Fair Oaks is seeking an energetic, relational, Jesus-loving leader to join our staff team. This fall, Fair Oaks will celebrate our 65th anniversary. In previous generations, youth ministry has been one of the great strengths of our church—with more than a hundred students gathering to worship Jesus each week and making a major impact in our community. Today, we don’t have a youth ministry to speak of, though there are still a number of families with students in our church. As we head into a new season as a church, we’re looking for a pioneering leader who will enjoy the challenge (and opportunity) of building a new ministry from scratch that will help a new generation of students find true life in Jesus Christ!
1. Build and lead Fair Oaks’ Youth Ministry.
Pursue relationship with students. Know, love, and disciple these students. This includes visits on school campuses, at sporting events, special outings in the city, etc.
Recruit, assess, and train a team of adult leaders to help lead the ministry, especially mentoring/discipling students. Don’t try to do this all yourself! Lead with a team.
Lead a weekly Youth gathering that teaches God’s Word, grows community, prays, sings, and has fun!
Create and execute strategic Youth events and retreats throughout the year.
Equip and cast vision for students to join Jesus on his mission in their schools.
Connect students to the full life of our church family (involvement in Sunday services, mentoring relationships, etc.)
2. Partner with parents.
Connect with parents on a regular basis to communicate what’s happening/what’s coming up in Youth Ministry and build/reinforce your partnership with them to disciple their students.
3. Catalyze Fair Oaks’ outreach into our community.
Create and lead a strategic plan for serving our community in a focused manner: reaching our immediate neighborhood, adopting a school, 1-2 social needs in the broader community, etc.
Champion, recruit, manage church members/small groups to serve our community.
4. Lead on the staff team.
Lead as a member of Fair Oaks’ Staff Team: participate in staff meetings and retreats, care for and take initiative for the good of our whole church family, help take on opportunities to serve that occasionally arise, receive mentoring and coaching from the Lead Pastor.
Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate
Takes God seriously but doesn’t take themselves too seriously
Outgoing, able to gather people
Has a passionate and growing relationship with Jesus, living a life that reflects the character described in 1 Timothy 3:8–13.
Aligns with Fair Oaks’ five distinctives: gospel centrality, reformed soteriology, complementary view of men and women, spirit-filled living, and baptist ecclesiology.
Ability to preach, teach, and apply Scripture in a way that is exegetically sound, relevant to the lives of students, and centered on Jesus.
A proven track record of self-motivated building, growth, and development for the mission of Jesus.