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  • Youth / Student Ministry
  • Assistant/Associate pastor
  • Family Ministry

Our church…

  • is United Methodist
  • has an average worship attendance of 200

Job at Pathfinder Church

Associate Pastor of Family and Youth Ministry

Job Description

Pathfinder Church in Portage, Michigan is seeking to hire a full-time Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Discipleship Ministries

Pathfinder Church, a growing, Bible-based, multi-generational church in Portage, Michigan is dedicated to strengthening its commitment to families and youth.

The individual hired for the Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Discipleship Ministries will serve God as an active member of the Church and leadership team and will work with the senior pastor, ministry staff and lay leadership to develop programming which will strengthen families and teenaged youth to live out their Christian faith in an increasingly secular world.

Pathfinder is a United Methodist affiliated congregation with about 400 members.

Senior Pastor

Full Time/40 Hours per Week
Schedule Flexible However Evening and Weekend Hours Are Required

Develop and Direct Family Focus Ministry Plan
Serve as Church Youth Program Director focused on transitioning children into a vibrant Church Youth Program
Active Participation Weekly and Preaching During Second Service Monthly
Develop and direct a formalized Confirmation Pathway
Attend weekly staff meetings, attend bi-weekly meeting with Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and attend Vision Team and Worship Design Meetings

Compensation Negotiable Depending on Experience: $35-40,000 Annually plus Health Care Stipend $4,200

Profession of Evangelical, Bible-Based Christian Faith
Willingness to Join Pathfinder Church
2-3 Years of Experience as Youth Leader and/or Director of Family-Related Ministries
Bachelor’s Degree Preferred


Resume Outlining Ministry Experience, Volunteerism and Educational Qualifications
Cover Letter which conveys desire for position and Statement of Personal Faith
Written “Personal Vision Document” for Youth and Family Ministry
Example of Personally Written and Delivered Sermon and/or Youth Devotions
Three Reference Letters of Recommendation

June 1                           Posting and Distribution of Job Description Attached
June 30                          Posting Closes
Week of July 8                Applications Review
Week of July 15              Interviews
Week of July 22              Decision Made/Offer Extended
Week of August 5           Start Date (Flexible)

Interested persons should submit requested information prior to June 30 to:

Linda Depta
Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair
Pathfinder Church
8740 South Westnedge
Portage, MI 49024
269-327-6761 (Phone)

Pathfinder Church

Our Vision statement is Worship+Connect+Serve (Love God, Love others).

We have 2 worship services each week, both with unique styles. One is Traditional (organ and choir) and one is Contemporary (praise band).

We strive to be a church that is always seeking ways to have intergenerational experiences as well as offering many opportunities for our congregation members to serve our community.