The Columbus Girls Academy currently has (2) openings for full-time female staff members to serve in the capacity of Residential Counselor working directly with our students on a day to day basis.

The Columbus Girls Academy is located 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, Georgia where the Teen Challenge Southeast Region and Global Teen Challenge Headquarters are located. Our campus is nestled on 200 acres of rolling hills on a lake with hiking trails, ball field, tennis courts, and the Lodge overlooking the lake. The Teen Challenge International Retreat and Conference Center is also located on our campus. Check out our Facebook by going to the website address listed above.

Mature Christian female of high moral and ethical standards/at least 21 years of age.  A calling from God to work with troubled teen girls. Exhibits a teachable spirit/respectfully submitted to constituted authority. Ability to lead and direct others
A college degree or ministry experience is preferred but will train the right person.  Must have a servant’s heart, energetic and willing to go above and beyond.  Opportunities are available for advancement in a growing, international organization.

Bob and Karla Lee, Executive Directors
Email: bob.lee@teenchallenge.cc, karla.lee@teenchallenge.cc
Phone: (334) 855–3695

The Garfield County Christian Youth Program is primed and ready for a new season of growth. We are a para-Church ministry working to serve Garfield County Washington by supporting the local Church and disciplining youth through lifestyle evangelism. This is a special ministry with lots of community support. We operate a after school Bible club for K-5th, Sunday Night Youth Group for 6th-12th, community outreach events, annual mission trips, and so much more! For more information on who we are and what we do check out our website www.GCCYP.com.

We are looking for a Director of Ministry our job description is as follows.


General Purpose of Position:


To serve as the Pastor of the Garfield County Christian Youth Program. To build young disciples for Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to youth ministry (in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach) while serving as a spiritual leader and role model.

Organizational Relationship and Supervision:

The Director of Youth Ministries (DYM) reports to the Board of Directors.


The Primary Task:


There shall be a comprehensive approach to the development and implementation of the youth ministry at all levels within the Garfield County Christian Youth Program. This comprehensive approach is based on the understanding of the primary task of ministry is to love God, love people, and serve others in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ.




  • Be a supportive member of GCCYP.
  • Be an advocate for youth and educate the Board of Directors about the hopes, concerns and needs of youth in the organization and community.
  • Help plan, develop, and implement all aspects of a balanced youth ministry in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach.
  • Mentor youth in developing their leadership skills.
  • Communicate and work closely with parents in the discipleship of their youth.
  • Be aware of resources for developing the youth ministry programming and participate in continuing education events and training opportunities.
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers who work with youth in all aspects of youth ministry and ensure adequate volunteer support and adult to youth ratios.
  • Be a liaison between the church and other community organizations, people, and resources that relate to youth and youth ministries.
  • Coordinate group curriculum for youth (grades 6-12).
  • Work in partnership with Board of Directors to effectively reach youth in the community and develop a strategic youth ministry outreach plan.
  • Make yourself available to youth in a variety of ways (i.e. lunch at school, attendance at extracurricular activities, visitation, times of crisis, etc.)
  • Work in concert with the gifts and talents of other staff members and maintain a teamwork mentality.
  • Ensure that the Child Protection policies are observed in all youth ministry settings.

Qualifications and Aptitudes:


  • Must have an unwavering and growing faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Must have a reputation that models and promotes the Christian faith.
  • Must embrace the Garfield County Christian Youth Programs statement of Faith.
  • Must have a clear calling to youth ministry and a passion to serve students, not just a desire for a career in ministry.
  • Formal Biblical training in biblical studies.
  • Must have vision and a demonstrated ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement a youth ministry in alignment with the mission and vision of GCCYP. ( http://www.gccyp.com/what-we-believe.html )
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, conflict management skills, and computer skills.
  • Must possess a proven ability to work effectively with youth, parents of youth, diverse individuals, and teams of volunteers.
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check and drug screen.

Please email any questions you have.

“I came to the Ranch a broken, drug-addicted, selfish, and angry person.” When Shane left home to come to Christian Encounter Ranch, he was on probation, had failed in school, had no father and a homeless mother, and carried only broken dreams. At the Ranch, he encountered something new: a loving, supportive community equipped to step into the pain trapping him. For 50 years, we’ve welcomed young people who were abused in all ways, slicing their bodies, refusing to eat, and overwhelmed by trauma. Young people who are dying on the inside from lack of hope. At our residential refuge, they receive food and shelter, licensed counseling, state-recognized high school education with extensive tutoring, job training, and much more. We work toward family reconciliation, provide a bridge to further schooling, encourage spiritual growth and artistic expression, and prepare our residents for a productive and meaningful life.


Our youth care interns directly impact students like Shane. You could be a part of this life-changing ministry.


Ministering to these hurting young people is both demanding and rewarding.  Students experience rapid growth, and interns develop additional spiritual maturity and endurance.  As servant-leaders, interns model the Christian life as they live and work alongside the students.  A staff of committed Christian professionals who have had many years of residential ministry experience provide guidance for the intern team. New interns receive one week of orientation, verbal and written instruction, and helpful direction and advice from senior interns.  Internships range from 90 days to 2 years.

Each intern disciples one to three students and teaches group Bible studies on a rotation basis.  Interns are hard-working supervisors of the students and perform daily assignments that include practical activities–cooking, cleaning, and various maintenance tasks on our 86-acre campus (affectionately called “the Ranch”).
​​Interns also oversee a dorm room with two or three students.  Many teachable moments arise during the daily activities as well as during recreation times (e.g. boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, ball games, “hanging out,” etc.).  There are also various opportunities to minister in other ways according to interest and gifting.


Fill out the form at https://www.christianencounter.org/request-info.html to begin the intern application process.

Heart Haven Outreach’s Mission Statement:
To transform the lives of (at-risk) struggling teens through caring relationships and programs that support healthy development on an emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual level.

You must
 Be at least 21 years old
 Have a personal faith that is compatible with H2O’s Statement of Faith (see application)
 Have deep love and patience for hurting and troubled teens and their families
 Be able to initiate relationships and connect positively with youth
 Be sensitive to people’s feelings and capable of emotional depth
 Believe that God loves everyone unconditionally and that everyone is capable of success
 Be willing to be patient and flexible with the inevitable changes and struggles a young ministry goes through
 Be excited to work hard, pray hard, and see lives changed
We prefer you
 Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (e.g. youth ministry, psychology, or social work); life experience in lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree may be considered

 Manage a “careload” of approximately 20 students of your gender with whom you meet regularly, one-on-one
 Assist with transportation of youth to and from H2O activities
 Assess the needs of youth and build relationships with them, both during H2O activities and in other settings
 Get to know the parents and families of youth, referring them to appropriate resources as necessary
 Manage crowds and set boundaries for participants, using disciplinary action as necessary
 Plan curriculum for and lead programs, activities, and trips
 Network with other local youth workers, including school and community personnel
 Assist with fundraisers as assigned
 Time Commitment: full time, 40-50 hours/week (MWF approximately 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, TuTh approximately 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM, special events may require different hours)

Please email a cover letter and your resume to Ryan Lawrence, Executive Director, at rlawrence@hearthavenoutreach.org.