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Lighthouse Community Church

Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries

Lighthouse Community Church
Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 02/28/2017
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries

Job Description


Reports to:   Lead Pastor

Schedule:     Full Time Salary

Purpose:       To assist in shepherding the flock (whole church) and to lead the church and families in working together to disciple students.


General description: The Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries (PYFM) will be expected to work alongside the ministry staff; ministry staff at Lighthouse Community Church (LCC) are expected to be interconnected and dependent.  This includes providing direction and care for the church body as a whole but with an emphasis in encouraging and equipping parents to disciple their Junior High and High School students.


General Qualifications

  1. Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. Is REAL (Reliant on God ~ Emptied of self ~ Authentic relationships ~ Light of the world) and helping others Get REAL
  3. Actively living a life of worship, connecting with other believers authentically, growing, and willing to serve in ministries outside of their designated ministry.
  4. Healthy family life: leading and loving spouse and discipling children (if applicable).
  5. The possession of some mix of the following gifts: visionary leadership, teaching, preaching, training, administration, relational networking, disciple-making, communication, creativity, wisdom, strategic planning, delegation, love for people, and fun-loving. Ideally, the PFYM would also be able to utilize musical skills in the youth and have a penchant for computer technology, generally.
  6. Teachable – willing to see weaknesses and grow through them.
  7. Model a Christ-like attitude and lifestyle
  8. The ability to be cooperative and show humility in working with the ministry team.
  9. A passion for evangelistic impact through: relationships, building community through groups, discipleship and mentoring, and developing people’s gifts.
  10. Through experience and education, adequately equipped to give excellent leadership in all areas of ministry responsibility.
  11. The possession of the qualities of church leaders (as described in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1), as well as the fruit of the Spirit (as described in Galatians 5:22-23).
  12. Solidly recommended by adequate references as having the character and skills to be in this role.
  13.  A personal affirmation of the EFCA Statement of Faith and a willingness to abide by the LCC By-laws.
  14. Ordained in the EFCA or working toward ordination.
  15. Seminary degree preferred or equivalent experience and college education.


Personal Values

A life marked by:

  1. An intimacy with God that balances freedom and spiritual disciplines.
  2. A growing walk with Christ that balances truth and love.
  3. A balanced view of self, valuing own strengths and the strengths of others where you are limited.
  4. A continued development of gifts, insights, and abilities as a leader.
  5. Loving integrity in relationships.
  6. Authentic two-way communication with others.
  7. Transparent accountability with one, or a few, same-gender believers.
  8. Mentored by one, or a few, same-gender believers.
  9. Faithful, intimate, servant relationships with your family (if married).
  10. Loving, servant relationships with the un-churched and unsaved.



Youth and Family Ministries - Area Responsibilities

The PYFM is responsible for recruiting, training and overseeing the 6th-12th grade ministry in working with the church and families to disciple students.  Parents are primarily called to disciple their children and the PYFM is to come along side those parents with encouragement and equipping.  Everything done in student ministry must come through the lens of parents being the primary disciplers of their children.  Thus, the student ministry must never usurp parents’ roles or minimize the role of parents in evangelizing and discipleing their children. 



General Responsibilities

  1. Encourage parents to disciple their children and equip them with resources to disciple their children.
  2. Develop ongoing relationships with parents and students.
  3. Recruit, train, and release leaders in the ministry.  The pastor must mentor a team of adult leaders who relate effectively and proactively with students, model godly lives, and have discernment and wisdom in the word of God.
  4. Evangelize and disciple students in 6th-12th grade.
  5. The pastor must develop and oversee a ministry of teaching/preaching/discipleship that grounds teens in the truths of God’s Word. This would include teaching and modeling the development of individual spiritual disciplines such as consistent scripture study, devotion and prayer.
  6. The pastor must envision and design youth gatherings and events that are designed for different students.  This would include gatherings for different ages, a place that is welcoming and inviting, time of fun as well as teaching, and gatherings of Christian students to grow and mature as well as a place for non-Christian students to hear the gospel.
  7. Along with weekly gatherings and events, the PYFM must create a yearlong calendar consisting of a clear vision of teaching, retreats, trips (mission trips, conferences, leadership trips, camps, etc.).  Also, a plan should be established from 6th-12th grade of teaching/a curriculum for students about the Bible, theology, the gospel, and Christian living.
  8. The pastor must establish and oversee a plan for intentional networking, contacting, and outreaching that evangelizes un-churched youth, assimilates new youth, and retains currently involved youth.
  9. Equip students with effective tools for reaching unbelievers within their peer group.
  10. Regularly involve students in service opportunities.
  11. Work alongside the Director of Children and Family Ministries to successfully handoff students between fifth and sixth grade. 



Weekly Responsibilities

  1. Pray for students, parents, and youth staff.
  2. Connect/Disciple 1-3 students individually.
  3. Connect/Disciple 1-3 parents individually.
  4. Connect with small group leaders/youth staff.
  5. Gatherings for Junior High and High School ministry.
  6. Teach large group gatherings.  This also includes delegating teaching to other trained leaders.
  7. Set up, clean, and maintain an adequate youth space.


Yearly Responsibilities

  1. Events for Junior High and High School ministry.
  2. Regular parent seminars, classes, or tools to equip parents for discipleship.
  3. Regular service projects.
  4. Regular parent and child events together.
  5. Plan and implement retreats (2-4/year) and trips (1-2/year).
  6. Receive ongoing training through conferences, books, seminars, or workshops.


Pastor – Area Responsibilities

The PFYM will be expected to share in developing overall church vision, carrying-out plans to achieve that vision, and providing pastoral care for the church body as a whole.


General Responsibilities

  1. Preaching.
  2. Hospital visitation.
  3. Administration of funerals.
  4. Administration of weddings and pre-marriage counseling.
  5. Staff planning sessions and weekly staff meetings.
  6. Participating in church-wide events (conferences, members meetings, etc.).
  7. Biblical counseling opportunities.
  8. Engaging as a team player with the Elder Board and submit to their leadership authority.
  9. Engaging as a team player with the Ministry Staff under the supervision of the Lead Pastor.  This includes:
    1. Working cooperatively with the Support Staff.
    2. Working an amount of hours that is appropriate for a full-time ministry position, being diligent and conscientious about your work, but honoring your more basic commitment to your family.
    3. With respect to all ministry responsibilities, be accountable to, and report directly to, the Lead Pastor, according to a schedule worked out with him.
  10. Meet regularly with lead pastor for goal setting and evaluation.


We anticipate your duties as the Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries will make up about 75% of your job.  How you spend the other 25% will depend on your unique skills and gifts. For example, you may have responsibilities in areas such as preaching, missions, assimilation, outreach, communications or graphic arts.



To apply for this position please send cover letter, resume, and a teaching/preaching recording to