Great Bridge Baptist Church – STUDENT PASTOR

Great Bridge Baptist Church


Denomination: Baptist – SBC

Weekly Attendance:  700

Location: Chesapeake, VA

The Role: Student Pastor

Meet Great Bridge Baptist Church:

Great Bridge Baptist Church is a place where people can meet Jesus, engage in life-giving community, and everyone is welcome. We believe in creating a space where people can have authentic encounters with Christ, discover their gifts, and use them for God’s glory.


About the Student Pastor:

The Student Pastor is to develop and maintain strategies and provide leadership and oversight for all aspects of the 7th-12th grade youth so that students can know, follow, and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. This role will oversee the structure and biblical teaching model and curriculum for the 7th-12th grade student population to ensure that the students, their parents, and our Student Ministry Volunteers are working together to make disciples of the next generation.  In leading the ministry team for this age group, the Student Pastor is focused on developing an aligned and unified team focused on providing pastoral care for the next generation and their parents.  This role will be focused on ensuring there is a cohesiveness to the discipleship and teaching throughout the various stages of development for middle and high school-age youth.  The key focus of this role is the discipleship and mentoring of parents and students alike to ensure there is an alignment and consistent teaching as our youth progress through their formative years.

The Student Pastor’s Responsibilities Include:

Create and execute a long-term discipling culture and learning system focused on the next generation (7th-12th grade) their parents, and our Student Ministry Volunteers with a focus on a Sunday morning Life Groups, Sunday evening Large Group gathering and Wednesday evening discipleship experience.

Lead and organize effective student programs implementing worship, biblical teaching, discipleship, evangelism, and fellowship as well as ministry and mission opportunities for students.

Recruit, train, and shepherd Student Ministry Volunteer leaders with diverse gifts and personalities to partner in teaching and developing students.

Promote an environment where students feel connected to each other as a church family; where each student is valued and celebrated.

Invest and engage relationally with students and build relationships and partnerships with local schools and sports teams to help engage and support local youth programs.

Provide biblical counseling and spiritual direction to Student Ministry Volunteers and students on an individual basis as needed.

Maintain strong communication and contact with students, parents, and Student Ministry Volunteers, keeping them updated about ongoing activities.

Continually develop students into leaders and allow them to take ownership of their Student Ministry by serving where gifted.

Explore and implement outreach events to connect students and families in the local community to our church community.

Invest in GBBC students integrating the student ministry into all phases of church life to create a culture that is intentionally intergenerational, striving to unite with and complement our other church ministries.

Build strong connections to come alongside parents and partner with them in the discipling and leading of their 7th-12th grade students.

Oversee relational, engaging ministries focused on children and youth consistent with the teaching and vision of Great Bridge Baptist Church.

Develop Student Ministry Volunteers that are trained to teach and mentor our students and ensure that parents are prepared to lead their children.  These Student Ministry Volunteers should also be role models so that young people have spiritual mentors in those situations when their parents may not be the model.

Develop a plan to encourage intergenerational gatherings to help the young and all generations to recognize how God is working in the whole family of God.

Responsible for the development of annual budgets for the Student Ministry, incorporating the plans and needs for ministry events, learning, and activities, and ensuring compliance to those budgets.

What You Bring:

Education & Experience

4 – 7 years of relatable ministry experience

Bachelors Degree – required

Seminary Degree – Preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Understanding of the SBC denomination.

Understanding of the cultural environment of the church’s membership.

Strong communication skills with the ability to connect with multi-generational population

Excellent communicator both on and off the platform.

Demonstrated experience in training, teaching, and mentoring.

Understanding of budgeting and financial operations of the church.

Experience in training, teaching, and mentoring a ministry.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

Strong growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Humble and Hungry.

Pastoral heart.

Must be a strong vibrant Christian who is Biblically sound and grounded in their faith.

Excellent team player.

Relational to students and parents.

Ability to manage multiple priorities and events.

Must be flexible and possess effective time management and organizational skills.

A people person who has a genuine love for people and a desire to serve them.

Ability to discern with wisdom and build relationships with staff and lay membership.

What It’s Like to Live in Chesapeake, VA:

Located along the Intracoastal Waterway and covering more than 350 square miles, Chesapeake, Virginia provides a variety of urban and rural living settings. This city offers a high quality of life for people looking for nice homes, successful career opportunities, and great schools. It is the largest metropolitan area in the state in terms of population, and offers an interesting mix of urban, suburban, waterfront and inland environments. With a population of about 244,835, Chesapeake is the second-most populous city in Virginia and is located in South Hampton Roads. It’s the 17th largest city in the United States. The cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth are to the south of the waterway, with the large and rapidly growing Virginia Beach located a few miles to the east along the Atlantic Shore. Hampton and Newport News lie to the north across a long bridge-tunnel connection. The natural harbor makes for one of the best ports on the East Coast, and shipping and shipbuilding activity are paramount, along with fishing and seaport-related commerce.

Additionally the area has a substantial Navy and Marine presence and a sizeable portion of the economy is connected to these activities. Virginia Beach has grown rapidly and is an interesting mix of touristy beachfront and modern commercial and family residential areas, with the large Oceana Naval Air Station thrown into the mix for good measure. Because of the Naval Base, we have people from all walks of life from around the the world right here in our backyard.

If you live in Chesapeake, you are close to several beautiful beaches and close enough to take advantage of the Nation’s Capital. Chesapeake is close enough to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Virginia Beach to drive for the day or weekend easily! If you are someone that loves the salt and the sand, you can’t beat it. Chesapeake is also about 200 miles from Washington, D.C. which is a great place to visit over a weekend. You can easily get a tour of the monuments and memorials or visit the Smithsonian Museums. D.C. also offers plenty of special events throughout the year that you could attend. The city is also part of the larger Hampton Roads metropolitan area that includes Suffolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News. Traveling to some of these neighboring cities for events and attractions is a piece of cake using the major highways.

In Chesapeake, residents are never at a loss for things to do and the city manages to have something for everyone. Like most cities, there are plenty of fun & educational opportunities as well, like the newly renovated Children’s Museum of Virginia and the Chesapeake Planetarium as well as historical sites like Battlefield Park. Even though there are so many things to do in Chesapeake, it still maintains a small-town vibe where people are nice and happy to welcome new residents to the city.


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