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First Baptist Church of Lodi

Middle School and Sports Ministry

First Baptist Church of Lodi
Lodi, California, United States

Date Posted: 07/07/2017
Categories: Recreational/Sports Ministry - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Pastor of Middle School and Sports Ministries


General Description:  First Baptist Church of Lodi is searching for an energetic person with a love for Christ, a love for middle school students, and a desire to use the medium of sports to reach our community with the gospel.  This person must be someone who has demonstrated strong relational skills, creativity, vision, ability to manage large projects and to work cooperatively with the staff and volunteers of a growing and active church as well as others throughout the community.  


Pastor of Middle School Ministry:

We are looking for someone to love and shepherd the 7th-8th grade students in our church and community, and to partner with their families.  It will be important to have a presence on the middle school campuses, especially Millswood Middle School, which is right next door to the church campus.  First Baptist has a strong history of youth ministry and desires to build on a creative program that balances outreach, discipleship, service and mission.     


Sports Outreach Pastor:

First Baptist is the lead church for an Upward Sports Basketball and Cheer league that draws approximately 1000 K-8th students each season and is an incredible opportunity to reach out to families who need to connect or who do not know Jesus yet at all.  Being the lead pastor for Upward Sports requires strong administrative abilities and a capacity to oversee a large, complex operation that includes players, coaches, volunteers, parents, sponsors, community members, etc.  

We are also looking for someone with the vision and leadership to expand the sports ministry to people of all ages and interests.  


Candidate Description

  • Demonstrate a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and a call to youth ministry and outreach.  A passion and proven track record of ministering to youth and families both inside and outside of the church .
  • Community minded.  Eager to mobilize the church to reach out and minister to the diverse needs of our community. 
  • Leadership gifts and abilities, with concrete examples of leading growing and fruitful ministries.
  • Ability to recruit, lead and inspire a large number of volunteers.
  • Strong communication skills – written and verbal.
  • Ability to teach Biblical and spiritual truths in creative and meaningful manner.
  • Self starter with strong personal initiative.  Ability to balance a variety of tasks and relationships.
  • Wants to serve as a part of healthy and active church staff with a willingness to be teachable and eager to grow personally and professionally.
  • Three or more years experience leading a growing youth ministry.
  • Experience with current technology, social media, etc. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.


Job Description 

  • Pastor middle school students, parents, and volunteers.
  • Develop fruitful relationships with students and adults. 
  • Oversee Upward Basketball and Cheer (1000 participants, 200+ adult volunteers, strong volunteer leadership team).  
  • Provide middle school programming including weekly services, camps, special events, service opportunities, etc. 
  • Teach students God’s word and share the gospel.
  • Partner with parents in raising their kids.
  • Provide counseling and emotional support when needed.
  • Oversee, train, and partner with volunteer staff to lead Middle School programs including Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings, special events, and camps, etc. 


Please email resume and additional information to Glen Barnes,