Associate Pastor for Youth & Families at Covenant Presbyterian Church
Huntsville, Alabama 35802

We are a multigenerational church and our congregation’s highest priority right now is to provide for the evangelism and discipleship of our young people. We are committed to investing in the staff and budget at the highest level to build a thriving youth program. We believe that the culture our children and youth are growing up in is becoming less Christian. This places additional urgency on the church to step up in the lives of our city’s young people. It is critically important to provide a strong theological foundation for our youth, a vibrant community of older adults to mentor them, and a joyful space where kids can make friends. We are a member of the Fellowship Community of Presbyterians and are committed to being a conservative theological voice within the PC(USA) and in our city.

This role will serve as the “department head” of our ministries to young people,
supervising the part time children’s director and reporting directly to the senior pastor. This would be an ideal role for a candidate who wishes to become a senior pastor in the future and every encouragement and opportunity will be given for the Youth Pastor’s professional growth including mentoring in preaching and organizational leadership from the senior pastor. Alternatively, it would also be an ideal role for a candidate who feels deeply called to ministry to young people and has a vision to build a multi-staff department from infant to college with several assistant directors. In either case the role will require an entrepreneurial drive and enthusiasm in addition to excellent organizational and team building skills. The vision is too big for any single leader and the candidate will need to inspire and motivate a network of staff and volunteers. There is a strong group of adult volunteers already in place to assist in this ministry so the expectation would be that the candidate develop and guide a strong team of adults to minister to the Youth. The whole congregation takes great pride and joy in the work of the Youth. Our greatest focus is sharing Christ with those who need him. Barna Group research suggests that two thirds of those who accept Christ as savior do so by the age of 18. So this ministry is at the very center of our church’s heart.

 

Tasks, expectations, duties, supervision, assignments, and responsibilities for the position:

  • Prepare programming & curricula for the weekly discipleship programs for youth.
  • Supervise Director of Children’s Ministry for weekly discipleship programs for children.
  • Lead the vision to grow the number of youth in the life of the church to 50 students participating weekly and 100 children participating weekly.
  • Equip youth to serve through mission projects outside the church and leadership & service inside the church.
  • Foster and support a high level of integration and collaboration between and among staff members and church leadership.
  • Build relationships with children, youth, and their families, sharing their joys and concerns and challenging their spiritual growth and sharing the gospel through evangelism.
  • Build and train a team of adult volunteers to support programming and spiritual growth for our youth; ensure they feel equipped and valued.
  • Lead major events during the year to include mission trips, Youth Sunday, Senior Sunday, retreats, annual volunteer recognition, etc.
  • Use church database programs to conduct business.
  • Maintain required documentation and implement necessary training (student rolls, calendar of events, student trip forms, congregation’s Safe Child Policy etc.)
  • Be a visible member of the Covenant Church family, attending a cross-section of programs and events and weekly worship.
  • Occasional preaching & pastoral care visits.
  • Implement a healthy balance of priorities by cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with family and friends

We have very ambitious goals to more than double the size of our Youth Group within 36 months. The Youth Pastor will need to be very focused and disciplined to achieve this goal, acting like a missionary to the young people and families in our church and in the surrounding neighborhood. It will require excellent leadership, creativity, and courage. The ideal candidate will be highly relational and highly organized. They should be able to build relationships with both students and with adult volunteers and keep track of the details in communicating with other staff and teammates. They should also have an entrepreneurial vision, able to try new things to reach more kids and grow God’s kingdom. Once the Youth Group has grown, there would be the opportunity to hire additional staff in the “department” and for the Youth Pastor to grow professionally within our congregation as the Department Head of a thriving program from infant through college. Alternatively, if the Youth Pastor’s goal is to become a senior pastor, the congregation will support and encourage that launch to their next professional step having gained all the training and resources needed for their future flourishing.

Address

Covenant Presbyterian Church
301 Drake Avenue SE
Huntsville, Alabama 35802

Contact

Mary Griffin
256-527-1625
[email protected]

Website

www.covhsv.org

Location
Huntsville, Alabama 35802
Job type
Full Time
Posted
Hours/week
40
Pay rate
$80,000 + Family Health Benefits + Pension
Ordained position
Yes
Exempt status
Exempt
Skills
Leadership
Next Gen Ministry
Pastoral
Team Building
Working with Adolescents
Industries
Church Ministry