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Youth Minister


Youth Minister

Job Title:

Youth Minister

Work Location:

  • Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Office

  • Holy Family Office


Full-time Position

Starting Rate: 


Job Description: 

The Youth Minister plans, develops, implements, and evaluates all aspects of the parish’s youth and young adult ministry programs, including: children’s youth group (grades 3-5), junior high youth group (grades 6-8), high school youth group (grades 9-12), and the young adults group (ages 18-35). The Youth Minister also assists the Director of Catechesis and Evangelization with the high school Confirmation program and serves as the liaison for the Ablaze campus clubs on the high school and college campuses.


 Note: While this listing is a comprehensive representation of essential duties of the position, it is not necessarily all-encompassing, and additional duties may be assigned as needed to meet Department and/or Parish needs. 

  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate all aspects of the children’s youth ministry, junior high youth ministry, high school youth ministry, and the young adult ministry programs, under the general supervision and direction of the Director of Catechesis and Evangelization, the Associate Pastors, and Pastor.

  • Assist the Director of Catechesis and Evangelization with the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the high school Confirmation program, in conjunction with the Associate Pastors and Pastor.

  • Plan and coordinate events and activities (e.g., field trips, retreats, community service projects, social gatherings, etc.) and incorporate youth into various parish ministries and events.

  • Recruit, form, direct, and evaluate youth ministry volunteers and teen core group leaders.

  • Ensure implementation of diocesan policies and practices (e.g., all volunteers within program jurisdiction are safe environment cleared, attendance records are up to date and organized safe environment classes and records are complete and organized).

  • Develop and maintain a departmental budget and track expenditures/transactions.

  • Develop and implement fundraisers for youth ministry activities, with the approval of the Director and the Pastor.

  • Develop positive relationships with volunteers, students, and parents.

  • Generate communications for social media platforms in collaboration with the Parish Communications Director; maintain email and office hours.

  • Ensure technology is used correctly for all operations (video conferencing, presentations, etc.)

  • Display a Christ-like approach to life and prayer for young people in the Church and community.

  • Encourage and foster the spiritual growth of the youth of the parish.

  • Maintain and organize all youth ministry facilities, spaces, and equipment.

  • Oversee all aspects of youth ministry hospitality, including monthly shopping for snacks and meals, coordinating monthly youth group dinners, and maintaining hospitality inventory in the youth center.

  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned.

  • Essential qualities for the Youth Minister include:

    • A passion for evangelization and discipleship, bringing young people to an encounter with Jesus Christ and His Church.

    • A profound personal spiritual life that will be the foundation for ministering to others.

    • A willingness to foster obedience to and respect for the Church hierarchy, including the Magisterium, the diocese, and the parish.

    • Maturity, responsibility, and virtue

    • Collaborative team-building skills, both within the parish and with ministerial functions of the diocese.

Qualifications and Skills:

Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to the safety or health of employees or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

  • Qualification and Education Requirements:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Theology, Catechesis, or similar field, or equivalent experience

    • Must be a fully initiated member of the Roman Catholic Church.

    • Given the nature of the position and the role it plays within the parish, one must be a practicing Catholic in good standing who is living within the teachings of the Catholic Church. This position is considered a Catholic faith “minister” for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

    • 3 years or more experience in working with youth.

    • Previous youth ministry experience is an advantage.

  • Preferred Skills:

    • Excellent computer skills, and proficiency with social media.

    • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written, with leadership, peers, co-workers, and parishioners.

    • Excellent organizational skills.

    • Ability to lead by example.

    • Available to work extended hours, evenings, over weekends, and public holidays, with advanced notice.

    • Works harmoniously with others. 

    • Respond positively to guidance and procedures.

    • Bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus but not required

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

  • Ability to regularly sit, stand, bend, stoop, perform repetitive motions of hands and wrists, and occasionally reach overhead. 

  • Ability to push heavy book trucks regularly and lift book boxes weighing up to 30 pounds. 

  • Will occasionally enlist assistance in lifting larger objects weighing up to 50 pounds. 

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