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Valley Christian Fellowship

Youth Pastor

Valley Christian Fellowship
Solvang, California, United States

Date Posted: 12/22/2017
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Student Ministry Pastor

Valley Christian Fellowship, Solvang CA


A healthy and thriving youth ministry looking for a passionate leader to reach students in our central-coast town. 

For more information on our church: WWW.VCFCONNECT.ORG

Student Ministry Pastor Job Description

Valley Christian Fellowship, Solvang CA

Check out this video for an interview with our senior pastor:

Check out clips from our youth programs:

If you are the person for the job, please send us the following to

Capabilities and Characteristics:

  • Deep devotion to God and love for His Word
  • A relational connection with teens and a passion to help them grow in Christ
  • A deep desire to see many students come to faith in Jesus
  • Sees the local church as an important pathway to spiritual development
  • Loves shepherding students, but not manipulating them
  • Gifted leadership and communication skills (on and off the platform)
  • Articulate (able to communicate well on the platform and through media)
  • Disciplined, innovative and creative
  • A learner (someone who seeks constant improvement and is open to new strategies/ideas)
  • Able to develop a team-oriented culture through training, mentoring and teaching volunteers
  • Experienced in leading ministries that reach 100 to 500+ middle and high school students
  • Committed to and doctrinally aligned with the Vision, Mission and Values of VCF


Reports To / Relates Closely With:

  • Senior Pastor
  • Executive Pastor


Provides Oversight To:

  • Middle School & High School Groups
  • Existing and future teens and their families
  • Volunteer Staff (including their recruitment and training)
  • Ministry intern(s)


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Live a healthy balanced lifestyle that honors God, family, and others
  • Pastoral care and training of parents and students
  • Teaching relevant messages with biblically sound doctrine
  • Curriculum oversight and development
  • Lead the structure and design of weekend youth services in a team environment
  • Work to develop an overall belief of intergenerational worship (adults and teens together)
  • Facilitate creative student and family events (camps, outings, outreach)
  • Function as an operator and figurehead of the ministry to parents and school administrators.
  • Oversight of all weekly small groups and their leaders
  • Build and maintain a healthy, effective volunteer team of adults, parents, and young adults
  • Communicate with and equip parents to be involved in the spiritual formation of their teenagers
  • Work with the Executive Pastor and the Children’s Ministry Director for curriculum sequence
  • Build a culture that is continually attracting new teens and their families
  • Visit school campuses & support Fellowship of Christian Athletes club on high school campus
  • Oversee load-in and load-out of weekly youth room gatherings
  • Inspire and engage the student leadership volunteers


Other Responsibilities:

  • Produce outreach-oriented events that are strategic to the overall mission of the church
  • Evaluate current strategic plan and structure in alignment with the overall church mission, vision, values and strategies and adjust accordingly
  • Oversee adjustment and implementation of an effective, long-term budget
  • Teaching for Sunday morning services when applicable



  • Bachelors and/or master’s degree preferable or equivalent experience.
  • Some formal in-depth bible training
  • 3+ years full-time youth ministry experience required



  • Compensation is highly competitive, given cost of living on the central coast. Commensurate with education and experience.



  • 50+ Weekly; including administrative work, relational ministry, staff meeting, planning, programs, reading, biblical study, and church attendance.



If you are the person for the job, please send us the following to

  • Your resume
  • A personally written email explaining your interest in applying
  • We also highly recommend you include additional information with your resumé, such as:
  • Audio or video samples of you leading a sermon or bible study
  • Other media (YouTube video, social media information, photos, etc.) 
  • Character profiles such as Strengths Finder, DISC profile, Myers-Briggs, etc.