Associate PASTOR of Youth
Montgomery Evangelical Free Church (MEFC) is a church family that has been faithfully ministering to the increasingly diverse community surrounding Montgomery NJ since 1966. Our mission is to glorify God by making disciples who reach across the aisle, across the street, and across the globe with the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
MEFC is currently seeking a qualified individual to serve as our next Associate Pastor of Youth. This pastor would spend his time seeking to help every 7th grade through 12th grade student in the church make steps toward deeper maturity in Christ, by building a youth ministry that fulfills the ministry’s mission and values. In addition, this pastor would also be charged with helping MEFC equip the families of the youth to raise their children in the fear of the Lord (Deut 6:4-9; Prov 22:6).
1. Demonstrates a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ as evidenced in regular life rhythms of personal Bible reading and prayer.
2. Exhibits the character qualities outlined in 1 Tim 3:1-7, Tit 1:5-9, and 1 Pet 5:1-4.
3. Reflects the heart of a servant leader, living a life marked by generosity, integrity, honesty and humility.
4. Maintains a balanced personal life, which provides for spiritual, physical, and emotional growth for self and family.
5. Demonstrates a passionate, heartfelt love for people who need Jesus and a christ-like concern for their spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
TARGET RESULTS FOR THIS POSITION
Result #1 A youth program that engages a growing number of the junior high and senior high students weekly in some aspect of the church has been established.
Result #2 Planning and promotion of all major youth events and weekly programming has taken place in such a way that the targeted number of people participated.
Result #3 The Youth Pastor knows the names of every youth and parent on the rolls, and periodically makes personal contact with inactive youth and parents.
Result #4 Youth who do not typically attend worship have been sought out and invited to sit with the Youth Pastor during the services.
Result #5 The Youth Pastor personally knows relevant and strategic community figures (in particular, leadership at local middle and high schools), and is able to build institutional trust between MEFC and our local community leadership.
Result #6 Each student in the youth directory is contacted via phone by a member of the youth ministry leadership team at least quarterly, and via a face-to-face meeting at least once a year.
Result #7 The Youth Pastor has been visible at student events once a week during the school year, and volunteer leaders have been invited to accompany him/her at those visits.
Result #8 All weekly youth ministry volunteers have been recruited no later than 1 month before they were to begin serving.
Result #9 All weekly youth ministry volunteers have completed an application, cleared a background check, and received training before they serve in the youth ministry.
Result #10 All youth volunteers have received ongoing training and support.
Result #11 The Youth Pastor has met personally with each weekly youth ministry volunteer at least once a year, and checked in with them at least quarterly.
Result #12 Event notebooks for each major event have been created and updated.
Result #13 Control documents have been developed and distributed in a timely fashion (the youth directory, the youth ministry calendar, event and trip registration forms, leaders’ directory, first-timer directory).
Result #14 Compliance documents have been updated, distributed and adhered to by all involved parties (copyright licensing, background checks on volunteers and staff, etc.).
Result #15 One-year benchmarks determined by the youth ministry leadership have been met.
Result #16 Communication with parents has taken place, both written & in person, leaving the avenues of communication open for concerns and suggestions of parents to be brought to the table.
Result #17 The church staff, particularly the Senior Pastor, have been communicated with in such a way that they were informed and enthusiastically supportive of the priorities and programs of the youth ministry.
Result #18 With help from the Associate Pastor of Discipleship, an energetic, engaging, and creative Sunday school program for 7th–12th graders has been built and implemented.
Result #19 The Youth Pastor has been informed of or sought out any special victories, concerns, or challenges, hospitalizations being faced by the youth and his or her family and, as often as reasonable, passed that information on to the youth leaders for personal follow up.
Result #20 An annual youth ministry budget has been created, submitted and adhered to.
Time Commitment: 40 hours
Preferred Special Talents and Skills: Recruitment, leadership, team-building, equipping, delegating, organization, administration, relates well with teens and their families, not afraid to build bridges with the local community.
EFCA Denomination Requirements: All viable candidates must be in agreement with the Evangelical Free Church of America’s Statement of Faith and should be willing to consider credentialing with the EFCA.
Montgomery Evangelical Free Church (MEFC) is a church family that has been faithfully ministering to the increasingly diverse community surrounding Montgomery, NJ since 1966.
Our Core Values
We have approximately 280 regular attenders. We employ four full-time pastoral staff: Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor for Discipleship, Associate Pastor for Youth (vacant), and Music Minister. The range of ministries can be seen on our website: www.mefc.org.
Our facilities include sanctuary (seating for 380 people), dedicated youth rooms, 14 classrooms, library, music rehearsal rooms, private offices, 2 nurseries, gymnasium and commercial kitchen on 5 acres.
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