STUDENT  PASTOR

Employment Opportunities

First Baptist Church of Smithfield has an active and growing Student Ministry. We are looking for a vibrant Student Pastor with strong communication skills, a biblical focus on disciple-making, and equipping students for a lifetime of Christian service. The candidate will be the primary leader of the Student Ministry and their heart should be to evangelize, disciple, equip, empower, and promote the worship and exaltation of Jesus Christ through their adult and student led teams. Our Church is seeking God’s man to serve as a pastor with a heart for student ministry. The Student Pastor will be a member of the executive staff of the church.
The Student Ministry at First Baptist Church of Smithfield is about creating a safe, fun, engaging, and edifying place for students to worship God and study the Bible. Our church wants to develop Christian leaders and future church leaders who are biblically-discipled to think critically through life’s issues and apply the scriptures to their lives. We want to connect students to God and to each other. Our church family is best described as distinctively Southern Baptist, very relational, authentic, multi-generational and diverse.
First Baptist Church of Smithfield serves a student base within a top state ranked—Birdville Independent School District: a district with seven (7) middle schools and six (6) high schools, many school campuses are within minutes of our church. We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about developing a diverse, engaging, and meaningful disciple-making Student Ministry that speaks to the hearts of our students, equips them to live out their Christian faith on mission, further develops student leadership skills through spiritual disciplines and building bridges of cooperation with parents to reinforce the highest Christian values and standards within the home. First Baptist Church of Smithfield expects our Student Pastor to engage students regularly on their school campuses and establish a presence at major student and community events.
God’s man will craft and develop original theologically strong teaching content that equips, builds, and guides adult/student leaders to a mature Christian growth.  
Our pastoral staff works in a highly collaborative and cooperative workspace. All staff members engage in a variety of ministry areas and use their skills to develop people and assist in ministry as needed.

Responsibilities
  • Have an active and growing personal spiritual life. 
  • Prioritize the spiritual growth of your family.
  • Be an active and excited participant in the life of First Baptist Church of Smithfield and our staff.
  • Have abilities to faithfully teach, handle God’s Word, and communicate the gospel message to the lost.
  • Participate in regular community evangelism.
  • Be a self-starter.
  • Be a healthy and responsible financial steward of one’s personal and church assets.
  • Have scheduled office hours apart from Sunday and Wednesday Services.
  • Prepare, lead, and minister to the student ministry team spiritually on a weekly basis.
  • Schedule, plan, and create weekly worship experiences.
  • Work with additional student ministry leaders and volunteers to develop their skills and help them fulfill their roles on the team.
  • Develop a cooperation between the Student Ministry and the whole family.
  • Lead the Student Ministry for the church on a regular basis.
  • Develop a heart of discipleship in your team.
  • Prepare and work with teams to prepare visual media for weekly online engagements.
  • Plan monthly Student Ministry gatherings (apart from Sunday and Wednesday Evening Services)
  • Plan and organize Student Ministry Summer Camp, D-Now Weekend, True Love Waits Weekend, Super Summer, SYATP Events, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Student Mission Trips (local, state, national, international), etc.
  • Enlist volunteer adult teachers and leaders to be regular participants in FBC Smithfield Student Ministry.
  • Be a willing servant to the Church.

Required Skills
  • Candidate must have a genuine personal testimony of saving faith in Jesus Christ and baptized by immersion in a Southern Baptist Church.
  • Candidate should have strong Christian character, hard-working ethics, and proven track record of successful Student Ministry.
  • Full alignment with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) doctrinal statement: The Baptist Faith & Message (2000).
  • Candidate should enjoy, live, and regularly apply: God’s love, grace, and mercy.
  • Be trained in various personal and mass evangelism methods.
  • Candidate should understand that Student Ministry is a calling of the Lord to assist a church in shepherding students, not a stepping-stone into a Senior Pastorate.
  • Candidate should be a lifelong learner and be teachable.
  • Own your craft. Be able to teach the Bible, not just order LifeWay Christian Bookstore Curriculum.
  • Be able to preach as needed.
  • Be willing to assist in pastoral care (shut-in visitation, hospital visits, funerals, weddings, etc.).
  • Develop standards of excellence for Student Ministry outcomes in community service, evangelism, discipleship, Christian growth, and multiplication.
  • Have a basic working knowledge of presentation software.
  • Have a working plan for all social media use.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with volunteer teams to spiritually grow them and prepare for weekly services.
  • Should have experience leading student ministry in a church of at least 50-100 people, and experience in a collaborative church environment.
  • Ability to work well with others on a collaborative staff is a must.
  • Be willing to undergo full National Criminal Background and Financial Credit Checks.

Recommended Skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and associated programs.
  • Knowledge of the Adobe suite of programs.
  • Knowledge of live video and camera usage.

Required Attachments (Step 2)
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume and/or CV 
  • Three Student Ministry Teaching Videos
  • Three Samples of Varied but Original Teaching Outlines and Lessons

Department: Student Ministry
Status: Full-Time | Part-Time
Minimum Education: Seminary education preferred
Minimum Experience in Years: 3-5