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- Youth / Student Ministry
- Young Adult / College Ministry
- is Non-denominational
- has an average worship attendance of 400
Job at Oakwood Community Church
Position: Pastor of Student Ministries
Date: July 2018
Young people need to know Christ as their personal Savior. Most people who give their lives to Christ do so before the age of 18. Therefore, student ministry is a vital part of the overall ministry of the church.
Young people need to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, reflecting both His character and His priorities. Healthy student ministries will balance winning the lost, building up the believers, equipping workers and multiplying leaders. Teens are capable of doing great things for God.
God wants to see spiritual transformation in the lives of young people. It is our goal for them to glorify God by moving from the greater community to the core of the church family. We see this accomplished as they get connected:
• To God: Living a life of worship that expresses both the sufficiency of God’s Word and the supremacy of Christ every day. Pursuing spiritual growth by consistently practicing the disciplines of Bible study, prayer and personal obedience. • To Others: In relationships (one on one, small groups) with other Christ-followers that: provide mutual spiritual encouragement, offer accountability for spiritual integrity, practice the relational imperatives of the New Testament and produce spiritual fruit and unity in the Church. • To Ministry: Developing and deploying our natural talents and spiritual gifts in service to others, in ways that wisely use the resources God has given to us and that recognize Jesus Christ as the true Owner of all things. • To Mission: Being “salt and light” in our world by practicing personal holiness, expressing biblical love toward each other, maintaining unity in the body of Christ and verbally sharing the gospel with others. Taking advantage of mission opportunities both locally and globally, through short-term missions experiences in our community and around the world.
Youth ministry is intended to assist parents in the task of raising godly children, not to do it for them.
Focus on relationships with God, students and their parents/families, volunteers and staff.
Train, equip and mobilize adult and student leaders.
Further develop a small group model for ministry for our students.
Primary (75% of time)
Cultivate positive relationships with teens and their families in the church, community and local schools.
Shepherd and oversee the youth ministry (7th – 12th grades) of the church.
Recruit, train and supervise volunteer staff.
Plan and administer, in consultation with volunteer staff, an annual calendar of activities designed to connect students to God, to others, to ministry and to mission, so they can become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Submit and administer an annual youth ministry budget.
Minister to and support parents and families of teens, and involve them in the youth ministry.
Work closely with Lead Pastor and other pastoral staff in implementing the church purpose.
- Secondary (15% of time)
Shepherd and oversee college ministry
Work with volunteer staff to implement the purpose of the church.
Work in consultation and cooperation with volunteer leaders to recruit, train and supervise volunteer staff.
Plan, administer and oversee, in consultation and cooperation with volunteer leaders and staff, an annual calendar of ministries, activities and curriculums designed to connect students to God, to others, to ministry and to mission so they can become fully devoted followers of Christ.
- Secondary (15% of time) Shepherd and oversee college ministry
Remainder (10% of time)
Assist Oakwood’s staff, ministry, etc. with their individually unique
giftedness (Technology, Music, Organization, etc.)
Reports to Lead Pastor. Relates closely with other pastoral staff, elders and support staff.
Responsible for volunteer adult youth leaders, student leadership.
Gifts, skills and knowledge necessary to perform well in this ministry: Gifts/strengths:
• Communication • Planning/organization • Motivating • Selection and recruiting of capable people • Able to juggle several tasks at one time • Able to adapt to change • Teachable • Team player
• Ability to accurately, clearly and practically handle the Word of God • Knowledge and experience in how to relate to students in practical life-changing ways • Knowledge and experience in how to relate to and come alongside of parents and adults • Knowledge and experience in creating small group environments that are conducive to spiritual transformation • Understands and supports Oakwood Community Church’s Statement of Faith (what we believe), By-laws (how we operate) and policies. • Undergraduate degree (Bachelors), preferably in a ministry-related field of study.
Personality, interested and aptitudes needed for a good fit on the job
• A self-starter, someone with initiative
• Able to maintain balance between a people orientation and a commitment to completing tasks
• Optimistic – positive outlook
• People • Personal spiritual growth • God’s work moving forward Character
• Humility • Honesty and integrity • Trustworthy • Respectable • Self-controlled • Perseverance • Emotional maturity Christian walk
• Vibrant walk with Christ • Filled with the spirit – giving evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in your life • Evangelistic – committed to personal evangelism with a track record of personal outreach Calling (specific call of God on your life)
• Evidence of the characteristics of overseers/elders/pastors as described in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
Commitments and benefits
Hours per week: minimum of 40
Salary: dependent on education, experience and needs
Vacation: Up to three weeks paid vacation – based on experience and needs
Reimbursable expense account (for mileage, books, conferences, etc.)
Opportunities for ongoing training (seminars, conferences) and education
Fellowship in ministry with other pastoral and support staff
Oakwood Community Church is a nondenominational, Bible-centered church where you can experience God, connect with real, caring people, and grow in your faith. We offer two identical worship services at 9:00am and 11:00am on Sunday mornings. Here are some things you can expect to experience on Sundays at Oakwood:
A Relaxed Atmosphere - Dress casual or dress up; either way you'll feel right at home at Oakwood. We care about connecting with you and helping you worship God and grow in your faith.
Friendly, Genuine People - Those who are new to Oakwood routinely tell us that the warmth and friendliness of our people is one of their favorite things. We know sometimes you need time and space to explore and get comfortable in a new place. At Oakwood you'll find people who care about you and want to connect with you when you are ready.
Relevant, Biblical Messages - Each week you can expect to hear a message that connects truths from Scripture with issues we face in everyday life. You will be both encouraged and challenged to grow in your faith and relationships with others as a follower of Jesus.
Contemporary Worship - Our worship band leads us in praise and worship each week with skill and passion. We regularly sing some of today's top contemporary Christian worship songs, occasionally mixing in classic hymns.
Dynamic Children's Ministry - We have a dedicated team of volunteers that love God and love kids. Each week they serve to connect with your children and help them grow in their faith through creative, age-appropriate Bible teaching. On Sunday mornings our ChildCare Ministry cares for our youngest children (infants through preschool) at both our 9am and 11am worship services. Our SONshine Park children's ministry serves kids in grades K-4 at both the 9am and 11am services. SONshine Park also has a separate ministry for students in 5th-6th grade, which is available only during the 11am service.