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Youth Pastor at Oak Grove Church in Shellsburg, IA

The Purpose

The primary purpose of the Youth Minister is to introduce young people to Christ; to disciple
them in spiritual growth; to train them in serving Christ with their life. Of equal importance is to
assist parents or guardians in raising their teenagers to spiritual maturity. Oak Grove Church
seeks to fill a full-time position responsible for overseeing all aspects of student ministries. The
candidate will be primarily responsible for Junior and Senior High programs ( 6-12) with
secondary responsibilities of some administrative duties.


The youth pastor must be a born again believer with a maturing relationship with Christ. He
must have a love for God, a love for teenagers, and a pastoral heart to see them grow in their
relationship with Christ. He must see his position as having a strong desire to serve God in the
local church and will report directly to the Senior Pastor.

In addition, the following are required:

General Qualifications

  • He must meet the characteristics for church leadership as listed in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5
  • He must be committed to Oak Grove's doctrine, vision, values, and beliefs
  • He must have knowledge and skill in the philosophy, psychology and principles of Christian education. Experience as a youth pastor is preferred, but not a requirement.
  • He must be committed to a team approach to ministry as working with volunteers is essential
  • He must be a strong teacher with a love for God's Word
  • He must have a relational style of leadership and ministry
  • He must have a joyful spirit and good sense of humor
  • He must be a self-starter, exercising initiative and judgment, and able to work without direct supervision
  • He must be able to respond to changing needs throughout the daily and weekly schedule
  • He must possess organizational and administrative abilities
  • He must be a graduate or a fourth year student of a Bible college or Christian liberal arts college with a degree in Theology, Christian Education, or Youth Ministry. A thorough knowledge of the Bible is essential.

Specific Qualifications

The youth pastor must have the ability and willingness to:

  • Recruit, disciple, and sustain a team of volunteer leaders
  • Engage parents as vital partners
  • Teach and preach to youth and leaders in small and large settings
  • Communicate well with parents and come along side families, especially in times of crisis
  • Relate to the unique needs of teenagers



  • Ensure that the youth ministry is functioning in an effective, focused manner
  • Recruit, train, and mobilize a ministry team of adults for the youth ministry
  • Follow through the volunteer screening process to ensure a competent and qualified body of volunteer adults
  • Oversee the identification of youth with leadership potential and assure opportunities are given for development.
  • Pre-schedule all activities in their entirety, including post-activity plans. Publish same to staff, parents and youth in a timely manner.
  • Submit a yearly plan for curriculum, events, and ministry events to Senior Pastor and Elders.
  • Submit an annual budget to the Elders, oversee the expenditures of the budget allocated towards the youth ministries and oversee fund-raising efforts for youth ministries trips


  • Develop comprehensive, well-balanced biblical instruction and programming for growth opportunities
  • Maintain a well-planned, carefully balanced program throughout the year coordinated with the church calendar of events.
  • Assume the role as primary teacher/preacher and provide teaching opportunities to other qualified adults
  • Recruit, train, and provide materials for Sunday School teachers on the Junior and Senior High level.
  • Provide periodic retreat opportunities for both Junior and Senior High students
  • Ensure that competent adult leadership is available, not only to supervise, but to build relationships at all youth events
  • Lead youth missions trip, events and Fuel programs (Wed. evening)


  • Develop a program designed to equip Junior and Senior High students and adult volunteers to do the work of the ministry
  • Provide opportunities for Junior and Senior High student ministry teams to form and develop
  • Provide opportunities for the training and discipling of youth leaders
  • Serve as the contact person for Children's Ministries, working closely with the volunteer teachers to handle issues of scheduling, policy, and planning that affect the overall children's program
  • Stay connected with the leaders in each ministry area (Nursery, Children's Sunday School, AWANA, and Vacation Bible School) serving as a resource and support person
  • Work with the Children's ministries each year to provide meaningful training opportunities for children's ministry volunteers
  • See that administrative policies such as the volunteer screening and application process, background checks, budget, etc., are followed within all children's programs
  • Make use of teaching gifts in above ministries as opportunities and needs arise

Other Responsibilities

  • Participate in staff meetings weekly for prayer and planning
  • Keep Senior Pastor and staff informed of emergent situations
  • Attend board meetings
  • Participate in hospital and/or shut-in visitation (minimal)


  • Sunday morning platform participation as needed
  • General pastoral responsibilities shared by the team and other duties as required

Current Ministry Focus

  • Junior and Senior High FUEL Group
  • Junior and Senior High Sunday School
  • Youth leadership development
  • Ongoing one-on-one time spent with students


Gross salary package is determined by education and years of experience. Any medical insurance, life insurance, or pension plans desired will be deducted from the gross salary. Workman's compensation insurance fully covered. Social Security paid in standard fashion. Vacation is accrued for years of service. Sick pay is provided for a limited number of days per year.

Contact Information

If you are interested, please send your resume and other information to Please include "Youth Pastor Search" in the subject line of your email.