Youth Ministries Director
The Salvation Army - Salem, MA

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Principal Functions

Provide intensive relational ministry to children, teens and their families through evangelism, discipleship, Christian education, recreation, and tutoring. Ministry concentrates on the geographical area of the communities served.

Duties and Responsibilities

Sunday Services

a) Devise and implement growth plans for Sunday school and emphasize its importance to the children and youth.

b) Organize the necessary pick-ups and drop-offs before and after Sunday Meetings.

c) Create and teach a youth Sunday School Class

d) Be responsible for the safety and well being of youth participants in the Sunday Meetings. This includes planning so that no child will be left unsupervised at any time.

e) Teach Junior Soldier curriculum.

f) Arrange leadership schedule for Junior Church

Vacation Bible School

a) Organize and implement the Summer Vacation Bible School.

b) Follow-up using the personal information of new children gained through the VBS program with the goal of having them attend Sunday school.

c) Organize and implement the Annual Family Fun Day (Block Party) prior to Vacation Bible School to reach new families with children.

Regular Corps Programming

a) The Youth Ministries Director is responsible for planning, managing, overseeing, and implementing Corps programs without direct supervision from the Corps Officers. The list below is an example of programs offered at the Corps.

o Sunbeam program

o Girl Guard

o Adventure Corps program

o Junior Soldiers program

o Corps Cadet program

o Bible Bowl

o Afterschool open gym

o Prime Time

b) Maintain a positive relationship with open gym participants in the building for the purpose of bridging those children to other corps programs. Organize and implement plans to include participation in devotions.

c) Give supervision, leadership, or guidance to other corps programs, as they may come and go, involving the young people (i.e. Drama Group, G.I.R.L.’s group, Pre-Teens Program, etc.).

d) Maintain records/reports (statistics) as required.

e) Supervise the afterschool open gym.


a) Have a weekly meeting to develop and evaluate current strategies with the Corps Officers. Be able to recommend ministries as needs arise.

b) Take responsibility for much of the Corps youth programming when the Corps Officers are on vacation.

c) Attend The Salvation Army Corps services on a weekly basis.

d) Recruit and train adult volunteers to assist with youth and teens.

e) Represent The Salvation Army on college campuses and attend local community meetings as requested.

f) Engage in relational ministry, corporate and one-on-one, with the young people. This would also include ministry to their families through home visitation.

g) Organize and attend Divisional Youth programs encouraging young people to participate.

h) Organize and attend if possible all Territorial Youth programs and encourage the young people to participate (Bible Bowl, Candidates Seminar, Star Lake Music Camp, etc.).

i) Chaperone Salvation Army Youth Councils

j) Drive the van to transport youth to and from The Salvation Army programs.

k) Coordinate with the Social Ministries Coordinator, referring any families in need of social services and visit families who have received social services.

l) Engage in Christian spiritual conversation with the public and corps staff as opportunity or need presents itself.

m) Recognize the spiritual need of people which may require referral to a Salvation Army Officer.

n) Must be able to assist the Officers, with various tasks, during the Christmas season as our ministries and services greatly expand at that time.

o) Represent The Salvation Army’s spiritual and social mission.

p) Engage in Christian spiritual conversation with individuals

q) Pray with individuals when opportunity or need arise.

r) Perform other duties as requested within the scope of this position.

s) Participate in the Corps Leadership Team.

t) Locate, register and transport all campers to and from Camp Wonderland during the summer months. Be available for emergency pickups of ill campers.

u) Maintain a positive relationship between all Corps programs run within the Corps building for the purpose of developing a way for all youth to feel welcome to all programs.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry/Counseling required

Work Experience

• Two years of direct work with young people

• Prior work/volunteering experience with Salvation Army programming preferred

• Prior work experience with children in a recreational and/or educational setting

Other Qualifications

• Must be committed to the mission of The Salvation Army

• Valid Driver's License, Able to qualify to drive a 12-passenger van

• Music abilities desired

• Must be self motivated, organized, and creative

• Great communication skills; written & oral

• Must have basic computer skills to do correspondence, create flyers and ministry resources and access internet, etc

• Must work on Sundays

• Uniformed Salvationist preferred

Contact Information:
Karen Brotherton

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