Suncoast Community Church, Sarasota, FL
Middle School Pastor
In 1998 a group of 17 people met for the first time to hear Pastor Larry Baucom share his vision for a church that would make a difference for Christ. Later that month Suncoast Community Church was born. Over the past 14 years, SCC has outgrown locations and added services, but three things have remained constant. Suncoast Community Church is contemporary in worship, casual in dress, and most importantly Christ-centered in their teachings.
Currently sitting on 81 acres of land, Suncoast is a growing and influential church just on the outskirts of Sarasota, Florida. This non-denominational church has grown to roughly 1700 in attendance and has plans for continued expansion. Suncoast Community Church has a vision of being a church for the unchurched, serving all in acts of love. SCC believes that instead of getting stuck in our ways and hiding from the culture, we should embrace it and reach people where they are.
The Middle School Pastor at Suncoast will be responsible for all of the middle school ministry activities and community groups. This person is expected to think strategically about the growth of the ministry and how to reach students who are in the church, and outside of the walls.
The Middle School Ministry is presently in a time of transition. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape and mold the ministry within the broader vision of the church. The crux of this position will be developing a dynamic program that lays the groundwork for connecting with students and their families. The church desires to see the Middle School ministry grow and serve, not only inside the church, but also out in their community together.
The successful candidate will preferably come from a growing church and will have led in a student ministry capacity for three or more years. They will understand the need to maintain personal relationships with students, staff, and volunteers while also having a strategic vision for growing the Middle School Ministry. They will display a significant amount of growth potential, and will be balanced in the areas of strategic and relational abilities. They will be able to cast vision and direction, as well as lead the way, while remaining strongly relational in order to cultivate and build relationships with volunteers and staff.
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