Associate Pastor for Youth and Families
Duties and Responsibilities
- Plan and develop the goals and objectives of a coherent discipleship and outreach program for children and youth.
- Plan and develop ministries for children, e.g. Nursery program, Sunday School classes, Kids Club meetings (ages 7-10), Children’s Choir.
- Plan and develop ministries for youth, e.g. Youth Group for Juniors (ages 10-13), Youth Group for Seniors (ages 13-18), Youth Choir.
- Create events intended to reach out to children and youth who are not already connected to the church.
- Recruit, train and lead volunteers for children’s and youth ministries.
- Encourage and communicate with parents regarding the Spiritual health of their children and youth.
- Counsel and offer pastoral care and Spiritual guidance to children, youth and their families.
- Build relationship and establish rapport with children, youth and their parents, from among the church members and the unchurched.
- Establish connections with families through the international school community.
- Work together with the Pastor to ensure that the overall purpose and vision for the church be fulfilled.
- Speak and teach during children and youth events, and occasionally preach in a church worship service.
Philosophy of Family Ministry
The responsibility for raising children and youth and teaching them the ways of the LORD rests primarily with their parents (Exodus 6:5-7). FIBC as a church and Christian community led by its pastor(s) should be a support to the parents as they fulfil their God-given responsibility to disciple the next generation. The Associate Pastor of Youth and Families will be a role model of Christian love and living to the children and youth in his care. The activities and events planned should be a way to come alongside the parents and teach the children and youth to be surrendered to Christ and to be reaching out to unbelievers. The effective Pastor of Family Ministry will actively recruit and engage parents and volunteers in the planning and execution of all classes, Bible studies, clubs and groups, activities and outreach efforts.
The Associate Pastor of Youth and Families must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and hold to the inerrancy of the Bible as God’s Word and standard for life and faith. He must meet the biblical qualifications of an overseer described in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. He must have a shepherd’s heart for God’s people described in 1 Peter 5. He must have a sense of calling and a passion for seeing children and youth surrendered to Christ, growing in their faith and reaching out to unbelieving friends. He must be able to recruit, train, encourage and lead volunteers and be able to communicate Biblical Truth to children, youth and parents. He must be creative in developing, overseeing and running a variety of ministry activities and events. He must have experience working with children and youth and have formal training in education, particularly in a Church context. He must be able to communicate clearly in the English language to people of diverse backgrounds whose first language may or may not be English. He should be proficient with the modern technology that today's children and youth use to communicate, and use the technology effectively in ministry. He should be able to identify with the current youth culture in order to build and establish real relationships with today's children and youth.
International Youth Ministry with FIBC
Ministering to children and youth in an international community
The children and youth we are trying to reach come from many different parts of the world with a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. Communicating with them and their parents requires sensitivity and special care in order to be correctly understood and avoid offense. Building relationships with them will require additional effort to find common points of reference. Humor will not always be readily understood and shared. The effective pastor will take the time to study cultural differences, exercise patience and appreciate the diversity rather than resent it.
Many of the children and youth we are trying to reach belong to families that live in our city for a short term. While we want to develop a unified discipleship program that will grow them Spiritually over the course of several years, we must expect that many of them will be in the program only briefly. Therefore, an effective discipleship program must be easy to join at any stage in the program and meaningful for any length of time in the program.
The children and youth from unchurched families that we are trying to reach will likely not understand the differences and distinctives of Christian church denominations. The effective international ministry will deliberately avoid highlighting the differences and attempt to bring the children and youth into a relationship with Christ, not necessarily our church. The ministry might be led and supported by us, but our pastor should make an effort to keep it interdenominational by involving members of other international churches as ministry leaders and volunteers. As the children and youth begin a relationship with Christ, the ministry leaders will encourage them to belong to a church, though not necessarily the church he or she belongs to.
Leading the children and youth ministries
Equipping the saints
We firmly believe that the task of the pastor is to equip the saints for the work of ministry and engage them in building the body of Christ. The paid full-time pastor who leads our children and youth ministries will deliberately avoid trying to do all the work of ministry and instead recruit, equip and encourage members of the church to work alongside him.
Encouraging the parents
We firmly believe that the task of discipling children and youth belongs primarily to the parents of the children and the youth. The pastor and the church should desire to come alongside the parents in their efforts through its programs and events that offer Biblical teaching and opportunities to serve others, share the Gospel and build healthy relationships. For the children and youth of unchurched families, the pastor and church should desire to introduce them and their parents to Jesus Christ.
Deadline and contact
You must send your application no later than October 27th, 2017.
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