The ideal candidate will be striving for holiness by continuing to grow spiritually and intellectually in their orthodox Roman Catholic formation (Byzantine, Lithuanian, or other rites in union with Roman Catholicism included), and desire to lead a community of peers to knowing and loving Jesus Christ. They should be willing to step out of their comfort zone frequently in order to lead others in faith and morals and often be the first welcoming contact for young adults in a parish or city. No missionary can succeed without meeting people where they are at and patiently loving them. They also must have some affinity towards sports or enough familiarity to be confident in planning and leading leagues with some training. They will also need to be outgoing towards new people, as the position requires a lot of social networking and the creation of a hospitable environment requires good conversational skills. They must also be self-motivated and good at managing their time. All potential candidates will embody the CYAS values: hospitable outreach, integrity and Catholic orthodoxy.
Position Summary The outreach coordinator missionary serves a parish, or a diocese region, in the efforts to evangelize 18-39 year olds. Every missionary coordinator plans and coordinates recreational sports leagues (basketball, ultimate, volleyball, wiffleball, etc.) and fun social events for new participant engagement. Then, they personally invite and encourage participants to get involved in Bible studies, retreats and mission trips, which they also plan/coordinate.
Outreach coordinators will work in a team of 2-4 missionaries and report to the National Program Director. They are encouraged to live with at least one missionary of the same gender, and potentially a couple of their disciples, with intentional prayer and community among them. They will also work closely in relationship with the CYAS partner they represent to ensure a growing partnership and success for both CYAS and their sponsoring partner.
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Need for CYAS
We model a radical Catholic view in practice, which is not radical at all in theology. Evangelization requires us to “meet people where they are at.” Community, or social life, is not only necessary, but is this first step for evangelization, yet it is often overlooked or devalued in our intellect heavy tradition. Cardinal Ratzinger and Sherry Wedell both give a framework for the path to discipleship along the lines of: 1- Trust & Curiosity – Pre-evangelization 2 – Initial Catechesis (or discipleship) and finally 3 – Perfected Catechesis. CYAS excels in stages 1 & 2 and leaves our partners, often parishes, to continue investing in stage 3.
Did you know that 80% of young adults will leave the Catholic faith before they turn 23? Pew Research estimates that may actually be 94% for millennials. And, less than 5% of those that leave will return, and stay, for marriage or baptism. This is a crises demanding urgent attention.
About Catholic Young Adult Sports (CYAS)
CYAS is a Denver based, young adult recreational sports outreach. Our mission is to build a community of hospitable outreach through recreational sports and socials that lead to a path of discipleship in Bible studies, retreats, and mission trips. We use sports and socials as the draw, and leverage the community from that, to invite participants into a deeper life in union with Jesus Christ. Our core mission values are hospitable outreach, integrity, and Catholic orthodoxy. Our goal/vision is Catholic young adult community everywhere. We have seen incredible fruit in our apostolate and through our partnerships we are providing a community of belonging and conversion for young adults. Numerous marriages, re-conversions and conversions have happened as the Spirit works through our communities and missionaries. This work is bearing fruit…is God inviting you to the harvest through CYAS?
Compensation Employees of CYAS are missionaries, which means they fundraise their personal income in order to further the mission. CYAS will internally train all missionaries on how to build an income producing support team from friends, family and referrals. The first nine weeks are set aside strictly for building this support team, which will sustain the missionaries in their work with CYAS. Support team building is performed remotely near the missionary's home base.
During this initial trainee/fundraising season, missionaries will have the opportunity to earn significant bonuses towards achieving their income goals as well as a small stipend for finishing the first week of training. Missionaries are held accountable to fundraising goals based on their personal budget needs by an experienced CYAS MPD coach. Missionaries are expected to raise $20k-$60k/year in personal income support.
Missionaries will also be offered, either a free rent situation provided by our partners, or a rent subsidy, if they choose to live in an approved housing situation with other missionaries and participants after their initial fundraising/trainee period.
Pay Structure: See above Type: Full Time Employee (~50hrs/week)
Category: Young Adult Outreach Ministry Experience: 0-5 years
Commitment: 2 years minimum + 9 weeks Locations: Denver
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