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Bethany Church

Student Ministries Pastor

Bethany Church
La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States

Date Posted: 06/03/2015
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Pastor of Student Ministries will lead and love the Student Ministries staff, volunteers, and most importantly the students of the Student Ministries of Bethany Church.

The Pastor of Student Ministries passion will be to minister the gospel among students (grades 6­ -12) in fulfillment of Bethany Church’s vision & values.

The Pastor of Student Ministries heart should be for a gospel­focused, family­based ministry that disciples students toward spiritual maturity.

The Pastor of Student Ministries will lead toward a unified focus for Student Ministries in collaboration and cooperation with our Children’s Ministries and 20 Something’s Ministries to address the needs of the next generation.

The Pastor of Student Ministries will be the Student Ministries representative of Bethany Church and will champion its doctrine, philosophy, and worldview. He will fulfill the biblical vision of leadership integrity

(I Timothy 3, Titus 1) and gospel humility.

This is a full­time position and reports directly to the Senior Pastor and works as a ‘team’ with the rest of Staff.


  •  Give overall leadership direction to Student Ministries’ staff and lay leaders by developing, equipping and empowering them in their specific areas of responsibility.

  •  Develop and oversee policies and procedures for an effective Student Ministry.

  •  Lead the teaching ministry and be an effective teacher of biblical truth.

  •  Ensure strong biblical teaching and authentic worship.

  •  Develop and implement a strategy to enhance community.

  •  Develop and implement a strategy to ensure that Student Ministries is effectively reaching out and impacting their community and schools.

  •  Work closely with the Children’s Ministry to ensure smooth transition of students entering middle school.

  •  Work closely with the 20 Something’s Ministry to ensure high school students transition to college or careers with spiritual health.

  •  Work with other ministry departments to integrate ministry opportunities for students and families.

  •  Manage and/or provide oversight of administrative needs of Student Ministries (i.e., budget, Student

    Ministries calendars, etc.).

  •  Provide shepherding, counsel, and care to students and families of students.

  •  Participate in weekend services.

  •  Assist in hospital visits, funerals, weddings and be part of the preaching/teaching team for Sunday


  •  Model the core values of Bethany Church.


  •  Strong, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ demonstrated through regular prayer, Bible study and worship both in private and public life.

  •  Prefer a degree in Biblical Studies or Youth Ministry or related fields.

  •  Experience on a larger church staff (750+) with strong background leading Student Ministries.

  •  Strategic thinker with the ability to manage, mobilize and motivate people.

  •  Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  •  A healthy family life. If married, the spouse must be a believer and supportive of the ministry.

  •  Able to endorse and support Bethany’s Statement of Faith as documented in Bethany Constitution

    and By­laws (see website). 



    Our mission is to pursue and equip families to passionately follow Christ.

    Bethany Evangelical Free Church is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. We are located on the Mississippi River Valley of La Crosse, Wisconsin. We have grown to a church with an average attendance at 800 each Sunday in three worship services plus a Video Venue. We minister to about 180 children (nursery—5th grade) and 130 students (6th grade –12th grade).

    Our congregation is well balanced in terms of age range. In addition to the children and students mentioned above the breakdown of ages in attendance are 1) College/20 Something’s – 50; 2) 20’s – 150; 3) 30’s – 150; 4) 40’s – 125; 5) 50’s – 110; 6) 60’s – 50; 7) 70’s – 35; 8) 80’s – 25. Our people have a variety of education and income levels and many in our congregation are white­collar professionals or high technology managers and executives. Our annual giving approximates $1.3 million (including missions).

    Our facility hosts a 325 seat worship center, a 3/4 size gymnasium, a kitchen, and two large classrooms on the upper lever; and offices, children classrooms, and the nursery on the lower level. We also host a “white house” which is a two story very large home where our Facilities Coordinator and wife live in the upper level and the lower level currently serves as our Student Ministries Center. The gymnasium is currently being used to house a variety of ministries; KIDstuf (a fun, musical, high energy, Sunday morning ministry where families come together to learn Biblical virtues and family values), Adult Bible studies throughout the week, AWANA, and miscellaneous conferences and meetings.