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Director/Pastor of Student Ministries

Grace Point Evangelical Free Church

The Vision of Grace Point Evangelical Free Church

Mission: Making and growing disciples of Jesus Christ through intentional relationships.

Attendance

450

Affiliation

Evangelical Free Church (EFCA)

Ministry Size

TBD

About this position

Director/Pastor of Student Ministries

Job Description 

The Director/Pastor of Student Ministries will lead and guide Grace Point’s Student Ministry to middle and high school students.  This individual will foster an environment where, through intentional relationships, students are discipled and encouraged.  This includes those interested in knowing God and developing a relationship with Him as you disciple and encourage them through the study of the Bible, Life Groups, events, retreats, and other opportunities for intentional relationship building.  It also includes intentional relationships with those who do not have a relationship with God or a church congregation.

The Director/Pastor of Student Ministries should also understand and follow God’s desires for leadership in the Church. He must actively strive to develop the character described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. As with all those called by God into ministry, this job can only be accomplished through reliance on the Holy Spirit, the study of the Word, and total dependence on God through prayer. The Director/Pastor of Student Ministries will work closely with the Lead Pastor, Administrative Pastor, and the Elder board as he assumes the following responsibilities:

Ministry (Grades 6-12)

  • Responsible for leading the mission of making and growing student disciples of Jesus through intentional relationships.
  • Recruit, oversee, and train a team of adult Student Ministry Team leaders as they learn to disciple and invest in student’s lives.
  • Develop and plan for regular and consistent Student Ministry events.
  • Coordinate with the Children’s Ministry to ensure a smooth transition for children and their parents into the Student Ministry, organizing events to facilitate this transition. This includes, but is not limited to, engaging at 1-2 Children’s Ministry events per year and planning 1-2 yearly student/parent events per year.
  • Spend regular time mentoring students individually and in small groups, nurturing relationships and fostering leadership development.
  • Design/recommend, and oversee curriculum selection for all Student Ministry programs and events.
  • Model and encourage intentional relationship building by equipping volunteers to engage with students outside formal ministry settings.
  • Develop intentional relationships with parent(s) to partner with them as the primary disciplers of their middle and high school child(ren).
  • Reach out to unchurched students through various outreach efforts and interact with parents and students during Sunday services.
  • Establish annual goals and objectives for the Student Ministry in cooperation with the Student Ministry team and Administrative Pastor and alignment with the church's stated vision, mission, and core values.
  • Maintain frequent communication with the church body as a whole, but particularly with the parents of students. Provide training and resources for parents as needed. This training and resources could include but are not limited to improving communication with your child(ren), studying the Bible with your child(ren), and parenting in a tech-driven world.
  • Display a Christ-like approach and lifestyle, and pray regularly for young people in the church and community.
  • Have and continue to develop a proficient understanding of young people's challenges and a Christ-like response to such challenges.
  • If not already established, pursue the establishment of a long-term mentoring relationship for your personal spiritual and emotional growth as a leader and individual.
  • Manage the annual budget for the Student Ministry, ensuring resources are allocated effectively to support ministry objectives.

General

  • Preserve, protect, and proclaim the Word of God.
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Utilize the Ministry Assistant to aid in various administrative needs of the Student Ministry.  These could include but are not limited to producing emails and other relevant communications, camp/trip/retreat planning and coordination, student mailings, preparing materials for youth meetings, and maintaining accurate records.  Part of this utilization will require developing a working plan for execution.
  • Utilize the Technology Coordinator and Ministry Assistant to aid in various social media and website communications.  Part of this utilization will require developing a working plan for execution.
  • Consistently review Student Ministry safety protocols and make any necessary adjustments. This includes, but is not limited to, meeting background check requirements and ensuring that a minimum of two adults are present with students at all Student Ministry events.
  • Be willing to serve within a team leadership structure, assist in other areas, and provide opportunities for others to serve in Student Ministry as needs arise.
  • Submit monthly Visa Report with receipts for purchases.
  • Affirm the Grace Point Evangelical Free Church statement of faith.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrate a passionate, growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, as evidenced through the fruit of the Spirit, a vibrant prayer life, a heart for lost people, and a love of God’s Word.
  • Demonstrate the ability to study, interpret, and practically apply God’s word.
  • Demonstrate the understanding or willingness to learn when to guide students with counseling needs and when to refer to a professional counselor.
  • Bachelor’s degree in theology, biblical studies, or Student Ministry.
  • Previous Student Ministry experience.
  • Proficient understanding of challenges and needs of students.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to lead by example.
  • Willingness to adapt to the flexible time demands of full-time ministry.
  • Develop and maintain a commitment to sustained excellence and quality.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and develop God’s people so that they can discover and use their God-given gifts.
  • Demonstrate a teachable spirit, a willingness to seek the counsel of others when needed, and a submission to authority.

Working Relationships:

The Pastor of Student Ministries shall be directly accountable to the Administrative Pastor daily. The Pastor of Student Ministries will demonstrate professionalism while interacting and cooperating with all employees, the Grace Point community, vendors, and all visitors. The Pastor of Student Ministries will always operate within the bounds of the Grace Point EFC Constitution and By-laws, HR manual, Mission, Vision, Core Values, and the direction of the Lead Pastor, Administrative Pastor, and the Elder Team.

Working Environment:

  • This is a full-time position requiring approximately 40-50 hours per week.

3 reasons people come to Grace Point Evangelical Free Church:

Our priority on God's word.
Our children's ministry.
The value that we place on families.

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