Student Pastor at Northeast Christian Church
Rockford, Illinois

The Student Pastor is responsible to encourage Middle School and High School students, in partnership with their parents, to pursue a personal, intentional, and maturing faith in Jesus.

Personal Expectations:

A deep, genuine, and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ
Able to develop a relational ministry with student, parents, and volunteers
An enthusiastic, charismatic communicator of Biblical truths
Exhibit gifts of leadership, teaching, organization and administration
Have a high commitment to ministry effectiveness
Have experience in discipling others
Be an innovative thinker and problem solver

Specific Ministry Responsibilities Include:

Recruit, train, and encourage a team of adult leaders.
Plan and execute student experiences throughout the year
Plan and execute weekly programming throughout the school year
Design a weekly opportunity that meets the relational and spiritual needs of students
Recruit, train, and equip a staff of volunteer leaders to participate in program leadership and spiritually encourage students
Plan and execute summer events for students
Partner with parents in the spiritual development of their child
Maintain active communication with parents regarding the ministry and opportunities for their child
Encourage and plan for opportunities for parents to connect with and encourage one another
Work with Children’s Pastor to ensure smooth and intentional transitions from Children’s Ministry programming to Student Ministry programming
Serve as staff liaison to the student ministry leaders serving in our recovery program, The Landing
Create a calendar of student events and opportunities in September for the following year
Prepare an annual budget for review and approval from senior leadership

Other Ministry Expectations Outside of Student Ministry:

Participate in staff meetings and all church events
Champion student ministry at all levels of the organization, ensuring students are considered when planning all church events, but also ensuring the resources (gifts and service) represented in the students are made available
After the first year, participate as a member of Northeast’s Teaching Team
Participation level will be determined based on gifting, but you will be expected to help speak into Northeast’s teaching, especially in regards to addressing the needs of students
Attend Preaching Team meetings and planning retreats
Develop skills for communicating God’s Word effectively
Provide feedback and be ready to receive feedback
Speak when assigned or requested
Host in services on a consistent basis
Support Children’s Ministry when possible
Ensuing future generations of students and parents know you and your heart for them
Ensuring ministry continuity for families

Opportunities You Can Expect:

Every staff person has a voice. We believe each voice brings a different perspective. So we allow everyone to input on decisions and direction, especially when it impacts or affects your ministry area.
We expect our team to continue to grow in expertise and the development of their gifts. So we invite participation on our Preaching Team, Missions Team, Worship Team, or Serving Teams.
Our team is present to support you, mentor you, and serve you in the removal of obstacles, helping you secure the resources you need, and succeed in your ministry.
We encourage our team to maintain a healthy spiritual rhythm, balancing ministry and family.
We allow comp days during busy seasons of ministry or before and after retreats and camps
We offer a mandatory months-long sabbatical period every seven years of ministry.
We encourage spiritual retreat periods during working hours.
We encourage our team in their professional development.
We offer conferences and shared learning experiences together as a staff.
We will support your professional development in the form of conferences or educational opportunities within your field. These can be presented and built in to your ministry budget.

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Northeast Christian Church
5651 E Riverside Blvd
Rockford, Illinois 61114


Northeast Christian Church
+1 815-633-3536
[email protected]



Rockford, Illinois
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Ordained position
Exempt status
Not Exempt
Church Ministry