Student Minister (6th-12th Grade)
STATUS: Part-time, Salaried
HOURS: 25-30 Hours per week
General Purpose of Position:
To build disciples for Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to youth ministry (in the areas of small groups, worship, discipleship, serving, and outreach) while serving as a spiritual leader and role model.
Organizational Relationship and Supervision:
The Student Minister reports to the Senior Minister for spiritual and ministry guidance. The Senior Minister, in cooperation with the OCC Elders, provides monthly support and encouragement as well as an annual evaluation of the Student Minister’s performance. The Student Minister will be responsible and subject to the Staff Handbook provided by the Leadership.
The Primary Task:
There needs to be a comprehensive approach to the development and implementation of the student ministry. This comprehensive approach is based on the understanding of the primary task of student ministry to:
- Love students where they are. (LOVE)
- Engage students within their culture, guiding them to place their faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. (REACH)
- Encourage students in developing their relationship to God. (GROW)
- Provide students with opportunities for nurture and growth. (SERVE)
- Challenge students to serve in their community and beyond. (GO)
- Build relationships and a system for effective communication with students, parents, sponsors, staff, and elders.
- Be an advocate for youth and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns and needs of students in the local church and community. Our goal is to have a student minister who has a pulse on the culture of students and help them navigate this stage of life creating opportunities for them to understand their walk with Jesus.
- Help plan, develop, and implement all aspects of a balanced student ministry in the areas of fellowship, worship, discipleship, service, and outreach. This will entail the recruitment and training of leaders in the ministry and providing the direction for studies, discipleship training, and events.
- Oversee Sunday AM Classes, Wed Night small groups, Student Leadership Program, Youth trips/conferences, and Youth Sunday’s as well as new opportunities as needed.
- Mentor youth in developing their leadership skills. Build up students to become student leaders who can lead aspects of the student ministry.
- Seek resources for developing the student ministry programming and participate in continuing education events and training opportunities. Travel to churches who can show next steps for growth and discipleship.
- Be a liaison between the church and other community organizations, people, and resources that relate to youth and youth ministries. Be involved in school organizations and events in the community.
- Keep records of youth participation and manage the youth ministry budget.
- Communicate in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all available resources (email, website, bulletin, newsletter, bulletin board, social media, etc.). Ensure communication with church staff and leadership, parents, and the congregation as a whole.
- Make yourself available to students in a variety of ways (i.e. lunch at school, attendance at extracurricular activities, visitation, times of crisis, etc.)
- Work together with the gifts and talents of other staff members and maintain a teamwork mentality.
- Follow the church procedures on background screening and safety checks for all volunteers as needed.
- Partner with the elementary ministry team to ensure smooth transitions to student ministry.
Olathe Christian Church
1115 S. Ridgeview Rd. Olathe, KS 66062
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