Youth/Student Ministries


South Atlantic District C&MA

Carry out the calling of primary pastor for all students in grades 6 – 12 at the church, with extended ministry to their friends and family, helping them to build and strengthen a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Emphasis should be placed on working with parents for effective discipleship of their youth and on providing extra support for youth who do not have a godly influence at home. Develop youth ministry strategy and programs, together with the Youth Ministry Assistant (YMA), in partnership with adult lay leaders and youth leadership, and in consultation with the Elders and Executive Pastor, that support the church’s vision, purpose, and values at a level relevant to teens and support district and national Christian & Missionary Alliance youth initiatives. Together with the YMA and adult lay leaders, coordinate and facilitate all youth ministries including, but not limited to, youth Sunday School, midweek meetings, small groups, one-on-one discipleship, counseling, leadership training for students, and events/activities that facilitate both engagement with the church youth and outreach. Prepare and teach biblically-based and culturally engaging weekly lessons that provide for discipleship-oriented instruction, addressing the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the youth in our community. In coordination with the pastoral staff and other teaching ministries, help to prepare youth for the challenges they may face now or in the future as adults on campus or in the work world, training them to be prepared to make a defense of the hope that is within them. Establish a welcoming and inviting environment for both visitors and the church’s youth transitioning into youth group. Actively seek to build authentic and meaningful relationships with youth. Regularly lead the youth in outward-focused ministry, reaching into the church, our community and around the world. This includes identifying and developing areas of ministry within the church and across generations, planning and carrying out service and outreach projects in the community, and leading domestic and international mission trips. Identify, recruit, and equip both youth and lay adult leaders to assist in youth ministry. Supervise and delegate responsibilities to youth and adult leaders. A special focus of adult volunteer ministry is to ensure that youth of all ages and both genders are directly and appropriately discipled. Communicate ministry goals and activities clearly and regularly with parents, youth, adult leaders and church leaders. Maintain ministry social media presence for the youth, parents, church, and community. Develop a consistent method of solicitating and accepting feedback on youth ministry from parents and volunteers. Develop and operate within an annual budget, in consultation with YMA and the Executive Pastor. Participate in staff meetings and retreats. Maintain a trust-oriented team environment with the rest of church staff. Assist with other pastoral and church ministries as requested by the Senior or Executive Pastor. Be committed to personal and skills development by way of continuing education and mentoring relationships. Required Ability to present a clear Christian testimony, with evidence of a Spirit-filled life, a consistent prayer and devotional life, and personal growth in displaying the fruit of the Spirit. Three to seven years of experience in youth ministry leadership. Experience in developing and teaching biblically-focused lessons to youth in an engaging manner. Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and shepherd lay youth ministry leaders. Ability to be a team player with other staff members, while being a team leader of the youth ministry. Has a strong calling to and passion for pastoral youth ministry. Excellent written and verbal communication skills; technologically literate (including social media). Understand and agree with the doctrinal and positional statements of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Ordained, or willing to pursue ordination, in the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Bachelor degree or higher in Bible, Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Missions, Christian Counseling, or similar. Preferred Previous experience as a youth pastor Formal training in counseling


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