Director of Junior High Ministry

West Shore Evangelical Free Church
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 06/05/2018
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 2501 to 3000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Opportunity Profile for


Revised May, 2018



Founded by a small group of people in central Pennsylvania over 40 years ago, West Shore Free Church committed to studying the truth of the gospel and living it out in daily life. Our church family has now grown to over 3,000 people, but we are still rooted in that intention. In everything we do, we are “Seeking the good of the West Shore and beyond through deep truth, deep lives and deep love for the Glory of Christ.”


Home to young families, retirees, college students and people of every stage of life, the church strives to see God move in and through our people. From our weekend services, to specific ministries and outreach, we value knowledgeable teaching and challenge members to live out the gospel in every aspect of life.


Our church is currently in a season of growth under the leadership of Senior Pastor Trent Thompson. As a young leader who genuinely loves people, Trent has an ability to communicate God’s truth with passion and clarity to people of all ages. Alongside our Executive Pastor, Tim Ryan, Trent cultivates a collaborative, creative and trusting environment in which to do ministry.



In our region, West Shore Free Church is known for our commitment to families and creating multi-generational relationships through our Awesome Adventure children’s ministry and our student ministry. Many families have come to know Christ and become a part of the church family because of these programs.


Throughout West Shore’s growth trajectory, our church family has made significant investments in our student ministry through volunteer, facility and financial resources. As a result, our student ministry has grown to an environment where over 200 students in grades 7-12 gather and learn to follow Jesus on a weekly basis.


For many years, the ministry has utilized a small group organizational structure designed to integrate and disciple students in more intimate, family-like groups. These LifeGroups are formed by grade, gender and friendship and led by teams of 2-3 highly invested volunteer leaders.


Currently, junior high meets on Wednesday nights and senior high meets on Sunday nights. Both programs alternate between large group gatherings at the church and LifeGroup gatherings in various locations.


On Sunday mornings, both junior and senior high gather together in our own space during the second service for a combined opening that includes student-led worship. Then the junior and senior high groups split for age-appropriate teaching.


Other student programming includes:

Fall school year kick-off

Foodless Feast Fundraiser

Winter Retreats

Talent Show Fundraiser

Summer Camps

And much more!



Although the student ministry at West Shore Free Church is well established, the Director of Student Ministry will be encouraged to develop and implement fresh ideas and structures where they may be needed. Most importantly, the Director of Student Ministry will have an opportunity to love and lead students, parents and leaders in the expression of West Shore Free Church’s primary values:

Know God as He is

Be, rather than appear to be

Sent with the Gospel

Sacrifice for one another

Engage across generations




Quotes taken from our annual Church Life Assessment



“Spending time with my LifeGroup has brought me closer to Christ.”


“Being in a small group and having that tight-knit community of girls my age has been incredible. Also, the worship services and teaching in the main services have allowed me to connect with Christ and fellow believers more.”



“Though we have only attended a handful of Sunday services, our daughter attends Wednesday nights far more frequently. She enjoys the fellowship with other students WSF.”


“My children are thriving in the Jr. and Sr. high ministries. My daughter, in particular, has become a leader in Faz6, Student Alpha, and has been involved in youth worship.”



“It gets me out of my comfort zone and more opportunities to discuss my relationship with God. Most importantly I get to walk through life with these girls in a relationship I wish I had while I was growing up.”


“Students are great because they are so much fun, but at a stage where they are thinking about and asking deep questions.  It’s so rewarding to see the ways that God works in them to grow and mature”



West Shore Free Church is a congregationally-governed, elder-ruled, and staff-led church. Affiliated with The Evangelical Free Church of America, we embrace the EFCA’s Statement of Faith.


Collaboration is valued, creativity is encouraged, and leadership is recognized. The unique combination of a young, highly-skilled, and relational senior pastor, paired with a high-achieving and supportive executive pastor provides an environment where current and future staff can thrive. West Shore Free Church is an ideal place for someone with authentic faith, the right skill set, and a genuine love for people.



West Shore Free Church’s campus is located on 92 acres in Mechanicsburg, PA with a 1500 seat worship center, gym, multiple community spaces, outdoor walking path and sports fields.


Mechanicsburg is in the heart of Central Pennsylvania in the Cumberland Valley near the state capital, Harrisburg. This community offers the comforts of a mid-sized city. It is a family-friendly with great schools and affordable housing (average home prices in the 200K-300K range).


With four distinct seasons each year, residents enjoy the best of outdoor recreation and local attractions. It is only a few hours from the major metropolitan areas of D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York. Central Pennsylvania offers the rich heritage of the northeast while sharing the friendliness and authenticity of the mid-west



Learn more about our church’s beliefs, values and ministries at  


Please take some time to read through the following position description. And if you believe that this opportunity would be a good fit for you, submit your resume and other associated documents, including a sample video of your teaching, to our search coordinator, April Forster at



Position Description for


Revised May, 2018



The Director of Junior High Ministry works closely with the Director of Senior High Ministry to cast vision and implement strategies to help students cultivate a relationship with God and a growing desire to seek the good of the West Shore and beyond through deep truth, deep lives and deep love for the glory of Christ. The Director of Junior High Ministry partners with volunteer leaders and parents to accomplish this specifically in the lives of 7th and 8th grade students.



Character: Pursues God actively and demonstrates a life of Christ-like integrity.

Experience: Possesses previous experience in an applicable student ministry context.

Education: Possesses at least a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a directly relevant area of study.

Beliefs and Practices:

Agrees with the statement of faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Affirms and agrees to abide by the constitution and bylaws of West Shore Free Church.

Affirms the mission, values and strategy of West Shore Free Church?.

Gifts, Skills and Abilities:

Teaches the Bible effectively and age appropriately.

Seeks to provide wise spiritual counsel.

Connects well with students and parents.

Builds teams of adult and student leaders.

Strategizes, plans and organizes effectively.

Communicates effectively through written and verbal means.



Recruits, trains, supports and encourages a team of adult LifeGroup leaders as the primary means to disciple students.

Seeks to build relational bridges with churched and unchurched students in contexts outside the church (schools, games, concerts) and encourages volunteer leaders to do the same.

Leads and participates in teaching teams for large group teaching venues in order to develop the teaching gifts of adults and students, as well as to provide variety.

Commits to spiritual and professional growth and development by participating in conferences or courses, as well as engaging a variety of resources that address topics like: ministry, theology, spiritual formation, discipleship, culture, trends, etc.

Provides leadership, direction, and oversight to existing Junior High ministry programs (understanding that these structures may be revised over time to increase effectiveness):

Wednesday night programming (primary venue for Junior High LifeGroups)

Sunday morning programming

Retreats and Summer Camp (Harvey Cedars Bible Conference)

Faz6: Works in conjunction with the Elementary Coordinator to oversee the Wednesday night Faz6 ministry throughout the school year.

Other events in collaboration with the overall student ministry: Leader Training; Fall Kick-Off (AGIOS Challenge); and Special Events (West Shore’s Got Talent; Feed My Starving Children; etc.)

Provides leadership and oversight of specific overall student ministry aspects (these responsibilities to be divided equitably between the Junior High and Senior High directors):

Student café: Works with volunteers to manage products, sales and coverage.

Sunday Morning Opening: Works with teams of students and adults to facilitate a combined Junior and Senior High opening that includes worship, prayer, stories, encouragement and announcements.

Connection Team: Works with a student team to welcome new students and help them connect with others on Sunday mornings.

Mission Trips: Works with the Multiply Pastor (and others) to provide short term summer missional opportunities for students.

Partners with the Director of Senior High Ministry to:

Improve the effectiveness of our ministry to students and their families through continual refinement of strategies, programs, communications, resources, environment, etc.

Manage the annual student ministry budgetary resources.

Oversee student ministry interns as needed.

Partners with West Shore Free Church in order to:

Foster a student ministry characterized by West Shore’s five values: Know God as he is; Be rather than appear to be; Sent with the Gospel; Sacrifice for one another; Engage across generations.

Cultivate a student ministry that fully engages students in West Shore’s four strategies: Worship, Belong, Train, Multiply.

Fulfill other duties as assigned in support of general church-wide ministry needs shared by ministerial staff for the health of the body, and to advance the vision and mission of the church (i.e. baptism, counseling, teaching, discipleship, etc.)

Participate as a member of the Ministerial Staff team to help plan and lead in a manner that is sensitive to and supportive of students and their families.



The Director of Junior High Ministry works collaboratively with the Director of Senior High Ministry. Both positions report directly to the Executive Pastor. This reporting involves not only ministry accountability, but also spiritual accountability. It is expected that each member of the team will actively pursue a personal relationship with God and manifest a life characterized by godliness. Transparency is highly valued and confidentiality among staff is assumed to cultivate a healthy and transformative environment.

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