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Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church

Director of Student Ministries

Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church
Yakima, Washington, United States

Date Posted: 03/23/2017
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Grace of Christ Presbyterian of Yakima


Our Hope for a Long-Term Director of Student Ministry:

-A deep love for Jesus and a commitment to sharing this love through service and disciple-making

-An ability to connect well with young people in a fun and engaging kind of way

-Ideally at least three years experience serving in youth ministry

-A love for teaching young people about Jesus and the scriptures in a way that helps them wrestle with the tough and life-long questions of faith

-Experience working with a team of volunteers

-A bachelor’s degree with some formal and/or on the job training in theology and/or youth ministry

-An aptitude for leading in innovative and creative ways to both add depth and growth to our student ministry

-An understanding of how best to use technology in youth ministry (especially social media)

-Availability to start full-time by summer/fall ‘17 with full benefits and salary based on education and experience

-A commitment to helping the youth ministry program thrive as a fully integrated part of our larger church


Our Church’s Mission and Vision for Our Student Ministry:

-Our mission is to create a safe community for teenagers where they experience the love of Jesus and learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus

-Our vision for this community is to be a place where teenagers:

                *learn about the abounding love and grace of Jesus

*learn about their place in the Kingdom of God and how they can practically be active in God’s work in the world

*feel safe to be themselves and wrestle with tough questions about life and faith

*are mentored and loved deeply by adults no matter where these young people are in their walk of faith

*experience belonging regardless of their faith background, home life, or personal issues

*are welcomed into the family of faith by the larger church


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church of Yakima

c/o: Student Ministry Director Search Team

9 South 8th Ave

Yakima, WA 98902

Or via email to Jean Paulson:


Director of Student Ministry Follow-Up Application Questions

Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church of Yakima


Name of Applicant:______________________________________________

Thank you for your interest in being a part of our church staff.  We are hopeful that your answers to these questions will help us to get to know you and get to know how you envision leading our Student Ministry program in our church.  If you already addressed answers to some of these questions in your other information please just refer us back to that material.  Please email these questions back to Jean Paulson ( along with THREE REFERENCES who can speak to your ministry experience and to your character.


1). Please describe for us your understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

2). What is the role of the local church in helping teenagers become life-long followers of Jesus?

3). How have you been gifted and called to vocational ministry and ministry to teenagers?

4). What role do relationships play in ministry to teenagers?

5). What are some ways that you have learned to grow a youth program in your time in youth ministry?

6). How have you been “discipled” as a follower of Jesus?  And how have you “discipled” others?

7). What have you learned about working with and leading teams in ministry?

8). Describe your teaching style with teenagers.

9). What have you learned about working on a staff at a church?

10). What books have been influential to you in your personal journey of following Jesus?

11). In the last few years we joined a new denomination.  What is your initial response to our denominations Essential Tenets? (

12). We have had the opportunity to host, train and empower many college-aged interns in our Student Ministry over the last several decades.  What value would you see in continuing this program?  Or what reasons would you give for not continuing this program?

13). What attracted you to a position in Central Washington State?  And how do you feel about Yakima being your new home?

14). What is your vision for your life in the next 5 years? 10 years?

15). If offered this position, when would you be able to start?