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Horizons Church

Director of Student Ministries

Horizons Church
Ham Lake, Minnesota, United States

Date Posted: 05/19/2015
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

We are insanely passionate about helping people find their way back to God, while at the same time helping people grow to become fully devoted followers of Christ. We are equally passionate about getting outside of our four walls by being active in our local communities and around the world.

We are seeking an experienced and passionate individual who has this same passion to lead our Student Ministry.

OUR MISSON:  To Help People Find Their Way Back To God.


CELEBRATE through Worship

We gather together weekly to CELEBRATE God’s active involvement in our lives and in our church family; thanking Him for His undeserving grace and mercy!


CONNECT through Community

We exist to CONNECT and live in community which builds the body of Christ by encouraging the sharing of life, helping to meet the needs within each one of us, and stimulating personal growth.


CONTRIBUTE through Service

Our life in Christ is only fully realized as we learn to reflect the generosity of God by leveraging all of our resources to minister to other people, advance His Kingdom, and turn the world upside down.



We love people enough to reach out to those who have no relationship with Jesus by INVESTING in their lives and INVITING them to Horizons Church so that they will hear and understand what it means to be a Christ follower.


Student Ministries Purpose:


The Student Ministries Director will help grow students into 3C followers of Jesus (see core values).

The director is responsible for the administration, development and implementation of programs and policies designed to meet the needs of the youth in our Church and oummunity.

The director will be responsible for day-to-day management of volunteer leaders, development of youth curriculum and management of the annual student ministries budget.

The Student Ministries Director is to teach, shepherd, and provide hands-on leadership to Middle school and Senior High School students, while providing direct oversight of the Student Ministries program.

The Student Ministries Director must recruit, disciple, and sustain a large team of volunteer leaders, engage parents as vital partners, teach and preach to youth and leaders in small and large settings. They must also communicate well with parents and come along side families, especially in times of crisis.


Reports to: Director of Family Ministries



  • Create contagious environments for Middle School and High School Students
  • Partner with parents.
  • Recruit, train and lead volunteers to love and lead students.
  • Manage budget and student facilities in a professional manner.
  • Create avenues for students to CELEBRATE God through worship, CONNECT by developing healthy mentor relationships, CONTRIBUTE to others through serving.
  • Keep current policies and procedures for youth leaders and students in order to maintain safety and security of the ministry.
  • Ensure that students are a vital part of the overall life of the church and are in line with the vision of Horizons Church.
  • Develop relationships in the community with schools and organizations in order to build bridges into student culture.  
  • Communicate on the weekends as requested by the Weekend Director or Senior Pastor.
  • Be the liaison between the church and the congregation in times of crisis and need (i.e. visits to homes, hospital and prisons).
  • Implement and oversee the local and global compassion ministry of the church.


  • Is a born and self-taught leader that can dream and implement discipleship and take the Youth Ministry to a whole new level.
  • Has strong communication, relational, management and organizational skills and a successful track record in a large church or corporate setting.
  • Is a strong communicator with the ability to actively engage any size audience, from 1- 100 or more. (This would primarily be translated in a training/class room environment.)
  • Possess an entrepreneurial skill set with the ability to create a vision, implement a strategy, inspire, recruit and motivate multiple teams and see everything through to fruition.
  • Embraces a "new, improved, and improving" philosophy of getting ministry done and realizes that there are no sacred cows and that at times change is necessary.
  • Has a passionate commitment to and experience with the "Orange" philosophy or is willing to learn it!
  • Desires to make a long-term commitment with a passion to impact not only the lives of the children, students and adults they've been entrusted to, but to partner with parents and grandparents alike in doing so!

Benefits to YOU:

  • A position where equipping parents and investing in the next generation is highly valued.
  • Over 100 students to mold into passionate followers of Jesus.
  • A church that is committed to partnering with parents.
  • A support cast of volunteers to assist you in the areas you would oversee.
  • A budget to accomplish what is being asked.
  • A fun, flexible and healthy working atmosphere.
  • A salary that is commensurate with your experience and level of qualification.
  • A mentoring relationship with the Director of Family Ministries.


  • College degree or equal employment/ministry experience.
  • Track record of successfully managing teams of people of at least 25 or more.
  • Can demonstrate and communicate a history of creating systems, strategies and processes within an organization.
  • An employment history that demonstrates time with previous employers of at least 3-5 years or longer.

A seminary degree, is not required, but very beneficial. Those wanting to make the jump to full-time Christian employment from an education background and know how to develop and inspire teams are encouraged to apply.

Please submit ALL of the following:

- A resume with a picture of you (and your family if applicable).
- A brief letter about you and your passions in youth ministry. 
- Why you would be a great fit to help fulfill the passion and vision of Horizons Church.
- Short list of your favorite authors and/or bloggers.
- Llinks to your social media outlets (website, blog, videos, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.)

*****If you don't have these, that shows us you are out of touch with this generation. And don't tell us you're on a media fast. Wrong time to remove your online presence!

-A link(s) or video(s) of you preaching and/or teaching to Students. 

**If you do not have a video of you communicating to Students, please send a video of you answering the above questions.

**If we don't have a video of you preaching/teaching or answering the above questions you will not be considered.


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