Denomination: Southern Baptist
Weekly Attendance: 400
Neighborhood: Valdosta, Georgia
The role: The goal of the Youth Minister is to develop a strong, vibrant, and evangelistic student ministry by seeking to introduce students to Christ and disciple them in spiritual growth.
Meet First Baptist Church Valdosta
First Baptist Church of Valdosta actually began in Troupville over 150 years ago. The first settlers came to South Georgia in 1821. On June 21, 1840, a Missionary Baptist Church organized at the home of James O. Goldwire. First Baptist was originally constituted under the name of the Little River Baptist Church.
The coming of railroads necessitated a move to a new town, Valdosta. In 1860 to 1861, members dismantled their church building, including the church bell, and moved to the corner of Valley and Ashley Streets. About two years later, the building was wrecked by a storm, and for the next three to five years worship services were held in a school house. In 1863, the minutes refer to the church as the Baptist Church of Christ. From 1865 to 1907, it was called the Baptist Church of Valdosta.
In 1896, a lot on Toombs Street between West Central Avenue and Valley Street was purchased and construction on a new church building began. After four years, on November 18, 1900, the church was dedicated debt free, to the glory of God. Other buildings added were the Sunday School annex to the sanctuary in 1926 and the Children’s Building and the Langdale Chapel in 1956. Our present Children’s Building was constructed in 2006 and the old Children’s Building was renovated into adult education space in 2007. It was dedicated in honor of Mac Weaver, our Associate Pastor for over 43 years.
On January 10, 2016, our new Family Life Center was dedicated to the glory of God with an emphasis on carrying on the ministry of God from “Generation to Generation: G2G.” The modern building includes a youth facility on the second floor and a large fellowship hall which is used for 8:44 contemporary service, concerts, banquets, church family meals, and much more.
MISSION - Love God, Love Others, Love the World
About the Youth Minister
- Lead and develop students, parents and adult volunteers for the purpose of continued success in Student Ministries.
Provide energetic ongoing ministries to reach students with the gospel in and through First Baptist Church.
Guide students in Christian maturity through personal example, training, missions, and Bible study.
The Youth Minister will:
Have leadership, volunteer, and teacher meetings for evaluation, planning, and promoting Student Ministries.
Ensure all workers and volunteers have applicable screening and background checks completed.
Establish and maintain a student leadership ministry team involving students and parents and maintain open communication with the team and parents.
Develop and maintain a well-planned calendar of diverse student programs and events.
Develop effective avenues of communication to students and families, including social media outlets.
Offer service opportunities to involve students in ministering to others, such as visiting the elderly and shut-ins, as well as participate in service projects such as the food and clothing ministries of First Baptist Church.
Seek other opportunities such as mission trips, student summer camps, etc.
Provide resources for parents.
What you bring:
Education & Experience
The ideal candidate will have three to five years of Student Ministry experience, or a similar background, such as with camps, Young Life, or similar. It is preferred that candidates have a familiarity working in a church setting.
The ideal candidate will have a required undergraduate degree and although a seminary degree is not required, it is a great bonus. The ideal candidate will be a lifelong learner who wants to continue their education and strives to constantly be growing in their knowledge and experience.
Is a passionate Christ-follower who is spiritually mature, humble, and teachable.
Has a high regard for the authority of Scripture as our rule of faith and practice.
Is a gifted communicator with students.
Has the ability to mentor and develop other teachers.
Has fully accepted First Baptist Church of Valdosta’s doctrinal statement, values, vision, and strategy.
Has a zeal for reaching students and parents for Jesus Christ.
Is engaging, is people-focused, is relational, and listens well.
Is assertive yet compassionate; has the ability to lead well in difficult situations, engage in hard conversations, and call people to accountability.
What it's like to live in Valdosta, GA:
Named one of six America's Friendliest Cities by Rand McNally and USA Today's Best of the Road contest in 2011, Valdosta is a vibrant and scenic city, where southern charm meets 21st century innovation. Valdosta is a city in and the county seat of Lowndes County, located on the southern border of Georgia, United States. As of 2013, Valdosta has a total population of 56,481, and is the 14th largest city in Georgia. Valdosta is the home of Valdosta State University, a regional university in the University System of Georgia with over 10,900 students. The local public Valdosta High School has the football program with the most wins of any high school in the United States.
Valdosta is famous for its notorious wakeboard facility, Valdosta Wake Compound, established in 2012. It has since then grown to be the main action sport attraction in Georgia. The compound is home to international events such as the world’s biggest wakeboard event the Valdosta Yard Sale a WWA pro athlete event. It also hosts an annual grassroots music festival, Wake Up Fest. Valdosta is a transportation gateway, agricultural and manufacturing center, and a favorite stop on the major I-75 artery south into Florida. This location has made it attractive as a manufacturing center and shipping point.
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