leadership isn’t a job, it’s a journey.
EYCDIOATL leadership programs are a great option for students or adults who want to explore and develop their own leadership skills in an environment that is both challenging and safe. In addition to the spiritual formation of leadership development, students and volunteers are able to use their time with us for service hours or on job and school applications.
Students and laypeople are able to serve at the diocesan level in a variety of ways, whether it’s planning and running retreats or giving back to the community through atlSERVE. Whether you’re a student, parent, volunteer, or seeking employment, we hope you’ll explore leadership with us.
See below for current job openings in the Diocese of Atlanta.
Director of Youth Ministry (PT)
St. Columba’s Church in Suwanee, Georgia is currently hiring a part-time (12/15 hrs/wk) Youth Ministry Director.
Youth Ministry Coordinator (PT)
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Atlanta is hiring a part-time (10-20 hrs/wk) coordinator for youth ministries.
student LEADERSHIP opportunities
In 2014, Bishop Wright commissioned a small group of clergy and lay leaders to evaluate and make recommendations for changes to our Diocesan Youth Ministry Programs. In 2015, the task force was expanded to the Diocesan Commission on Youth Ministry.
The purpose of the Diocesan Youth Commission is to ensure we are living into our purpose statement: “We believe in forming disciples by sharing the all inclusive and unconditional love of Jesus Christ.” DYC students and adults do this by:
- Advocating for diocesan and parish youth ministries in their church
- Attending DYC meetings (virtually or in person) — see application for meeting dates
- Planning and facilitating the following diocesan events:
- DYC retreats at Camp Mikell
- Overnight event for Annual Council
- Hunger Walk/Run Eucharist
- Graduation Celebration
We’re looking for all kinds of students and adults to guide our ministry for the 2022-23 school year. The application deadline is Sunday, May 22. Accepted applicants will be notified by June 15.
- Must be in high school during 2022/2023 school year (students)
- Must be at least one year removed from high school (adults)
- Must serve on only one other youth steering committee
- Must be able to attend an overnight training in August
- Must be able to attend planning meetings (see application for dates)
We are currently accepting applications for DYC 2022-23. High school students can apply here before July 17.
Our Happening retreats are heavily focused on spiritual and relational formation. Each Happening weekend, Candidates (attendees) experience community in a new way through student-led worship, teaching, and activities. Although adults facilitate and supervise the weekend, members of the Happening Team are responsible for planning and guiding the program.
At the head of the Happening Team is the Rector, a high school senior who chooses the retreat theme and song. The Rector is responsible for setting the tone of the team and overseeing the program.
Each Rector has an Observing Rector (OR), a student who is preparing to serve as Rector at the next Happening. The OR assists the Rector as they learn how to do the job for the next retreat.
There are other positions on the Happening Team that are equally as important. If you’ve already Happened (attended a Happening retreat), then you’re eligible to serve with us! Click on the Happening Team Application to see the available positions and help us share the love of Jesus with our future Candidates.
Almost all of our events involve music, so we’re always looking for middle and high school students who are interested in leading with their voice or other instruments. If you are a student (or adult) who would like to develop your skills around leading worship, we would love to have you.
We also enjoy capturing photos and video of our events so we can share our work with the rest of the Diocese. Students who are interested in learning event photography/videography are always welcome!
Contact us today if you would like to discuss serving on our Music & Media Team.
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We believe in the leadership of the young people and that they are called to lead in the world we live in. Because of this, we have the Steps2Lead leadership program for high schoolers. The purpose of this program is to grow their leadership capacity to address tough problems through partnership and agency. Throughout the program, young people are given the opportunity to learn, reflect, and practice how they can use leadership to make a lasting impact as disciples.
Bishop Robert Wright, Dr. Mary Hooper (Associate Provost and Professor of Leadership Development at Clark Atlanta University), and EYCDIOATL Director Holle Tubbs are the facilitators of this program. Together with our students, we explore both our individual leadership styles along with some big questions: How do we use the teaching of Jesus to lead like him in a polarized world? How can our young people live into who Jesus calls us to be?
The target grades for this program are rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as graduating seniors. This is program is an intensive meant for those willing to work hard, think outside the box, and take practical steps toward leading like Jesus.
The 2022 application process is closed. If you have questions or are interested in being an S2L Learner or Mentor in 2023, please contact us.
adult LEADERSHIP opportunities
The purpose of the Diocesan Youth Commission is to ensure we are living into our purpose statement: “We believe in forming disciples by sharing the all inclusive and unconditional love of Jesus Christ.” Our DYC Advisors serve the Commission students by encouraging and empowering them to fulfill this purpose. College sophomores and above are eligible to serve in this role.
DYC Advisors attend DYC Training, our virtual planning meetings, the Overnight @ Annual Council, and the DYC Retreat.
Please contact us if you are interested in being a DYC Advisor.
We place a high value on program safety, which means we are always looking for quality chaperones! If you’re interested in attending our retreats as a chaperone (or in any other leadership capacity)…
Contact us today if you would like to serve as a chaperone!
Although students lead the Happening program, the our Happening Adults play a crucial role in making the weekend happen. If you are a college sophomore or older who has attended a Happening before, you’re eligible to serve in one of the following roles:
New Beginnings is our middle school spiritual formation retreat, and we are always looking for adults and college students with a special affinity for this age group. Adults can serve at New Beginnings as:
Serving as a S2L Mentor means partnering with Bishop Wright, Dr. Mary Hooper, and Holle Tubbs in the engagement of our participants. Our Steps2Lead Mentors attend our program sessions and walk with S2L Learners through their leadership project. Mentors can be from any walk of life, so long as they can share their own development experiences in ways that are helpful to the Learners.
The 2022 application process is closed. If you have questions or are interested in being an S2L Mentor in 2023, please contact us.
Every summer, we support at least one service week for our students and youth leaders. This is a joint service effort between middle and high schoolers.
You can find more information on past service weeks here.
Please note: this opportunity will resume in 2023