Youth Pastor - Immanuel Baptist Church
Christian Career Center Hoquiam, WA
- Posted: over a month ago
Immanuel Baptist Church is an established church of about 250 people known for its biblical teaching and generous commitment to and involvement in the community of Grays Harbor. Believing this to be an unprecedented time of ministry opportunity and responsibility, Immanuel is excited to seek a full-time youth pastor to minister to the needs of the youth of our church family AND the communities we serve. Pastor Kent Gravley says “’Grays Harbor’ is the perfect size community to get involved in and make a difference!”
About Grays Harbor
“Grays Harbor” is the inclusive term used to refer to the adjacent communities of Hoquiam, Aberdeen and Cosmopolis found near the coast in southeast Washington, at the base of the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. An outdoorsman’s paradise, forests, hiking trails, mountains, and beaches are only a short drive away. Timber-based at one time, Grays Harbor continues to evolve economically and socially. In our communities you will find great opportunities as well as great needs. Immanuel is located in Hoquiam and draws people from about 25 miles both east and west.
The Objective of the Student Ministries at Immanuel (Middle and High School) is to reach and serve the youth of Immanuel and Grays Harbor, building disciples for Christ and equipping them to share their faith with others.
The Student Ministries Pastor is responsible for giving leadership to the overall educational and activities ministry of grades six through twelve, facilitating evangelism and discipleship by planning, promoting, conducting and evaluating the student ministries of the church. This includes but is not limited to…
- Casting Vision
- Spiritual Education / Discipleship
- Developing Student Servants
- Networking / Volunteer Development
- Structure / Planning
- Administration / Communication
Belief: The IBC Student Ministries Pastor (SMP) sets the tone of the ministry and becomes the one those in Student Ministries as well as the congregation looks to for insights into the vision of the ministry.
Expectation: The SMP is responsible for casting and executing the vision of IBC Student Ministries.
- Identify and work with IBC Student Ministries Leadership Team to develop the vision, mission, and objectives of IBC Student Ministries to be approved by the elders of IBC.
- Ensure all program details align with the vision, mission, and objectives of IBC Student Ministries.
- Champion the vision, mission, and objectives of IBC Student Ministries.
SPIRITUAL EDUCATION / DISCIPLESHIP
Belief: The SMP has the honor and obligation to educate and disciple the students with whom God has entrusted IBC.
Expectation: The SMP, along with the IBC Student Ministry volunteer team under his direction, will create programs conducive to spiritual education and a culture that encourages relational discipleship.
- Involve the IBC Student Ministry team in choosing curriculum appropriate for both middle school and high school age students.
- Intentionally invest in the discipleship of IBC students through relationships.
- Recruiting and training IBC Student Ministries volunteers in discipleship.
- Make yourself and the IBC Student Ministries volunteers available to youth in a variety of ways (i.e. lunch at school, attendance at targeted extracurricular activities, visitations, times of crisis, etc.)
DEVELOPING STUDENT SERVANTS
Belief: IBC Student Ministries has a great opportunity and responsibility to encourage and mentor strong, spiritually grounded student leaders.
Expectation: The SMP, along with the IBC Student Ministry volunteer team under his direction, will find and create opportunities to develop and encourage leadership qualities in the students of IBC.
- With the assistance of the IBC Student Ministries volunteer team, provide at least two opportunities per calendar year for members of the Student Ministries family to be involved in missions and ministry-both locally and outside the community.
- Engage and assimilate students in the life and ministry of IBC, using their gifts and talents in ministry and service of the church.
- With the assistance of the IBC Student Ministries volunteer team, plan and execute two IBC Student Ministries Takeover Sundays per calendar year.
- These Sundays will entail student participation in the church service during worship, prayer, and testimonies … as well as possible A/V and ushering responsibilities.
NETWORKING / VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT
Belief: For IBC Student Ministries to thrive, a team of IBC Student Ministries volunteers needs to be recruited, trained, and developed. This team is crucial to the health of the ministry and the spiritual development of IBC students.
Expectation: The SMP will develop a team of spiritually mature volunteers to serve the students of IBC under his direction.
- Build and lead an IBC Student Ministries Leadership Team, composed of key IBC Student Ministries volunteers as well as others who offer good insight into effective student ministries.
- Recruit a team of IBC Student Ministries volunteers, both female and male, to serve both the Middle School and High School ministries.
- Train IBC Student Ministries volunteers in discipleship and student/parent follow-up.
STRUCTURE / PLANNING
Belief: Proper planning and evaluation and are imperative to ensuring IBC Student Ministries effectively meets the needs of the students it is serving.
Expectation: The SMP and the student ministry team will evaluate IBC Student Ministries program and events regularly and will use this evaluation to organize future program details, ensuring alignment to IBC Student Ministries objectives. This planning will happen at regular intervals throughout the year, ensuring program details are planned in advance.
- Create Student Ministries programs that are creative, attractive, and relevant to the students of IBC. It is understood that effective student ministry requires a strong element of not only spiritual realities but a “fun factor and energy”. This includes providing relevant environments to which IBC youth would feel comfortable inviting their non-Christian friends.
- Implement effective and dynamic Biblical teaching, worship, discipleship, fellowship, and evangelism as the foundation of IBC Student Ministries.
- Host quarterly meetings for the IBC Student Ministries Leadership Team focused on evaluating and planning Student Ministries programs to ensure alignment with the IBC Student Ministries objectives.
ADMINISTRATION / COMMUNICATIONS
Belief: Without strategic planning, organization, execution, and communication, no matter how great the vision is, IBC Student Ministry will not reach its full potential.
Expectation: The SMP will organize both the administrative details and the communications to students and families, delegating as needed, to ensure effective plan execution.
- Maintain an informational roster and record of attendance of the students at IBC, as well as of guests, ensuring that guests and those absent are contacted and appropriately invited to IBC Student Ministries programs, while respecting their decisions.
- Maintain parent/guardian release and information permission form for students traveling.
- Maintain contact with students and parents, keeping them informed of ongoing activities using all available avenues (email, website, text, Facebook, bulletin, newsletter, bulletin board, etc.).
- Follow-up, communicating with those youth within the church, not attending, giving them an appropriate invitation and respecting their decision.
- Create and maintain an IBC Student Ministries social media presence.
- Keep parents updated on ministry strategies and plans in a way that encourages partnership and involvement at least quarterly.
- Biblical training preferred
- Some experience preferred
- Working knowledge of technology necessary for contemporary ministry
- Competitive salary
- Health benefits for you and your family
- Matching retirement plan
- Opportunity for growth and development as a pastor and leader