Discovery Church, Hickory, NC
Associate Pastor of Student Ministry
In 2008, Discovery Church was born out of the desire to see the Spirit of God flow through the body of Christ into the community of Hickory, NC. After five rejections, Discovery Church finally found a space to meet in a small auditorium at Catawba Valley Community College. Since then, by the grace of God and the support of countless supportive ministry partners, Discovery has grown to now have nearly 453 faithful members attend their gatherings each weekend. In the spring of 2011, Discovery was blessed with the opportunity to purchase 19 acres of land, and is now preparing plans to build new facilities. These facilities will be a place where God can move through Discovery both in worship and in resources that can impact the community in the name of Jesus Christ.
Having been with Discovery Church from the very beginning, Senior Pastor Smith Sharpe brings a deep passion to the ministry. His vision is of a vibrant church, alive with the Spirit of Christ and seeking to grow the Kingdom of God. With this vision, the mission of the church is simple yet powerful: to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ. After nearly 7 years of steady growth, Discovery Church is looking towards the future of what God has for them as a community and is excited to see his Spirit at work.
The Associate Pastor of Student Ministry at Discovery Church will be responsible for providing vision, leadership, and structure to the student ministry. This will include curriculum development, student discipleship, recruiting and training adult volunteers, as well as leading student gatherings and events. The Associate Pastor of Student Ministry will also provide guidance and support to the outreach ministries of Discovery Church and create tangible steps for implementation. The successful candidate will be a leader of leaders who equips and mobilizes volunteer teams effectively. As the Associate Pastor of Student Ministry grows within the culture and context of Discovery Church, additional responsibilities will include providing insight and support to the Adult Small Groups Ministry.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working in a setting committed to reaching both the spiritually mature and the spiritually disengaged or lost with a high degree of innovation, recruitment, and retention of new members. They will also have a history of success creating a structure that disciples and grows students spiritually. Proven experience in creative thinking and problem solving is strongly preferred. Work history in communication and leadership is a must. Organizational skills are very important, as is the implementation of ideas. While education is not the determining factor for the new Associate Pastor of Student Ministry, the successful candidate will likely hold, at minimum, a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university. A degree in Theology, Bible, Ministry, or Christian Leadership is preferred but not required.
An hour Northwest of Charlotte, Hickory, North Carolina, has a history of craftsmanship and a long tradition of making something of itself and the world around it. Attention to detail, pride in precision, doing a thing well, dedication to a craft, and knowledge of natural resources are all strengths ingrained in Hickory. They are all part of a past that serves and shapes it's future. Hickory is home to one of the oldest furniture manufacturers in the United States that is still located and operated on the original site. Hickory White, formerly known as Hickory Manufacturing Company, was built in 1902 and has been in continuous operation ever since. In addition to its rich history, Hickory is a beautiful area of the country that can be fully enjoyed in all four seasons with moderate temperatures throughout the winter season.