Calvary Baptist Church
Weekly Attendance: 1,300
Location: Alexandria, LA
The Role: Middle School Pastor
Meet Calvary Baptist Church:
The driving purpose of Calvary Baptist Church is to lead every person to become a fully-devoted follower of Christ. We believe that a church isn’t a building—it’s the people! No matter who you are or where you have been, Jesus teaches you can begin again with Him. You can also begin again here at Calvary! We believe that the local church should provide opportunities for members and guests to participate in worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism.
About the Middle School Pastor:
Calvary Baptist Church is seeking a Middle School Pastor who can take the lead as we transition from Junior High to Middle School ministry. We have so much potential with our city’s largest middle school at our doorstep. We also have tremendous support from parents and the leadership of the church through incredible volunteer leadership. Our incredible student ministry staff team and structure is ready to make a new addition to carry us to the phase of Kingdom building.
The Middle School Pastor’s Responsibilities Include:
Ministry and Programs
Organize, supervise, and coordinate the Middle School Discipleship strategy
Organize, supervise, and coordinate various monthly connection events
Organize, supervise, and coordinate mission trips/projects
Organize, supervise, and coordinate the implementation of Summer Camps
Assist in organizing, supervising, and coordinating the Chi Alpha house, its employees, and its volunteers
Encourage and assist parents as they disciple their children
Continuously analyze, develop, and improve all student ministry programs and activities
Pray regularly for students and this ministry
Develop relationships with students by spending time with them outside of church environments
Maintain personal involvement in outreach to local school campuses
Is involved in personal discipleship, either small group or one–on-one
Committed to modeling, recruiting, and training others in relational ministry
Recruit, train and supervise volunteers to minister to middle school students
Recruit and assist in training and supervising interns with the Lead Student Pastor
Develop relationships with lay leaders by spending time with them outside of church environments
Be a student of current youth culture, trends and issues
Oversee the Middle School Budgeting Process and funds
Ensure appropriate communication to leaders, students, and parents regarding the ministry, its programs and purpose
Assist in the maintenance and promotion of publicized communication pieces as they relate to student ministry
Meet weekly with Lead student Pastor for overall planning/strategy for student ministry
Attend weekly staff meetings as needed
Ensure appropriate follow-up with first time visitors and on-going connections with current students in the ministry
Be proficient with Mac & PC systems, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and online databasing systems
Report is directly to the Lead Student Pastor
Work as a team with the student ministry staff
Recruit, and equip volunteer leaders for ministry
Work with other staff members as needed for larger church events and coordination
Serve the overall body of the church as needed
Participate as needed in church-wide camps, outreaches, & services
Actively integrate students into the overall church body through participation and service
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
Under-grad degree required
Seminary degree preferred
2+ Years of FT Ministry Experience, ideally in Student Ministry
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to promote mission and vision of Calvary Baptist Church
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Ability to recruit members and students into the Youth Ministry
Networking skills a plus
Administrative /organizational skills necessary, such as the ability to manage a calendar, create and maintain budgets, etc.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
Passionate and driven individual who loves Jr High!
Confident demeanor with exceptional emotional IQ and maturity
Possesses an intentional focus on developing leaders
Able to build relationships and personal connections quickly
Able to empathize and share concerns/needs of others as necessary
Able to balance playfulness but can set tone for environments
What it’s Like to Live in Alexandria, LA:
Resting alongside the south bank of the Red River, Alexandria, LA, offers the perfect mix of historical landmarks, vibrant arts, and diverse neighborhoods.The culture of the city is predominantly Cajun, and residents overall can be considered among the wealthiest among Virginia’s localities. Cajun bonhomie and an annual Mardi Gras celebration thrive among all the amenities of a modern Southern city.
The performing arts are centered in the Alexandria Cultural Arts District downtown area. Located within a few blocks of each other are three performance venues: Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, the Hearn Stage, and the Riverfront Amphitheater. The Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center is the home of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, which has performed in Alexandria since 1968.
A robust sportsman’s culture is nurtured by outdoor opportunities at Kisatchie National Forest, nearby bayous and manmade lakes. The Red River is the focal point of the city, and the Alexandria Levee Park puts festival grounds and an amphitheater right on its banks. Boat tours highlight the river’s role in shaping Louisiana history, while annual bass tournaments speak to its lure for fishermen. The Alexandria Riverfront Center hosts statewide conventions and galas. In central Louisiana, residents and guests enjoy a treasured, peaceful lifestyle. Diversity is celebrated through food, fun, family, arts, and festivals.
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