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History and Overview
SouthPoint Church was launched in 2005 by Lead Pastor, Matt Hall, with a mission to “Connect the Disconnected to Christ, Community, and Cause.” Since inception, SouthPoint has been a come as you are, belong before you believe, community-style church.
Matt and several other staff come from a Young Life and Student Ministry background, which informs the church’s relational, incarnational approach to ministry.
“Portable” from the beginning, SouthPoint initially met at a college conference center, but quickly outgrew the space and moved to our current location at Leonardtown High School in 2007. In 2010 they purchased 50 acres of land, which we hope to build on
in the future.
In September 2016, SouthPoint went multisite, becoming “One Church in Two Locations” by launching a new campus in Lusby, MD, about 20 miles north of the Leonardtown Campus. Click here to watch the vision video where Matt explains our motivation
to expand to a new campus.
SouthPoint is the largest and most influential church in the Southern Maryland, hosting an average of 900 people at three services each Sunday. Of course, more than 2,000+ consider SouthPoint "home" and attendance more than doubles on Christmas/Easter.
Location and Demographics
SouthPoint is in a Chesapeake Bay community located about an hour south of Washington DC, at the Southern peninsula of Maryland. Due to the significant government and military employment, the area is more fluid and transient than most. Families are often
only here for a 2-4 year stint, although many decide to set roots in Southern Maryland. Naval Air Station Pax River and the surrounding government contractors are the most influential economic engine. The area is fairly rural with lots of beautiful parks,
waterfront, and greenspace. However, it also has the amenities that come with a population of ~150,000.
SouthPoint is an intentionally diverse community (predominantly white and African-American), and has been since the beginning (long before it was trendy and culturally expected). This makes SouthPoint unique and culturally connected in an area that has
not historically embraced diversity and reconciliation.
Regarding religion, Southern Maryland has a deep Catholic history. The first Catholic service in North America was held just miles from the Leonardtown Campus.
Philosophy and Strategy
The leadership’s philosophy is relational, holistic, and Gospel-centric. We believe in incarnational ministry (bringing “up there, down here”) and
“earning the right to be heard” by students and parents. SouthPoint is an Orange church, and our entire family ministry, from nursery through high school, leverages the Orange Strategy and Curriculum. For Middle School and High School, the XP3 strategy
is built on students need to experience increasing measures of 3 key faith ingredients: wonder, discovery, and passion.
SouthPoint draws from more than 14 middle and high schools.
The middle school (6th-8th grade) ministry is the most active and well-led age group. Leonardtown Campus offers middle school environments at 9:00am and 11:00am and Lusby Campus at the 10:30am service.
The high school (9th-12th grade) ministry is currently rebuilding. At the Leonardtown Campus, high school students gather at 10:30am in a mostly social environment, and then attend the 11:00am service together.
Currently, the Lusby Campus does not offer a Sunday Morning high school program. Outside of Sunday mornings, there are a few middle and high school small groups and events throughout the semester. We have currently suspended Sunday night “Youth Group” programming,
while the leadership restructures.
SouthPoint’s staff culture is team-oriented; respective ministries operate with healthy autonomy, but are not individual silos.
Our spiritual growth strategy is to help people connect to:
- Christ – people coming to Christ and growing in Christ
- Community – engagement in small groups and spiritual growth beyond Sundays
- Cause – serving inside and outside the church in Jesus name
SouthPoint is “elder directed, staff led, and volunteer empowered.” The elder board of up to 7 members sets the guardrails in place and helps keep the church on mission. The Staff Leadership Team is responsible for day to day ministry and culture.
This team consists of Sr. Pastor, Matt Hall; Executive Pastor, Tim Wiesemann; Campus Pastor, Kyle Squire; and Family Ministry Director, Jenn Curtis. The church staff currently consists of 7 full-time and 4 part time employees.
While SouthPoint definitely prefers to raise up leaders from within and provide opportunities for leadership, we have hired several positions from outside the organization through staffing firms like Slingshot and Vanderbloemen.
Challenges and Opportunities
The greatest challenge facing this role is the need for a fresh start to a ministry that has struggled to reflect the vision and values of the larger church for the last two years. The ministry needs renewed vision and devoted attention.
During this transitional period, Pastor Matt and the Leadership Team have stepped in to provide experience and ongoing support. This is an incredible opportunity to re- imagine the youth ministry and take it to the next level. This priority is affirmed
by a healthy student ministry budget and volunteer leadership development.
SouthPoint continues to be a healthy, growing church: in the last year 85 people became followers of Jesus, 70 people were baptized, and 40% of attendees are involved in a small group.
SouthPoint also has a high value on racial diversity. Their hiring and leadership roles reflect this value. Particularly for this role, they would love to see a person of diversity leading the charge to reflect the community. That said, candidates of all
ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
Please take your time to peruse the website, Facebook and Vimeo to learn more about our beliefs, vision and values and ministry of the church.
If, after a thorough look at these resources, you sense that this would be a good fit for you, please take the next step to apply at SouthPoint4u.com/jobs.
Point of Contact: Kyle Squire, firstname.lastname@example.org
POSITION PROFILE: STUDENT PASTOR
Big Picture: To provide leadership and management to intentionally connect disconnected students to Christ, Community and Cause. Primary responsibilities will include: leadership development (recruiting, training and caring for volunteers);
direct work with students; communicating with both students and parents; assisting SouthPoint on projects as a member of the staff team.
Capabilities and Characteristics:
- Loving God and following Jesus in private life is assumed
- Have high relational IQ and skills
- Be a leader of leaders – not just a doer, initiative, self-starter, developer of people
- Self-led and self-managed
- Understand current culture and engage students with relevance and authenticity
- Able to effectively communicate the Gospel
- Work in, build, and win through teams
- Organizational skills that match scope of ministry
- Willing to dive into change and make decisions for the growth of the ministry
- Adhere to the SouthPoint Staff Statement of Ethics
Reports To: Jenn Curtis, Family Ministry Director, Leadership Team
Relates Closely With:
- Matt Hall, Lead Pastor
- Kyle Squire, Campus Pastor, Leadership Team
- Tim Wiesemann, Executive Pastor, Leadership Team
Provides Oversight To:
- Middle School Students (6th – 8th grades)
- High School Students (9th – 12th grades)
- Student Ministry Volunteers
- Parents and Guardians
- Recruit, equip, and lead adult and student leaders for the purpose of developing fully devoted followers of Christ.
- Developing engaging small group and high impact large group experiences.
- Planning, scheduling, administration, promoting, and coordinating programming, activities, camps, retreats, etc.
- Communicate the overall vision, goals, and strategy of the Student ministries and SP mission to the students, parents and larger church.
- Partner with parents with the goal of producing teenagers who are world-changers through Christ, leaders for Christ, and fully devoted followers of Christ.
- All other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Contact Ministry: Build relationships with students by visiting school lunches, games, and other environments outside of the church context.
- Leadership Development: Meet with adult leaders and student influencers for training, encouragement, accountability, planning, and information dissemination.
- Sunday/Sunday Night Programming: Lead Sunday gatherings. This includes promotion, programming, oversight of teams, and all other responsibilities included in executing a top-notch program.
- Partner with Parents: Help parents and guardians realize God’s dream for their child with the goal to produce youth who are authentic disciples of Christ reaching others for Christ with the purpose of evangelism and discipleship.
- Small Groups: Assist adult and student leaders in developing a vital weekly small group experience for middle and high school students.
- Event Planning: Plan, promote, and program events for High School students during each semester. Each event should ideally target a specific aspect of mission (connecting to Christ, community, and cause).
- Communication: Communicate pertinent information regarding the Middle and High School ministry to the students, parents, adult leaders, and the church at large. Tools for this include: webpage, weekend bulletin, weekend slides, pre- service
announcements, mailings and phone calls, etc.
- Administration: Perform other administrative duties as needed in fulfilling the goals stated above. Provide oversight to the management of this ministry, including budgets, reporting, safety, etc. Much of this detail work should be accomplished
Participate with staff team in church wide functions.
Perform all other duties assigned.
Compensation negotiable based on experience and education
Salary $40,0000-$55,000/year + Benefits
- Health/Vision/Dental Insurance (Currently Blue Cross Blue Shield – Church covers 80% of premium)
- Health Savings Account
- Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
- Sabbatical Leave
- Continuing Education (TBD).