Youth and Family Pastor

First Baptist Church Jackson

Job Description

Job Description: Youth and Family Pastor          Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried 

GENERAL FUNCTION: The purpose of the Youth and Family Pastor is to lead and oversee an effective and comprehensive ministry that provides leadership and facilitates all the areas related to students by planning, conducting and evaluating a comprehensive strategy that disciples, equips and supports the children, marriages, and families of the church and community, in accordance with the overall vision and philosophy of ministry for First Baptist Church Jackson. 


·       A clear testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 

·       A self-starter with motivation to follow through with limited supervision. 

·       Seeks biblical, theological, spiritual, personal, relational, and academic excellence in ministry and leads with quality. 

·       Demonstrate agreement with beliefs and doctrine of First Baptist Jackson. 

·       A team player. 

·       Willing to set goals and be measured and evaluated for ministry and career growth. 

·       Continually pursuing personal growth in Christ and exercising personal gifts and abilities. 

·       A life-long learner who stays current in ministry trends and best practices that increase the effectiveness of our church in its mission. 

·       Live an exemplary Christ-like life before those he serves. 


·       Builds genuine relationships with youth with regular contact and seeks to create an environment that fosters discipleship. 

·       Sets a precedent for the church to maintain a creative edge, understanding the trends and methodologies necessary for reaching the next generation. 

·       Plan, coordinate, direct and evaluate the activities for the youth ministries of the church in cooperation with the other programming of the church. 

·       Prepare and administer the annual budget for youth ministries.

·       Implement a 6 to 7-year process for fostering students’ spiritual maturity that focuses on utilizing a standardized curriculum for equipping students as disciples. 

·       Ensure the security of all youth who participate in the ministries of First Baptist Jackson by utilizing an effective system of check-in and pick-up and by maintaining background checks on all servants working with student ministry. 

·       Oversee relational, engaging discipleship ministries to children and youth: 

1.     Manage/coach the Early Childhood Ministries Director/team.

2.     Manage/coach the Children’s Ministries Director/team.

3.     Manage/coach the Youth Ministries Director/team.

·       Lead ministry initiatives that prepare, equip and enrich couples in marriage; build a team of marriage mentors and volunteers to help shepherd engaged and married couples; create relevant events and initiatives on practical issues of life that will enhance the spiritual and relational growth in marriage. 

  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of an effective parent ministry. 
  • Provide biblical counsel to individual students, families, and volunteer staff as needed. 
  • Prepare and manage respective ministry budget. 
  • Organize and oversee volunteer schedules of respective ministries.
  • Represent the interests of family ministries at meetings as needed.
  • Oversee any Foster/Adoptive Care ministries of the church.
  • Perform any additional pastoral duties delegated by the Senior Pastor.



  • Directly accountable to the Senior Pastor 
  • Oversees all Early Childhood, Children’s, Youth, and Marriage Ministry volunteers 
  • Interacts closely with other pastors and directors



·       Demonstrates the qualifications of a pastor as outlined in 1st Timothy 3 and Titus 1 

·       Engaging interpersonal skills; able to recruit, train and organize teams, volunteers, leaders and staff 

·       Detail-oriented; can administer and build on complex systems 

·       Self-motivated, not needing micromanagement 

·       Works well with a team; demonstrates effective leadership through teams and               effective at delegation 

·       Able to effectively communicate with a variety of people and audience sizes 

·       Able to problem solve and resolve conflict 

·       Demonstrate a commitment to goals, strategies, and doctrinal statements of FBCJ

·       Experience in leadership and faith development 

·       Proven track record of organizational skills in developing and carrying out objectives to completion 

·       Willingness to be a life-long learner and receive ongoing training



·       Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college or university

·       5 years of relevant church or para-church experience 



Staff members are expected to serve the needs of the ministry without compulsion and with joy. As a guide, at least 40 hours per week should be customary through all months of the year. A regular plan of office, field, and “off” time will be made with the Senior Pastor. 

About First Baptist Church Jackson

Currently going through a revitalization process under the leadership of Pastor Troy Richards since January, 2019. The church has been in decline for a few decades, but has a willingness to chart new territory and is beginning to refocus with new vision. FBCJ was established in 1824 and reached an average attendance of over 600 in the 1980's and 90's. Two significant church splits have resulted in attendance declining to under 200. The church went through a time of healing and internal examination with an intentional interim for over a year before calling the current pastor. The downward trend appeared to have reversed with an increase in baptisms and transfer growth until the pandemic, which has leveled off any gains. The church lost two full-time staff members who took positions closer to their hometowns. Both left on very good terms.

Experience Required
1 – 5 years


Education Required
Bachelor’s degree

Date Posted
1 year ago
Jackson, Missouri

Baptist: SBC

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