Who We Are:
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is a mid-sized, moderate congregation in an affluent neighborhood in north Dallas. Almost 600 students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade attend our school, about 10% of those from the parish.
The Curate for Youth Ministries (CYM) reports directly to the Rector, and has primary pastoral responsibility for families with students in sixth through twelfth grade. In addition, the CYM serves as chaplain to fifth through eighth grades at our school. The CYM must exhibit strong leadership and administrative skills, and have a heart for nurturing faith in adolescents.
• Member of Parish Clergy: A priest or transitional deacon, the CYM has regular duties of preaching, teaching, and leading worship, pastoral care and visitation, and parish administration. Newly-ordained clergy should expect to follow an organized plan of leadership and core competency development to ensure broad parish experience.
• Direct and Manage Parish Youth Program: The CYM coordinates and oversees Good Shepherd’s parish ministry for students from a variety of schools in grades six through twelve. The youth minister works with adult volunteers and parish leaders to create and coordinate an attractive and sustainable youth program.
• Middle School Chaplain: The Youth Minister exercises a sacramental, pastoral and educational ministry, with particular focus on Good Shepherd’s fifth through eighth grade students. This work includes teaching a seventh-grade “Faith Studies” class and leading chapel three times per week.
• Master of Divinity required, either from an Episcopal Church seminary or supplement by substantial work at an Episcopal Church seminary.
• 3 – 5 years of experience leading and growing a youth ministry program or as a middle school chaplain and religious educator.