About the Organization:
Highlands Community Church began as an outreach by other protestant churches to reach a new community, built quickly to support the war effort. Officially formed as a church in 1946, it has moved from children’s programs in a community center to one of the largest churches in the Renton area, along with a campus in neighboring Kent.
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 that is dedicated to bringing the hope and healing of the Gospel to a broken world by helping people find and follow Jesus.
Size - 2,200
Denomination - Non-Denominational
Location - Renton, WA
About the Position:
Highlands Community Church seeks a dynamic and gifted Student Ministries Pastor to join the team to bring fresh leadership and vibrancy to the Student Ministries of HCC, and to effectively lead a growing number of committed leaders and students to a passion-filled walk with Christ. While primarily focusing on ministry to high school students, this person will work and contribute leadership across HCC's Student Ministries.
The prospective candidate will be responsible to speak into and carry out the vision and direction for the student ministries of HCC and champion the ministry to students of all ages. This individual will work directly with the pastoral staff in leadership over the Children’s and Student Ministries and cooperatively with the other ministries of Highlands.
The Student Ministries Pastor will be an effective builder, a developer of leaders and teams, and an influencer of all students in the church. The church desires to see the student leaders grow and serve, not only inside the student ministries, but also in the greater body at Highlands Community Church. The Student Ministries Pastor will be instrumental in recognizing and developing the talent and leadership of students and adults.
What We Are Searching For:
The Student Ministries Pastor must have a heart for ministry within a local church context and be passionate about reaching the next generation with the hope and love of Jesus Christ. This person must possess the qualities of life and practice that demonstrate spiritual maturity and a commitment to teachability. He must desire to use his spiritual gifting in the body life of the church. This person should be able to administrate and organize a large student ministries program by mobilizing team members to multiply the ministry effectiveness. He should be a strong oral and written communicator and a role model to students, as well as someone who is able to shepherd the student body and earn the respect and confidence of students, leaders, and parents. He must possess strong relational and conflict management skills, the ability to build and lead teams, and display an authentic passion for students and for seeing them come to know Christ and grow in that relationship.
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 proven leadership in student or church ministry is required. A master’s degree is preferred.
The successful candidate will preferably come from a growing church and will have led a healthy and successful student ministry for three or more years. They will understand the need to maintain personal relationships with students, staff, and team members, while also contributing significant leadership required for growing the Student Ministries of HCC.
The next Student Ministries Pastor will display a significant amount of demonstrated teaching skill, and will be balanced in the areas of strategic and relational abilities. They will be able to cast vision and direction as well as lead the way, both as an up-front communicator and as a cultivator of relationships with students, volunteers, and staff. The successful candidate will have outstanding teaching gifts and will be able to communicate the Word of God with excellence to both students and adults.
About the Location:
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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