Student Pastor

Faithbridge Church

Faithbridge Church

Jacksonville, FL
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Denomination: SBC

Weekly Attendance:  450

Location: Jacksonville, FL

The Role: Student Pastor


Meet Faithbridge Church:

Faithbridge Church is a church dedicated to the continued expansion of the  Gospel of Jesus. We are intentional in developing a family-centric church that loves and cares for one another. Being located strategically in the Jacksonville area, Faithbridge loves its community. Just a short drive from the beach, Mayport Naval Station, and downtown Jacksonville, Faithbridge takes advantage of every opportunity to minister to the surrounding community as our members live on mission in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools.

About the Student Pastor:

The Student Pastor provides leadership, pastoral care, and ministry oversight for students in 6–12th grade and their families.

The Student Pastor’s Responsibilities Include:

Responsible for planning and executing all regular programming for middle and high school students, as well as special events like camps, retreats, mission trips, etc.
Develop recreational activities for students with the goal of building community and reaching students for Christ.
Foster a sending culture within the ministry that challenges and equips students to live on mission and leverage their lives for the sake of the gospel.
Provide students with ongoing opportunities for leadership development and spiritual growth.
Recruit volunteers to serve within the student ministry and train them to do ministry effectively.
Focus on building relationships with students, families, and leaders outside of church programs for ongoing ministry and discipleship.
Other duties as assigned.

Serve as a faithful member of Faithbridge Church through service, giving, and involvement, including participation in corporate worship and connect groups.
Maintain regular office hours each week for staff prayer, planning, and program preparation.
Demonstrate a teachable spirit by being receptive to instruction, including a willingness to learn, and by completing all training (i.e. training videos, assigned reading, etc.) as assigned.
Continual growth in knowledge of Scripture and ministry practices for both professional and personal development.
Lead with humility, being consistent and dependable in all areas of oversight.
Set a strong, intentionally evangelistic example for participants in ministries.
Regularly coordinate with other staff members for ministry cohesion, assuming a leadership role in identifying opportunities for improvement.
Take initiative to complete tasks and responsibilities in a timely manner.
Participate in major churchwide events that occur outside of normal hours.
What You Bring:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Student Pastor:

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s  Degree, preferred
3-6 years of applicable experience, preferred
Seminary degree, or in progress, preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance
Must be able to cope with interruptions and to manage multiple, competing priorities
Must be able to function independently, having flexibility and personal integrity
Must be able to cope with the emotional and mental stresses of the position
Must be able to work with emotionally upset students and their families
Must be able to respond appropriately to emergencies
Passionate and skilled in personal evangelism, regularly seeking to lead people to faith in Christ.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

Maturing follower of Jesus Christ, actively pursuing spiritual growth, who has submitted to believer’s baptism by immersion
Master of Divinity from an accredited seminary or comparable degree in a related field (MA in Student Ministry, etc.)
Affirms the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 and Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Gifted teacher who communicates God’s Word in an engaging manner
Possesses an outgoing personality, genuine love for students and their families, and the ability to inspire them in their walk with Jesus
Reputation for being a person of godliness who is Biblically grounded
What it’s Like to Live in Jacksonville, FL:

Welcome to Jacksonville, FL, a city that averages 270 days of sunshine per year. With a strong local economy, gorgeous weather, and booming housing market, more people are relocating to Jacksonville than ever before, including many young adults and families, providing many opportunities for fruitful ministry. As the 12th most populous city in the United States, Jacksonville is also Florida’s youngest city with an average age of 36, six years younger than the Florida average age of 42.   Recently, Jacksonville was listed along with Austin and Nashville as three  of the fastest growing cities in the nation.

As a city, but more importantly as a church, we love and support our military community. The military employs over 30,000 active-duty personnel and nearly 20,000 civilians throughout the area and serves as the largest employer in Duval County.

Jacksonville is paradise for anyone who enjoys the beach, with 20 miles of wide and uncrowded beaches, close to 40 miles of the tranquil Intracoastal Waterway canal, and the longest stretch of the beautiful St. Johns River. Jacksonville residents are also able to enjoy the largest urban park system in the nation with over 80,000 acres of parks.

On the cultural scene, Jacksonville hosts many major festivals like the popular Jacksonville Jazz Festival, but also smaller attractions such as art walks, markets, and museums spread across town. Sports fans can catch a game for the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL), Jumbo Shrimp (Minor League Baseball), and the Icemen (ECHL).

Aside from everything our city has to offer, Jacksonville is also just a short drive from other popular destinations such as Orlando, Savannah, Hilton Head, Charleston, and Atlanta.

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