not limited to, talks, games, and announcements
- Support Club night with tech support
- Lead a girl's small group and provide a small group summary report to Club coordinator
- Help with set up and clean up
C: Small Group Leader | 4 hours/week (1hr transportation / 1 hr prep / 2 hr execution)
- Objective: A meeting with several young people to have an interactive discussion about relevant topics and connect them to God’s truth.
- Follow YFC Small Group Standards and Process to develop and grow small groups. https://yfc.force.com/knowledgebase/s/article/Small-Groups
- Recruit an adult co-leader keeping with YFC standards
- Determine curriculum using YFC resources.
- Seek out teens to build new relationships with to engage in 3 story evangelism and deepen relationships with existing relationships
- Provide safe transportation for teens in need
- Facilitate interactive discussions where teens share in the talking time.
- Provide a weekly summary report to City Life Director
- Objective: Help invite and encourage the students to invite their friends to City Life programs! Following are outreach suggestions. To build this into your schedule report to the City Life Site Director.
- Work within the City Life team and volunteers to build relationships with teens within the determined tight neighborhood focus of north Lima.
- Promote programs and events
- Canvas within the apartment complexes and surrounding neighborhood
- Be a presence at Robb Park
- Attend school lunches at appropriate locations at neighborhood kids attend
- Prayer walks
- Lima events including but not limited to parades and community festivals.
- Objective: To work as a unified team to accomplish the goal of reaching lost teens in an urban neighborhood with authentic Christ sharing relationships.
- Attend Lima City Life team meetings (weekly) – 1 hour/week
- Come prepared to share summary reports of small groups
- Engage in staff devotion and prayer times
- Participate in planning for and preparing for afterschool program needs
- Objective: To communicate to staff, volunteers, and students in a timely and professional manner with clear written and verbal communication.
All YFC employees are expected to regularly and actively participate in faithful activities that advance the stewardship functions of YFC/USA. These activities will include—but are not limited to— extending invitations to fund raising events, recruiting personal circle of influence/YFC donor contacts, sending letters, handwritten notes, personal calls, and personally ministering to donor contacts.
Because the overriding religious purpose and mission of Youth for Christ USA is to communicate and introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people and their families, and in that regard to make, educate and encourage life-long disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is very important that you as an employee in the movement of Youth for Christ be recognized as an associate minister of the Gospel. As an employee of Youth for Christ and an associate minister of the Gospel, YFC expects all employees to:
- Seek God’s guidance and wisdom, through prayer and meditation, for the organization as a whole as well as for specific ministry initiatives.
- Participate and lead regular times of prayer, devotion and worship as a regular aspect of your role within YFC.
- Teach and preach from the Holy Bible at YFC staff meetings, conferences, camps and events.
- Model empathy, humility and care for all people. This includes promoting equity and inclusion in word and in the practice of faith expression. YFC employees will have an opportunity to be commissioned or licensed as a minister of the Gospel through the established Youth for Christ process, and/or ordained by an outside body recognized by Youth for Christ USA.
Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge and demonstrated skills in each of Youth for Christ’s Cultural Attributes (Christ-Centered, Kingdom Inspired Diversity, Joyful Camaraderie, Relentless Trust, Enduring Humility and Courageous Faithfulness)
Our cultural attributes are not about competency. It is an obedience to the call of Christ on our lives. YFC believes that spiritually healthy adults fosters healthy relationships with our kids. We place a heavy commitment and emphasis on developing and equipping a Christ-centered life marked by Enduring Humility, Relentless Trust, Joyful Camaraderie, Courageous Faithfulness and Kingdom Inspired Diversity. Willing to demonstrate/or possesses the following:
- Ability to humbly serve and honor others even in difficult situations with prayer, consistency, transparency, and resilience. (Enduring Humility)
- Demonstrates proper reliance on God, others, and self through generous giving of time and skills, by collaboratively incorporating others’ ideas, welcoming candid input, recognizing others’ need for grace and extending forgiveness and empathy. (Relentless Trust)
- Prioritizes others’ needs for a missional outcome, characterized by joy, with active listening and problem-solving skills, while encouraging and empowering fellow believers. (Joyful Camaraderie)
- Trusts God with new approaches and changes, and communicates needs and limits with emotional intelligence*, while seeking confidence and wisdom in Christ. (Courageous Faithfulness)
- Seeks and fosters authentic Christ-Centered relationships with people of various backgrounds and an inviting environment and empowers historically marginalized groups and indigenous populations (within the local context), through active listening, inclusion, advocacy of those who are vulnerable and respect of others’ experiences. (Kingdom Inspired Diversity)
Credentials Required & Preferred Education
A combination of these credentials would make for an ideal candidate.
- A growing follower of Jesus Christ.
- Involved in & regularly attending a local church.
- Sets a godly example in one’s personal life.
- Passionate about youth ministry and making a difference.
- Willingness to submit and minister within the guidelines of YFC.
- Submit to an extensive background and reference check.
- Participate fully in the life of the ministry team you serve on.
- Commitment to show up for all required gathering, events, programs, and meetings.
- Teachable, humble and willing to learn.
- Open to learning essential cultural competencies to serve in an urban neighborhood.
- Flexible enough schedule to fulfill required responsibilities.
- Eager to do what it takes to make a difference in the lives of kids.
YFC is classified as an Association of Churches and as such our hiring practices reflect that designation. As a religious nonprofit organization, Youth For Christ incorporates within each leader role, the requirement to model, teach, share and live the faith. The relationship between YFC’s mission and each of its leaders is its lifeblood and as such does at all times and in all instances reserve the right to make employment decisions based upon a person’s religious beliefs, personal character and lifestyle consistent with our understanding of the Bible or with our overall goals and requirements for Christian ministry.
We seek to create a workplace that is intentional about Kingdom Inspired Diversity. Our commitment to our employees extends to their opportunities for growth, development, promotion, training and compensation.
We will make reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization.