Student Ministry Pastor

Willow Creek Community Church - South Barrington, IL

Job Type: Full-Time   Posted: 1 month ago   Denomination: Non-Denominational

Church Description:

Willow Creek is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic multiplying movement of Christ followers passionate about worshiping Jesus, growing in faith, sharing our lives & faith with others, reaching people who don’t have a relationship with God, and blessing our communities and world through our transformed lives & radical generosity.
Our God-sized vision can only be accomplished by prayerfully seeking God, partnering where He is already at work, learning, and innovating as we develop leaders, launch campuses, and plant churches throughout Chicagoland and the world.

Love God.
Love People.
Change the world.

Average Attendance: 20000  No. of Active Youth: 1500

Job Description:

We believe kids and students are not just the future of the church, they are the church, and we want to create engaging environments where they can experience God’s love, take steps in their faith, and use their gifts and talents to lead and serve. As the Students Pastor you will build, develop, and execute the Student ministry (6th-12th grade) at their campus. This will include hosting impactful programs, training and empowering volunteers, and supporting and equipping families. You’ll collaborate with the core team and campus leadership to set the direction, vision, goals, and initiatives of the ministry and contribute as a key part of the overall vision for the campus.

*Champion the vision and strategy for student programming for 6th-12th grade at their campus in alignment with the overall mission, vision, and strategies of their Willow campus and the Students Core.
*Work with the Core Student Director and Next Gen team to determine curriculum for large and small groups, plan for major events, and develop best practices around protection, volunteer and parent engagement.
*Develop collaborative relationships with all the Student Pastors at each campus. Establish strong channels of communication with leadership and peers, serving as the primary advocate between your campus staff and core staff. Commitment to Student’s Red, Yellow, Green core alignment policies.
*Oversee, develop, and support the Students staff to execute excellent large group programs, small groups, and other events. Recruit, train, and develop a highly engaged and motivated volunteer team, ensuring they are well equipped, supported, and encouraged.
*Develop and Deliver creative, engaging, and transformational messages aligned with the overall student ministries content scope and sequence.
*Uphold the risk and protection policies, including correct minimum student to leader ratios, to deliver a safe experience for every student in the ministry.
*Plan and manage the budget for your ministry, utilizing resources effectively to achieve maximum impact.
*Serve as the primary support to all parents of students at the campus as they help their students take their next steps with God.

Thriving student ministry where staff feel supported and resourced and fosters creativity and innovation, volunteers are equipped and encouraged, and the students of Willow know they are loved by God and take steps in their faith.


Team Building
Developer of people
Talent Scout, always on the lookout for new leaders and volunteers
Total Quality Manager, committed to excellence
Vision Casting
Quality problem solving and decision making skills
Conflict Management

Personal Characteristics:
Self-starter – ability to own a project and run with it.
Learner- Someone who desires continued growth in their area of ministry.
Innovative – Seeks out new ideas and is unafraid to fail.
Collaborative & Team Player – Loves working with others and assumes the best in each other
Team Mobilizer- Able to build effective teams
Self Aware – Knows their own strengths and weaknesses and is moving towards health, exemplifies humility and confidence
Encourager- Able to see the good in others and is intentional in affirming it.
Approachable- Is warm, inviting and easy to get along with.
High Emotional Intelligence – Intuitive about others emotions and able to respond appropriately.
Hard working – Is aware of the importance of their role and works hard to do their best.
Effective communicator – Able to give and receive healthy feedback
Loves kids, loves students – Feels passionate about ministering to kids and students
Jesus Follower – Lives a life of integrity and pursues a personal relationship with Jesus.

Education and Experience:
Undergrad degree or higher, ideally in the field of education, social work, biblical studies, or psychology (or equivalent experience)
Served in a leadership position at a church or campus preferred
Proven experience leading teams
Experience working with students (6th-12th grades)
Experience caring for and shepherding others

Salary Range: $56,000 - $72,000

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