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Juvenile Justice Ministry Staff (Chaplain)


Eldora, IA

Job Type


Posted On

May 20, 2022





Location / Chapter

Greater Iowa Area

Ministry Site

JJM - Iowa State Training School

Ministry Model

Juvenile Justice Ministry






Position Summary

The Juvenile Justice Ministry Field Staff is a professional position that requires spiritual and organizational leadership skills, the ability to work with and through other people, communication skills, a heart for reaching young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the ability to minister to youth in evangelism and discipleship within the context of YFC methodology. They also need to demonstrate commitment to Youth for Christ Statement of Faith, as outlined in the Personnel Policy.

Essential Functions

5% - Prayer and Personal Growth

  • Ensure that this value strategically permeates all values, areas, and actions of your daily ministry.
  • Develop a prayer team and communicate to them on a regular basis the needs of the ministry
  • Devote yourself to pray for lost teens

40% - Volunteer Development and Empowerment

  • Build and lead teams of Christian adults who are committed to investing in the relational ministry process with lost teens.
  • Grow our volunteer base, and properly equip them in the areas of 3Story, Trauma-Informed Care, and mentoring
  • Work closely with other staff developing and implementing the wider aftercare strategy through community networking
  • Expand mentoring: Offer young people the chance to develop a relationship with one or more adults who become friends, role models and advocates for them
  • Help build a centralized training program for Juvenile Justice Ministry staff and like-minded partners state-wide at the facility
  • Seek out and develop other like-minded organizations (in other judicial districts) to collaborate within this ministry (churches, businesses, non-profits, etc.)
  • Increase a youth’s awareness of educational, cultural, recreational, career opportunities and be introduced to new community (i.e., the church)

5% - Faithful Bible Teaching 

  • Competent Preparation
  • Offer classes as needed that equip students, both with, but not limited to spiritual needs, or other holistic needs (i.e life skills etc)
  • Relevant Presentation

35% - Team Support

  • Work closely with the chaplain team providing logistical and relational support within on-campus Teen Center programming
  • Assist staff with coordinating and planning special events or activities on campus.
  • Partner team with assisting volunteer events, weekly cottage visits, and appointments with students
  • Join chaplains in city visits, as needed, for student follow-up or collaborative community development
  • Assist in documentation of volunteer records and activities

15% - Additional Duties

  • Complete weekly/monthly reporting requirements
  • Weekly Ministry Reports
  • Weekly staff meetings (As needed)
  • Monthly Board/Impact reports
  • Bi-weekly meetings with your supervisor
  • Bi-Annual Evaluations
  • Complete training assignments/credentialing (as required)
  • Participate in community fundraising events (when appropriate)
  • Maintain a positive staff support network focused on financially supporting the mission of GIYFC.  

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

  • A high school diploma degree is required.  
  • A Bachelor's degree is preferred.
  • 3+ years of relational ministry is required.
  • Experience with urban youth, or personal involvement with the justice system is held in high regard.

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.


  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Paid Time Off Program
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Program
  • Paid Training
  • Paid Sabbatical after 7 years

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.