Children, Youth, and Family Minister

We are very excited to launch our search for our next Children, Youth, and Family Minister! Below is our job description. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to the Rev. Elizabeth Riley at

If you have questions about the search please contact Rev. Elizabeth. Applications will be received until the position is filled.


Overview of Responsibilities

The Children, Youth, and Family Minister oversees all areas of parish life pertaining to these groups. Primarily this work centers around Sunday School and Youth group. The Minister will work closely with the Rector to meet the spiritual needs of these groups and integrate them in our parish life. The Minister will be responsible for communication, volunteer training, and supporting intergenerational ministry within the congregation. 


Areas of Responsibility:


●      Nursery Care – Ensure that qualified nursery caregivers are scheduled and present during Sunday worship and other parish events. 

●      Children’s Formation (preK through 5th grade) – Shape and lead weekly children’s programs on Sunday mornings. Provide framework of curriculum, training and support for volunteer teachers. 

●      Youth Formation (6th-12 grade) - Shape and lead weekly youth programs. Provide, training and support for volunteers. Youth work may include but is not limited to: outreach and service, mission work, confirmation classes, and social events.

●      Family-Inclusive Ministries - Create and promote multi-generational activities and increase intentional family inclusion in the life of the congregation. 

●      Safeguarding God’s People/Children – Using diocesan resources, schedule required Safeguarding trainings for staff and volunteers to maintain compliance with diocesan policy. 

●      Other Duties – As assigned by the Rector.

Desirable Qualifications


●      Experience in working with youth and children, preferably in a religious setting

●      Enthusiasm for spiritual formation 

●      knowledge of Episcopal history and tradition

●      ability to work with a wide variety people, including strong personalities

●      ability to work independently and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously

●      resourcefulness to seek new information and ideas

●      proven communication skills, both verbal and written

●      ability to use social media and electronic communication tools for organizational purposes

●      experience and/or willingness to learn project planning, execution, and evaluation

●      experience working with volunteers and small groups/teams

●      Ability to travel freely to and from our Mercer Island location at all needed times.

This is a non-exempt, half time position at 20 hours a week (.5 FTE), which reports to the Rector. Work is prioritized by the Minister and the Rector. The Minister is expected to be present at the church on Sundays and whichever day staff meeting is held weekly, with other time scheduled as needed. 


The Minister works closely with the Rector, Staff, and lay leaders including the Vestry, in caring for and supporting the spiritual growth of children, youth, and families at Emmanuel. This work is rooted in our Anglican Christian tradition.