Thorn Grove Baptist, Next Generation Pastor

Thorn Grove Baptist Church in Strawberry Plains, TN is seeking a Full-Time Next Generation Pastor.
The pastor will serve alongside the pastor, staff, and lay leaders of the church. He will be a champion of the next generation, which includes children (grades 1-5), students (grades 6-12), young adults (volunteers), and young families (parents) by helping them to connect with Christ and His Church, grow in their faith, serve with purpose, and multiply through disciple-making.
The pastor will be responsible for building young disciples for Christ by developing, implementing, and overseeing a strategic and comprehensive approach to all next generation ministries (grades 1-12). He will also develop a “spiritual pro-family culture” by ministering to students, partnering with parents, and encouraging congregational involvement across generational lines. Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of ministry experience and an undergraduate and seminary degree is preferred. Compensation is TBD based on experience and education.
Please submit resumes to pastor@tgbchurch.com

Job Description for the Next Generation Pastor

PURPOSE

The Next Generation Pastor will be a man who is called by God to serve alongside the pastor, staff, and lay leaders of Thorn Grove Baptist Church.  He will be a champion of the next generation, which in the context of Thorn Grove, includes children (grades 1-5), students (grades 6-12), young adults (volunteers), and young families (parents) by helping them to connect with Christ and His Church, grow in their faith, serve with purpose, and multiply through disciple-making so that they may mature into future leaders of the church (Proverbs 22:6; Colossians 1:28).

  • To build young disciples for Christ by developing, implementing, and overseeing a strategic and comprehensive approach to all next generation ministries (grades 1-12).
  • To develop a “spiritual pro-family culture” by ministering to students, partnering with parents, and encouraging congregational involvement across generational lines.

ACCOUNTABILITY

He will be responsible to the pastor and will meet weekly with him for prayer, encouragement, planning, and ministry support.  The personnel committee and pastor will conduct an annual performance review.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Born again, baptized believer and a member of the church, who adheres to the beliefs of Thorn Grove Baptist Church as set forth in the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) and supports the constitution and by-laws adopted by the church.
  • Called by God to teach/preach the gospel and communicate it effectively (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1).
  • Growing in a love relationship with Jesus Christ modeled in his actions, attitude, words, and deeds.
  • Faithfully committed to prayer and the ministry of the Word of God (Acts 6:1-7).
  • He must be a champion of the “next generation.” This includes a desire to see the lives of children, students, young adults, and parents being changed by the gospel.
  • A strong understanding of the Scriptures. Undergraduate and seminary degree preferred.
  • Possess a pastoral influence, strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills, and the ability to effectively preach and teach outside of his concentrated ministries.
  • Proven ability to work with and maintain positive, healthy relationships with those inside and outside the church.
  • Trustworthy and hold in confidence personal and private matters.
  • Proven desire to educate, equip, empower, and release volunteers to work in the next generation ministry.
  • At least 3-5 years of ministry experience with children and students with an understanding of today’s culture and the ability to function and communicate the gospel within it.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the pastor and church leadership to create a comprehensive plan for the next generation ministry. This includes aligning all next generation programs and functions with the church’s overall mission, vision, and purpose statement.
  • Provide vision and leadership to children (grades 1-5), students (grades 6-12), young adults (volunteers), and young families (parents) that will encourage spiritual growth and integration into the church.
  • Be an advocate for children, students, young adults, and young families and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns, and needs of the next generation in the local church and community.
  • Encourage the cultivation of community development across generational lines. This includes finding ways to involve the next generation in different ministries of the church and creating more opportunities for adults to invest in the next generation ministry.
  • Direct, plan, promote, coordinate, implement, and manage all next generation programs and functions with the pastor, staff, lay leaders, and ministry volunteers (includes Sunday school, AWANA, Sunday evening discipleship, Wednesday evening activities, outreach/bridge events, retreats, VBS, camps, mission trips, conferences, special programs, etc.)
  • Make ministry decisions in cooperation with pastor, staff, and lay leaders. This includes evaluating ministries, developing new programs, enhancing current programs, approving curriculum, enlisting workers, communicating information effectively, and promoting the overall ministry.
  • Create a safe and secure learning environment for the next generation (This may include conducting background checks, developing and maintaining a child protection policy, security checks, etc.)
  • Provide leadership and serve as shepherd to next generation workers.
  • Organize training and planning sessions for next generation workers.
  • Work with ministry leaders in developing an annual ministry plan and then preparing and submitting an annual budget for the finance committee’s consideration and approval.
  • Mentor children and students in developing leadership skills.
  • Assist children, students, and parents as they transition from one ministry setting to the next.
  • Effectively communicate with parents/guardians and partner with them to give them spiritual guidance and direction in ministering to the spiritual needs of their children.
  • Maintain a visible presence in the community (includes visiting schools, attending sporting events, etc.)
  • Work with the missions committee and ministry leaders to educate, equip, and engage the next generation in local and global outreach opportunities. This may include leading local bridge events, mission projects, and mission trips.
  • Recruit and train volunteers. This includes working with the nominating committee to enlist workers for the next generation ministries.
  • Work with the nominating committee to foster a welcoming culture that mobilizes the church to reach those who are not yet connected to Christ and His Church.
  • Assist the pastor in developing a small group strategy that will help the next generation connect with others and grow in their faith.
  • Assist the pastor with preaching, pastoral care (prayer, hospital visits, counseling), assimilation, and the discipleship of young families.
  • Participate in training opportunities and continuing education.
  • Work with the pastor and staff to be a learner of the next generation, and help to identify adaptive changes that will help Thorn Grove to continue to thrive now and in the future.