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Mars Hill Bible Church

High School & Post High School Pastor

Mars Hill Bible Church
Grandville, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 07/01/2013
Categories: College Pastor - Young Adult Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:






Lead and oversee elements of the High School and Post-High School efforts at Mars Hill, in concert with the Co-High School + Post-High School Pastor, providing supervision, strategy, priorities and development for Mars Hill high school and post-high school students.


Provide leadership through vision, strategy, structure, and priorities in all efforts related to the Mars Hill high school and post-high school populations by developing and implementing initiatives for students, accounting for the unique, formative needs associated with this developmental life-stage.


Identify key transition points and collaborative opportunities by 1) defining transition points between MH Students, MH Emerging Adults (Adult Life); and 2) seeking collaborative initiatives where the High School and Post-High School ministry works in concert with other MH ministries.




  • Minimum of 2 years of pastoral experience
  • Demonstrated spirit for strategic exploration, innovation, and change
  • Proven ability to create and successfully implement new programs
  • Proven ability to unite staff and volunteers around a common mission and to appropriately delegate authority and responsibility to achieve that mission
  • Ability to thrive in a highly relational environment, deriving energy from and drawing others into community
  • Passion for and proven experience in developing others; providing strategic initiatives that connect and nurture adult, emerging adults, volunteers, and interns
  • Passion for excellence in both oral and written communication
  • Ability to engage difficult issues and individuals, courageously shepherding people toward wholeness


   Education requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master’s degree in a ministry-related field preferred.
  • Conversant in adolescent and emerging adult issues (theological, sociological, developmental, cultural)
  • Knowledge of and exposure to adult related pastoral care ministries





  • A worldview that is aligned with the vision, mission, directions, and narrative theology of Mars Hill
  • Able to synthesize and think critically about theological, developmental, and sociological issues associated with the church, adolescence, and emerging adulthood
  • Able to understand, appreciate, and implement collaborative transitions with MH Kids, MH Students, and Adult Life ministries



  • Demonstrates a deep and consistent rule of life for all things formational
  • Proven ability to lead, modeling a way of life (philosophies and conduct) that inspires others to follow
  • Values a healthy, holistic lifestyle


1. Co-Lead all aspects of High School + Post-High School (HS/PHS) Ministry (15%)

  • Set vision goals and expectations of the HS/PHS ministry and monitor performance against established goals
  • Design structures and schedules that support and respond to students, volunteers, and families
  • Collaborate with other Mars Hill Pastors to ensure age-appropriate and positive transitions for students and families that promote personal and family formation
  • Ensuring that all events support the broader program and content scope and sequence and that volunteers are adequately trained and utilized


2. Co-Lead Designing and Nurturing a High School + Post High School Volunteer Culture (30%)

  • Develop structures and processes that support relational environments for HS/PHS students (LifeGroups and Families)
  • Recruiting, interviewing and placing new volunteers
  • Provide and model pastoral relationships and leadership for HS/PHS students and volunteers
  • Collaborate with other MHS Pastors in designing and delivering on a yearly volunteer training arc
  • Collaborate with other MHS Pastors to create strategies, processes, and policies for the development of safe relational environments for volunteers and students
  • Mentor HS and PHS interns and residents as described in the Mars Hill Intern and Resident Mentor Guide and as assigned by Life Development Director


3. Deliver Pastoral Care to HS/PHS Students, Parents, and Families (20%)

  • Provide pastoral care, crisis management, crisis intervention, and resource connection
  • Anticipate and respond to the crisis needs of this constituency


4. Develop Content that is Theologically Sound, Developmentally Appropriate, and Culturally Relevant (25%)

  • Collaborate with MHS Pastors and the MHK + MHS Program Manager to establish a content and programmatic scope and sequence
  • Create teaching arcs and programming that nurtures the spiritual formation of HS/PHS students
  • Develop resources that assist students, parents, and families 


5. Participate as a Fully Invested Member of the Life Development Team and larger Mars Hill Team (10%)

  • Participate in ministry-wide events and activities as necessary
  • Participate and take personal initiative in staff development and other educational opportunities, maintaining an excellent understanding of adolescent and emerging adult culture
  • Assist the Students team with other tasks and projects under the direction of the Life Development Director
  • Teach the underlying vision and theology driving program strategy in all available areas of the Mars Hill community
  • Carry out pastoral responsibilities [as needed] such as: weddings, funerals, Child Dedication services, baptisms, and pastoral appointments
  • Attend scheduled team meetings
  • Assist with tasks and projects as they arise
  • Participate in cross-functional ministry teams
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required



                Team Leader:                       Director of Kids & Students

                FLSA Status:                         Salaried, exempt

                Position Status:                    Full-time

                Office Hours:                         Regular office hours and other scheduled times