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Highlands Community Church

Lead Student Ministries Pastor

Renton, Washington


Theology: Nondenominational

Weekly Attendance: 2200

Neighborhood: Renton, WA

The role: Highlands Community Church seeks a dynamic and gifted Lead Student Ministries Pastor to join the Next Generation Ministries Team (Kid’s & Students) and bring continued leadership excellence and vibrancy to the Student Ministries of HCC.  

38465672_10156619482256098_3333835348382842880_oMeet Highlands Community Church:

Highlands Community Church began as an outreach by other Protestant churches to reach kids in a new community, built quickly to support the war effort. Officially formed as a church in 1946, it has moved from a children’s program in a community center to one of the largest churches in the Renton area, along with a campus in neighboring Kent and an ongoing commitment to ministering to the next generation.

Highlands Community Church has always had a relentless focus on seeing lives changed through the message and hope of Jesus Christ, and that vision continues. Today, Highlands Community Church is a thriving non-denominational, multi-generational, Bible-teaching church dedicated to bringing the hope and healing of the Gospel to a broken world by helping people find and follow Jesus.

IMG_2928About the Lead Student Ministries Pastor:

Highlands Community Church seeks a dynamic and gifted Lead Student Ministries Pastor to join the Next Generation Ministries Team (Kid’s & Students) and bring continued leadership excellence and vibrancy to the Student Ministries of HCC. This leader will effectively lead a growing number of committed students and leaders to a passion-filled walk with Christ. While primarily focusing on the high school ministry (the largest age group), this person will lead the Student Ministries staff and volunteers to contribute across HCC's Student Ministries and the broader Next Gen Team under the leadership of the Next Generation Ministries Pastor. HCC reaches over 750-1000 kids and students a week.



The Lead Student Ministries Pastor will:

  • Provide point leadership of Student Ministries for HCC on the Next Gen Ministries Team.
  • Study and learn the DNA of Highlands to propel the ministry forward as it grows to reach more students for Christ.
  • Provide team leadership for the Student Ministries professional staff and volunteers on the Next Gen Ministries Team
  • Plan for and present creative and relevant weekend service opportunities for students to come and connect with others and grow in their walk with Jesus through healthy relationships, worship, and teaching
  • Develop a teaching calendar with advanced planning for Biblically based and relevant teaching on the weekends (primary large group teaching time). Identify, raise up, and involve other adults in the teaching of students as appropriate
  • Envision and administrate small group discipleship (student placement, leadership training, shepherding, curriculum, discipleship objectives) based on community and discipleship with solid leaders/mentors investing in students (during the school year only)
  • Recruit, screen, train (regularly), deploy and shepherd a growing team of caring and capable adult leaders who share the vision and philosophy of Highlands’ Student Ministries


What you bring:

The Lead Student Ministries Pastor will have a heart for ministry within a local church context and be passionate about reaching the next generation with the hope and healing of the Gospel. This person must possess the qualities of life and practice that demonstrate spiritual maturity, leadership excellence, and teamwork. This person should effectively administer and organize a large Student Ministries program by mobilizing volunteers to multiply the ministry effectiveness. He should be a strong oral and written communicator.

He will be a role model to students, as well as someone who can shepherd the student body and earn the respect and confidence of students, leaders, and parents. He must possess strong relational and conflict management skills, be relevant, have the ability to build and lead teams and display a genuine passion for students finding and following Christ.


The successful candidate should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a focus in ministry or comparable ministry experience. Three to five years of proven leadership in student or church ministry is required. A master’s degree is preferred.

Experience & Skills

The successful candidate will preferably come from a growing church and will have led a healthy and successful student ministry. They will understand the need to build personal relationships with students and parents while investing in staff and volunteer relationships to expand the impact and effectiveness of the ministry.

The Lead Student Ministries Pastor will prepare and present relevant and engaging biblical teaching for a variety of audiences and demonstrate the markers of strategic leadership. The successful candidate will clearly communicate the Word of God with excellence to both students and adults.  

What it's like to live in Renton, Washington:

Renton, WA is part of the Seattle metropolitan area and straddles the southeast shore of beautiful Lake Washington. Renton is a vibrant city and is home to over 100,000 residents, making it the 8th most populous city in the state. The city is also home to the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks training facility and has a final assembly plant for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Renton is just minutes from the beautiful Pacific coast, Cascade Mountains for hiking and skiing, and offers plenty of recreational activities for the family. Highlands Community Church also has a thriving campus in Kent, which borders the southern part of Renton.

Family life resembles most towns that are located near a major metro area of the US. The community boasts excellent schools, as well as abundant parks and outdoor activities. Area residents enjoy all the benefits of city living, along with easy access to water activities in a naturally beautiful environment.

Renton is a diverse city with a small-town feel, but with access to all that a big city offers. Renton is undoubtedly a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

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