Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults

Grenada Community Berean Church
Grenada, California, United States

Date Posted: 05/31/2018
Categories: Associate Pastor - Young Adult Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Bible Church
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description:


The full-time Associate Pastor would spend 75% of their time working with the youth ministry and 25% of their time ministering to young adults (18-25 year olds without families). 


Youth Ministry Responsibilities:

-Planning and preparing youth groups for students in grades 6-12

-Being the primary teacher of the youth who teaches the Word of God accurately and enthusiastically

-Creating opportunities for the youth to grow and use their gifts for ministry (currently students are involved on the worship teams for Sunday morning and youth group, help at AWANA with games and groups, serve as junior helpers and counselors for Junior Camp, help at VBS, and more)

-Recruiting volunteers as necessary for youth groups, Sunday school, and trips

-Training and managing volunteer team

-Planning of periodic retreats or conferences

-Encouraging students to be involved in world missions opportunities (our church takes a bi-annual summer trip to Ensenada, Mexico)

-Coordinating with other area churches to reach the students in the community

-Counseling students and providing spiritual assistance/guidance to their parents as the need arises


Young Adult Responsibilities:

Because of the demographics of our area, there is no formal ministry happening for this age group by any of the area churches. Most high school graduates leave the area to go to college because there are no four-year universities and the closest community college is twenty miles away. The associate pastor of youth and young adults would have the opportunity to build this ministry from the ground up in keeping with the church vision and purpose.


Other Responsibilities:

-Preaching once every six to eight weeks to the church congregation

-Attending monthly board meetings and weekly staff meetings


Position Requirements (non-negotiables):

-a born again follower of Christ whose commitment to the Lord is evident in their life

-in line with the doctrinal statement of GCBC

-qualified as an elder according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 (all pastors are part of the board of elders)


-have a heart for evangelism

-able to connect with a variety of students and people of all ages

-an excellent communicator (both written and verbal) who is able to teach in a variety of settings to a variety of age groups


Position Bonuses (negotiables):

-a graduate of Bible college or seminary with a degree in a related field

-At least two years of formal ministry in a church setting


-ability to lead worship through singing and playing guitar/keyboard is a plus


Church Description:

We are an established church (founded in 1956) with an average Sunday attendance of around 180. The church has been part of the Berean Fellowship of Churches since 1984 (You can visit for more information regarding the Fellowship and its beliefs). Our church is diverse in terms of age and has ministries designed to minister to each age group. We have nursery for children three and under; Sunday school, age-appropriate children’s church (age 4-1st grade and for grades 2-5) and an AWANA program for children age 3-5th grade; youth group for grades 6-12 which currently meet together although they have met separately in the past; many Bible studies and small groups; and a Double Nickels program for adults age 55+. There are also other events such as a Labor Day campout weekend, Junior Camp for children, Vacation Bible School, various outreach events and conferences, and much more.


On Sunday, the church has two services with a Sunday school hour (9:30-10:30) between them. The first service meets from 8:15-9:15 and is an informal service (approximately 25-30 people) that meets in our HeBrews coffee room. The second service meets in the church auditorium from 10:45-noon (approximately 140-175 people) and has a full worship team. There are a variety of worship styles and we have a blended worship style that tilts more towards contemporary than traditional.


Our church governance is elder led and we currently have an elder board that is currently made up of the lead pastor and six lay-people. The elders meet together once a month for business and once a month for prayer. Our staff currently consists of the full-time lead pastor, and part-time children’s ministry coordinator, secretary, administrative assistant, bookkeeper, and custodian.


For more information regarding the church, its history and beliefs, ministries, etc. please visit


Timeline for Search:

We will be collecting resumes during the month of June, beginning the interview process in late June, and ideally, we would like to have our new youth pastor in place by the start of the upcoming school year.


Community description:

Grenada Community Berean Church is the only church in the small community of Grenada, CA (population of 250). Our church is a blend of people from the community and those who travel from surrounding towns. We are a rural church in a conservative area of far northern California. Ranching is a very popular profession in both the county and in the church. The area is predominantly Caucasian with Hispanic and Native American being the next largest demographics. Wal-Mart is the “mall” of Siskiyou County and you must drive an hour to Medford, OR to find a community over 50,000 people with suburban amenities. Medford is also the closest airport to Grenada. Siskiyou County is a wonderful place for people who love the outdoors as there are ample opportunities for backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, and many more outdoor activities. We are also located about thirty miles from Mt. Shasta which is a 14,180 foot volcano which is snow-covered year round and provides wilderness hiking and skiing opportunities.

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