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Fourth Avenue Church

Student Minister

Fourth Avenue Church
Franklin, Tennessee, United States

Date Posted: 10/17/2012
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Church of Christ
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Vision of Fourth Avenue Church: Fourth Avenue Church exists to glorify God by equipping people to follow Jesus through teaching, community, and action.  Since it is only by God’s grace and through His power that we can accomplish anything of eternal value, we commit to praying—privately and corporately—with surrendered hearts that are willing to follow His lead without fear.

We actively pursue the glory of God, intentionally align with the mission of God, purposefully partner with God in making disciples, and cultivate gospel-centered community.

We want someone who shares the vision of intentional, purposeful discipleship of students of all backgrounds—one who will partner with the Spirit of God to cultivate spiritual hunger and thirst among students primarily with the Word of God.

Job Summary:

The Student Minister is responsible to equip students (middle school, high school, and college) to follow Jesus through teaching, community, and action.  He does this primarily by:

  • Forming healthy, collaborative relationships with students, parents and families
  • Identifying and investing in emerging student leaders
  • Providing pastoral care for students
  • Recruiting and mobilizing spiritually mature, seasoned adult volunteers

Minimum Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in a related field and a continuous desire to grow professionally

Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications, plus a benefits package.


  • Biblically based, Spirit-led, stable, trustworthy, and mature man of God
  • At least two years of full-time experience in pastoral student ministry and a sense of calling to work with students
  • Exemplary personal and family life
  • Effective teacher/communicator of God’s word to the teenage audience
  • Track record of recruiting, equipping, and supporting volunteers, teams, and student leaders
  • Ability to partner with parents to prepare teens for college and follow up with them
  • Professional: advanced in the profession of discipleship as it pertains to student ministry; invested in professional development
  • Good administrator: organizes and implements plans well 

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Implement strategic plans and goals for Student Ministry in line with the Fourth Avenue congregation’s vision
  • Develop the leadership structure of the Student Ministry
  • Recruit, supervise, and empower Student Ministry team leaders
  • Develop and implement a teaching schedule (for the Student Ministry) with the Lead Minister, with an emphasis in biblical instruction
  • Oversee the weekly Student Ministry worship elements
  • Plan special events with various ministry teams (ex.: Nights of Worship, Lock-ins, CIY/Youth in Action, Service and Outreach Opportunities in the community, Camps, Retreats, Missions, etc.)
  • Continuously seek ways to reach out to lost students
  • Develop, monitor and manage the annual Student Ministry Budget
  • Meet the students where they are in their relationship with God and encourage them to go further in spiritual growth
  • Listen, troubleshoot, and respond creatively, appropriately and honorably to concerns of parents
  • Be involved and “present” in the lives of the youth and the things that are important to them, and develop and maintain relationships with them that lead them toward Godly living
  • Develop plan for utilizing interns and provide oversight

Application Instructions

  • Please email cover letter, resume, philosophy of discipleship/ministry, and any materials you have (teaching video, links, publications, etc.) to Robin Smith, Associate Minister at Fourth Avenue Church.

Reports to: Robin Smith (Staff Team Lead)

Evaluation Process: Annual review based on Ministry goals, professional growth goals, and eight expected behaviors for staff (“Lead a spiritually surrendered life; Model a whole life commitment to Fourth Avenue’s vision and values; Maintain an infectious, optimistic, and enthusiastic attitude; Engage coworkers in honest communications; Approach your work with intensity; Honor and value volunteers; Remember ‘why’ you do this; Daily ask God to manifest His presence, His goodness, and His mercy and grace at Fourth Avenue.”)