It's a given, but we gotta say it. This person must know and love Jesus and His church. They are unified with what our church believes and the direction the church is going.
This person loves middle school students. No really, they LOVE them. We're talking I want to work with middle school students the rest of my life. Just the thought of middle school students makes them smile and hits home on a passion deep within. They know about the pressures and challenges that these students walk through every day in this culture. And that doesn't scare them, instead it just spurs them to dive into their setting, their lives, and their stories. It also challenges them to get creative in the way they bring the invitation of God's beautiful truth into their lives.
This person understands the value of missional intimate_noemailmunity, but they also realize the value and catalytic power of larger gatherings. In fact, one of the key roles they will have is bringing students together in a weekly middle school large gathering. These gatherings have some variety; there are times to teach the Bible, times to serve the city, and at times just an opportunity to get out and have some fun while building relationships. This person is able to gather students, is a gifted_noemailmunicator, and has creativity that helps them develop unique ways to rally students together to serve their schools and neighborhoods and positively impact this city.
They are on a team. A team of youth pastors and other youth leaders that play off each other's giftings and respect each other's input and overlap into each other's roles. They are also a part of a team of some hundreds of other people that serve in the middle school in various ways. This person loves teams. They are a strong leader, they are a self-starter, they take initiative, and yet somehow blend that into a beautiful, unified team aspect.
The middle school ministry also gathers in smaller_noemailmunities called Recharge groups. This person will share in the responsibility of recruiting and leading Recharge group leaders for the middle school. They will also share in the opportunity to write some Bible studies and develop some videos for those small groups.
This person understands that with a large church like this, they will have to find a rhythm of spending time with students and with leaders, both. They realize that they are a youth pastor but are also in essence a "youth pastors of youth pastors," pouring into tons of volunteers who pour into hundreds of middle school students.
They will also help plan and lead out on creative experiences with the middle school students ranging from summer camps, big events, missions opportunities and retreats.
Please submit your resume and a sample small-group lesson that you have developed to Alicia Farnan at afarnan@lincolnberean_noemail. Additional documentation will be emailed to you upon receipt of the above referenced materials.