Nov 08, 2021

Parish Success Specialist

  • Life Teen, Inc.
  • Mesa, AZ, USA or St. Louis, MO
Full time Consultant Customer Service Nonprofit Training

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Parish Success Specialist is a key position that focuses on retaining and supporting current Life Teen, Edge, and Purpose subscriber parishes through empowering and training a team of Area Contacts to lead, minister, and build community among youth ministers. Our new Parish Success Specialist will empower parishes to be successful in their efforts to lead teenagers closer to Christ by diving into data to assess opportunity and risk management for parishes, and creatively engage and support youth leaders in sustainable ministry growth planning. 


The Parish Services division is a group of disciples that are passionate about leading teens closer to Christ through exceptional parish support through written and digital resources, direct contact and coaching, and a continued relationship building with parishes. We recognize that this comes with great affirmation but also great spiritual attack, criticism, and sometimes frustration. We support each other in prayer through our victories and help each other when we fall. We strive for the best because the Gospel deserves it. 


Our mission is to empower passionate Catholics to become bold and authentic evangelists who transform their parish, community, and culture. We live that mission every day through a culture that is authentic, affirming, faithful to our vocational call to holiness, joyful, charitable, centered in a Eucharistic-spirituality, and evangelistic. 


The individual that is going to succeed as Parish Success Specialist is self-motivated, collaborative, and joyful. Our new Parish Success Specialist is excited at the prospect of building relationships with our Area Contact team and parish leaders to assist in creating sustainable youth ministry that empowers parishes to lead young people closer to Christ. 


This position isn’t for everyone, but if you think it might be for you then read on:


How you will make an impact at Life Teen:


  • Develop relationships with each of our 40 Area Contacts who will act as our Core Team - ministering to parishes 
  • Meet regularly with Area Contacts to assess any needs of local Life Teen parishes, ministry growth plans, and risk management in these Life Teen programs 
  • Oversee all aspects of the Area Contact program, including recruitment, training, empowerment, and annual reviews
  • Lead quarterly Area Contact calls, host individual weekly zoom meetings for accountability/relational ministry with your Area Contact team 
  • Develop a “parish transition strategy” based upon previous parish data to assist in supporting Life Teen and Edge parishes long term 
  • Dive into data to assess attrition risk, ministry expansion, and outreach needs of Life Teen and EDGE parishes and creatively determine ways we can continue to serve well 
  • Partner with the Life Teen Events Team to engage currently subscribing parishes at events with meaningful contact and support points that deepen their experience as a Life Teen parish


These are the skills you need to get the job:

  • The humility to understand that problem solving, relational ministry, and day to day ministry efforts to parishes are just as vital (if not more) to the movement of Life Teen as is getting on stage to speak, give a workshop, or publish a book.
  • Willingness to fearlessly call parishes to check-in, answer questions, and take care of our youth ministers. 
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to self-direct workflow toward goals and relationship building 
  • A lack of desire to become “Catholic-famous”
  • Organized, efficient and highly communicative over a variety of mediums.
  • Assertive and takes initiative in communication.
  • The recognition that the demographics of the Church are shifting and the need to serve Hispanic youth is immediate; we would love someone who is fluent in Spanish and English to meet this need
  • A joyful spirit, creative attitude, and disciplined mentality that can come up with innovative ideas to minister to parish youth leaders 
  • Ability to manage your workflow without micromanagement or heavy oversight 
  • Understanding of the unique needs of youth ministers, teenagers, and parents and the ability to respond to that need with specificity and pastoral care
  • Flexibility to serve parishes at a variety of times, specifically volunteer youth ministers who need assistance outside of the 9-5 time frame
  • Familiarity with the Life Teen Movement and ability to learn and adapt quickly


Who You’ll Work With:


Katie Gray is Life Teen’s Director of Parish Outreach. She believes in empowering parishes to create sustainable youth ministry and directs her team’s efforts to do just that. Katie is passionate about relational ministry with everyone she serves. She is your direct lead and will empower you, challenge you, and be vital to your success in this role.


The Life Teen Area Contacts are a community of approximately 40 current youth ministers who additionally serve Life Teen parishes in a variety of ways - offering support through training, onboarding, resources, and more - to subscribing Life Teen and EDGE youth leaders.  


Kristin Ables is Life Teen’s Customer Support Coordinator. She is a former youth minister and Area Contact for Arkansas parishes. Kristin is excited about problem solving and advocating for Youth Ministers. She has a wealth of knowledge about Life Teen and will help empower you to take care of veteran parishes and youth ministers.


Christina Delaney is Life Teen’s Fulfillment Coordinator. She is passionate about delivering materials that allow teens to deepen their relationship with Christ. Christina is responsible for overseeing the fulfillment of all EDGE, Life Support and Purpose subscriptions to parishes, and any order that comes through the Life Teen online store.


Joel Stepanek is Life Teen’s Vice President of Parish Services. He is passionate about empowering parishes to do great youth ministry through innovative resources and outreach that challenge teenagers to grow as disciples. He is responsible for guiding the direction and vision of the parish services division.


Interested and excited? We want to hear from you. Here is what you need:

If you think God is calling you to be the Parish Success Specialist at Life Teen, please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to with the subject line “Parish Success Specialist”. We encourage you to apply early as we plan to review applications as they come in.


We are excited to hire our new Parish Success Specialist, so we will close applications for this position on Friday, December 3rd at 11:59 PM EST. 


About Parish / School / Organization Name

We believe that when teenagers encounter Jesus Christ through the beauty of the Catholic faith they will transform their parish, community, and culture. For this reason, we are innovative in our efforts to form teenagers as disciples and evangelists. 



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