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First Federated Church

Student Ministries Pastor

First Federated Church
Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 10/10/2016
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position: Student Ministries Pastor

Reports to: Associate Pastor

Status: Full-time

FSLA: Exempt


Job Summary

The Student Ministries Pastor will provide vision and direction toward the faith development and spiritual maturity of sixth through twelfth graders. The right leader will work alongside a strong cast of leaders to create environments designed to engage students in disciple-making relationships. He will be devoted to fruitful ministry to four primary groups: Junior High and Senior High students, their parents and volunteers.


Student Ministries - New Vision

  • In September 2016 we ushered in a paradigm that is new to First Federated Church. We created an environment devoted to small group ministry in homes (Student Life Groups) which meets weekly on Sunday nights.

  • We also now emphasize serving the Body within our Senior High students. On Sunday mornings students serve across the full spectrum of ministries in the church - including worship, tech, kids, greeters among others.

  • Lastly, this Fall we separated programs and leaders for Jr High and Sr High ministries. This also introduced 6th graders into our Jr High ministry.

  • We share this because we are in a season of exciting changes and are inviting the next youth pastor to further this new paradigm as he works alongside the Associate Pastor.

Church Overview

If you appreciate change and the ability to create, this will be a fantastic opportunity for you. While we are a historic church of over 100 years, we are embarking on a season of becoming new. In the coming year we are in contract to sell our current facility and purchase a facility a few miles away in a rapidly growing community. We are seeing this move as a re-plant of sorts which invites great opportunities to reach more young families and students.

This position will not only get to pioneer new ground in student ministries but will also be invited into regular dialogue regarding vision for the church’s future. This is a very exciting time in the life of our church for those who not only appreciate change but are able to lead through it.



  • Recruit, equip and maintain a core of adult and student leaders through whom the ministry objectives are attained.

  • Develop a spiritual growth path for students which includes space for community, spiritual nurture and care.

  • Establish outreach strategies to reach unchurched students balancing training believers to reach their friends and family and event oriented connection points.

  • Further develop the worship and Word ministries, including teaching in large group student environments.

  • Manage the administrative processes for effective communication, time, database and financial management.

  • Develop and oversee meaningful special events such as camps, retreats, outreach events, mission trips and community service.

  • Work as a member of the overall church staff to coordinate student ministry with the other ministries to help achieve the overall mission of the church.

  • A willingness to take on other duties as assigned.



The candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree, have a minimum of two years experience in full-time youth ministry with previously demonstrated leadership, people and team-building skills.



Interested candidates please submit your resume either electronically or by mail to:


First Federated Church

Attn: Jon Kalvig

4801 Franklin Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50310




p: 515.255.2122


*Job post will remain open until the position is filled