Associate Pastor Including Oversight of Youth Ministry


Lakeshore Baptist Church

Grand Haven, MI USA

The associate pastor who oversees youth typically requires 45 hours per week.

The LBC pastors work as a plurality of elders. This particular role will be a pastor working in conjunction with the other pastors to discuss ministries and make decisions concerning the direction of the church. The traditional “youth pastor” model often characterizes the youth pastor as a “lesser” pastor. We would see this pastor functioning with the full weight of pastoral responsibility.

The Job Description includes 2 sections: PRIMARY AREAS OF OVERSIGHT and SECONDARY AREAS OF OVERSIGHT. It’s our goal that an incoming pastor would be able to use his gifts and strengths in a secondary area of the church body as well. Your secondary area of oversight could be something different than what is listed below along with the time allocations.

This role is accountable to the senior pastor, but more importantly and practically to the rest of the pastoral team.

Youth Group—Time allocation, 60%
· Study and preach once a week for Wednesday night youth group.
· Work with the youth group music leader to coordinate songs and slides for youth group (Wed Night).
· Oversee Grow Groups (Small Groups), which meet twice a month after the Wednesday Night Lesson.
· Organize and lead the monthly Chuck-It activity on Wednesday nights.
· Lead monthly adult leaders meeting (review activities/events, discuss areas of concern in youth group, pray for teens).
· Lead monthly Leadership Team meeting made up of teens who desire to grow deeper in their relationship with God and also have an influence on the direction of the youth group.
· Organize and lead a monthly youth activity. Sometimes this is 2 activities if 7th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade need separate activities.
· Annually organize either a missions trip or camp. These alternate each summer.
· Schedule regular discipleship meetings with teens and leaders. Intentionally invest in the leaders who are directly discipling the teens.
· Connect with each youth family to understand the needs and struggles that their teens are facing.
· Develop ways to equip parents to disciple their teens. This could mean suggesting and offering books, organizing special parent classes or parent meetings.
· Develop relationships with area youth pastors and seek to influence the youth in Grand Haven.
· Oversee the youth group budget which includes keeping track of spending and making annual proposals to the deacons for the next year’s expenses.

Other Focus Area of Ministry —Time allocation, 20% (We would like for this pastor to have the freedom to direct other ministries in the church. Below are a few examples of what that could be)
· Outreach – Intentionally develop and equip members to share the gospel.
· Missions – Assist with missionary care and oversight
· Counseling
· Family Discipleship
· Etc.

· Participate in First Priority/FCA outreach at Grand Haven High School
· Serve in the Sunday service (open the service, praying, reading scripture)
· Be part of the quarterly teacher rotation for Sunday adult classes
· Occasionally preach in Sunday service
· Help with membership care and counseling
· Participate in pastors’ and staff meetings

· LBC is a Baptist church that, by God’s grace, has been in existence for 100 years.
· In our statement of faith you will find contributions from New Hampshire Confession of Faith.
· LBC is an “elder-led, congregationally-ruled” church (feel free to ask if you’re not familiar with this model), Calvinistic, Complementarian, and Grace-Oriented. You can find our core beliefs and core values under the tab “About Us” at:
· There are 2 paid pastors, 1 paid pastoral assistant, and 3 lay pastors. Twelve deacons serve the church.
· Approximately 350 people in attendance with a recent influx of young families. A mix of home-school, public school, and Christian school families; blue-collar/white-collar professions; young and old demographics.
· Youth Group has approximately 50-60 students and leaders in regular attendance.
· Sunday Morning Services (9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.), ABF/Sunday School Hour (11 a.m.-12 p.m.), Small Groups (2x’s/month), Sunday Evening Service (1st Sunday of the Month, 5-6 p.m. with fellowship to follow). Wednesday evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies during school year, Youth and Children’s Ministries (6:45-8 p.m.)

You can reach out to Nate Birkholz ([email protected]) or Andy Davies ([email protected]).

Handout: Youth Pastor Job Description.pdf