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Vaughn Forest Church

Student Pastor


Montgomery , Alabama

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Snapshot

Weekly Attendance: 1100

Neighborhood: Montgomery, Alabama

Denomination: Southern Baptist

The role: The Vaughn Forest Student (VFS) Pastor leads VFS ministry to “Build Lives of students 6th - 12th grade to Honor God." 

VFC EntranceMeet Vaughn Forest Church: 

Vaughn Forest Church was planted in 1994 by First Baptist Church Montgomery with the intent to do that which no one else is doing to reach those that no one else is reaching. Reaching those who are lost with the gospel of Jesus is at the DNA of who we are. In addition; our rich diversity; relevant, and engaging music style; exciting kids and students ministry; cutting edge community events; and a philosophy that church can be fun as all work together to make Vaughn Forest a unique beacon of light that all points straight to Jesus Christ as our only hope for rescue.

We are a staff led church with a lay accountability structure.

We believe that there are three unique attributes that make Vaughn Forest Church special in our area.

The first is practical teaching. We believe that it is so important for everyone to hear Bible-centered teaching that people can apply and actually use in everyday life.  We hear all the time from our folks how much they enjoy coming to hear teaching that relates to where they are in life and the subsequent life change that comes from that teaching.

The second attribute that makes Vaughn Forest unique is the authentic relationships that you find here. Simply put, the people here are real. They care for and love each other and their community and are excited and ready for a big movement from God.

Finally, we believe that the diversity that God has given us here at Vaughn Forest is an incredible gift in our area. Being multiracial, multi-economical, and multi-generational generates an environment where everyone feels welcome.  On the weekend you may see people wearing shorts and flip-flops embracing folks wearing a suit and tie and neither one will think anything of it. We feel that diversity is truly unique in our region.

students vfAbout the Student Pastor: 

The Vaughn Forest Student (VFS) Pastor leads VFS ministry to “Build Lives of students 6th - 12th grade to Honor God” by teaching students God’s Word, developing relationships centered around Jesus, discipling/building student leaders and leading/equipping volunteer leaders.

The Student Pastor will: 

  • Plan, develop, oversee and evaluate all components of Student Ministry grades 6th - 12th.

  • Develop and implement an engaging discipleship path for students that includes weekly worship gatherings, small group experiences, parent communication/involvement and service opportunities.

  • Create an inviting culture where students want to bring their friends to VFS weekly gatherings/events and build community.

  • Invest in relationships with students in the community and go where they are through outreach activities.

  • Recruit, lead, equip and have fun with a team of Change Maker volunteers to reach the students.

  • Primary teacher/communicator of VFS ministry.

  • Provide ongoing training and leadership development for Change Makers.

  • Implement follow-up with new and current students.

  • Develop and implement student leadership opportunities.

  • Be a team player who collaborates with all ministries of VFC.

  • Be proactive and have initiative to troubleshoot and evaluate in order to expand ministry.

  • Manage student ministry annual budget.

What you bring: 

Education

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree. A seminary degree or further theological training is not required, but is a great bonus.

Experience

Significant student ministry experience is helpful but not required. The ideal candidate will be teachable, hungry, and willing to take on challenges.

Personal Characteristics

  • Clear calling to pastor students.

  • Knowledgeable in student ministries with at least two years of experience.

  • Have a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ with a strong working knowledge of the Bible.

  • Be a team player who easily collaborates with other teams while maintaining a humble servant attitude.

  • Connected to current youth culture.

  • Actively multiplying leadership by recruiting, developing and inspiring student and adult leaders.

  • A self starter with drive to see vision through.

  • Have the drive to create and build, lining people up to the vision while communicating clear action steps.

  • Enjoy leading a dynamic team toward a powerful mission through servant leadership.

  • Great at communicating and relating to others in large crowds and in small circles, especially students and their parents.

  • Has a working knowledge of technology and basic computer programs.

  • Has strong leadership and creativity skills.

  • Displays excellence in planning and organization.

  • Has the ability to independently manage time based on job priorities.

  • Displays willingness to be trained.

  • Has a passion to learn and to grow professionally.

  • Has a high level of responsibility for their work.

VFC WorshipWhat it's like to live in Montgomery, Alabama: 

Montgomery is a city on the rise located just 3 hours from the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast in Florida, 2 hours from the exciting city of Atlanta, 45 minutes from all the fun that huge Lake Martin has to offer. Being the Capitol, it is the hub of all government in Alabama and the strategic center of our nation’s Air Force with all the officers schools located at Maxwell Air Force Base. Military is a big deal in Montgomery and with all the officers schools we have an incredible pool of high capacity leaders just waiting to be connected to serve every year.   

We have world class museums, the world-renown Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theater, a great time during baseball season with the AA baseball team, the Montgomery Biscuits, and one of the best zoos in the southeast.

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