The FBC Student Ministry Director must prioritize and demonstrate:
Love for God
You need to be growing in your understanding of God’s love for you and your love for God. As a leader, your relationship with God takes priority over all other relationships and responsibilities. If you are not growing in God then you cannot partner with Him in helping students grow.
Love for Students
This love needs to be internal and overflowing as a result of loving God—not something that you well-up within yourself. You need to meet students where they are regardless of their:
- school situation (homeschool, private, public)
- spiritual situation (Christian, not-yet Christian)
- living situation (traditional, non-traditional homes)
- proximity (Irmo, Lexington, Columbia, Chapin)
- stage of life (middle school, high school)
The following may go without saying, but you first need to have trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and experiencing continual growth in being a child of God, all under the leading of the Holy Spirit. FBC also has a doctrinal statement with which you will need to agree and uphold.
Experience in relating to students is necessary, whether that has taken place inside or outside a local church (Young Life, CRU, etc.). Additional training with regard to Student Ministry (college, university, seminary) is beneficial. Any experience regarding mission work (stateside or international) is valuable.
We realize that God uses multiple personalities for His glory and to advance the Church in this world. At this stage of Student Ministry at FBC, we are looking for someone who:
Thrives on social situations
- Is not afraid to introduce themselves to new people
- Recharges their internal batteries by being around other people
- Makes people feel valued
- Is not timid
- Makes new friends easily
- Is optimistic
- Is not afraid of risk
- Is flexible
- Adapts to situations
- Thinks things through
- Is relevant to students
- Is aware of student culture
- Possesses emotional maturity
- Takes initiative
- Is teachable
You should be incorporating elements of your specific life-stage (single, married, children, etc.) in the Student Ministry at FBC. As always, your personal and family health is priority over ministry responsibilities as they have significant impact on students and families.
GENERAL EXPECTATIONS: STUDENT MINISTRY
Spend time with God
- Listen for direction, correction and affirmation
- Ask for wisdom, guidance and strength
- Grow in understanding God’s nature and character
- Depend on God to lead and direct
Spend time with students
- Attend games, concerts, events, celebrations, etc.
- Gather students each week for relational connection, serving and growth
- Provide smaller group environments for deeper discipleship
- Meet students on their turf for relational and spiritual development
Spend time planning
- Plan for weekly group gatherings, monthly activities, small groups, retreats, and mission trips
- Ensure that students have a “next step” for growth no matter their stage of spiritual development
- Plan to connect meaningfully with each student at FBC
Spend time with leaders
- Meet monthly with the Senior Pastor
- Connect with other leaders in the community (church, parachurch, school)
- Meet regularly with Student Ministry volunteers for encouragement, connection, evaluation, communication and training
Spend time with parents
- Connect meaningfully with each parent(s) at least one time per year
- Make parents aware of current student culture, social media, etc.
- Partner with parents in the spiritual development of their children
- Involve parents in the Student Ministry
There is a strategy for checks and balances for every leader at FBC. If you have a rogue spirit or personality, then this position at FBC is not for you. Ultimately, you are accountable to Jesus, the Chief Shepherd. Secondly, you are accountable to the Elders. They are there to guide you, not micromanage you. Thirdly, you are accountable to students, parents and FBC.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER
The Student Ministry Director is a part-time position which will require around 20-25 hours each week in order to be effective in the lives of students. Hours devoted to ministry are extremely flexible and revolve mainly around the lives, schedules and needs of students. An expense account of $1,200/year is made available for Student Ministry related expenses.
Financial compensation will be discussed in future conversations and includes approval of housing allowance. Other benefits (medical, retirement, etc.) are not provided.
How To Apply
After thoroughly reading the following pages of expectations, if you truly feel that God may be calling you to serve Christ at FBC, submit a resume by email.