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8 Jun 2015

Full-time Pastor of Youth Ministries

Arnold Community Church – Posted by Arnold Community Church Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Job Description

After a season of ministry refocusing, Arnold Community Church is trusting the Lord for a Pastor of Youth Ministries. This person will be a spiritually maturing disciple of Jesus called to serve youth and equipped to oversee a Youth Ministry that seeks to know Jesus and make Him known. Together with a broad team of engaged volunteer ministry team, this individual will focus on making disciples of the youth of our community.

Arnold Community Church is an established church affiliated with the British Columbia Mennonite Brethren located in rural Abbotsford. Ministry to children, youth, and the families from which they come has been the most significant aspect of our ministry over the past twenty years. Currently, our congregation comprises approximately 350 people with about half grade 12 and under. Our average Sunday morning attendance is 240 over two worship services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Our Youth Ministry currently reaches about 65 youth between the ages of grades 7-12. Following a season of congregational refocusing, our desire is to place our focus on making disciples. The Pastor of Youth Ministries will play a key role in this regard equipping a broad volunteer youth team to disciple youth and collaboratively pursuing our vision with other pastoral staff and spiritual overseers.

Ministry Responsibilities

The ministry responsibilities of the Pastor of Youth Ministries will include but not be limited to…


Demonstrate a maturing relationship with Jesus Christ. Personal spiritual growth is evidenced through Bible study, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines.

Demonstrate physical, marital/family (if married), and emotional health.

Contribute to the well being of and engaged with the body at Arnold Community Church.


Provide overall leadership to a growing youth ministry through an intentional discipleship pathway (eg. Bible study, small groups, mentoring relationships, worship, prayer, service, mission trips, evangelism, music, drama, etc.). This role must be understood in the context of Ephesians 4 where we are not asking a Youth Pastor to do everything but to equip others for service.

Ongoing development/discipleship of volunteer youth ministry team so that they can disciple/develop youth (Eph. 4:11-16).

Be able to preach/teach occasionally within the broader congregational context (worship services, etc.).

Engaged as a pastoral leader on weekend worship services serving together with the Lead Pastor, Worship Leaders, Ministry Team Volunteers in a variety of roles.

Engaged in the life of youth, youth leaders, and the families from which they come in a relational/mentoring manner.

Demonstrate a desire for and pursuit of further professional growth which may take the form of formal or informal learning.

Demonstrate a strong work ethic. Within the context of ACC, a full work week comprises 40 hours. However, it would also be anticipated that a full-time employee serve 5 hours beyond a work week in the same way that most volunteers serve ACC above and beyond their vocational calling.


Work with Lead Pastor and Administrative Assistant in coordinating schedules, holiday time, and staying accountable with ministry work time as all staff are required to do. This builds accountability and trust with co-workers and overseers.

Maintain a healthy balance of relational and external ministry, with office presence working collaboratively with fellow staff.

Possible role on the Elder Team as an Elder.

Participate in staff/elder functions as planned.

Participate in provincial MB events/functions as able (annual convention, pastor and spouse retreat, etc.)

Lines of accountability

While the Elder Team serves as the overall “shepherd employer” of all the staff, on a day to day ministry level, the Pastor of Youth Ministries shall be accountable to the Lead Pastor. The Lead Pastor will take initiative in mentoring/coaching/encouraging the Pastor of Youth Ministries.

Financial compensation

The Pastor of Youth Ministries shall be compensated according to the salary grid that Arnold Community Church utilizes with the rest of pastoral staff. This grid combines aspects of education, prior ministry experience, and role together with a base salary to set specific salaries.

Arnold Community Church also participates in the benefits program of the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conference and therefore pastoral staff working greater than half time receive extended health and dental benefits and contribute to a pension plan.

Several ministry related allowances with this role include mileage, hospitality, books, and professional development.

Holiday time

The starting point at Arnold Community Church is three weeks and may be negotiable based on previous experience.


Foremost, the Pastor of Youth Ministries will be affirmed in their call to serve the Lord through the local church by serving youth and the families from which they come. This individual will have a love for Jesus, His Church, and youth who are made in the image of God.

An individual who has completed an undergraduate program with a good foundation in Bible, Theology, and Youth Ministry along with several years of previous Youth Ministry experience is preferred. Persons not having these criteria may be considered based on spiritual maturity, depth of biblical/theological understanding, and previous ministry experience.

This individual must be in agreement with the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith and be willing to be credentialed within the BC Mennonite Brethren.

How to Apply

Email: Phone: 778-808-9746 or 604-864-2208 Contact Person: Jason Pohl (Chair of Search Committee)

Job Categories: pastor. Job Types: Full-time. Job Tags: B.C..

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