Youth Pastor

Discipleship; Pastor; Student ministry
Full time with benefits

Crossview EFCA Church

Dekalb, IL
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Job Description

The Youth Pastor will serve on a vibrant church ministry team along with the Lead Pastor, Worship Pastor and Children’s Ministry Director. The Youth Pastor will oversee and direct the middle school and high school youth groups. Presently, the high school group meets on Sunday evenings and the middle school group on Wednesdays. Small groups meet throughout the week.

Crossview is a church committed to discipleship and to the spiritual flourishing of all who attend. Additionally, Crossview has adopted the “up, in, and out” philosophy of ministry. For the youth ministry, this means providing opportunities for individuals to know God, to serve each other, to serve our neighborhoods and the world in the way of Jesus. In recent years, the youth groups have experienced “up, in, and out” dynamics through weekly large group meetings, small groups, retreats, ministering at retirement facilities and both national and international mission/vision trips.

Operating in this framework, the new Youth Pastor will have the opportunity to creatively structure the youth ministry to help our young people grow closer to Jesus, to help them love the church, and to prompt the youth to share the love of Christ in their spheres and around the world. While our youth ministry has been healthy, there will be opportunities to reimagine the structures of the ministry in this post-pandemic world.

Essential Characteristics:

  • Have a clear and identifiable love for Jesus
  • Have an ability to share the love of Jesus
  • Have an ability to help young people share the love of Jesus with their peers
  • Be theologically healthy and aligned to the EFCA Statement of Faith
  • Have a high value for God’s Word
  • Values relationships
  • Is humble with a desire to grow
  • Is transparent and honest
  • Cultivates compassionate curiosity
  • Demonstrates and teaches hospitality
  • Is culturally aware
  • Has an understanding of spiritual formation
  • Exhibits strength in both written and verbal communication
  • Has teaching skills
  • Has a good sense of humor

Essential Functions:

  • Work as an essential contributor to a vibrant Ministry Team
  • Host and coordinate regular weekly gatherings of the high school and middle school groups by teaching biblical principles and providing an engaging, life-giving atmosphere
  • Coordinate small groups for the Youth Ministry
  • Coordinate with and recruit new adult volunteers for both Middle and High School Youth Groups
  • Plan and maintain effective budgets to support the Youth Ministry
  • Provide pastoral care and direction for students
  • Provide leadership development opportunities for students
  • Personally engage with students
  • Coordinate student volunteer activities with local institutions
  • Participates in Congregational Meetings and updates the church on the Youth Ministry
  • Coordinate and lead biannual national or international mission trips
  • Coordinate and lead biannual EFCA youth conference trip
  • Coordinate fundraising activities as needed

Desired Education and Background:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (ministry emphasis preferred)
  • A minimum of three years serving in youth ministry

Materials Requested:

Interested applicants are asked to send their résumé, letter of interest and a short video explaining their call to ministry to

About this Church

Crossview is an Evangelical Free Church located in north central Illinois, about 60 miles west of Chicago.