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Westside Vineyard

Pastor of Youth and Missional Life

Westside Vineyard
Los Angeles, California, United States

Date Posted: 03/02/2010
Categories: Missions Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Vineyard
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Vineyard Christian Fellowship-Westside (West Los Angeles) is seeking a full-time Pastor of Youth and Missional Life. This role will primarily involve leadership of all aspects of middle and high school ministry, and it will also include providing leadership for lifestyle and corporate outreach for our church community.

The Westside Vineyard has its roots in the early days of the emerging Vineyard movement. A few points about this community that relate to this opportunity:

The great adventure of being the Westside Vineyard is that our time and place lies at the forefront of an emerging post-modern and post-Christian culture. The Westside of Los Angeles reflects where the rest of America will soon be in terms of common cultural mindset.

Our current pastoral staff includes our Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor of Ministry and Leadership Development (female) Associate Pastor of Emerging Generations (leading a young adult congregation), Children's Pastor, Youth Pastor (transitioning in a very positive way to missional activities), Pastor of Worship and Hispanic Ministries (leading a new Spanish speaking congregation and worship), our Administrator, and several administrative support staff.

We are committed to the emerging generations, and we’re passionate towards being a church where each successive generation of lives and leaders will be blessed to rise up and reach their own generation. We desire to see the youth of our church and of the less traditional Westside reached with the love and power of God.

As a Vineyard community at-large, we are in a process of becoming more 'missional' in nature… maintaining our 'attractional' strengths while becoming more intentional about cultivating and mobilizing lives of compassion amidst the spheres of neighborhoods, workplaces and community needs. While the entire team of pastors and elders have processed and embraced this calling, we seek a pastoral role with a special embodiment of this calling in order to help initiate, cultivate, and equip towards this end.


Youth Ministry (75%)
o Minister the Gospel of Jesus to youth in and outside of the Vineyard Community
o Oversee all aspects of middle and high school ministry
o Develop and coach the adult leadership teams of volunteers for separate middle school and high school communities
o Build spiritual community among the youth
o Work as a team-player – committed to relating the Youth Ministries to the Vineyard Community at-large
o Share in some involvement on more broad church leadership dynamics and activities

Missional Life (25%)
o Mobilize our church community in outreach oriented missional living
(building bridges through involvement in our local community, cultivating natural ways for people to talk about spiritual
truth, etc.)
o Help every segment of our church community, such as children, youth, adults, home churches…find their own expression
of outreach.
o Develop and lead a team of lives that serves in missional activities and events.
o Help to explore develop, grow, and provide leadership for seeker oriented type groups
o Potential participation in team which advises management of missions finances and global partnerships


Along with a healthy personal relationship with Christ, specific requirements include:

o Proven history of Youth Ministry Leadership (i.e. successful season in youth ministry staff position or equal experience)
o A God-given heart and calling to teenagers and youth ministry
o Administrative, teaching, and pastoral leadership gifts
o The passion to oversee a multicultural youth ministry
o Like-mindedness and affinity with Vineyard values/methods of ministry (The Vineyard Movement of Churches)
o A love for the wildly diverse and generally post-Christian culture of West Los Angeles
(evidenced by experience in urban culture and building relationships with unchurched)
o Proven history as a team player who can maintain a constructive relationship with both colleagues and volunteers.
o Proven history of outreach ministry
o Developed insight and experience with engaging postmodern lives in spiritual conversations


To be discussed (full-time)


Please read the following application procedures thoroughly. Do not call the Vineyard offices. Our review and response will be contingent upon having followed the guidelines as follows:

Please include a resume of experience and education… as well as a cover letter that combines some personal story, connection to the Vineyard, etc. Also please include a clear indication of: Experience in the areas of ministry and requirements mentioned......Experience or level of familiarity with the Vineyard movement of churches. This is critical for assessing similarity of ethos/style of Christian life and ministry.

This information must be sent as attachments via email to: .


This is a transition not yet shared with our congregation and youth…. so please use discretion.

We will not be able to provide employment to any non-U.S. citizens unless one already has legal status to work in the U.S.