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Student Minister

JOB SUMMARY

The Student Minister should coordinate ministry to students through either hands-on or appropriately delegated methods to establish, guide, and nurture a solid ongoing Biblical foundation. This foundation should equip not only the student, but also their families, in developing the appropriate Christian worldview, lifestyle and personal relationship with Christ. Moreover, in an increasingly age-segregated society we seek through this ministry to build and affirm intergenerational bonds. We believe God has placed all of us, regardless of age, in his spiritual family so we might mutually support and encourage each other. We want to be known as a church where all ages are cherished and opportunities are created for mutual service and love between the generations.

  • The primary responsibility of the Student Minister, therefore, is to work with the Elders, Deacons, and parents to plan and implement programs and activities for K-12th Grade students and their families that introduce them to Christ; disciples them in spiritual growth; and trains them to serve Christ with their life.
  • On a secondary basis, and as time permits, the Student Minister will also assist other staff members in such ministry areas as evangelism, visitation, involvement, administration, and other areas of work as set forth in this job description or as directed by the Elders.

PRIMARY STRENGTHS AND DESIRED ABILITIES

  • Practical experience accompanied by a Degree in Ministry from a reputable Restoration Movement institution or be in the process of earning that degree
  • A deep-seated relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Passionate heart to minister to students and their families
  • A demonstrable prayer life that seeks God’s wisdom and direction in all decision making
  • The ability to communicate a caring, loving heart, coupled with the skills of an effective leader and manager.
  • Gifts of leadership, teaching, and administration
  • Shows a faithful pursuit of leadership characteristics listed in 1 Timothy 3
  • Demonstrates good management of personal and professional conflicts
  • A knowledge and appreciation of the Team Ministry system would be particularly beneficial
  • Demonstrates faith by discovering solutions and investigating all ministry possibilities.
  • Agreement with core values of the church (see http://www.jesusiscentral.com/beliefs)
  • Active, energetic and in good physical and mental health
  • Enthusiastic and personable, an effective listener, and takes constructive criticism well
  • Spiritual leader of home and keeps personal finances in order

PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

  • Influential leadership is key. Be a leader who is both a team player and a team builder, working well with students, parents, and adult volunteers.
  • Live by the philosophy that parental involvement is key in training students in spiritual maturity.
  • If married: a spouse who supports both the student ministry and the church
  • Have a life, testimony, and influence that is the other main “voice” in students’ lives that helps to support what parents are teaching and modeling.
  • This ministry is not 9-5. Ministry to students usually occurs afternoons and evenings at the schools, at sporting events, plays, concerts, and church. We want someone who desires to build influential relationships with local schools in order to build a bridge from students’ everyday culture to the gospel.
  • Desire to work together with the staff team in order to move all the ministries of in the same direction, with the same vision, and in unity believing that every ministry thrives and grows on the success and support of the others.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Oversight

  • Develop and provide diverse programming for students that points toward and encourages’s three main environments of growth: Spiritual Life, Group Life, and Ministry Life. This could include but is not limited to worship services, Bible studies, camps, conferences and retreats, discipleship groups, mission opportunities, and outreach events.
  • Provide meetings/activities in coordination with the other ministries of
  • Provide oversight, encouragement, and empowerment of K-12th grade students, and the adult volunteers in the ministry.
  • Be involved with the personal lives of the students (directly and through adult volunteers). Again, the expectation is to visit with kids and parents, attend school events, and minister in crisis situations.
  • Strengthen harmonious relationships between young people and their parents. While it is sometimes important for the Student Minister to provide a sympathetic ear to young people with family problems, in keeping with our philosophy of family-based ministry we expect the Student Minister to be sensitive to parental responsibility and to avoid inadvertently creating distance between parents and their children.
  • Assure student activity is focused on building spiritually mature students of the church – focusing on their personal spiritual lives, their accountable group relationships, and serving using their spiritual gifts.
  • Assure proper care of facilities used by student programs.
  • Assist staff and church leadership in areas not directly related to student ministries when needed.

Leadership Training

  • Maintain effective leadership for each program of the ministry. Provide the support, assistance, and resources necessary for each program and empower your adult volunteers to be involved in the work of the ministry.
  • Continually build a team of adult volunteers who will build relationships with students and serve as the “frontline” of ministry. Work under an Ephesians 4 model leading out by: recruiting, training, and retaining.
  • Provide for frequent communication, encouragement and evaluation of the ministry. Create a team atmosphere.

Leadership Training(continued)

  • Oversee, with help from adult volunteers, the identification of students with leadership potential and assure opportunities are given for development.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations to the Education Team concerning teaching materials and methods used in all of the student programs.
  • Be able to counsel, advise, and provide resources to students and parents. Build a referral network for both students and parents.

Administrative

  • Maintain a well-planned, carefully balanced program throughout the year coordinated with the other ministries and calendared events of
  • Maintain organized, permanent, and accurate file of polices and important documents, (i.e. permission slips, receipts, insurance information, emergency contact information, etc.) and make available as needed.
  • Assure responsibilities for all events (for example retreats, mission trips, and special events) are delegated and understood by adult volunteers and students.
  • Pre-schedule all activities in their entirety, including post-activity plans. Publish all scheduled programming and activities to staff, parents, and students in a timely fashion.
  • Lead in the development of the Student Ministry budget to provide for ministry needs in regards to programming, scholarships, and capital needs.
  • With the input and support of the Senior Minister, establish and maintain a philosophy of student ministry and a clear understanding of annual goals and objectives.
  • Work with Elders and Senior minister to set agenda for staff and leadership meetings.
  • Assist in new staff positions and changes.

DISCIPLESHIP/COMMUNITY

Teaching / Preaching

  • Regular participation in teaching
  • Able to preach and teach with sufficient skill when needed. Development, Management, Planning and Coordination of
  • Youth ministry
  • Children’s ministry
  • Participate in community outreach and service Youth • Regular participation in teaching
  • Equip and support parents and other interested adults in leading student activities.
  • Lead Youth services on Sunday nights.
  • Plan and implement programs to support the parent/child relationship and to strengthen families.
  • Help promote a feeling of “family” throughout the congregation by including all generations when possible and when conducive for “family” growth. Children
  • Regular participation in teaching
  • Coordinate and assist with curriculum and volunteers.

Disclaimer

The Previous statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Student Minister will report to Senior Minister under the guidance of the Elders
  • Attend worship services, and other events of church as time allows.
  • Strive to grow and develop through conferences, reading, and exchange of ideas with others.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings for prayer, communication, and planning.
  • Attend an annual review to discuss annual job performance in regards to goals and objectives.
  • Present all vacation requests in advance to the Elders.

BENEFITS

  • Gross salary package will be determined based on education and years of experience in ministry.
  • Weeks of vacation and personal days off will be determined based on years of service in ministry.
  • A budget for continuing education and conferences will be provided.
  • The gross salary package may include money for medical insurance and retirement investment

Physical Address: 
Central Community Christian Church
137 Hopson Road
Johnson City, TN 37601

Contact:
Larry Hammons
central@jesusiscentral.com

Website:
http://jesusiscentral.com/

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