I’ll begin by saying, for the 100th time, that I’m bummed to see our current Student Ministries Director, Jenn Graffius, leave. After 5 years of faithful service, Jenn has taken a call to become an Associate Minister and Chaplain at a Christian school in the greater Los Angeles area. I’m bummed to see my friend leave, but excited to watch God use her in her new ministry context.
So… that leaves us looking to rearrange the way we structure our staff to best serve our church and the community around us.
Today, we begin our search for a new Youth Pastor at Glenkirk Church.
I’m just one voice on the search team, but this person is going to be my teammate in trying to reach families in our community with the Gospel – for this to work, I’m going to have to like you.
So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 Reasons I Want You on Staff:
10. You’ve Done This Before
I’m going to like you because this isn’t your first rodeo. You’ve seen large youth groups in action and you’ve actually introduced youth and their families to Jesus for the first time. We’re going to get to share stories and ideas from past successes and failures. And… you should be excited this isn’t an entry level position.
9. You’re a Team Player
You and I both agree that a silo approach to ministry isn’t okay. You care just as much about what’s going on in the church’s small groups or Women’s Bible Study as you do what’s happening in your area of ministry.
8. You’ve Read My Book
Well, it’s not just my book… but What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry is a great resource for churches and leaders who care about the trends impacting Children’s Ministry across the nation. You need to know what’s going on in Children’s Ministry because families who have kids in youth group often have younger kids too. This book is a great place to start figuring out what matters, today, in ministering to children. Here’s a hint: the answer is not flannel-graph. Oh, and did I mention the book is totally FREE? You should download it now.
(CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry)
7. You Empower Volunteers
You can’t do everything and be everything to everyone. I’m going to like you because you already get that – you understand the power that is unleashed when small group leaders own the ministry.
6. You Collaborate
Your ministry is not an island. I look forward to hearing about the blogs you read and the other youth leaders you are in conversations with on a regular basis. You’re not afraid to share ideas with others… and you share new ideas and ideas that failed just as often as you share ideas that worked.
5. You’ve Heard Jim Miller Preach
You wouldn’t apply for this job if you didn’t know how amazing the Senior Pastor is, right? Our Senior Pastor’s ability to preach makes our job a million times easier. And, in case you really want to know what his favorite sermon illustrations are, he usually posts them on his blog.
4. You’re Planning on Being Here for a While
You know how great our local school districts are and you’re going to want to raise a family here… so, think of your kids (future or present) and plan to settle down here. Glendora is the perfect mix of small-town-feel with big-city-everything within driving distance.
3. You Know Why This is Funny
2. You Think Orange
This is the direction our family ministry team is going. You’ll be a part of that team. I need Orange to be a part of your working vocabulary.
1. You Care about Lost Sheep
You read the job description for this position and your heart started beating faster. We’re a church that cares about those who don’t yet know who Jesus is. So do you. That’s why we’re a perfect fit.
So… want the opportunity to work alongside me? You can send a Facebook message (www.facebook.com/anthonyprince) or DM me (www.twitter.com/anthony_prince) and I’ll give you some more information about the position. All inquiries will be held in confidence… so, even if you’re stoked with where you are now, you can still look at what it might mean for you to come onto our team. You can also visit glenkirkchurch.org to find out how you can get a hold of the job description.