With towering redwood trees to the east and the thundering Pacific Ocean to the west, McKinleyville is nestled into a picturesque setting on California’s North Coast. To the naked eye, McKinleyville is a quaint, rural community in which families enjoy a
slower pace of life without the hustle, bustle, and stress of an urban center; but mention to people almost anywhere in the world that McKinleyville is in Humboldt County, and you’re likely to hear some comment about the quality of ‘weed’ grown here. Wikipedia
calls us a ‘rural hippie community in which marijuana (is) the center of the economy.’
Despite the fact that drugs are openly enjoyed, spirituality is considered a matter of preference and relativity, and 23% of the people here are under the age of 18 (that # is expected to climb another 6% by 2019), no church in McKinleyville currently employs
a paid Youth Pastor to love, serve, lead, and reach this at-risk segment of the population. We want to change that.
Feel free to check out our website (www.newheart.com) to learn a little more about us, but understand that our site reflects more of who we were 2-3 years ago than who we are today. It – like most everything else around here – is in the process of being
rethought, reworked, and relaunched. We brought in a new Lead Pastor in 2014, and he is leading us towards a more missional approach to life and ministry…helping us to lift our gaze and see the needs of the community around us; and the most drastic need we
see is in our local high school and middle school.
We meet in a community center. In other words, we have no building and have to rent space for everything we do. So our Youth Pastor needs to be creative, adaptable, and able to think completely outside the box.
We have a lot of young families and a church of 275-300 people, but no actual ‘youth group’ to speak of. Our teenagers are mostly unengaged and unconnected to each other. So our Youth Pastor needs to be entrepreneurial, energetic, and a magnet for teens.
We are looking for a Youth Pastor who will reach beyond New Heart into the community; so our Youth Pastor needs to be comfortable engaging our unique culture while maintaining an obvious and unmistakable devotion to Christ.
We are looking for a Youth Pastor who will provide consistent opportunities for teenagers to develop relationships with one another; so our Youth Pastor needs to be committed to promoting, developing, and modeling community in his own life and with our teenagers.
We are looking for a Youth Pastor who will integrate teenagers into the larger body of Christ; so our Youth Pastor needs to be ecumenical and view the local church holistically with all parts complimenting, benefiting, and enhancing one another. We do not
want a silo’d youth ministry.
We are looking for a Youth Pastor who will train teenagers in the Word – both
what to believe and how to believe; so our Youth Pastor needs to be a student of the Word with the ability to make it relevant and meaningful to our unique brand of teenager. To that end, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Bible college or
university is required. A seminary degree is preferred.
We are looking for a Youth Pastor who will create opportunities for teenagers to serve others – both inside and outside the church; so our Youth Pastor needs to be a leader with a servant’s heart who is already living a missional lifestyle.
We are looking for a Youth Pastor who will launch teenagers into adulthood with a passion to serve Christ; so we need a Youth Pastor who is passionate, who lives and loves infectiously, and who has a comprehensive plan for discipling teenagers towards loving
God and loving others.
Finally, we are looking for a Youth Pastor who will recruit, train, and develop a team of volunteer youth leaders; so we need a Youth Pastor who knows how to build teams, foster relationships, facilitate discussions, delegate authority, and take the lead
If this sounds like you and gets you so excited that you can’t sleep, then, please, e-mail us after midnight at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, include:
1) A quality photograph of you and your spouse
2) A PDF version of your resume with a cover letter explaining your interest and reasons for applying for this specific position
3) A link to a podcast or other video/audio footage of you teaching and interacting with teenagers
4) A separate document in which you answer the following questions – How many years have you worked in vocational ministry? Which 3 nationally known pastors/theologians influence you most and why? What 4 things do you want to instill in every young
person who comes through your youth ministry? Why are you leaving your current position? Why should yours be the only resume we look at…what sets you apart?