Youth & Family Pastor

Pastor; Student ministry
Full time with benefits

Chapel City Church

Camarillo, CA
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Job Description

Reporting to the Senior Pastor, the Youth & Family Pastor is directly responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive program for Christian growth of high school students and, together with paid and volunteer staff members, will oversee Family Ministries directed toward children and students' ages birth through college and their families. The position will develop and implement sound biblical teaching, recruit and train youth leaders, and provide support systems that will enable Chapel City Church to reach, disciple and inspire youth and students to live as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. The Youth and Family Pastor serves as a spiritual leader and role model in the church and community. The position focuses on, and is directly responsible for, high school ministry and plays a key role in family discipleship, mission and outreach.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

High School Ministry

  1. Plan and execute biblically accurate, culturally relevant, and high-energy engagement points for High School students through weekly programs and routine special events.
  2. Create and manage a high school student ministry calendar that will drive all the activities and teaching in the ministry
  3. Direct the recruitment, training and development of volunteers as needed to staff weekly programs and special events.
  4. Cast vision for, teach and program annual summer and winter camps for high school students including music selection, development of messages/teaching, and utilization of games and other artistic elements in the inspiration of high school students in growing their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  5. Design, plan and conduct periodic high school parent meetings to meet the needs and expectations of families attending the church.

Youth and Family Development

  1. Curriculum
    o Collaborate with the Senior Pastor, Middle School Director and Director of Children’s Ministries to ensure that the curriculum at each level of spiritual development flows well into the next.
    o Develop and expand a vision with a focus on teaching Scripture in a way that demonstrates obedient Christian living at each stage of a member’s walk with Christ.
    o Direct responsibility for High School ministry curriculum with oversight for all other family ministries curriculum carefully chosen to align to Biblical standards and the mission and values of Chapel City Church.
    o In collaboration with Middle School and Children’s ministries staff, develop channels of resources that allow the parents to lead in their home in such a way that corporate unity is maintained.
  2. Programming
    o Collaborate with staff and volunteer teams to ensure that programs, activities and events are used to encourage and promote multi-generational participation in the discipleship process.
    o Integrate both parents and “Seasoned Saints” in a way that encourages in-home discipleship as well as body involvement in the praying for, and raising up of, children.
    o Shepherding staff as overseer of children and student activities including but not limited to camps, Sunday School and weekday programming.
  3. Counseling
    o Ensure that ministry leaders connect regularly to the homes, families and community represented at Chapel City so that parents experience a clear partnership in the discipleship of their children.
    o Minister to and provide wise and godly counsel to families, empowering them to grow in their Christian discipleship through teaching ministries and biblical foundations.
    o Design, plan and conduct periodic parent meetings to meet the needs and expectations of families attending the church.

Volunteer Development

  1. Develop effective strategies and lead efforts to increase adult volunteer participation in children and student activities.
  2. Recruit, train and develop volunteer leadership teams made up of parents and members with a calling to work with children and students.
  3. Partner with the Senior Pastor and Director of Children’s Ministry to develop training tools to assist children and student leaders with recruiting and training other ministry volunteers.

Visitor and Community Development

  1. Maintain a strategy for reaching and assimilating new children and families into the broader life of the church.
  2. In coordination with the Director of Social Media, create a strategy to develop an effective social media presence for the ministry. Leverage social media as a tool of connecting and engaging with students at their generational level, within their age context and communication channels. Ensure social media communication is professional and within guidelines set forth by church policy.
  3. Provide communication for children, students, the congregation, and the community through newsletters, church website updates, bulletins, etc.
  4. Partner and build relationships with the families and the surrounding community through service in order to minister to unbelievers and invite them to relationship with Christ.

General Administration

  1. Implement student registration, program management, and security policies and practices in support of weekly services, events, and activities.
  2. Maintain and enforce all policies related to safe environments including, but not limited to background checks, preventing harassment (sexual and non-sexual), privacy and confidentiality, and the like.
  3. Partner with the Senior Pastor, Elder Liaison, and Director of Finance to develop an annual budget which supports the children and student ministries. Manage annual spending to budget.
  4. Perform an assessment of facilities, training space and locations prior to children and student activities and events. Partner with the Director of Facilities on safety hazards and maintenance needs to be addressed.
  5. Attend staff meetings and other meetings directed by the Senior Pastor. Provide written and/or verbal reports and presentations when necessary including written trimester reports to the congregation.
  6. Perform all other duties as needed, required or directed.

The Youth and Family Pastor will supervise and provide leadership and direction to the Director of Children’s Ministry, Director of Middle School and College/Young Adult volunteer leaders who will assist in implementing effective ministry programming and opportunities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Further, qualified individuals must be a member of Chapel City Church or willing to become a member.

  1. With a calling to pastoral ministry, the male candidate will demonstrate a lifestyle congruent with the biblical requirements for leaders (1 Timothy 3:1-13, 2 Timothy 2, Titus 1:5-9).
  2. Has a track record of spiritual maturity and character consistent with the biblical requirements for pastoral leadership and eldership.
  3. Is known for his love for Christ, the gospel, people, demonstrates the Fruit of the Spirit, continuous growth in his faith and commitment to spiritual disciplines such as Bible reading, prayer and rest.
  4. Deeply resonates and agrees with the mission, values and doctrinal statement of Chapel City Church.
  5. Possesses the gifts necessary to cultivate spiritual and emotional health in leaders around him.
  6. Has expertise in developing ministry strategy and vision development consistent with the needs of Chapel City Church’s future initiatives.
  7. Has a proven track record of developing, implementing and managing family ministries and systems to enable healthy, sustainable church growth.
  8. Has a proven track record of organizational and administrative capabilities necessary to carry out the duties of the job.

Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Biblical Studies or related field is required. In some cases, extensive ministry experience may be substituted. A minimum of two (2) years’ experience working with children and students in a Christian environment, social services or education. The successful individual will be a strong leader with a solid work ethic, possessing a passion for teaching students about God and the ability to administrate as a department head. A demonstrated working knowledge of creative programming related to student programs and special events is a plus.

Supervisory experience preferred.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk or hear. The employee is often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  2. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  3. Employee may occasionally be required to drive a motor vehicle.
  4. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About this Church

Chapel City Church is located in Camarillo, California, a largely suburban community of approximately 70,000 in Ventura County. Chapel City Church was first established in 1973 and is a participating member in the Evangelical Free Churches of America. We are an elder-led church with liaisons dedicated to all ministries. Our congregation generally mirrors our community demographics. We are a mix of young and established families with a significant number of retirees.