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Washburn Assembly of God

Youth Pastor

Washburn Assembly of God
Noblesville, Indiana, United States

Date Posted: 08/29/2012
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Assemblies of God
Church Size: 50 to 100
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:
Position Information
We are looking for God’s choice of an anointed and talented Youth Pastor to help lead our youth and their families into deeper spiritual growth and greater numeric growth. This person/couple will be critical in the building of what we believe will be a dynamic and relevant Pentecostal church in the affluent northern suburbs of Indianapolis and Hamilton County. The position is part-time and salaried at this time. Benefits include paid vacation, a small monthly budget, and use of a dedicated workspace in the church building. There are many good jobs in the area, and the area's family-friendliness and public schools are top-notch.

Necessary Characteristics of the Candidate
•Ability to connect well with teenagers and their parents
•Pioneer spirit—help build people and ministries versus arrive at something that may or may not grow
•Team player—desire and ability to work with others
•Ability to pull the best out of people—genuine desire and ability to motivate others to excellence
•Hard-working with a positive attitude; teachable and humble with a desire to grow
•Adept with using social media to better connect with and disciple youth
•Understands the grace of God, and preaches and practices that grace in balance with,
•A non-Pharisaical approach to righteous living that results in a greater anointing
•Familiar with Fine Arts Festival or similar program—to promote and/or direct on some level
•Pentecostal in doctrine and personal practice
•Credentialed with the Assemblies of God or willing to pursue it

Characteristics Desirable, But Not Essential
•Experience leading youth into the baptism of the Holy Spirit in a non-coercive style
•Ability to play electric guitar & sing while taking the role of a worshiper yourself, with the intent of training and leading a youth worship team (modern rock style)

Church Information
New Life is an Assemblies of God congregation in the city of Noblesville. Sunday morning attendance is currently 75. Several experienced contractors are among the people, and are very willing to pitch in when needed. Another common profession in the church is that of software engineer. Several adults in the church are enrolled in the Indiana School of Ministry, the district's education program to raise up pastors and missionaries from among congregations at very low cost. The congregation is 95% white, which is in keeping with the community, but more diversity is desired by the pastor. The church has a traditional building but is fairly strong on the use of technology. Some upgrades on technology are currently taking place.
The church is strapped by a $475,000 mortgage, which was used to pay for drainage work on a 13-acre piece of land the church owns and has planned to build on in the future. The drainage work was deemed necessary by the county if the church was going to keep the property. Shortly after the work was done, the church entered a decline which began around 2007-2008, and was consummated with the resignation of the former pastor early in 2012. There is now some discussion of selling the property, as the church was recently approached by a corporation interested in doing so.
Upon the former pastor's resignation, the deacon board thought it desirable to keep the Youth Pastor on staff, and that helped the church greatly in the transition. The youth pastor felt released from his ministry at the church late last year, however, and began seeking his next position privately.
In the meantime, the church chose a younger pastor with strong organizational and growth experience in a small to mid-size church. Damian Schoonmaker and his family arrived in early July. His bio is available on the church web site ( Pastor Damian immediately began filling holes in ministry and strengthening existing ministries for short and long-term effectiveness. He and his wife Shawna have also placed a great deal of emphasis on inviting the church into their home. In seven weeks' time, attendance and giving have increased 30-40%. During the same time, youth attendance has dropped 25%.
Sunday mornings begin with a corporate prayer time that is currently sparsely attended. This is followed by Sunday School, then the morning service. The worship style is quite contemporary. Church-wide praise/prayer meetings are held on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday evenings of the month. Wednesday night is Family Night with age-specific ministry for all. The pastor's long-term vision includes continuing to increase the quality of the church's ministries, increasing the church's worldwide impact through missions and web-based technology, moving the church out of the existing building (lack of parking currently), adding multiple services to better reach the population, adding staff pastors as needed, and small groups.
The church leadership believes that integrating the right Youth Pastor into the church is key to achieving greater spiritual and numeric growth.

Youth Information
Currently the church has 10-15 youth in attendance. About 2/3 of the students are from a churched background; 1/3 are not. The opportunity to grow this ministry is very good. Most of the students are eager. The group is diverse in socio-economic background. Most of them attend public schools, and the youth population in the area is a substantial part of the overall population.
The youth meet in their own room on Wednesday nights. The room has been painted, but could be painted and decorated in whatever style the youth pastor and youth choose. There is also a youth Sunday School class that is attended by less than 5 students.
Noblesville is well-connected with youth culture, spiritually and secularly. Indiana's Youth Alive home missionary and his family live here and are readily available to partner with the future youth pastor in helping develop ministry to the public school campuses. The city is also host to the Klipsch Music Center, Indiana's largest and most popular outdoor concert venue. Opportunities to connect with young people abound.
The current youth pastor has taken another part-time position in the suburbs of Cleveland. The youth will be notified of this on August 29th, so this information is confidential at this point. He and his family will be honored by the church on September 9th, his last day.

Noblesville Information
Noblesville is a city of 52,000 people just northeast of Indianapolis. The city was incorporated in 1823, and has doubled in population in the last ten years. The city estimates this trend will continue and will double again by 2023. For more information, check out the city website and Wikipedia. Noblesville is the seat of Hamilton County, the wealthiest county in Indiana and one of the ten wealthiest counties (income per capita) in the United States. The area is mostly upper middle class, with only a very small part of the population living in genuine poverty.
Noblesville has three Assemblies of God churches and a group of senior pastors that meet weekly for fellowship. Several other churches have full-time and part-time youth pastors. There seems to be a good emphasis on relationships between the local churches.
There are plenty of restaurants, an attractive and vibrant downtown square and business area, many banks and supermarkets, and an abundance of other shopping areas complete with big-box stores and a new outdoor, upscale mall. The local economy is strong and the job market robust.
Several state highways run through Noblesville in several directions, and the city borders I-69, which runs northeast toward Ft. Wayne and southwest to I-465, which is the loop around the metro area. Only one other suburb separates Noblesville from Indianapolis, which is an easy drive down the highway or state roads (city limits are about 15 minutes, city center is approximately 30 minutes).

Indianapolis Information
Indy offers additional shopping, dining, professional sporting venues, and is home to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Colts' NFL and Pacers' NBA franchises are here, as is the Cleveland Indians MLB AAA affiliate. Indy is an annual host to the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, recently hosted the Super Bowl, and hosts the Assemblies of God General Council usually every six years (this is not a sporting event!). It is the twelfth largest city in the United States and is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the United States, with a metro population of nearly 2 million.

Landscape, Geography, and Climate
The physical landscape of the area is beautiful, marked by numerous deciduous trees. Noblesville is split by the White River, a small river popular with canoeists. The area is rolling prairie land, being developed more and more as the metro area grows primarily north and east. Hamilton County is just to the north/ northeast of Indianapolis, which is located in Marion County. Indiana is bordered by Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Lake Michigan.
Indiana is split in two time zones, eastern (ours) and central. Some of the western part of the state does not observe daylight savings time. The state historically votes Republican, and typically has a Republican governor. Indiana has a well-diversified economy, with farming and manufacturing considered equally important. Many of the nation's cars and trucks are made here due to the state's central location and proximity to Detroit.
Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield MO, Louisville, Lexington, Nashville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh are all within a day’s drive. Cincinnati, Chicago, and Louisville are the closest other metro areas, all 2-3 hours drive.
Every season is enjoyable in this part of Indiana. Tornadic weather can take place in the spring and early summer. Summer temperatures are usually in the 80's, but can reach into the 90’s and even 100's at times with most days being quite sunny before the August cooling begins. Snowfall can begin as early as late October and can fall as late as early April. Average snowfall for the whole winter is 27". Temperatures in the winter are typically in the 30s.
Air quality is usually very good. There is a constant breeze which is very welcome, as it takes the edge off the humidity, which can be high. The Indianapolis area is ranked well concerning allergies, 79th out of the largest 100 metro areas (better than most; the lower numbers are the worst).
There are ample opportunities in Indiana for hunting, fishing, boating, and camping. Indiana is known as a destination for Amish culture and furniture, sporting events, and conventions/conferences.