Student Pastor Job Description


Position Summary:

The Associate Pastor of Student Ministries (Youth Pastor) is a full-time member of the Staff Ministry Team. He will serve as the primary leader, strategist and administrator for effectively achieving the mission of the church among adolescents at First Baptist and the surrounding community. The Youth Pastor will also contribute as a member of the Ministry Staff to the overall team-based leadership of the church with a weekly average attendance of 325.

With a growing population of 13,000, Kingsburg is located on the Kings River in the heart of Central California. First Baptist Church is located across the street from the local high school and in close proximity to the junior high school.



Salary, commensurate with experience, education and training. Benefits include health insurance, retirement, vacation, etc., as directed by First Baptist policy.


General Expectations: 

1. Exemplifies a mature and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, including a compelling sense of calling to the local church, pastoral ministry with a specific passion for the next generation

2. Willingness to commit to a minimum of 5-years in this ministry role.

3. Full agreement and endorsement of the Statement of Faith, practices and ministry philosophy of Kingsburg First Baptist.

4. 2-3 years of related vocational ministry experience; complimented by demonstrable evidence of effectiveness as a leader. Structured church internship can be counted as ministry experience.

5. A Bachelors degree with a ministry-related focus preferred, but not mandatory.


Pastoral Role:

1. A servant, being a person of integrity and having the desire to excel.

2. An organizer, leading the Student Ministries Department of the church and recruiting volunteer staff to lead multiple student ministries.

3. A communicator, coordinating the information flow with other church ministries, congregation, parents, and students.

4. A teacher, studying God's Word diligently, developing age-relevant and life applicable lessons to students and families under his care.

5. A strategic planner, developing ministries aimed at reaching the lost and discipling others.

6. A networker, building relationships with area student pastors and ministries.

7. A team player, supporting and aligning student ministries to the core values, mission, vision and philosophy of ministry at First Baptist Church.

8. An equipper, preparing others for works of service and leadership roles.

9. An innovator, looking for new ways to establish and increase the reach of student ministries in schools and the community.

10. A risk-taker in his obedience to God, willing to walk by faith as the Holy Spirit leads him and as Jesus instructs.

11. A protector of those under his care, spiritually, emotionally and physically.



1. Personally lead the teams for Junior High and High School ministry programming – including Sunday and midweek gatherings, group building activities, evangelistic outreach, camps, retreats, mission trips, etc.

2. Provide oversight and leadership over the midweek pre-teen ministry (grades 5-6) in consultation with the volunteer ministry leader or intern.

3. Oversee administration of Student Ministries: monitor attendance trends, budget planning/management, schedule coordination.

4. Foster healthy relationships with students, leaders, parents, and church family.

5. Collaborate with Children’s Ministry Director as students transition into your ministry.

6. Participate in pastoral functions as assigned by the Lead Pastor – staff meetings, retreats, preaching, special projects/events, counseling, visitation, weddings, funerals, etc.

7. Practice “Sabbath” by taking one weekday off per week. Personal soul care is part of your pastoral calling – including devotional life, prayer life, and overall spiritual health.

8. The entire pastoral staff is encouraged to take one day per month as a “prayer day” as well – going to a quiet place to focus on the LORD.

9. If married, lead your wife/family spiritually. Commitment to your family must be in order before you can lead the church.

10. Accountable to the Lead Pastor in reporting structure, ministry effectiveness, encouragement, and support.