Weekly Attendance: 165
Location: Wayne, PA
The Role: Youth Pastor
Meet Christ Church:
Christ Church began as a church plant of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. Matt and his wife Miranda moved to Chicago in 2010 to join the training center for four months of intensive training in church planting. During that time, God made it clear He was calling the Townsends to plant a church in the Northeast, a place known for having hard soil for new churches and especially for the gospel. They went with a simple mission, to make the life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ known and advance the great commission in the hearts and lives of others.
Matt and Miranda moved to the King of Prussia area to begin the work of building a launch team in early 2011. Christ Church, formerly known as Harvest Bible Chapel launched in September of that year in the Middle School of Upper Merion. The first few years were dedicated to establishing key ministries, hiring key ministry leaders, establishing offices, assisting other church plants, and overcoming common early church-planting hurdles. During this time, Christ Church invested heavily in its worship ministry and saw great fruit from its efforts. Engaging, vibrant, life-giving, Christ-exalting worship became a key marker in our identity as a church very early on.
In 2016, God opened a door to plant its first international church and assist in relaunching a church in North Jersey. In partnership with Vertical Church Columbus and Derek Ward of Barbados, Harvest Bible Chapel Barbados was planted in 2017. Both Vertical Church and Christ Church have sent mission teams down multiple times to share in the work of establishing a healthy, vibrant, life-giving church on the island.
In 2018, God opened a door to help launch a church in the inner city of Philadelphia, a Christ-Centered Church, in partnership with the Great Commission Collective. The church struggled to gain footing for two years and closed when the pandemic hit in 2020.
In March 2020, the pandemic hit, and all groups that met at the Middle School in Upper Merion (King of Prussia) were kicked out due to virus concerns. During the summer of 2020, Swedesford Road Church (SRC) kindly opened its doors and allowed Christ Church to meet on Saturday nights for worship. It was a challenging season requiring extended endurance as the ground beneath the church moved quickly. Yet, in the midst of incredible change and adversity, God was faithful.
During that time, God stirred in the hearts of the leaders at SRC and Christ Church to consider joining forces for the sake of the mission. Through much prayer, discussions, and the counsel of others, the leaders of SRC and Christ Church agreed to join forces and become one church. The staff, leaders, elders, deacons, and DNA of Christ Church have taken the lead in the merger of these two churches
As we consider the future of our ministry and the mission of reaching our community and making disciples, we recognize that a solid youth ministry is key to accomplishing our goals. We pray God brings us the right person to help us reach our community and disciple our people.
About the Youth Pastor:
Christ Church is looking for a Youth Pastor who will oversee and develop the youth/student ministry from 6th grade to 12th grade. Provide oversight for children’s ministry. Oversee graphics, media, and branding as assigned. We seek someone who genuinely loves the Lord, is passionate about serving the body of Christ, and will use that as a catalyst to develop and oversee the Youth ministry at our church, as well as the graphics, media, and branding.
The Youth Pastor's Responsibilities Include:
Oversee and execute a time of fellowship, worship, teaching, and accountability on a weekly basis for the mid-high and high-school students. Organize and execute all special events outside of Student Ministry services.
Prepare messages and teach the word of God to students at the middle and high-school-age level
Create and organize the weekly time of small group accountability for both age levels
Implement a time of fellowship between students and leaders before each Student Ministry service
Organize, plan, and execute all Student Ministry camp trips, events, and outreach opportunities
Create, design, develop and maintain social media, online presence, and community promotion and create captivating Sunday service presentations
Create and oversee the social media and online presence
Manage awareness campaigns that broaden the church’s presence and footprint in the community
Oversee church website and web “footprint”
Oversee and execute all administrative tasks.
Prepare and maintain an annual budget for the Student Ministries
Oversee the creation of all promotional materials for Student Ministries
Manage all administrative duties pertaining to all Student Ministry camp trips, events, and outreach opportunities
Other Pastoral Tasks
Participate in pastoral care activities such as discipleship and counseling, marriage services and funerals, hospital calls, and other visits of need; particularly as it relates to the people of the Student Ministry
Engage and support the broader ministries of Christ Church such as outreach opportunities and events
Conduct baptism interviews as it relates to people in the Student Ministry
Special Projects/Other Duties
All staff members, including the Student Ministries Pastor, are expected to model flexibility, a willingness to take part in church activities and initiatives that may be outside their normal day-to-day responsibilities, and to always model servant leadership in their positions. In recognition of this, the Youth Pastor must always be an example of this to all leadership and staff members.
What You Bring:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Youth Pastor:
Education & Experience
Undergraduate degree required, Seminary degree preferred (Open to recent graduates)
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
A strong, growing relationship with the Lord
An eager passion to serve the body of Jesus Christ
An ability to develop healthy, thriving, interpersonal relationships with teens, parents, and staff
A team player, self-starter, and gospel-driven worker
A genuine passion for worship and team leadership
What it's Like to Live in King of Prussia, PA:
The King of Prussia area has fantastic schools and is just a quick commute into Philadelphia. It’s an excellent place for families to live, with a high quality of life. Large employers that bring business to the area include UGI, Universal Health Services (UHS), Vanguard Group, Merck Pharmaceuticals, and Lockheed Martin, to name a few. One of the best parts about this area is the location: you can be at the Jersey Shore or Pocono Mountains in an hour, while downtown Philly is just 30 minutes away. It is a wonderful suburb of Philadelphia to raise a family.
Fall in love with Philadelphia, the first World Heritage City in the U.S. and the second-largest city on the East Coast. Visit Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Liberty Bell, two of 67 National Historic Landmarks, in a walkable, charming, colonial neighborhood with cobblestone streets.
Renowned for its arts and culture, Philadelphia is a city for art lovers. The Barnes Foundation is the world's largest private collection of post-impressionist art, with more than 200 galleries within the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Enjoy the urban outdoors in Philadelphia's lively and walkable Center City District by joining a walking tour of many of the almost 4,000 murals in this city, known as the Mural Capital of the World. You also do not want to miss out on a famous Philly cheesesteak or explore the city's dynamic dining scene offering restaurants and bars in Center City to whet any appetite.
Philadelphia is not only the birthplace of America but also of American medicine. It is steeped in science history and is home to the nation's first hospital, medical school, children's hospital, college of pharmacy, and medical library. It's no wonder the Brookings Institution has called Philadelphia one of the top “Knowledge Capitals” in the U.S. and Europe.
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