Associate Pastor for Youth and Missions
The First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, GA, is seeking a full-time associate pastor to focus on youth and missions and participate in pastoral leadership.
We are an historic, progressive, and diverse Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation located in the heart of a revitalized downtown community. Candidates are required to have earned an MDiv degree or its equivalent from an accredited seminary or theology school. Experience in youth ministry is highly preferred, as is current involvement in Cooperative Baptist Fellowship ministries. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2018.
Reports to: Pastor
Classification: Management, salaried
Staff liaison to: Youth Committee, Missions Committee
The associate pastor for youth and missions will lead a comprehensive ministry of spiritual formation for 6th through 12th graders, recent graduates, and their families; shape and lead the church’s missions programs and opportunities; and participate in pastoral leadership of the church.
Lead a comprehensive ministry of spiritual formation for middle and high school students.
▪ Lead a program of youth Bible study, including Sunday school, that helps all students grow spiritually and mature as people of faith.
▪ Provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage in hands-on missions and to be well educated about the full scope of missions needs.
▪ Plan and conduct special events and projects for students annually, including retreats and summer missions and ministries.
▪ Keep in contact with and provide pastoral care to students from within the church who go away for college.
▪ Provide regular opportunities for spiritual development and education for parents of students.
▪ Enlist and train volunteers as needed to execute the spiritual formation objectives of the church.
Lead students in fellowship.
▪ Plan and conduct social and recreational activities for students.
▪ Build relationships with students through personal contact and taking an interest in their lives.
▪ Lead students to participate in the larger fellowship of the church through intergenerational activities.
Lead the church in missions vision.
▪ In cooperation with pastoral staff and missions committee, develop and maintain a mission education program that reaches all age groups within the congregation.
▪ Develop lay mission skills, educating all ages within the congregation concerning missions.
▪ Communicate with the congregation and the community about mission programs.
▪ Demonstrate personal involvement in missions.
Lead the church in developing missions and community partnerships.
▪ Establish and maintain mission-networking relationships with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on both the national and state levels, and local mission/ministry organizations.
▪ Relate in a positive way to all the church’s local missions, community and neighborhood partners; assessing needs, connecting volunteers and channeling resources.
Provide direct ministry where appropriate.
▪ Oversee the church’s benevolence ministry through direct service or in partnership with other providers.
▪ Develop and supervise any other direct missions ministry in which the church chooses to engage.
Participate in the overall pastoral responsibilities of the church.
▪ Perform general pastoral duties, including worship leadership, pastoral care and hospital and homebound visitation.
▪ Collaborate with pastoral staff in shaping the overall pastoral vision and mission development within the church.
▪ Be actively involved in the community, building relationships with both members and non-members.
▪ Be actively connected to the larger Baptist and Christian world through participation in Cooperative Baptist Fellowship events, as well as interdenominational and ecumenical organizations.