JOB OPENING - Youth and Family Minister

Youth and Family Minister for the development and growth of Oakdale’s high school and middle school students and their families. 

Interested candidates should send a detailed resume (including schooling, job experience, family life) and a philosophy of youth and family ministry by email to oakdalechurchoffice@gmail.com or by mail to: 

Church of Christ at Oakdale
1320 E. 9th Street, Suite #8
Edmond, OK 73034

ABOUT THE CHURCH OF CHRIST AT OAKDALE

The Church of Christ at Oakdale is a young, vibrant community of disciples in the Oklahoma City/Edmond area. The congregation began in March 2010 as a church plant of Memorial Road Church of Christ. We have grown from 60 to about 150 members in the last five years, with an average Sunday morning attendance of 180. There are currently 16 teens in the youth group, all between 7th and 10th grade; that number would double in the next two years based solely on our current membership. In fact, about 20% of Oakdale’s membership is under the age of 13. Overall, almost 75% of our members are under the age of 40, blessing Oakdale with a strong base of students, young professionals, and young families. 

Oakdale’s leadership includes three elders and five deacons. The staff includes a fulltime Preaching Minister and four Children’s Ministry volunteers: Children’s Ministry Director, Preschool Coordinator, Grade School Coordinator, and Curriculum Coordinator. 

Small Groups and Family Ministry are vital to Oakdale’s mission to “love God and our neighbors.” Oakdale is a “high commitment” congregation that asks each member to consider how he or she can best serve Christ with their gifts and talents. 

ABOUT OUR LOCATION

The Church of Christ at Oakdale meets at Oakdale School for Sunday morning Bible class and worship, and meets in members’ homes throughout the week for small groups. In June 2015, the elders announced a capital campaign to raise funds for a permanent building in the Oakdale neighborhood. Our five-acre plot is fully paid for, and we plan to begin construction in 2018. Oakdale currently rents an offsite office in Edmond for our ministers, elders, and deacons to meet and work. 

POSITION PROFILE

The Youth and Family Minister will serve as the key leader of student ministries at the Church of Christ at Oakdale. He will be part of a team composed of the Preaching Minister, Elders, Deacons, Ministry Leaders, and Volunteers, and will work closely with the Family Involvement Deacon to foster intergenerational connections within the congregation and community. The ideal candidate will be relational, creative, energetic, technologically advanced, and passionate about working in a church plant environment. He will be able to motivate teens and their parents, and will have strong communication skills, an innovative mindset to leadership and problem solving, and a track record of building and growing a student ministry. He will be passionate about Jesus and purposeful in building a ministry where students are growing in faith, maturity, and Christian influence. 

JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and oversee youth and family ministries, including curriculum, calendar, and budget
  • Teach the Bible and help our youth discover/develop their spiritual gifts as they mature into disciples of Christ
  • Become personally involved in the lives of all youth group members and their families
  • Identify and develop events for youth and families, including youth rallies, camps, retreats, fellowship activities, etc.
  • Seek opportunities to include youth in existing worship, outreach, fellowship, education, and service programs, as well as identify and implement new ones
  • Additional duties as assigned by the elders
  • Seek opportunities to engage the congregation and reach out into the community, with an emphasis on youth and families
  • Seek opportunities to include “bridge youth” (students who will enter the youth group in 1-3 years) in youth and family activities 

REQUIREMENTS/EXPECTATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of ministry experience are preferred
  • Baptized believer and high moral character
  • Motivated self-starter who values excellence in ministry
  • Knowledge of and the ability to teach scripture with an ideology compatible with our church
  • Accessible to the youth and their families
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Able to think creatively
  • Organized as it relates to people, tasks, and projects 

COMPENSATION

  • Salary based upon education and experience