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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Brewster Baptist Church - Associate Pastor of Students & Discipleship

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Brewster, Massachusetts, United States

Date Posted: 05/03/2017
Categories: Associate Pastor - Discipleship Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Brewster Baptist Church (BBC) is part of the American Baptist Churches USA and one of the largest churches in the denomination. BBC is known for its biblical teaching, commitment to serving its community with God's love, and for being one of the strongest mission supporting churches in the ABCUSA. The church seeks to help teach and equip people to practice their faith in their daily lives, and to use their spiritual gifts in ministry. For 190 years, BBC's influence and impact in Brewster and surrounding area has continued to grow to its present level - well known and respected for its witness, commitment to the community and generosity.


Since the arrival of Lead Pastor Doug Scalise in 1995, the church has rapidly expanded in number, making it one of the largest Protestant churches on the Cape. Average attendance is around 600, while seasonal celebrations such as Christmas and Easter draw close to 1,000 worshippers. The quaint façade of a traditional historic church on Route 6A belies a vibrant growing congregation of believers, eager to reach and serve their community. The church venue perfectly blends the traditions of the past while providing modern facilities that will accommodate significant growth in the future.


Size - 600
Denomination - American Baptist Churches USA, Willow Creek Association 
Location - Brewster, MA


About the Position:

The next Associate Pastor of Student Ministry & Discipleship will be a discipleship specialist who is passionate about helping students and adults grow in their relationship with Christ.

This position will be focused on two areas of ministry:

  1. Led by a passion for working with students, this position will lead the Student Ministry by working directly with the Core Ministry Leader, volunteers, and middle and high school students. This role will also oversee the spiritual development of teens by creating a fun, inviting and dynamic environment for students to build relationships with each other and to grow in their faith.
  1. Work with the Discipleship Core Ministry Leader and volunteers to build and lead the adult discipleship process of the church. This position will facilitate the role of helping adults grow their faith, and encourage personal growth through the practice of spiritual disciplines. This role will be responsible for coordinating the development of small groups and providing spiritual materials to meet the needs of groups. Furthermore, s/he will oversee Adult Sunday School classes, and provide training for small group leaders as well.

What We Are Searching For:

Specific to Student Ministry
The ideal candidate for the Student Ministry component of the position will have the ability to provide strong leadership, vision and direction to the lives of students through the development of adult volunteers who are caring and can make a lasting impact in the lives of each student. The best fit for this role will be someone who loves students and is called to invest in the next generation. They will be creative, relational and possess solid administration skills. The successful candidate must have a strong passion for students, inside and outside our church walls, and provide mission opportunities within the scope of the community and beyond, as they create opportunities for students to grow in their faith and service.

Specific to Discipleship
By adapting a team approach, the successful candidate for the Discipleship element of this position will possess a strong ability to identify, train and equip leaders to lead and provide care for their groups. They will be able to competently steward the church's Discipleship process that starts out with non-believers, help people to understand their faith, make a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ, and then grow in their relationship with Jesus. The ideal candidate will prioritize providing opportunities for everyone to grow deeper in both knowledge and practical experience in their faith. In this role, the pastor will bear responsibility for overseeing Small Groups & Adult Education opportunities of the church, as they work to help people step into an authentic community and develop meaningful spiritual relationships while becoming followers of Jesus.


Possess a Bachelor Degree. A Master Degree from a seminary is preferred.

Have a minimum of 5 years proven experience in church or para-church ministry, preferably in a growing church setting with more than 400.

Have proven experience working with students in a ministry setting.

About the Location:

Brewster is a historic sea captains' town located on the bay side of Cape Cod. Established in 1803, the town encompasses approximately 23 square miles, including over 325 acres of beach and marshlands, with 24 ponds larger than 10 acres in size. Brewster boasts award-winning drinking water and two nationally acclaimed 18-hole golf courses, among other recreation sites. Nickerson State Park contains 400 acres of trails for biking and hiking, camping areas, and freshwater ponds for swimming, fishing, and boating. Brewster has over 15 bed and breakfast inns and over 30 art galleries, craft shops, and antique shops, most of which are along historic Route 6A, the old "King's Highway." Brewster's current year-round population of about 9,600 grows to about 35,000 in the summer season as visitors come to enjoy one of the premier summer vacation environments in the entire country.

The Lower Cape, where Brewster is located, offers outstanding schools, incredible recreational opportunities, and small town living that is quintessential New England. With its proximity to Boston just an hour and a half away, Brewster provides access to the entertainment, sports, and educational opportunities afforded by a major metropolitan area. Area and community demographic information are available upon request. Brewster offers an incredible quality of life and is an outstanding place to live and raise a family.