Southwest Bible Church
Denomination: Bible Church
Weekly Attendance: 200
Location: Austin, TX
The Role: Youth Pastor
Meet Southwest Bible Church:
Southwest Bible Church is a vibrant community of Christ followers with a desire to have an impact on the dynamic city of Austin, TX, for the glory of Jesus Christ. As a church, we exist to “glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples” – and we get to see this lived out every day as our love for Jesus, people, and the Bible connects us to Jesus’ ongoing mission in the place we live and beyond. Being a part of SWBC is to be a part of a family that is on a mission to expand the glory of Jesus Christ in the city that we love. Austin is consistently ranked one of the “best places to live” in the US. It is a creative city that combines art, education, government, and technology, in dynamic ways that impact the world. We want the people of Austin to know and glorify the One who has made this such a great place to live.
About the Youth Pastor:
The Student Ministries Pastor will develop and lead ministry teams to Middle School students, High School students, and the parents of students, which will result in students being introduced to and established in their faith through discipleship. The Student Ministers pastor will model the relational aspects of discipleship by building relationships with students, their parents, and adult leaders. Since all ministries of Southwest Bible Church are part of an overall discipleship plan – the ideal candidate will be someone with a growing relationship with Jesus who is able to come alongside others to help them grow in Christlikeness.
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
3-5 years experience is required.
Bachelor’s degree is required.
A Seminary degree would be a bonus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Effectively lead the student ministry’s 3 areas of focus:
Connection – Community building social and service events.
Discipleship – Intentional discipleship opportunities including, Wednesday night Student Ministry gatherings, student discipleship groups, etc.
Mission – Evangelism among peers and on trips, making disciples of others.
Continually develop volunteer leaders so they increasingly grow in their vision for and effectiveness in discipling students.
Support parents in their role as the primary disciple-makers of their children.
Strong communication skills with the ability to connect with multi-generational population.
Maintain the alignment and integration of the Student Ministry with the overall vision, mission, and discipleship strategy of the church.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
A Christ-Following Influencer – The ideal candidate will be someone capable of inspiring and influencing students to pursue Jesus as the ultimate desire of their hearts through a student ministry that operates at a high level of excellence and effectiveness.
Intellectually Vibrant – The ideal candidate will be someone who has their pulse on the current and emerging challenges facing students and the intellectual ability to equip students to discover biblical clarity for the issues they are facing.
A Forward-Thinking Leader – The ideal candidate will be a visionary who will look for ways the student ministry can add momentum to the overall discipleship goals of the church and lead toward that by designing clear courses of action and implementing the steps necessary to move their ministry forward.
Passionate About Growth – The ideal candidate will be someone who recognizes and keeps up with the rapidly changing dynamics of student ministry and believes that human flourishing comes from growing in Christlikeness and thus is passionate about fostering growth in themselves and others.
What it’s Like to Live in Austin, Texas:
Austin is the state capital of Texas, an inland city bordering the Hill Country region. Home to the University of Texas flagship campus, Austin is known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues, and rock. Its many parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming, and boating.
Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. They include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, digital marketers, and blue-collar workers. The city’s official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, a reference to the city’s many musicians and live music venues, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. The city also adopted “Silicon Hills” as a nickname in the 1990s due to a rapid influx of technology and development companies. In recent years, some Austinites have adopted the unofficial slogan “Keep Austin Weird”, which refers to the desire to protect small, unique, and local businesses from being overrun by large corporations.
Emerging from a strong economic focus on government and education, since the 1990s, Austin has become a center for technology and business. A number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters or regional offices in Austin, including 3M, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, NXP semiconductors, Oracle, Tesla, Texas Instruments, and Whole Foods Market. Dell’s worldwide headquarters is located in the nearby suburb of Round Rock. With regard to education, Austin is the home of the University of Texas at Austin, which is one of the largest universities in the U.S. and is attended by over 50,000 students.
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