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Church/Organization Number 03326
Church/Organization Name Traverse City PC
Mailing Address 701 Westminster Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone (231) 946-5680
Fax (231) 946-7122
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition African American 1%
Caucasian 96%
Hispanic Puerto Rican 1%
Native American 1%
Other Asian 1%
Average Worship Attendance 480
Church School Attendance 40
Curriculum PCUSA published curriculum, "We Believe"
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Youth Director (Non-ordained)
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit we strive to:

  • Deepen relationships with God through worship, study and service (Worship and Discipleship Education)
  • Cultivate loving and caring relationships within the congregation (fellowship and Care)
  • Increase membership and members participation (Evangelism)
  • Discern, initiate and support ministries in the Traverse city area and throughout the world (Mission)

Brief description of the church/organization's programs or accomplishments:

Services: we conduct 3 worship services each Sunday for our congregation of 1,140 members. Two of the services are traditional and one is a more relaxed service called NeXus. In addition to these services, we offer one Youth service each Wednesday as part of the CORE program.
Youth Program: Our strong youth programs will be lead by the new Director of Youth and Family Ministries. Our growing Youth Group nurtures the spiritual growth of participants by developing their own gifts for leadership and other talents, developing a caring community of fellowship with one another and engaging in service to and with neighbors in need both locally and throughout the world.
Children’s Ministry: While the Children’s Ministry program has its own full time director, this person will report to the TDYFM as a means of building continuity of program and relationships
Music Program: We have part-time professional staff to lead both childrens choir and youth band.
MIssion: Youth from our congregation have been on mission trips to Nicaragua, Mississippi and New Jersey. Local mission efforts have historically included such things as canned food drives for local pantries, youth crisis center, Christmas shopping with needy youth, fundraising for local animal shelter fundraising for various mission purposes.

Gifts, Skills and Experiences the congregation possesses to fulfill its mission:

While not ethnically diverse, this congregation is diverse in its range of talented individuals who are willing to share of themselves: a rich blend of members with a broad diversity of professional talents, skills and experiences. We provide medical, dental, construction and disaster relief mission work. We teach and we mentor.We shelter the homeless and rescue food. We cook and we feed. We support community and ecumenical initiatives to help the poor and alleviate poverty. Each person brings their own set of skills and talents; some with alot of formal education, some with a lot of life education; some with organizational, managerial and marketing skills, and others with hard callused hands or warms loving arms. More important, however, than the particular skill or talents, is the heart of each person and a sincere desire to serve Christ by serving neighbors. The diverse blend of skills, when combine with a common passion to work together to further God’s mission, can be a patent force in our ministry in Traverse City area and beyond. Sometimes we need to be assisted in seeing a need or motivated to take action (and we have people gifted in those skills too) but when asked, we don’t say no. Our staff complements each other well and provides spiritual guidance and pastoral care. They exemplify Christ’s love with authenticity.

Key theological issues of the church and society that are reflected in the ministry of the congregation/organization:

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good: and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? This verse from Micah sums up this congregation’s theology. Another verse from the New Testament reveals how Jesus calls us to manifest this theology in our daily discipleship: “For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison and you visited!’ (Mathew 25:36) Christ preached justice, hospitality, peace and said “Love God, love your neighbor”. An excerpt for our vision statement says, ” We seek always to act and speak as Jesus taught us, to serve as messengers of hope and expectancy shown to us in resurrection of Christ, and to rejoice in the grace of God”. Society does not walk humbly with our God. It has its own gods, Justice eludes us, and we have narrow definitions of who our neighbor is, We are calling to create a place of nurture and support for our children, youth and their families that help them resist the pressures of peers and the forces of evil in our world and provide guidance for living out the gospel message that God offers and wants to be in loving relationship with all God’s children.

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:

Oversight of Congregation's Youth & Family Ministries, Attend & participate in weekly staff meetings, Monitoring financial matters of program, Moderation monthly Advisor spiritual growth & committee meeting, Active participant in Session meeting, Staff support for related committees Assisting with strategic planning & vision, Recruit & promote Youth, Children & Family ministries Planning & implementing extended learning/fellowship opportunities , Maintain regular office hours & be available to respond to youth & their families regarding spiritual needs & programs of the church,Perform other duties as assigned by Head of Staff, Active oversight of Children's Sunday School CORE curriculum: select & develop monthly themes, choose scriptures, message focus & discussion guidelines,Be a passionate, dynamic leader, able to deliver God's word effectively, Lead youth worship & participate in traditional & other worship as appropriate,Co-ordinate Youth Sunday worship,Administer sacraments (if ordained) Identify & facilitate new ministry programs,Counsel, support & maintain relationships with youth & families, Regular hospital visits,Actively develop relationships with older children & their families in order to bridge involvement in youth & young adult programming Teaching,Weekly Confirmation class, Plan & implement Parent/Family Forums,Youth Advisors Teams, Attend & lead worship for CORE program,Facilitate planning, implementation of mission projects: local,national & international

B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

The person we seek as Director of Youth and Families must hold deep faith, be active in their own spiritual journey and be able to authentically share this with youth and children as well as adults. The person must have a strong sense of call to youth and family ministries evidenced by past educational and vocational choices. Specifically, they should be either already ordained in the P.C. (USA) or "moving toward" ordination. Our hope is that once our new Head of Staff is in place, this individual could be a candidate for the Associate Pastor position which is being left vacant for this period. There must be strong confident leadership and administration skills. The person must have the ability to help us see where God is leading us in this area of ministry as well as providing guidance for our individual spiritual journeys. They must have an engaging personality and speaking/preaching style. this person should act as a bridge between children, youth and adult congregants. The Director must remain engaged with youth, children and young adults while still maintaining a position of authority. We expect the individual to be "mission minded"- that is, compassionate regarding "the least" among us and willing to engage side by side with our children, youth and young adults in hands-on ministries, including some international mission work. Perhaps, most importantly, our new Director should have an outgoing and friendly personality and a good sense of humor.

Primary Skill Choices:
Congregational Communication
Corporate Worship / Sacraments
Family Ministry
Leadership Development
Leadership of Staff / Volunteers
Pastoral Care
Problem Solving / Decision Making
Youth Ministry
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $38,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Rev. Mary McClure 12037 South Elk Run Traverse City MI 49684 H-231.421.5512 Chairperson of Committee on Ministry
Rev Patricia Megregian MDiv, BBC 2206 Mitchell Park Suite 15 Petoskey MI 49770 231.347.5556 ext 1 General Presbyter
Aaron Madison 2500 Bush Ave 231.645.7993 Former Youth
Geographic Choices:   Unlimited
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   7/2/2012

Self-referral Contact Information

PNC:  Margaret B Kirkland-LaBar Address  20925 Red Oak Dr Lake Ann MI 49650
Daytime Phone  231.342.0444 Office Phone  231.275.3657
Fax  n/a Email