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Juvenile Justice Ministry Director


Lincoln, NE

Job Type


Posted On

March 28, 2022





Location / Chapter

Lincoln Area

Ministry Model

Juvenile Justice Ministry


Full Time


Position Summary

This person has the exciting opportunity to head up all of our outreach programs to jailed teens, released teens and diversion participants. They will report to the Executive Director or Chief Ministry Officer as a key part of the leadership team. S/he is primarily responsible for, but not limited to, overseeing ministry in the Lancaster County Youth Services Center, Lincoln YRTC, Lancaster County Diversion, and other facilities. This includes oversight of ministry sites, shepherding through the supervision of the ministry staff and their leadership development, resourcing the staff as they implement effective ministry, development of future ministry sites, community collaboration and fund development.


Essential Functions

Ministry Health

  • Direct and guide the volunteers and staff team in your area through the 5 Essentials and National Ministry best practices
  • Develop current ministry sites health and growth
  • Regularly evaluate ministry effectiveness while helping sites and site leaders grow
  • Volunteer oversight for your area; develop a recruiting, training and retention plan for volunteers and volunteer teams.
  • Build deep community relationships in and around current ministry sites.
  • Consistently involved in local ministry with lost teens
  • Some administrative functions involved (reporting, scheduling, etc.)

Ministry Growth

  • Work with the Executive Director or Chief Ministry Officer in developing vision for ministry expansion in your area
  • Recruit, train and develop volunteers to go into juvenile justice facilities to meet, mentor, and share the Good News with teens.
  • Support and train new ministry staff in community development and ministry in their first year
  • Build a strategic community collaboration plan for new sites

Leadership Development

  • Help build a culture of people development within the chapter
  • Aid new ministry staff in their journey through the initial YFC Credentialing process
  • Participate in the wider YFC movement for your continued personal growth
  • Oversight of any internship programs for investment in raising up young leaders

Donor Development

  • Be involved in all team-oriented fundraising efforts
  • Win, keep and lift donors
  • Walk with the Executive Director or Chief Ministry Officer in the process of pursuing significant donors
  • Develop local support to assist with current and new ministry sites
  • Assist site directors in developing local Community Support Teams when appropriate

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

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).  

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.


Credentials Required & Preferred Education

Experience Working in the Justice System Preferred

High School Graduation or GED Required

College or Associates Degree Preferred


Housing Allowance

Health Insurance Assistance

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.