Director of Youth and Outreach Support
Job type: Full-time
Category: High School/College Ministry
Location: Irmo, SC Post Date: April 11, 2017
Three Rivers Baptist Church is a Reformed Baptist, elder-led church in Irmo, SC. We're looking to fill the full-time position of Director of Youth and Outreach Support.
I. Personal Characteristics
1. Friendly, loving, confident in his convictions yet gracious in demeanor, compassionate, humble, characterized by integrity, cooperative, selfless and a team player
2. Emotionally and socially mature
3. Responsible and dependable
Enjoying with his wife (if married) a relationship of mutual commitment to one another's growth in the Lord, and to helping the other fulfill his/her respective ministries. The Youth Director's wife should be ready to share her own abilities and energies with the youth and with the church, but no more than any other Christian ideally should, based on what God has given to each member. (We do not assume that she will necessarily assume leadership roles and responsibilities by virtue of her husband being the Youth Director.)
II. Relationship with the Lord
A. Demonstrates and is passionate about a close personal relationship with the Lord; is enthusiastic about his own walk so that he can model to the Youth an authentic, growing heart for God
B. Is above reproach in personal conduct
III. Preferred Level of Education
A. Bachelor's degree
IV. Preferred Experience and Capabilities
A. Has demonstrated a giftedness, passion, enthusiasm and heart for ministering to youth
B. Solidly grounded in the Scriptures and has the ability to rightly interpret the Word
C. Possesses good communication skills and is able to teach Youth effectively
D. Organized and able to administrate and promote all Youth functions efficiently and effectively
E. Able to develop and lead the Youth Ministry Team
F. Able to manage conflict in a biblical manner
G. Able to provide biblical counseling to youth, youth parents and between youth/parents
V. Doctrine, Core Values and Philosophy of Youth Ministry
A. Maintains a conservative, orthodox position on basic doctrine: the inerrancy of the Bible, the virgin birth of Christ, justification by faith in Christ, the bodily resurrection, the return of Christ.
B. Understands and has incorporated the Doctrines of Grace into his life and ministry.
C. Embraces TRB's Core Values (see below)
D. Embraces TRB's Philosophy of Youth Ministry (see below)
VI. Core Values
A. The inerrant, God-inspired Scriptures as God's primary means of dispensing His grace to His church; expository preaching
B. Reformed, evangelical, baptistic theology
C. Christlike character (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1)
D. Humility - no ego driven desires, no personal agendas. We serve Christ's agenda and at His pleasure in any role that is His pleasure
E. Shepherd's heart for God's people, serving sacrificially for those for whom He sacrificed Himself
F. Elder led church by a plurality of elders/overseers/pastors, among whom there is a division of labor, yet parity
G. High commitment membership, and especially leadership
H. Loving fellowship of the Spirit
I. Devotion to prayer
J. Making Christ famous locally and internationally. A firm embrace of TRB's mission policy
K. Benevolence (locally and internationally)
L. Biblical (nouthetic) (versus eclectic) Christian counseling
M.Longevity in service (long versus short tenures)
N. Honesty and transparency with one another and with the body
O. Capability and growth in ministry
P. Proven, tested character precedes appointment to ministry (1 Tim. 3:10; Luke 16:10; 19:17; 2 Tim. 2:2).
Q. Continuance. In many traditions and cases when a Youth Director leaves, he feels it necessary to leave the church, end all service to the body, and keep relational ties distant at best in order to give the new Youth Director complete freedom to minister and bond with the youth and their parents. There is mutual benefit for the body, the Youth, the new Youth Director and the former Youth Director if they remain together and the former Youth Director finds a place of useful service to the body.
VII. Philosophy of Youth Ministry
A. We believe that the goal of a ministry to youth is a specific application of the purpose of the church. Three Rivers Baptist Church exists to glorify God and advance His kingdom by worshiping God, by praying, loving, and equipping one another, and by taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. This statement embodies the three aspects of inreach, upreach and outreach. Any ministry that we have to youth must therefore have the same purpose and commitments. In keeping with this, we believe that our ministry to youth must be characterized by strong Bible teaching (II Timothy 3:16-17). Furthermore, at the heart of our philosophy of ministry there must be a passion for the lost and a desire to see God's mercy magnified among the nations (Psalm 67:1-2; I Peter 2:9-10). An emphasis on both local and international evangelism is paramount.
B. The primary emphasis is not on programs, trips, retreats, camps, fun outings, games etc.(although they may have their place in the Youth Ministry); rather the emphasis is on a ministry focused primarily on equipping our young people with the goal that they be presented complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28).
C. We believe that the essence of youth ministry is a strong family which begins with the immediate family and encompasses the entire community of believers. Our conviction is that parents are the primary Christian educators in the home (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), and that the family is the God-ordained institution for building faith in our youth and for passing faith on from one generation to the next. It is our observation that for too long (in American churches in general) this vision has been lost in a program-centered church culture in which parents find themselves in a very passive role rather than being integrally involved in shaping their children's faith and lives. We therefore firmly believe that a major focus of TRB's ministry must be the teaching, training, and equipping of parents which will not only promote maturity in them, but will facilitate their greater involvement in ministry to their children while both at home and at church. In keeping with this we believe that the youth ministry should support rather than supplant parental leadership, authority and discipleship (Deuteronomy 6:7; Psalm 78:1-8). One-on-one discipleship is important to the youth ministry, but it should not take the place of parents discipling their youth when and where possible.
D. It is our conviction that our youth who are members of Three Rivers Baptist Church be involved in the various ministries of the church, and that they not be extracted from the main church body to create a counter culture of their own within the church. We therefore reject the notion that the young people of today are tomorrow's church. We believe they are today's church, and can and should be integrally involved in all aspects of ministry (inreach, upreach, outreach).
VIII. Time Line
It is our hope and prayer that the Lord will provide a replacement for our current Youth Pastor (Josh Eyler) by the end of May 2017. This would allow the new Youth Director a full three months of co-laboring with and learning from Josh before Josh steps down from youth ministry in September 2017.
I. Working Relationships
A. Reports to the Senior Pastor (or in his absence to the Associate Pastor), and ultimately to the elder body
B. Provides leadership and vision to the Youth Ministry Team
C. Provides administrative support to the Outreach Team
D. Works closely with church staff and select ministry teams within the church
II. Specific Responsibilities
A. Youth Ministry (90%)
a. Serve as the primary Sunday School teacher and Small Group Leader for the youth, providing effective teaching focused on the discerned, spiritual condition of the youth by clearly calling unsaved youth to personal salvation through Christ Jesus and by encouraging/equipping saved youth to a vibrant and effective walk with Christ.
b. As needed, select other teachers to teach age and gender appropriate material
c. Prioritize time in such a way so as to develop good relationships and strong rapport with the youth (e.g., one-on-one discipleship, meeting youth for breakfast, assisting the youth to apply spiritual disciplines to their lives, attending events at school etc.)
a. Lead the Youth Ministry Team in planning social events, trips, retreats and other activities
b. Prepare for weekly Youth venues (study time, agenda, participants, music etc.)
c. Develop ministry objectives and strategies with input from the Youth Ministry Team that align with the church's vision and inform the church on these ministries, allowing youth to impact adults and adults to impact youth
a. Assist youth in discerning and using their strengths for the good of the youth group and of the Body as a whole
b. Work with the deacons and other ministry leaders to encourage qualified youth to serve the body in areas such as the sound booth, serving in the nursery, providing a prelude to worship or offertory etc.
c. Facilitate the discipleship of youth in a way that supports rather than supplants parental leadership, authority and discipleship
a. Encourage and promote effective communication between adult ministries and youth ministries for the purpose of integration
b. Develop and facilitate effective communication between the Youth Ministry Team and parents of the youth
c. As applicable, maintain youth portion of TRBC website and/or Facebook page in cooperation with IT personnel
a. Work with the Children's Ministry Director in the assimilation of children moving into the Youth Ministry
b. Work with the Adult 1 (college age singles) elder to develop a plan to assimilate graduating high school students into Adult 1
c. Work closely with the Children's Ministry Team and the Adult Christian Education team to ensure continuity of philosophy, focus and curriculum
d. Work closely with Associate Pastor in the area of church-wide discipleship in order to have unity of theme and content throughout the discipleship ministries of the church to both adults and youth
e. Work with Worship Leader to schedule youth participation during worship services
B. Outreach and Evangelism (10%)
Provide administrative support to the Outreach Team
a. School Time Bible Education
b. Christmas and Easter Prison Ministry
c. Other opportunities which may arise
How to apply
If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit the following information via email to Paul Cumbers at email@example.com: (1) your resume; (2) a cover letter; (3) your personal doctrinal statement; (4) audio or video recordings of recent teaching or preaching opportunities you've had.