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Victory Christian Fellowship

Lynden, Washington, United States

Date Posted:
06/13/2014
Categories:
Associate Pastor - Family Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denomination:
Non-Denominational
Church Size:
101 to 150
Job Type:
Full-Time
Victory Christian Fellowship
Job Description:

Victory Christian Fellowship Application for Pastor of Families and Youth

                Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF) is an independent, evangelical and community minded church, who is seeking a Pastor of Youth and Family (PYF).  Our church is made up of people from many different denominational backgrounds. 

We are seeking an experienced Pastor who has a passion for students and their families, to disciple, teach, and equip them with principles from God’s Word.  We are committed to be a missional church in our community and embrace many who do not come from church backgrounds.  We truly seek to be on mission with Jesus as we: Pursue Jesus, Practice Love. 

The candidate will work with the Lead Pastor as a team supported by the Elders, a part time ministry coordinator, and part time worship leaders to guide students and families into  authentic relationship with Jesus first, then in community with students and families in an intergenerational church setting.

VCF began in 2003 as a merging of two church plants.  We currently meet at the Lynden Christian High School, with an average of 100-120 in the Sunday Service. The worship style is contemporary and the services casual and practical. We teach scripture expositorily and seek to apply God’s Word to our daily walk in life.  

Lynden, WA, is approximately 10 miles north of Bellingham and I-5, 100 miles north of Seattle and just 5 miles south of the Canadian border, located in Whatcom County. Whatcom County has excellent schools, parks, and recreational facilities as well as outstanding opportunities for health care, cultural activities and athletic events.  The population of the Lynden zip code is approximately 18,500, representing an approximate 5 mile radius of our location.

 If you have an interest in Pastor of Youth and Family position, please pray and visit our website at: www.vcflynden.com  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a resume, a personal profile and testimony, and complete the following application (for items duplicated on your resume, simply refer us to the proper place). Since we ask our Pastor of Youth and Family to preach occasionally, if you have a link or copy of a sermon or devotional, please include in your package. Send to the “Pastor Search Committee” care of:  psc@vcflynden.com. 

Mailing Address:         205 S. B.C. Ave  STE 107

                                                Lynden, WA 98264

 

We are currently accepting and evaluating applications through Sunday, July 13, 2014. 

 

 

 

 

Job Description

Ministry Summary

 

The Pastor of Youth and Family (PYF) provides leadership to the children, youth and student Ministry of VCF. He is also responsible for identifying the spiritual needs of families and assisting them in the spiritual development of their children.  He will work closely with the Lead Pastor, as together they seek to implement the Foundation and Interactive Plan for Children and Student Ministry as stated in that document.  The Pastor assists the Lead Pastor in coaching families and providing resources as a church body to equip them to grow in their faith. 

 

Qualifications

The PYF shall possess the appropriate qualifications for Elder as specified in 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Pet 5:1-4 and serve as an elder.  Upon his selection and following the probationary period, he and his wife (if married) shall become and remain members of VCF in good standing.   He shall have a calling, passion and gifting for VCF, working with children and youth, coaching, empowering students and church volunteers, and development of families with resources for spiritual growth.

Ministry Responsibilities

Children’s and Student Ministry:

  • Communicate regularly with the congregation about Children’s and Student ministries and their ministry leaders and volunteers.
  • Communicate regularly with the Lead Pastor and the Elders. .
  • Recruit, coordinate and train children and student volunteers
  • Guide students in discovering and displaying their spiritual gifts through service to the church and community. Includes (but not limited to) developing a student leadership team, a student led worship team, and opportunity to participate in the intergenerational church context.
  • Teach, counsel, encourage and train youth and youth workers with the goal of evangelism, discipleship and making disciples of Jesus who multiply other disciples.
  • Plan and conduct annual youth retreats, camps, and service projects and trips.
  • Set up and lead quarterly ministry meetings with parents and volunteers in the pursuit of developing relationship and open communication.
  • Attend school and community events on a regular basis in the pursuit of connecting and cultivating relationships with individuals in and outside of the church.
  • Organize and facilitate youth service/mission projects helping students and volunteers to expand on their Christian world view and calling to care for “ the least of these”  Matthew 25:40
  • Find opportunities to participate in events with other youth ministries in the nearby community.
  • Write an annual report of his ministry for the Elder Board and the congregation

 

General Pastoral Ministry:

  • Meet weekly with the Lead Pastor for encouragement, accountability, coaching and counsel.
  • Assist the Lead Pastor as requested, incorporating students into intergeneration worship.
  • Be available for limited counseling with students and parents as requested or needed.
  • Develop a youth Service each 5th Sunday, and be available to preach at least twice a year in the morning worship service.

 

 

Administrative Ministry:

  • Planning the annual church calendar with the Lead Pastor and Ministry Coordinator
  • Manage the Church youth social media accounts
  • Manage the Church youth  and family website pages
  • Seek additional ways to create awareness in community about VCF.

 

Clerical and Other Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train, coach and assist as needed in transitional ministries such as: sound board, set up and take down, and other duties as assigned with volunteers personnel
  • Assist in the set-up for worship services as needed
  • Perform administrative duties and tasks as assigned or shared by the Lead Pastor.

 

Accountability and Authority

The Pastor of Youth and Family is directly accountable to the Lead Pastor, under authority of the Elders. He is given the authority to carry out his designated or assigned ministry responsibilities and duties within the guidelines of the policies, staff directions and budget of VCF. He shall meet with and give reports to the Elder Board as requested by the Lead Pastor.

 

Training

The PYF is strongly encouraged to take one week of paid leave per year for the purpose of study, conferences and continuing education. This time cannot be accumulated and must be approved by the Elder Board after submission of a written request.

 

Expectations

The PYF will seek to grow daily as a devoted follower of Jesus Christ into Christian maturity and help make other disciples through evangelism and discipleship.

  • He and his family are expected to attend the worship services of VCF and participate or lead in a community group.
  • He is expected to fulfill the ministry responsibilities as found in this job description.  He will adhere to the VCF Policies and supervision of the Lead Pastor and overseen by the Elder Board.
  • He will actively participate with a team spirit as he works with the Lead Pastor and other VCF leaders, volunteers or staff.
  • It is expected that this position requires a commitment to ministry time that may extend past a typical 40 hour work week.  The PYF will work with the Lead Pastor to identify “ministry blocks” that balance work, ministry, volunteer service, and family time.  A sample “ministry block” timeline worksheet is attached.
  • The PYF will be expected to quickly handle any personal or ministry conflict that arises with anyone in the church by using biblical principles and commands.

 

Time Off

After the first year of employment, PYF shall be given three weeks of paid vacation annually, which shall include three Sundays off.

 

He shall be given the 1 full day off per week and 1 additional day based on a “ministry block” system defined as a consecutive 24 hour period without ministry commitment. He shall receive sick days and family leave off as determined by the Elder Board. 

 

 

 

Probationary Period

The first six months will be considered a probationary period during which either party can end employment without cause or explanation. 

 

Salary and Benefits

The PYF shall receive a salary and benefit package recommended by the Elder Board within the guidelines of the annual church budget.

  • The salary and benefit package will be annually reviewed by the Elder Board in conjunction with an annual ministry review conducted by the Lead Pastor in consultation with the Elder Board.
  • Expenses incurred on behalf of VCF will be reimbursed on approval by the Lead Pastor.

 

 

 

 

Personal Information

 

 

 

Last Name                                                                           First Name                                                          Middle Initial

 

 

 

Address: Street                                                                 City                                        State                                      Zip

 

 

Email Address

 

 

 

Present Church Membership

 

 

 

Present Position

 

 

 

Social Security Number

 

 

 

Spouse’s Full Name   (if applicable)

 

Children(s) Names and Age(s)   (if applicable)

 

       
     
 
     
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education and Ordination

 

Type of School

Name of School

Location

 

# of years completed

Degree Received

 

High School

 

 

 

 

 

Technical School

 

 

 

 

 

 

College or University

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate School

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

Are you currently attending school?              No           Yes     If yes, please explain.

 

Do you plan to attend school in the near future?          No         Yes   If yes, please explain.

 

Are you ordained?              No          Yes

 

IF yes, date and place of ordination:                                                                    Denomination:

 

Have you been baptized?                               Yes             No   If not, please explain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

 

Our goal is to protect all Victory Christian Fellowship attendees. Any person who may pose a threat will be prohibited from working in any ministry involving children, youth or vulnerable adults.

 

Are you at least 18 years of age and legally eligible for work in the United States?       Yes       No 

If no, please explain on separate sheet of paper.

 

Please indicate your willingness to submit your background information.   Yes        No

If no, please explain on separate sheet of paper.

 

 

 

VCF Statement of Faith

 

  • We believe that there is only One Living and True God, who is infinitely perfect and holy and eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; and that this Triune God is All-knowing, Everywhere-present, All-powerful, the Creator of all things and Ruler over all things.

 

  • We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully and justly in the affairs of people; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him by faith through Jesus Christ.

 

  • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, who is true God and who--as fully God and fully human--was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and who in this manner came to earth incarnate. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death on the cross, whereby He became a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Furthermore, we believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead and His ascension into heaven where at the right hand of the Majesty on High He is now our High Priest and Advocate, engaging in His perpetual intercession for His people. We also believe in His personal, visible return to earth.

 

  • We believe in the Person of the Holy Spirit, who is fully God, and who has the ministry of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and convicting people of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment. He serves as the instrument of God the Father in drawing sinful people into repentance and belief in Jesus Christ, as the Father grants them repentance and gives them the gift of faith whereby they confess Jesus Christ as Lord. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, Guide and Giver of spiritual gifts, as He empowers the believer for godly living and service.

 

  • We believe that the Holy Scriptures, both Old Testament and New Testament, are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that they alone are the infallible, supreme, Divine and final authority for faith and life, and are the complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of people.

 

  • We believe that all people are created in the image of God, and were originally intended to live with and glorify Him and to thereby enjoy Him forever. We believe that all people have fallen into sin and are, therefore, separated from God. All people are sinners by nature as well as by choice, and thereby are under the just condemnation of God. We also believe that only through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

 

  • We believe that all people who are saved receive their salvation through God's grace, being justified by faith, not by works. Furthermore, we believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God. We also believe that faith without the fruit of faith (deeds of obedient trust) is not true faith.

 

  • We believe in the universal Church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. The true Church is therefore composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ.

 

  • We also believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who associate together for worship, ministry, training, witness and fellowship. We believe the mission of the church is to equip the disciples of Jesus for fruitful ministry in the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the local church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs in obedience to the Word of God.

 

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church to be observed by it during the present age; (1) Baptism, and (2) the Lord's Supper, open to all believers. We believe in water baptism of the believer in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also believe that neither of these two ordinances are to be regarded as a means of salvation.

 

  • We believe in the personal, imminent and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth, and that this "blessed hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

 

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the resurrection of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and the resurrection of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

 

Are you in agreement with our statement of Faith?           Yes           No…If no, please explain…

 

 

Signature:                                                                                                                           Date:                    

 

 

 

 

 

MINISTERIAL Employment History

 

Please list up to your last four (4) employers beginning with the most recent.

 

Name of Employer:

 

Name of last supervisor:

Address:

 

Phone #:

Employment dates:

 

              From:                                       To:

Duties:

Last pay rate:

$                                             Monthly                      Annually

Your last job title:

 

Reason for leaving (be specific):

 

 

May we contact this employer for a reference:            Yes              No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name of Employer:

 

Name of last supervisor:

Address:

 

Phone #:

Employment dates:

 

              From:                                       To:

Duties:

Last pay rate:

$                                             Monthly                      Annually

Your last job title:

 

Reason for leaving (be specific):

 

 

May we contact this employer for a reference:            Yes              No

 

Name of Employer:

 

Name of last supervisor:

Address:

 

Phone #:

Employment dates:

 

              From:                                       To:

Duties:

Last pay rate:

$                                             Monthly                      Annually

Your last job title:

 

Reason for leaving (be specific):

 

 

May we contact this employer for a reference:            Yes              No

 

Name of Employer:

 

Name of last supervisor:

Address:

 

Phone #:

Employment dates:

 

              From:                                       To:

Duties:

Last pay rate:

$                                             Monthly                      Annually

Your last job title:

 

Reason for leaving (be specific):

 

 

May we contact this employer for a reference:            Yes              No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-Ministerial Employment History

 

Please list up to your last four (3) employers beginning with the most recent.

 

Name of Employer:

 

Name of last supervisor:

Address:

 

Phone #:

Employment dates:

 

              From:                                       To:

Duties:

Last pay rate:

$                                             Monthly                      Annually

Your last job title:

 

Reason for leaving (be specific):

 

 

May we contact this employer for a reference:            Yes              No

 

Name of Employer:

 

Name of last supervisor:

Address:

 

Phone #:

Employment dates:

 

              From:                                       To:

Duties:

Last pay rate:

$                                             Monthly                      Annually

Your last job title:

 

Reason for leaving (be specific):

 

 

May we contact this employer for a reference:            Yes              No

 

Name of Employer:

 

Name of last supervisor:

Address:

 

Phone #:

Employment dates:

 

              From:                                       To:

Duties:

Last pay rate:

$                                             Monthly                      Annually

Your last job title:

 

Reason for leaving (be specific):

 

 

May we contact this employer for a reference:            Yes              No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Ministry

 

So we can know you better, this section allows you to share more about who you are and the beliefs you hold. We understand the length of your answers will vary and we appreciate the time and honesty you put into this.

 

Personal Testimony

  1. Give a brief summary of your conversion experience, describing how you became a believer of Jesus Christ.

 

Call to Ministry

  1. Give a brief summary of your call to the ministry. Articulate the reason why God called you and your wife (if applicable) to full time ministry.

 

Philosophy of Ministry

  1. What are your priorities of ministry?
  2. What do you like most about working with youth? 
  3. What do you like least about working with youth?  
  4. What and who has God used in your life (i.e. personal experiences, authors, teachers, or other individuals) to shape your vision and philosophy of ministry? 
  5. How would you describe the responsibilities of Pastor of Youth and Family and what expectations do you feel are reasonable?
  6. Elaborate on your short and long term goals.
  7. Describe your expectations and philosophy of teamwork within the church staff, lay leadership and congregation.
  8. Which of the New Testament spiritual gifts have others affirmed in your life? Explain.
  9. Suppose I am fifteen years old and an unbeliever.  How would you share with me God’s Plan of Salvation?
  10. How are you going to develop your student and adult volunteers?
  11. What is your process to help develop a student’s spiritual life?
  12. What would a typical youth night look under your leadership?
  13. Is your wife (if applicable) supportive of youth and family ministry?  How do you envision her role in your ministry? How would you wish the church to support and affirm her in that role?
  14. How have you grown in the spiritual and character qualifications of an elder found in 1Timothy 3:1-7,  Titus 1:6-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-4?
  15. What are your plans for continuing education and ministry?
  16. Is there anything in your background that would cause question for the church if you are called as Pastor?
  17. List three things which indicate your greatest satisfaction in your present or most recent ministry.
  18. List three things which indicate your greatest disappointment in your present or most recent ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional References

 

Please do not list family members or relatives for references

 

 

Give three references who are qualified to speak of your spiritual experience and Christian service

 

Name/complete address                                                           Phone                                            Position

 

   
   
 
   
 
   
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 


Give three references who are qualified to speak of your professional training and experience

 

Name/complete address                                                           Phone                                            Position

 

   
   
 
   
 
   

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Youth Pastor Application Agreement Form

 

 (Please read carefully, initial each paragraph and sign below)

 

 

 

 

Initials

 

I certify that all the information in this application is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge and I have not knowingly withheld any information that might adversely affect my chances for employment. I understand that misleading or false statements will constitute sufficient cause for refusal of hire or termination of my employment.

 

 

Signature of Applicant:                                                                                                                             Date:

       
       

 

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Victory Christian Fellowship is a Christ-centered community living on mission. Christ-centered: We exist to worship Jesus. Community: We exist to experience authentic gospel community with each other. Missional: We exist to love, disciple, serve, and evangelize others. More...