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The Bridge Church at Palma Sola Bay

Student Pastor

The Bridge Church at Palma Sola Bay
Bradenton, Florida, United States

Date Posted: 05/06/2015
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Bridge Church is located in Bradenton, Florida, just seven minutes from the sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island and the Gulf of Mexico.  Formerly Palma Sola Bay Baptist Church, we began a major transition in 2007 to become The Bridge Church.  Our community is growing and is becoming younger and more racially diverse than ever. Our mission is to love people right where they are and to lead them into a growing relationship with Christ.  Our weekly attendance is 1200-1400 and growing.   Our focus has been on reaching people and we are now focusing on systems, processes and structures to empower people and remove barriers to growth.  You can see us at  

We are looking for a Student Pastor who is a pastoral leader – one who loves students and is passionate, skilled and experienced both in reaching students and developing students and adult leaders to empower them for ministry. Your job is to grow student ministry by loving students and growing teams who will carry the same love and passion of Christ that lives in you.  The perfect candidate will be an excellent communicator who connects both with middle school and high school students from diverse backgrounds, as well as with their parents.  He possesses an authentic love for Jesus and carries a vision for the potential God can unleash in the lives of students.  We are looking for someone who carries the DNA of an effective, healthy, growing, and vibrant student ministry and feels a calling to serve as a part of this community.  A solid understanding of the importance of values, leadership and organizations is vital.  The ideal candidate has the vision, maturity, relationship skills and wisdom to channel the tension they feel between the way things are and the way things could be into positive planning and team building.  They embrace change.        

Character: The Student Pastor we are looking for has solid character, whose personal choices set a good example and reflect a sincere desire to honor God in every area of your life.  Must be spiritually and emotionally mature.     

Competence: The Student Pastor has working experience of what works well to effectively reach students and grow student ministry.  Must be an excellent communicator who knows how to connect with students in a relevant way.  Must be able to demonstrate that you know how to recruit and empower students and leaders for ministry. Must be able to relate with parents of students as well.   Spiritual gifts of evangelism, leadership and preaching is a must.   

Chemistry: People that do well on our team like to have fun, but want to do things right and do them well.  They are laid back in demeanor, but driven by Christ’s passion to reach and grow people. We are authentic and are honest about our flaws.  We champion our areas of ministry but we don’t do it as a silo - we do it as a team.       

Culture:  We are more of a seeker-sensitive, rather than seeker driven church.  The style of churches with which most strongly identify include Northpoint Community Church in Atlanta and NewSpring Church in South Carolina.  We are part of the Association of Related Churches (ARC).  We hate hype and value authenticity. We are still figuring out systems and processes, so we are always learning.  Likewise, you must be self-directed, yet very teachable. 

If the Student Pastor we described sounds like you and you believe God could be calling you here, we want to hear from you. Be sure to include a link to a video of you speaking to a group of students.  We will not be able to consider applicants who cannot provide this.   Please forward your resume and video link to along with any helpful documentation.