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JJM Associate Director


Grand Rapids, MI

Job Type


Posted On

August 11, 2023





Location / Chapter

West Michigan Area

Ministry Site

Kent County Juvenile Detention Center

Ministry Model

Juvenile Justice Ministry


Position Summary

Position Purpose

To build a team of individuals who are equipped to pursue teens in the juvenile justice system (community, courts, and corrections) with the good news of Christ. Through relational investments, creative programs, and strategic aftercare we come alongside justice-involved youth with the hope of the Gospel.

This is a position that requires spiritual and organizational leadership skills, the ability to work with and through other people, and strong communication skills. S/he must embrace and build a team that embodies YFC’s Cultural Attributes: Christ-centered, enduring humility, relentless trust, courageous faithfulness, joyful camaraderie, and kingdom-inspired diversity. S/he will seek to implement relational ministry actions to develop Authentic Christ-Sharing Relationships with young people within the context of their YFC ministry model.

Essential Functions

Direct Ministry with Students (70%)

  • Coordinate and Assist with Kent County Juvenile Detention Center JJM (25%)
    • Weekly practice of the JJM relational ministry actions (RMA), Contacting, Building Times, Appointments, Aftercare, Programming)
    • Participate in curriculum creation for programming in the facility
    • Assist in programming efforts in the KCJDC
    • Expand the team of leaders
  • Assist with Muskegon County Juvenile Transition Center JJM (15%)
    • Participate in and empower a team of leaders in the weekly practice of the JJM relational ministry actions (RMA), Contacting, Building Times, Appointments, Aftercare, and Programming
    • Connection with Community and Courts in Muskegon County for Programming
    • Assist in building a team of leaders that also lead in this way
  • Lead as the JJM Aftercare Coordinator (30%)
    • Utilize the Mentoring Manual to establish a formal Aftercare/Mentoring Program
    • Officiate referrals for youth in the community to a team of Aftercare leaders
    • Communicate with the local community, courts, and corrections to create a referral system
    • Build a team of leaders that also lead in this way with the JJM Area Director
    • Administrative Work- RMA reports, etc.

Direct Ministry with Adult Leaders (20%)

  • Training, meetings, recruiting for direct ministry, community support, and prayer volunteers 
  • Build a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship with facility leaders and local court officials in order to be consistently available to young people in the juvenile justice system.

Fundraising Activities to support the mission (10%)

  • Engaging a network of personal relationships (family, friends) to support the YFC Mission by contributing their time, talent, and treasure.
  • Communication with giving partners - thank you notes, monthly letters, etc.
  • Participating in WMYFC’s “See the Story” and “Be the Story” process

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
  • Organized
  • Excellent in coaching leaders
  • 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
  • Three years of ministry experience
  • Understanding of the Juvenile Justice System

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 fundraising events, recruiting personal circle of influence/YFC donor contacts, sending letters, handwritten notes, personal calls, and personally ministering to donor contacts.


Paid Time Off/Sick Time

Flexible Schedule

Leadership Development

Insurance Benefits

Health and Wellness Benefits

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.