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Calvary Baptist Church

Associate Pastor/Pastor for Children and Students

Calvary Baptist Church
Avon Lake, Ohio, United States

Date Posted: 12/01/2014
Categories: Associate Pastor - Children's Pastor - Family Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Calvary Baptist Church is a gospel-centered church of 200+ in Avon Lake, Ohio, a desirable, western suburb of Cleveland. Calvary has been established in the community for many years, but has purchased land in a visible location to prepare for growth and relocation. Our community has a high percentage of families with children. We want to minister with greater impact in Avon Lake and surrounding communities with a clear focus on young families and their children.


We seek a pastor with a passion for the gospel, who loves children, students and their families, and is committed to excellence in reaching and discipling young people. This individual should also be a multi-skilled administrator capable of analyzing, developing, and coordinating ministries as we step toward relocation.  This is a great opportunity to shape the individual lives of young people and the future ministry of Calvary.



Create and implement a vision for excellent children’s ministry at Calvary that communicates our love for children to guests, attendees, and those outside the church.

  • Oversee programming and ministry for children and infants through high school during Sunday mornings, weeknight programs, Vacation Bible School, and special events.
  • Raise the quality and participation level of Sunday ministries for children and students.
  • Recruit, train, and organize new and existing volunteers who are passionate about working with young people.
  • Choose curriculum that will be engaging for the children, facilitate learning and encourage spiritual growth.
  • Be creative with activities to engage children of various ages and their families.
  • Develop and execute a strategy to reach and assimilate new children and students.
  • Oversee a child-friendly redesign of the children’s rooms and hallway.
  • Create opportunities for ministry and visibility outside the walls of the church.


Have a significant pastoral presence among all ages at Calvary.

  • Be interactive and relational with all ages.
  • Be a pastor who cares for each individual in the church and the spiritual well-being of all.
  • Have an engaging and likable personality.


As children and student ministries develop successfully and thrive, there will be additional responsibilities of an associate pastor.

  • Plan, coordinate, and evaluate church ministries with the senior pastor and ministry teams.
  • Make regular reports to the senior pastor and elders concerning the health and effectiveness of ministries, providing recommendations for change and growth.
  • Preach and teach as needed. 



  • Meet the Biblical qualifications of an Elder (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22.
  • Agree with Calvary’s Statement of Faith.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree (from an accredited college, university or seminary) or equivalent experience. Additionally, a master’s and/or seminary degree is preferable.
  • Have a minimum of five years of proven experience in children, youth, and/or related family ministries. Additional leadership experience in a business environment is preferable.
  • Be able to work with and inspire people in an organizational structure involving paid staff, volunteers, elders, and ministry committees.
  • Have excellent management, organizational, administrative and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Be able to effectively manage conflict and facilitate meetings skillfully.



Position is full-time with benefits. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


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Avon Lake is a suburb of 22,000 along the Lake Erie coastline. The town boasts consistently top-ranked schools, affordable housing, hiking and biking trails, large parks, quality playgrounds, and a community pool. Within close proximity, residents can enjoy all the amenities of city living including sports, culture, shopping, and some of the best medical care in the U.S.