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IYC Warrenville Ministry Site Director


Warrenville, IL

Job Type


Posted On

May 4, 2023





Location / Chapter

Chicago Area

Ministry Site

Illinois Youth Center Warrenville

Ministry Model

Juvenile Justice Ministry






Position Summary

To serve as the lead mobilizer for JJM in Illinois Youth Center Warrenville by recruiting, equipping, and deploying Wheaton college students to build authentic Christ-sharing relationships with young people incarcerated there and connect them to aftercare resources when they get out. This individual will oversee JJM relational ministry actions at the facility including gospel- centered programming, fun building times, appointments/ mentoring, contacting new youth, and witnessing to facility staff. This person will delegate ministry leadership responsibility to other members of the cabinet and ministry team and meet weekly both with the leadership cabinet and the larger ministry team to train and disciple the ministry leaders. This person will also occasionally participate in additional fundraiser, advocacy, or prayer events for the ministry.  

This position is a one-year commitment, with the option to re-apply at the end of that year. This position requires a time commitment of approximately 10 hours a week, and is a partially compensated staff position, meaning the individual doing this position is not paid for their full hourly commitment, but is compensated with a $3000 stipend annually. They have the option to raise up to $1,000 more a year and receive matching funds from the YFC Chicago-Western Suburbs budget. 

Essential Functions 

  • Oversee JJM relational ministry actions at the facility including gospel- centered programming, fun building times, appointments/ mentoring, contacting new youth, and witnessing to facility staff.  
  • Recruit and train new ministry leaders from the student body on campus. 
  • Delegate ministry leadership responsibility to other members of the cabinet and ministry team and meet weekly with the cabinet members to pray, plan, and build up the ministry. 
  • Lead weekly meetings for the ministry team that include prayer, community, and relevant trainings for the ministry.  
  • Occasionally participate in additional fundraiser, advocacy, or prayer events for the ministry. 
  • Identify and train the future site director and other cabinet members for the following year of ministry. 
  • This position does not require the site director to fundraise to cover the cost of their stipend or other YFC activities; funding for this role is established through ongoing donations by a previous JJM director’s monthly donor. 
  • Once a semester, communicate ministry updates to the donors who fund this position, either by meeting them in person, or sending them a newsletter with photos. 

Spiritual Responsibilities

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

Position Requirements

Knowledge & Skills

  • Embraces the vision, mission and Statement of Faith of YFC
  • Participation in YFC’s Blueprint for Leadership
  • Understands YFC’s 5 Essentials and leads through this model
  • Self-Motivator
  • Strong moral character and of good repute
  • Connect well with youth
  • Well-spoken in front of youth and adults
  • Manage a team of diverse volunteers
  • Honors and pursues diversity of gifts, cultures and ethnicities
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Able to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities
  • Good relationship building skills with adults and young people
  • Perseverance through opposition and obstacles

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 and/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 authentic Christ-Centered relationships with people of various backgrounds, fosters an inviting environment and empowers historically marginalized groups and indigenous populations (within the local context), through active listening, inclusion, advocacy for those who are vulnerable and respect of others’ experiences. (Kingdom Inspired Diversity)

Credentials Required & Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
  • One year of ministry experience, and must have served a minimum of one school year on the IYC-Warrenville team to be considered

Fundraising Responsibilities

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.

EOE Statement

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.