Position: Youth Pastor/Director
The Youth Pastor/Director works with the Pastoral Staff (Senior Pastor, Pastor of Children and Families ) and Session in implementing the particular aspects of the Southwood Vision (“Advance the Kingdom of God”) and Mission (“Experience and Express Grace”) as it relates to the youth (7th-12th grades) and their families. In addition he works with all staff to ensure the youth are integral in all ministries of Southwood. He is to direct Southwood’s ministries specific to these students and their families, both at Southwood and in the Huntsville community.
The Youth Pastor/Director is to be a member of staff or pastor of Southwood who particularly focuses his responsibilities within that broader body on the youth and their families.
- Be a part of the broad Team of Southwood with a focus of pastoral duties on youth and their families
- Leading youth ministry Connect Communities and Jr High and Sr High Life teaching
- Teaching as needed to assist parents in discipling their youth
- Teaching (Connect Community classes, Communicants Class, etc.)
- Coordinate with other pastoral staff to fully engage youth in the ministry of Southwood with focus on discipleship, shepherding, and missions
- Session and/or Diaconate Meetings as appropriate
- Focus discipleship and shepherding efforts on students, their parents, adult volunteers, and youth staff to the end of nurturing a community of partnership within the youth ministry.
- Serve as the primary teacher and coordinate others as necessary for large-group teaching environments with junior and senior high students.
- Intentionally develop and equip parents (and other adults) to minister to students, in both individual and group settings.
- Intentionally develop and equip ‘adult’ leaders to support the overall youth ministry
- Oversee programs and schedule for youth ministry to engage students from Southwood (covenant kids) and the Huntsville community (their friends). This includes all Sunday School classes, small groups, conferences, mission trips, etc.
- Foster community among families with youth for mutual encouragement, fellowship, and mission.
- Develop student leaders who share in the ministry to other students in the church and community.
- Lead and develop a ministry of prayer focused on the youth and family’s of Southwood. (Ephesians 6:18)
We seek someone who has a specific call to youth ministry, looking for a long term partner to ministry to the youth of our families. We welcome a seminary graduate with a particular call to youth ministry but someone who has a call to ministry to youth and some experience to validate that call is encouraged to apply.
DESIRED QUALITIES and EXPECTATIONS:
- An intimate and humble walk with the Lord which overflows into a love for others and is centered on an understanding of the need for Jesus’ forgiveness and the reality of His all sufficient grace. (Matthew 22:37-40, Micah 6:8)
- A student of the Scriptures who is relationally-driven and has an engaging personal style with a sincere and passionate heart for youth and enjoys engaging the youth with the gospel in a way that encourages acceptance of truth through a deepening relationship with Jesus. John 5:39-40, Ephesians 5:2, 2 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 12:9)
- Engages with parents of youth to support the parents and encourage them to lead their youth into a deepening relationship with Jesus
- Leadership and communication skills underpinned by a reliance on the Spirit driving a passion for recruiting and managing a staff and team of volunteers to create a vibrant, sustainable, and scalable ministry. Central to this will be a clear understanding of spiritual giftedness and how those gifts are effectively exercised in leading the youth ministry with a focus on building a ministry that reaches across the spectrum of youth personalities and interests. (2 Corinthians 4:7, 12:9-10, 13:4, 1 Corinthians 2:3-4)
- Our goal is a well balanced ministry that reaches both covenant youth and through them their friends. A ministry so focused on Jesus that the draw is not personality or programs while understanding both have a significant value in a youth ministry. A ministry that integrates youth into the body of the church and develops an understanding of the importance of the church to instill a greater love for the body that is sustained as they transition to adulthood.
- Acceptance of our vision for youth ministry and an ability to work with session and youth leadership team to refine and execute the vision for youth ministry that both supports the ministry of Southwood and significantly impacts the youth of the church and surrounding community
Southwood Presbyterian Churcgh
Contact Name & Contact Info
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
Description of Organization
Southwood was started as a church plant within the PCA in the late 1980s and particularized in the early 1990s. Our vision and mission have fundamentally remained the same, Southwood exists to advance the kingdom of God (Our Vision) as we experience and express grace (Our Mission). Becoming a community where the grace of King Jesus flows to us and through us has always been our heart and continues to be our driving passion. We talk about Jesus so much because we need Jesus so much.
Core Commitments are the priorities that shape how we do everything we do – Worship, Community, Discipleship, Outreach – and how things should feel uniquely at Southwood. These priorities are intentionally shaped by the Bible – God’s inerrant Word and our only infallible rule of faith and practice.
1. We are committed to being Christ-centered.
The grace of God has been most fully shown to us in his Son, Jesus Christ, and God’s kingdom is not advanced without focusing on Jesus, the King. This means giving glory to Jesus, proclaiming the good news of his finished work, is the goal of our corporate worship, all of our ministries, and our life in community together. Since every page of the Bible points to Jesus, every sermon, Sunday School lesson, and conversation should point us back to Jesus so that we live each day in his strength rather than our own and for his glory rather than our own. We seek to feed Jesus’ sheep – every fellow sojourner regardless of age or stage – by pointing them to the Good Shepherd. Grace is not merely an item we can get enough of or a concept we can master; grace is experienced in Jesus, with whom we always need relationship.
– II Corinthians 4:6, I Corinthians 1:23, John 1:14-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Luke 24:27, Colossians 2:6-7
2. We recognize our deep dependence and need for prayer.
We are a community constantly dependent upon God both individually and corporately. In fact, this is a large part of what it means that we must continually experience grace ourselves. Our relationship with God is one where we remain desperately needy and He remains gloriously sufficient – we repent and He forgives; we depend and He provides. Because God is committed to seeing his kingdom advance, we don’t merely pray for the work of the church; rather, prayer is the work of the church. Prayer is weak people prevailing upon a strong Father to do mighty things in, through, and in spite of us.
– Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 18:1-8, I Samuel 1, Acts 2:42, Psalm 71, Ephesians 6:10-20, James 5:16
3. We are driven by relationships.
It is people who are in need of God’s grace, and it is in the hearts and lives of people that God’s kingdom is first and foremost extended. So we genuinely love people and are committed to developing life-giving relationships both inside and outside the church. These relationships with others who are created in God’s image are a reflection of the relational nature of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and we share the heart of God when we put others before ourselves and are willing to share our lives with them.
– Ecclesiastes 4:7-12, Genesis 2:18, I Thessalonians 2:8, Acts 2:42-47, Galatians 6:2, II Corinthians 5:17-21
4. We strive to love the least, the lost, the littlest, the lonely, and the left-out.
Because we are aware of our own weaknesses and dependence upon God, we want to introduce fellow sinners to the Great Physician, in whom the broken and hurting find refuge and a home. This happens as we lead with grace rather than judgment in all our relationships, just as God has led with grace toward us when we deserved his judgment. We desire to express grace to the marginalized, the hurting, and our non-Christian friends and neighbors by treating people of all backgrounds and life experiences, as image-bearers of God, with dignity and charity.
– Luke 6:27-36, Matthew 25:31-40, Mark 2:15-17, Proverbs 14:31, Genesis 1:26-27, John 15:12-13
5. We seek the restoration of all creation in Huntsville and beyond.
Jesus brings his kingdom both in word and in deed, so we are committed to praying, working, and collaborating with others for God’s kingdom to come here as it is in heaven. We long to see Huntsville flourish and believe God has placed us in this community for this community. Our prayer is that we would be the kind of church that our city would miss if we were gone. Our workplaces, our neighborhoods, our systems, and our institutions are all valuable to God and worthy of our care. The good news of Jesus Christ is for Monday through Saturday, for us as God’s people, and for all of his creation, where the effects of the curse are pushed back and He remakes everything as He originally intended it to be.
– Matthew 6:10, Jeremiah 29:4-7, Luke 7:20-23, Romans 8:18-21, Colossians 3:23, Isaiah 11:1-10