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Pastor of Student Ministries

Providence Church
Avon, Ohio, United States

Date Posted: 10/09/2017
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Providence Church is located in Avon, Ohio, an upscale suburb approximately twenty miles west of Cleveland.  We are a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America and average 400 adults in Sunday worship.  Our youth ministry currently has approximately seventy active students in middle and high school.  This position would supervise a team of adult volunteers and periodic college interns.  For more specific information please see

Summary of Position:  The role of the Pastor of Student Ministries is to plan, lead, and implement the youth ministry at Providence Church for Middle School (6th-8th) and High School (9th-12th) students in order to help them to grow as devoted followers of Jesus Christ, equip them for a lifetime of fruitful Christian service, and assist them to reach out to their friends with the Gospel.  The PSM will lead volunteer staff in ministering to students, equipping and assisting parents in shepherding their children to follow Christ, and teaching and shepherding students so they will walk vibrantly and actively with Jesus Christ.  In addition, the PSM will be actively involved in reaching teens outside the church in our community with the Gospel. The PSM will also be an active member of the church's pastoral ministry staff, helping to move the church forward to fulfill the Great Commission.

Nature and Scope:  The impact of the Pastor of Student Ministries will be evidenced by the systematic efforts made in partnership with the ministry team and parents to achieve the following milestones:

Middle School Ministry Milestone:  To see the students “Own Their Faith” before entering high school.

Markers of the Milestone: We want our students to . . .

  • Know salvation & their testimony
  • Participate in believers’ baptism
  • Develop a habit of repentance
  • Have a hunger for growth
  • Be engaged in Christian friendship

High School Ministry Milestone: To see students be “On Mission” with God by graduation.


Markers of the Milestone:  We want our students to . . .

  • Be Daily Disciples (Prayer, Scripture, Discipleship Friendships)
  • Pursue Personal Holiness
  • Love the church (Service)
  • Love the Lost (Evangelism)
  • Love Justice (Generosity) 

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Ministry Leadership – Set the direction and lead the ministry team in order to achieve the ministry milestones.
  • Effective Communication – Serve as the main teacher of God’s Word to students and ministry staff. Ensure the effective communication of ministry plans and objectives to students, staff, and parents.
  • Disciple-Making –Personally engage in regular disciple-making ministry to students (one-on-one and in small groups)
  • Ministry Point Person – Oversee regularly scheduled programming, outreach and service opportunities (service and missions events), and strategic events (retreats, outreach, and connecting).
  • Church Staff Team Member – Be active , collaborative, and supportive in participating on the church staff, including contributing helpful input and assisting in church functions and ministry needs.



  • Rich and relevant understanding of the Gospel and its implications for life as evidenced by a visibly vibrant and active relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Meets the qualifications for an elder as outlined in 1Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
  • A commitment to the inerrancy, sufficiency, authority, and inspiration of God’s Word and demonstrated skill and effectiveness in communicating biblical truth.
  • A demonstrated sacrificial desire to see teenagers become Christ followers.
  • Prior experience in planning and leading a strategic ministry to teens, their families, and the community.
  •  The abilities to recruit, develop, motivate, and shepherd a team of volunteer ministry leaders and other vocational youth staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading significant and complex ministry events.
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree at minimum, preferably in Christian ministry focus or having equivalent ministry training.


  • A desire to reach beyond the church walls and work cooperatively with other local student or community ministries.
  • A minimum of three years leading a church youth ministry, preferably one which included a number of youth staff volunteers and evidenced growth under his leadership.



Note:  Because this role is a paid staff position, the candidate must pass a police background check complete with fingerprint identification, have read and understood the PEFC Policy on Sexual Misconduct, and have signed the Sexual Misconduct Information document.