Practice Discipleship Coach Job Description

Child Youth & Family Ministry:

 Practice Discipleship Coach – Volunteer Position

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is continuing to develop the Practice Discipleship Initiative which was initially part of the National Youth Gathering. We are seeking candidates who are interested in filling this position. A full description of expectations is attached, and can also be found on the Metropolitan New York Synod web site on the Child Youth & Family Ministry web page. Funds are available through the ELCA Youth Ministry Network to cover most of the expenses for training.

I invite you to consider serving as Practice Discipleship Coach. This is a key leadership position for the Practice Discipleship Initiative and the expectations are high! The PD Coach will build a team to lead and promote the training sessions in our synod, and facilitate networking among adult leaders and stakeholders. Coaches will be required to attend training prior to the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza, January 23-25, 2013.   (for information about Youth Ministry Network go to

Please Note: This position is no longer tied to the ELCA Youth Gathering.  Participation as a PD Coach neither commits you nor designates you to serve in any programming for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering.

For more information, contact deacon Charlie Germain at

deacon Charlie Germain,      Chair – Child Youth & Family Ministry – MNYS                       (845) 225-4698 home      (845) 521-1617 cell                                                                              135 Kent Shore Drive, Carmel, NY  10512


 Practice Discipleship Coaches Job Description

 The work of youth ministry is to develop young people of vital faith who live out their calling in the world for the sake of Jesus Christ.

The PD Coaches will play a vital role in training and equipping adult leaders for ministry with young people. In addition to the trainings they will lead, PD Coaches will develop partnerships with youth ministry stakeholders and organizations in their synod/area who are already invested in equipping adult leaders. Training sessions will be open to all adult leaders from all congregations. The ultimate goal of the Practice Discipleship Initiative is to use these strategic partnerships to build capacity in synods and congregations for adult leadership development for the sake of faith formation in young people.

Please Note: This position is no longer tied to the ELCA Youth Gathering. Participation as a PD Coach neither commits you nor designates you to serve in any programming for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering. It is anticipated that there will be two roles the year of the Gathering. This role of

“PD Coach” will be separate from a “Gathering Coach” type role that may be responsible for synod programming at the Gathering. The “Gathering Coach” invitation would come through a Gathering Planning Team.


 Develop and lead a team from your synod to facilitate Practice Discipleship Trainings for adult leaders.

 Promote Practice Discipleship Trainings (face to face and online) to adult leaders in your synod/area.

Lead a minimum of six face-to-face Practice Discipleship Trainings in your synod from January 2013 – January 2014, covering sessions from each of the 3 areas: theological, theory and practice. Ideally, three in the spring of 2013, three in the fall of 2013. You will be trained and equipped in the curriculum to use for these Trainings.

 Meet with strategic partners in your synod to discuss ways in which you might collaborate for Practice Discipleship Trainings (face to face and online).

o Strategic partners may include:

Synod staff• Bishop• Youth Ministry Staff/Liaison• Directors for Evangelical Mission Synodical Lutheran Youth Organization or Youth Ministry leadership   Outdoor Ministry Lutheran Campus Ministry   Lutheran Colleges   Seminaries   ELCA Youth Ministry Network Regional Facilitators• Local Youth Ministry Network     Other stakeholders and strategic communities (ethnic, young adult, emergent church, rural/urban, etc.) who are invested in training and equipping adult leaders for youth ministry in your synod/area.

o The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to align strategic partners for further ministry together beyond the Practice Discipleship Trainings.

• A commitment to serve in this capacity from January 2013 through January 2014.

• Attend ONE mandatory Practice Discipleship training event for Coaches:

o January 23 (4pm) – 25 (2pm), 2013 in Anaheim, CA

o This training is a high priority for serving in this role, and we expect that you will make every effort to attend! At the same time, we fully understand that it is impossible to gather this many leaders and not have conflicts with dates. If these dates conflict with already scheduled work or family commitments that cannot be changed, it is possible to send a “proxy” from your team to this training.

• Participate in 3 on-line meetings with the Practice Discipleship Coaches for support and accountability.


Support for Your Role as PD Coach

Financial assistance to implement your responsibilities.

Mandatory Training for Coaches:

Transportation stipend of $250 to assist with airfare. You will be responsible for making your own transportation arrangements. These will NOT be booked through Best Travel (the ELCA travel agency). Limited scholarship funds are available to assist with prohibitive airfare costs as needed.

 All meals during the PD Coaches training.

Housing stipend of $150 for 2 nights of the training. You will be responsible for making your own housing arrangements and will received the stipend check at the event. (This covers two nights at double occupancy)

Funds will be provided to cover approved expenses for the synod teams and training events in synods.

Support and assistance from the Practice Discipleship Head Coaches

 Curriculum, PowerPoint and DVD resources to lead the trainings.


General Timeline

 December 1, 2012: Respond to invitation to serve as Practice Discipleship Coach. Those who respond with a yes will receive a letter with information on the PD Coaches Training.(Apply first through the Child Youth & Family Ministry Committee – MNYS

January 23-25, 2013: Attend PD Coaches Training in Anaheim, CA, prior to the Extravaganza

February 2013: Begin development of your synod teams

Spring/Summer 2013: Lead training events in your synod

Fall 2013:             Receive curriculum for 2013-2014 theme  &  Lead training events in your synod.

January 28-30, 2014: PD Coaches Training Event in St. Louis, MO, prior to the Extravaganza


About deacon Charlie Germain

Chair - Child Youth & Family Ministry Committee - Metropolitan New York Synod Love to camp, hike, canoe, ski, and just be in the outdoors!
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