Youth/Life Development Pastor

at Kessid Church

About this role

Kessid is a modern, growing church of 800+ people in the Portland/Vancouver area in the Pacific Northwest. We are a church that values community, creativity, spiritual growth and emotional health. Our church is full of audacious, genuine and generous people that are committed to reaching our world in very tangible ways. We are also a church in transition from set-up/tear-down at a college campus to a newly remodeled facility in the next 12 months. 


We are currently looking for a full-time Youth/Life Development Pastor to integrate with our team who: demonstrates flexibility and availability, can evolve and change with us as our church transitions into our new facility and location, will give oversight to Youth Ministry (Middle School – Young Adult) with the focus of creating a vibrant and growing ministry that develops passionate followers of Jesus, and builds a strong core of adult volunteers. Salary is DOE and includes health insurance and paid vacation.


We believe this is more than just a role. We are looking for someone whose passion and calling is to youth ministry, and would love to be part of building a thriving ministry in our church that is growing in a great community! 


The position responsibilities would include:

  • Building a strong, engaging, diverse and relational youth ministry team
  • Developing safe, Biblically-focused Life Groups for students
  • Offer events and trips where students put their faith in action
  • Walking with parents in the development of their children
  • Overseeing weekly student worship experiences with a high standard of excellence
  • Being a team player who collaborates with all ministries during the week and weekend experiences
  • Recruiting, training, and supporting a strong team of adult volunteers for weekly services, special events and Life Groups
  • Plan, conduct, coordinate, evaluate, and select resources for the church’s ministry youth/young adult programs
  • Thriving in an environment that requires flexibility, availability and is transforming over the next year

Best fit would be:

  • Knowledgeable in student ministries with experience in leading a youth and young adult ministry.
  • Organized and capable of strategically building a strong, sustainable program.
  • A strong, excellent communicator in person, on the platform, and in digital formats.
  • A multi-tasking team player with high energy, strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude, and the ability to build and lead teams.

 A perfect fit for Kessid would be:

  • Experienced in building and leading multiple teams. 
  • Led by mission more than preference.
  • Familiar with production, programming, current trends & media, optimizing opportunities, event planning and leadership building.
  • Able to work with a talented team to create experiences, while developing young leaders and providing space for growth.
  • This position prefers a minimum of 3-5 years experience as a staff member in a student ministry leadership capacity.
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies or a related field is valued but not required.
  • An alignment with the culture, beliefs, and practices of Kessid Church.
  • Abilities to lead worship on occasion a plus!
  • Exhibit a track record of relational health and integrity in church, family and/or workplace.

How to apply

Please submit a video introduction telling us about yourself, and why youth ministry is where you are called to serve. Please also include a cover letter which includes an overview of your faith journey and priorities/approach to youth ministry, a resume, and the names of three references with contact information. Please include a link to at least one recording of a recent sermon/talk. Please send these to [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you!

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