Associate Pastor of Students and Family Ministry

Oak Grove Church
Shellsburg, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 05/24/2018
Categories: Associate Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position Summary

Oak Grove Church (OGC) is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor of Student and Family Ministry (APSF) to lead our children and student ministries (Kind.-12th grade) so that families are impacted with and transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and discipled in growing Christlike maturity. The APSF will be committed to family-equipping discipleship, which focuses on equipping parents as the primary disciple-makers in their children’s lives (Deut. 6:4-9), develops biblically-centered teaching, family-strengthening structure, and relational programming that engages with youth of all ages.

The APSF will report directly to the Lead Pastor and be accountable to the elders.


  1. Character and Heart
    1. He is a biblical leader (1 Tim. 3, Titus 1, 1 Pt. 5) recognized by abiding (1 Jn. 2:6) and increasing (2 Pt. 1:3-8) faith in Christ, as well as fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5).
    2. Demonstrates pastoral calling (Acts 20:28), humility (Acts 20:19, 24), passion (Acts 20:20-21) and gifting (Acts 20:27; Eph. 4:11-16; 2 Tim. 2:15).
    3. Gives evidence of personal worship, spiritual growth, evangelism and discipleship.
    4. Models Christ-like living
    5. If married, demonstrates biblical family priority with loving, servant leadership (1 Tim. 3:5)
    6. If unmarried, has current testimony of Christ-honoring relationships
    7. Has a teachable spirit, and is able to receive constructive criticism and apply it for personal development
    8. Exhibits love for children, youth and families
    9. Agrees with Oak Grove Constitution and Bylaws, Mission, and Values
  2. Academic
    1. Bachelor’s degree in related field (Bible, Student/Children’s Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, etc.)
    2. Demonstrated lifestyle in continuing education, whether formally in seminary or informally through personal reading and study
  3. Skills
    1. Able to rightly divide the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:15) and faithfully teach it in age-appropriate settings
    2. Eager and able to build effective relationships with people of varying ages, demographics and walks of life
    3. Shows discernment and good judgment including setting appropriate relationship boundaries with females and students.
    4. Energetic and physically able to engage in activities with children and youth
    5. Able to envision and communicate need for ministry teams, then develop structure, recruit, disciple, and empower ministry leaders and team members
    6. Able to anticipate, organize, and prioritize tasks to accomplish agreed-upon goals
    7. Able to motivate teams toward continual growth and development
    8. Able to use necessary technology for ministry communication and development
  4. Experience
    1. Proven leadership experience with at least one of these age groups in a church setting
    2. Some church staff or internship experience is preferred

Essential Duties

  1. Shepherding and Teaching
    1. Know and pray for children, students and their families
    2. Teach regularly, though not always, on Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings
    3. Plan and lead regular relationship-building activities with children, students and families at a pace that strengthens families
    4. Create environments that foster meaningful, biblical community among Middle School and High School students.
    5. Intentionally seek out and strive to assimilate students into student ministry program
    6. Plan and lead mission trips
    7. Work to build meaningful connections in the community.
    8. Assist lead pastor with hospital visitations as necessary, specifically as it relates to children, students and their families
    9. Preach as needed during Sunday morning corporate worship
  2. Strategic Planning and Team Building
    1. Develop student ministry vision in conjunction with overall church mission, working closely with pastor and elders to ensure purposeful unity and direction
    2. Determine and implement appropriate, strategic levels of personal involvement between children and student ministries
    3. Work with pastor to develop cohesive family-equipping discipleship strategy
    4. Identify, examine and train potential volunteers for family ministry – developing, empowering and supporting them to serve in their unique areas of giftedness
    5. Equip Middle and High School students for the challenges they will likely experience when transitioning to college or work in a secular world and provide tools to keep them founded in Christ.
    6. Coordinate VBS (or other agreed-upon outreach/discipleship ministries)
    7. Provide pastoral leadership to ministry team members
  3. Sunday AM Responsibilities
    1. Be present and engaged in corporate worship and Sunday School
    2. Assist in service planning, preparation and involvement as deemed necessary
    3. Help welcome and assimilate newcomers
  4. Staff and Administrative Responsibilities
    1. Organize and maintain updated list of ministry attendees, families, and leaders within our church management system
    2. Attend and participate in regular staff meetings
    3. Provide regular APSF updates to pastor, elders and deacons
    4. Communicate clearly, and regularly to pastor, elders, ministry leaders, participants, and church family
    5. Maintain regular office hours, with freedom and expectation for being out of the office for relationship-building
    6. Help pastor and elders understand the ongoing needs of children, students and their families so we may better support your ministry
    7. Help pastor and elders know how we can better support you and your family in life and ministry

Compensation and Benefits

  1. Full-time position with competitive salary commensurate with education and experience $42,000-$55,000
  2. Two-weeks paid vacation
  3. One-week paid conference leave
How to Apply

Please provide the following via email: If possible, please provide items 1-4 in a single document — a PDF is preferable, but Word, Pages, Google Doc, OpenOffice are all fine as well.

  1. Cover letter and resume with five references (two personal (non-family), two professional, and at least one ministry-related)

  2. A written testimony of your salvation and recent spiritual growth

  3. Personal statement of faith (if best communicated by a denominational statement, please send that statement as the most accurate representation of your beliefs)

  4. A one-page summary of your philosophy of ministry

  5. A video of you teaching in a related environment

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