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Grace Community Church

CranberryTownship, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted:
Youth Pastor
Church Size:
1501 to 2000
Job Type:
Grace Community Church
Job Description:
We are excited to announce a new YOUTH PASTOR opportunity!

Are you growing as a fully devoted follower of Jesus, and currently serving as a youth pastor? Do you love to equip others to lead others…to do the same? Are you a team player, yet also love to then take the ball and run with it? Are you entrepreneurial? Do you like to work hard AND play hard? If yes to these questions, immediately submit a resume for consideration! This position will not be open long as the opportunity is outstanding!

We are a church that lets leaders lead. We DO NOT believe in or have time to focus on MICROMANAGEMENT. If micromanagement is desired or necessary no one has FUN and life is short and our mission is great…it simply then is not a fit. We are pursuing individuals who are ALL on the same page and in unity, and who also want to have players on the team wherein we need to hold onto each others’ belt buckle to keep up! We pay our staff competitively and commensurate with experience and regional benchmarks!!!

Our non-denominational church has grown 25% in the last year, to more than 1600 in weekend attendance. In 2008 our church was recognized by Outreach Magazine as one of the top 50 fastest growing churches in the U.S.! Moreover, we have outgrown our existing location! We are in the process of obtaining land and building a new facility to expand and grow this ministry. Our church is proactively and effectively partnering and immersing ourselves into a very rapidly growing community by demonstrating an authentic and passionate heart of service, expecting nothing in return and realizing the only thing we have to offer is the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Please make sure you meet all requirements/qualifications. If you do, immediately submit a cover email, resume in word.doc format, teaching and ministry DVD/Vimeo/Youtube, to resumes@graceincranberry.org


To honor God by reaching people with the Good News of Jesus Christ and teaching them to become fully devoted followers of Him.

This position exists to execute the mission of the church among the youth in the church and in the community; this through family, outreach, and discipleship ministries. This position will support by teaching and ministering in accordance with the mission and vision of the church, to families and students with teachings, curriculums, and environments that will help them Grow.Pursue.Serve. (Grow closer to God, Pursue relationships with others, Serve the world), ultimately helping to teach them to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.

Strategically develop and lead the youth ministry programs/discipleship, as part of the overall Family Ministry focus.

Build, lead, equip and release volunteer teams and manage volunteer staff

Set realistic goals
- What is the process to get there?
- Develop a strategy
- Execute that strategy
- Prioritize tasks

Lead a team of youth assistants and youth volunteers, utilizing their gifts so that the ministry is shared, enhanced and expanded

Continue to build strong leaders and effective teams of workers in the youth ministry

Proactively seek and build leaders according to their SHAPE

Clearly communicate vision and strategy on a consistent basis

Be informed and the resident expert of trends and culture as it relates to youth ministry, and to assist with lens our ministry looks through as part of overall family ministry

Establish standards/measurements for activities and oversee evaluation against those standards/measurements to identify progress in achieving the vision

Extend care for the youth by being able to realistically track even from initial visit through first year how they are connecting and growing in Christ-likeness with regard to Grow.Pursue.Serve.

Manage risks associated with youth ministry

Develop a long-range plan for youth ministries in collaboration with the Campus Pastor, Director for Kids, and Lead Pastor

Teach and guide youth in establishing and maintaining a Christian lifestyle that honors the Word of God

Develop healthy relationships with parents and guardians of all youth, providing resources for them to assist in their growth as Christian parents and to counsel with them when needed

Coordinate youth-oriented retreats, activities/outings, summer camps, and mission trips - planning through overall family lens

Authority: this position will sit on the Executive team and is considered a part of the pastoral staff. The Youth Pastor is in charge of the youth department, supervises other youth ministers, administrative assistant and interns.

Work schedule: usually Tuesday through Friday with Monday being a day off. Services are Saturday at 6:00 p.m.; Sunday at 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 a.m.; Family Ministry Staff Meetings are held each Tuesday and attendance is required. Other staff development meetings are scheduled throughout the year and attendance is required. Within reasonable limits, pastors have great flexibility in their schedule. Again, if micromanagement or accountability boundaries become an issue, this will not be a fit

Dress: This church is a relaxed, casual place to work. A normal workday is casual. Jeans are allowed. The expectation from the pastor is that if the meeting, event, service, etc. requires a specific type of dress, the pastor has the ministerial experience to determine what is appropriate

Humility and Grace; teachable spirit
Grace-centered, Biblically-based/Culturally relevant, Out-of-the box creativity, Simple/sharp approach, Real/authentic

At least 3 years experience leading a youth ministry in a church of 1000+

Experience in a multi-staff, multi-service environment

Experience building, leading, and equipping staff and multiple volunteers

Strong desire to reach the unchurched/dechurched

He is married, and cultivating a strong marriage and team-approach to ministry with his wife

An excellent role model to students and adults alike

A desire to serve and live in the northeast

Minimum Bachelors, and ministry degree is preferred but not required if the applicant’s ministry experience and life experience are sufficient

A history of ongoing personal and professional development

Candidate must fully agree with the doctrine, teaching, and mission, values, and culture statement of the church and Lead Pastor (details available in the interview process)

A pastor with the willingness and ability to grow, reflecting the heart attitude of Jesus

A pastor with a heart and passion for teenagers, families, and most certainly youth ministry

A pastor with integrity (the courage to meet the demands of reality), high moral values and a genuine call from God to this church family and position via a heart connection and not out of compliance to a “job”

A highly effective leader who inspires others with vision, and models putting legs to that vision

A leader who can balance strategic leadership with operational management

A leader who can mobilize both youth and volunteers and lead them toward goals that are bigger than thought possible, and the honor and privilege of being part of something bigger than themselves

A leader who can mentor, lead and develop young leaders

A skilled communicator with effective oral and written communication skills

Must have the ability to plan, budget, delegate, and meet deadlines on time

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business documents

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to today's youth culture

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from youth, parents, staff or congregation

The ability to work efficiently and effectively in team situations is critical, as well as the ability to work independently

Must possess solid time management skills and organizational abilities

The ability to coordinate several activities at once and to quickly analyze and resolve specific problems is important

The ideal candidate should be creative, be high energy, hard working with a healthy and within reason “do whatever it takes” work ethic, and possess the ability to motivate others
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Our mission is to honor God by reaching people with the Good News of Jesus Christ and teaching them to become followers of Him. In order to begin a journey, we must first look ahead to our destination, where we want to go, and then assess where we are and how we want to reach that destination. The same is true in our Christian lives. Here at Grace, we have found that utilizing our “spiritual” GPS system is the most effective way to help us grow closer to God, pursue relationships with others, and serve the world. So, in essence, our missio More...