Ten hours per week | Reports to the Atlantic Conference Bishop

Do you enjoy watching people grow and discover who God has created them to be?  Do you have a passion for the generation who has just exited high school through their 20’s?

If your head is nodding, then keep reading. As we enter a new season of renewed passion for what Jesus desires to do in the lives of young adults, the Atlantic Conference is looking for a NextGen Director.

About NextGen Ministries

The Atlantic Conference of Brethren in Christ U.S. is made up of 40+ churches spanning the eastern part of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. We collectively desire to Follow Jesus on Mission, Multiply Missional Sites, and Develop Leaders. The focus of that takes place in the transformation of people as those people form local gatherings who love and follow Jesus for the benefit of one another and those around them. The NextGen director serves within that context, specifically in the area of leadership development and internships for young adults.

This contracted position with the Atlantic Conference is approximately 10 hours per week and works with young adults and congregations across the conference. The main expression of leadership development takes place through an internship program, through which the conference partners with the local congregations. We are seeking a leader with the heart of Jesus, with strong relational, administrative and communication skills, who works well independently. This position serves with the Bishop of the Atlantic Conference, local pastors of congregations and primarily with young adults. If this sounds life giving to you, then please take a look at the description with more details below.

Primary Duties

  • Serve as spokesperson of the internship program at Atlantic Conference and general church events
  • Recruit young adults to participate in the internship program by networking at Atlantic Conference events, on college campuses, and with conference pastors
  • Network with pastors across the Atlantic Conference to continue to build the program and encourage new churches/pastors to get involved with an intern
  • Interview potential interns to determine readiness and to help facilitate an appropriate fit with a conference church
  • Work with pastors and interns to develop contracts that meet the needs of both the intern and the church, reflecting leadership development goals/objectives and hands-on ministry.
  • Coach and guide conference pastors into mentoring interns
  • Be available to interns as a resource to talk and listen to needs and concerns
  • Provide training opportunities for all conference interns at least three times a year (generally, fall, spring, and summer). These or other opportunities could focus on leadership development across the broader spectrum of young adults in the conference.
  • Conduct set-up interviews at the start of each internship between the intern and the supervising pastor(s), during which the contract is reviewed and expectations are clearly communicated
  • Conduct exit interviews at the end of each internship between the intern and the supervising pastor(s,) during which the intern is evaluated in light of the contract’s terms and his/her experiences
  • Lead Advisory Team meetings 3-4 times per year to discuss the program’s vision, mission, and to evaluate how well the program is meeting its vision and mission
  • Troubleshoot and facilitate any necessary conflict resolution

Other Duties

  • With an Advisory Team, develop and maintain annual budget
  • Meet regularly with the Atlantic Conference Bishop
  • Maintain NextGen website and social media
  • Read and pursue continuing education, both for personal benefit and to grow in knowledge and understanding of young adult issues and concerns and how to work best with them

Requirements

  • This role has flexible hours but some evenings and weekends, including Sunday, may be required
  • Must have the ability to travel across the Atlantic Conference region
  • Applicants must be compatible with the values, vision and beliefs of the Brethren in Christ U.S.

Physical Demands of the Work Responsibilities:

This job often requires prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and regularly operating standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. This position requires mobility within office settings to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. This role will occasionally involve travel and the ability to move about outside the office and operate motor vehicles.

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.

While performing the duties of the job, the Atlantic Conference NextGen Director is often required to remain in a stationary position; handle or control objects, tools, or controls; communicate, discern, and discuss within both public and private contexts. The NextGen Director may be requested to lift and carry up to 20 pounds at a time. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision (such as needed in viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading), distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified persons with disabilities.

If interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter by December 21, 2021 to Bishop Bryan Hoke of the Atlantic Conference of the Brethren in Christ U.S. at bicatlantic@bicus.org.