STATUS: Full-time, Salaried (Contingent upon Self-funding support and partnerships)
HOURS: 40 Hours per week Plus
BENEFITS: Health Insurance, Pension, 2 Weeks Paid Vacation
The goal of the Youth Ministry is to build disciples for Christ, equipping them to share their faith with others. The mission of discipleship in relational environments should be a key component of the youth ministry.
The Youth Pastor reports to the Lead Pastor for spiritual and ministry guidance. The Lead Pastor provides an annual evaluation of the Youth Pastor’s performance, based on an agreed Ministry Action Plan (MAP).
The Primary Task:
Develop and implement a comprehensive approach to youth ministry. This comprehensive approach is based on the understanding of the primary task of youth ministry to:
disciple the youth into a personal relationship with God in both large group and smaller relational environments
grow the youth ministry by creating attractive and compelling environments to which our youth can invite their non-Christian friends.
build a team of passionate adult youth coaches to help mentor and disciple the youth
teach the youth the Gospel and what that requires from them
provide them with opportunities for nurture and growth
show Jesus’ love through modeling
challenge the youth to respond to God’s call to serve in their communities and world
support and assist the parents in the process of discipling their youth
equip the current youth to share the Gospel with their friends
build a ministry that engages with local Middle and High schools in the area, through an on-campus ministry such as First Priority, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Upward Sports, etc.
Be an advocate for youth and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns and needs of youth in the local church and community.
Help plan, develop, and implement all aspects of a balanced youth ministry.
Mentor youth in developing their leadership skills.
Stay abreast of new resources and changes in youth ministry and youth culture and adjust our programming as needed to maintain a current and effective program.
Share these changes with the parents to assist them in better understanding their youth and the culture they live in.
Participate in continuing education events and training opportunities.
Provide parents with continuing education and training in the area of raising their youth.
Recruit and train volunteers to serve in various aspects of youth ministry and ensure adequate adult to youth ratios.
Be a liaison between the church and other community organizations, people, and resources that relate to youth ministries, including attend local community events relevant to youth.
Coordinate Small group curriculum for youth (grades 6-12) and recruit youth coaches to assist with the weekly teaching and mentoring the youth.
Select the curriculum, teach or coordinate others teaching, for small groups.
Work in partnership with schools in the area to effectively reach youth in the community and develop a strategic ministry outreach plan.
Keep records of youth participation and manage the youth ministry budget.
Communicate with the youth and parents in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all available resources (email, website, bulletin, newsletter, texting, etc.). This includes a quarterly parent’s newsletter, regular parent emails regarding upcoming events, weekly youth check in texts and other communicative methods.
Create an annual and quarterly calendar events based on Simple Church principles, current youth research, and church mission/vision.
Be available to encourage, challenge, and counsel the youth and parents towards effective lives as followers of Jesus (i.e. lunch at school, after school visits, attendance at extracurricular activities, home visitations, and support during times of crisis, etc.)
Work in concert with the gifts and talents of other staff members and maintain a strong teamwork mentality.
Attend all Staff Meetings as well as any other regular scheduled meetings.
Ensure that the Child Protection Policy is observed in all youth ministry settings.
Qualifications and Aptitudes:
Adhere to theology and values in harmony with Gate City Church of Christ’s mission and values as well as statements of belief
Clear, observable commitment to Jesus Christ
A relational and pastoral heart
Professional Certification, degree, or training in Youth Ministry or 3 plus years of experience in the area of youth ministry is preferred.
Must have vision and a demonstrated ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement a youth and family ministry within the parameters of the church.
Must have good written and verbal communication skills, conflict management skills, and computer skills.
Must have a proven ability to work effectively with youth, parents, diverse individuals, and teams of volunteers.
Please complete the online application below including the following attachments:
A recent photo of you (and your family if you wish)
A statement, no longer than one page, on your philosophy of youth ministry.
A link to your preaching or teaching (preferably video, but audio is acceptable if no video is available)
Thank you for completing and submitting the Youth Pastor application.