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Visalia First Assembly

Young Adults Pastor

Visalia, California



Denomination: Assemblies of God 

Weekly Attendance: 4000

Neighborhood: Visalia, California 

The role: The Young Adults Pastor is someone with a deep love for Jesus Christ and His people; someone with a passion for young adults (18 to 25 years old) with the ability to reach and attract young adults in our community and lead them in a growing relationship with Jesus.

11[1][3]Meet Visalia First Assembly: 

From humble beginnings in a tent downtown at Center and Stevenson Streets in the Spring of 1928, to a sprawling 60-acre campus at Akers and Caldwell, Visalia First has made a tremendous impact on the City of Visalia and Tulare County for most of the past century.

Beginning with a charter membership of only 14 people, the congregation quickly outgrew its temporary locations in empty garage buildings, the Visalia Theatre, and a vacant pool hall, and built its first permanent building in 1931.  

Following the leadership of 13 faithful pastors, Visalia First, under the leadership of Pastor Mike and Karen Robertson, now ministers to thousands of people weekly in multiple services who come from all over the Central Valley.  

We invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to seek God with passion!

Mike and Karen Robertson are the Lead Pastors of Visalia First in Visalia, California. Pastor Mike is a best-selling author and international speaker.  Pastor Karen is an accomplished musician and recording artist. Together, their greatest passion is growing the local church through the presentation of God’s Word and passionately leading and training others to lead our church into an authentic worship experience to God.

Through their leadership, Visalia First has grown to influence over 7,000 each week through its digital platforms and has a weekly campus attendance of 4,000.


12[1][3]About the Young Adults Pastor: 

The Young Adults Pastor is someone with a deep love for Jesus Christ and His people; someone with a passion for young adults (18 to 25 years old) with the ability to reach and attract young adults in our community and lead them in a growing relationship with Jesus.

The Young Adults Pastor will: 

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement an effective ministry to young adults, while fully investing into their lives.

  • Serve as the primary leader and communicator to the church and community for this ministry.

  • Identify, invite, and train volunteers and leaders to be a part of a dynamic and growing Young Adult Ministry.

  • Oversee the lead team of the Young Adult Ministry.

  • Create an irresistible and unforgettable young adult ministry program through teaching, worship, and relevant curriculum.

  • Create opportunities for young adults to discover and use their gifts to serve God and His kingdom.

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute special events throughout the year that provide meaningful opportunities for young adults to grow in their faith.

  • Remain available as the Oversight Pastor to the junior high and high school pastors.

  • Feed the overall church with vibrant young adults who are serving the church and growing as leaders.

  • Participate in general pastoral duties as needed and requested by the Lead Pastor.

  • Reach and attract young adults from the community and connect with them on a social and spiritual level.

  • Identify, develop, and implement solutions to the strategic needs of the Young Adult Ministry.

  • Develop and manage annual Young Adult Ministry budgets.

  • Attend weekly staff meetings for ministry collaboration and ministry support.

  • Develop sustainable funding for various ministry related activities.

What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and three to five years of experience in Young Adult Ministry on a large scale or in a mega church context. They’ll also have experience in working and relating to the unchurched.

In addition, the ideal candidate will be clergy credentialed or have the ability to obtain credentials. A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and availability to travel as needed for ministry events or as requested is preferred.  

Personal Characteristics

  • Is teachable, responsive, and respectful of authority.

  • Is a humble leader who is creative and organized.

  • Is able to effectively teach, preach, and communicate God’s Word to youth and adults.

  • Is able to create and sustain a strong volunteer culture.

  • Is able to mentor others with wisdom and grace.

  • Demonstrates a genuine love for and has a good rapport with youth, young adults, and their families.

  • Is highly relational, in order to effectively minister to young adults.

  • Possesses professional written and verbal communication skills, pays strong attention to detail, and is capable with computer software, common social media platforms, and other technology used in the ministry.

  • Has the ability to keep good records and submit reports and receipts in a timely manner.

  • Is dependable and responsible to fulfill professional obligations.

  • Has the ability to work and interact well with diverse populations.

  • Has made a commitment to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

  • Demonstrates spiritual maturity and a desire to continue to grow in Christ.

  • Lives a life consistent with one’s faith and in alignment with the beliefs of Visalia First.

  • Is passionate about the next generation discovering Jesus, growing in faith, and serving.

  • Focuses ministry on Ephesians 4:12-16: “...equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.”

  • Exercises initiative, flexibility, and sound judgment.

  • Has the ability to work well with others.

  • Engages in continuing education opportunities for professional and personal growth.

  • Attends and worships at Visalia First.

  • Demonstrates loyalty to the Lead Pastor and a commitment to the values and vision of the church and its leaders.

What it's like to live in Visalia, California: 

The San Joaquin Valley agricultural area is one of the largest producers of oranges and citrus fruits in the world. The flat landscape rises dramatically from flat orchard land to Sequoia National Park, just 50 miles to the east. The downtown areas of both Visalia and Porterville are neat, family friendly, and homey.

Activities include outdoor recreation and some water sports. There are a few opportunities for entertainment and shopping, and more just a short drive away.

Just to the east, the Sierra Nevada rise dramatically, first as oak-studded foothills and then as a high ridge of granite, with peaks over 14,000 feet. Winter snow cover on these peaks and creates a dramatically beautiful landscape.

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