Minister of Children, Youth & Families – Claremont, CA

Position Description:

Our church was established in 1891 by Congregationalists who came to California to start Pomona College across the street from our campus. At the time it was the only church in Claremont and was known lovingly as The Claremont Church. As the surrounding area has grown through the years, our church has always been beloved by the wider community because of our commitment to civic engagement, social justice, and the extravagant welcome we extend to everyone. Claremont remains a quaint college town with progressive values and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in America. When we were called to co-pastor Claremont United Church of Christ in 2016, the church was searching for pastors to help them grow and rejuvenate, and that is what we have done! In the last seven years, worship attendance has more than doubled with 900 members. We are now the largest UCC congregation in California. 60-70 new members are joining each year and that growth is reflected in our Sunday School attendance. Each week there are typically 6+ infants in our nursery and 35-40 children in our Sunday School program. We have over 275 children and youth on our rosters representing over 175 families.

From Easter egg hunts and Fourth of July block parties to an annual Vacation Bible School program and monthly themed playdates, our Children, Youth and Families program is thriving. Our youth group is full of bright, funny, progressive young people who bond weekly at Youth Group as well as at church camps and on their summer service trip. Our Jr. High program is currently run by a church member who is as creative and kind as they come. The weekly Sermon On the Steps (aka children’s sermon) is a joyful moment in worship in which the entire congregation participates and enjoys. We have also launched It Takes a Village, a parenting group that plans monthly outings for parents to enjoy time together such as trips to blow-out bars and nail salons, date nights for parents, and monthly Sunday morning hang-outs with coffee and pastries before worship. Many families find CUCC through word of mouth by other parents and find a home here thanks to the warm welcome and robust programming their young ones are offered.

We are looking for a Minister of Children, Youth and Families who shares our passion for the church and for investing in the lives of others, especially our youngest. The ideal candidate will provide spiritual nourishment for children and students at each stage of life; from engaging Sunday School lessons to invigorating confirmation programs to meaningful high school experiences. Our congregation is full of warm and hospitable people who will cheer you on in your ministry, and the church is committed to dedicating resources to ensure our youth programs prosper. We aim to be supportive colleagues who support your work and give you plenty of room for creative freedom. We pray that as we launch our students into the world, we have provided them a Christian foundation to be thinking, loving adults ready to shape the world. Finally, we are looking for someone who loves to have fun and has a sense of humor about our unique calling as ministers. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

We invite you to send your resume and cover letter of your own to our email addresses: jen@claremontucc.org and jacob@claremontucc.org.

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Youth Pastor – Millbrae, CA

Position Description:

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, Millbrae Bible Church is a non-denominational, multi-ethnic, Christian church that has its roots as a Baptist church. We are pastor and elder-led, have a staff of 6 and a congregation of about 220 people, of which 40 are middle school and high school students.  Millbrae Bible Church invites applicants for a full-time Youth Pastor position. A master’s degree from an accredited seminary and 2+ years of full-time experience in youth ministry or part-time, serving in a major leadership role in youth ministry, are required. We are seeking a godly, loving individual with a shepherd’s heart for youth, ministry co-workers and parents and a vision for discipleship and evangelism. The mission of MBC youth ministry is to make and build followers of Jesus Christ who love God and love others, giving them the foundation and nurturing to walk with Jesus and mature in their life of faith and obedience to Him. Y

  • Formulate and communicate youth ministry vision and strategy and oversee the implementation of that plan.
  • Preach and teach God’s truth at church youth meetings and periodically in congregation wide worship service.
  • Recruit, train, disciple and mentor youth workers and student leaders
  • Organize service, evangelism, and missions opportunities for youth.
  • Provide pastoral care for youth and youth workers.
  • Oversee and support all youth ministry activities and events.
  • Provide spiritual leadership and guidance for church’s summer day camp staff and program.
  • Manage communication and administrative needs of the youth ministry, including the budget.
  • Invest in building intergenerational culture with church leadership, inviting and equipping parents and the church to contribute to the spiritual maturity of youth.

Please click here to apply.

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Next Generation Pastor – Half Moon Bay, CA

Position Description:

Mariners Community Church in Half Moon Bay, CA, is seeking a Next Generation Pastor who is passionate about seeing every youth in our Coastside community have an opportunity to hear the message of Jesus Christ and grow in their faith. This role will involve creating and leading ministries for families and the next generation, from children to college students. Half Moon Bay is a beloved residential destination, cherished for its stunning coastal beauty and proximity to nature. Residents find solace in the easy access to the coast, allowing them to immerse themselves in the tranquil ambiance and picturesque landscapes. Furthermore, the town offers a delightful array of dining options and boutique shopping experiences, catering to the diverse tastes and preferences of its inhabitants.  Mariners Community Church is a place where knowing God through Jesus is the utmost priority. They recognize that no one is perfect, and they strive to foster an environment of authenticity, grace, and forgiveness. Their doors are open for everyone to come as they are. They believe in the importance of connecting with one another through love. Their community thrives through life groups and accountable, authentic relationships. They are committed to growing in their faith and deepening their knowledge of God through the Bible, as well as understanding how to love both God and the world. Their desire is for every individual to experience full transformation and become committed, reproducing followers of Christ.

Position Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess emotional intelligence, strategic thinking, the ability to build partnerships, a commitment to continuous learning, and effective communication skills. They should have experience in developing vision and strategy, leading teams, and cultivating a culture that reflects Mariners’ values. To apply for this position, click here to send your resume.

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Student Director, Mountain View Campus – Menlo Park, CA

Position Description:

The Director of Student Ministries at Menlo Church will work with the Campus Pastor and other staff to cast vision, implement programming and services, and inspire others to love and follow Jesus more deeply. The Director of Student Ministries will focus on recruiting, training, shepherding, and developing student leaders and adult volunteers.

Position Qualifications:

Team Builder. Recruiter. Heart for the next generation of kids and students. Communication. Relational.

To apply, click here.

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Kids Director – Menlo Park, CA

Position Description:

The Menlo Kids Director will lead an integrated ministry that partners with parents, volunteers, and the broader church family to successfully launch children (infants through 5th grade) into a lifetime of faith in Jesus Christ. Your priority will be on recruiting, training, shepherding, and developing the adult volunteers who provide hands-on leadership for weekend Kids Ministry and special events. The Director will also provide pastoral support and guidance for parents as they raise children to love and follow Jesus in today’s world. Through our dynamic Kids Ministry, the Menlo Kids Director will have a vital role in welcoming, connecting, and engaging the growing number of young families in the area.

Position Qualifications:

Team builder. Parent partnership. Recruiter. Love for the next generation. Vision-caster.

To apply, click here.

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Youth Ministry Lead – Castro Valley, CA

Position Description:

First Presbyterian Church of Hayward in Castro Valley, CA, is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic, and creative individual to serve as Youth Ministry Lead who will connect with students (6th- 12th grade), supporting them in their lives inside and outside of the church as they navigate adolescence, equipping them with a spiritual foundation through: Developing and maintaining personal relationships with youth and their families; Guiding, teaching, and mentoring youth; and Activities and events. FirstPres Hayward strives to be a multicultural, multi-lingual, multigenerational community that lives out the radical mission of Jesus in the Eden neighborhood and beyond. Guided by our core beliefs and a commitment to anti-racist practices, we seek to fulfill our mission by serving our community through our four areas of ministry: Community Outreach (homeless shelters, food pantry, recovery ministries, and more), Community Life (congregational ministry engagement), HGG Daycare Center, and The Chabot Theater. Responsibilities include:

  • Lead and coordinate, in partnership with the Director of Children and Family Ministries all Middle School and High School activities – Weekly Meetings, Sunday Worship, Summer Camps, Retreats, Leader Training, etc.
  • Attend all Youth Nights and Sunday Services.
  • Build mentoring and discipling relationships with students.
  • Coordinate and develop with volunteers to strengthen the Middle School and High School Ministries.
  • Contribute and collaborate with other staff who are part of Children, Youth and Family Ministries.
  • Communicate regularly with students and parents.
  • Keep a regular social media presence for communication with students (including but not limited to Instagram and slack)
  • Work with various ministry teams and departments as available to help grow their existing work.

Position Qualifications:

  • Possess a heart for the under-resourced members of our community, and young people (children and youth)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity in every way, including the inclusion of LGBTQ peoples, and anti-racist practices
  • Previous experience with youth Be able to work well with both adults and teens
  • College Degree or commensurate educational experience
  • Previous educational units in child/adolescent development, education/teaching, youth ministry or commensurate experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, database management
  • Social media literacy
  • Graphic design (Canva or other)
  • Spanish Bilingual preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and insurance required
  • Expectations Be a person of Christian commitment with an understanding of and an appreciation for the beliefs and practices of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Flexibility to an ever evolving organization and group of individuals served
  • Motivated to continue to learn and grow
  • Desire to work on and with a team

To apply for this position, contact Lauren Gibbs-Beadle at lauren@firstpreshayward.com.

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Student Pastor – San Diego, CA

Position Description:

The Student Pastor (6-12 grades) is responsible for providing vision, leadership, development, and direction for any ministry staff, team leaders, and team members as it pertains to the mission, vision, values, next steps, and strategy of all environments specific to Summit Point Church. This person will:

  • Embrace and implement the Mission, Vision, Values, Next Steps, Strategy, Key Distinctives, and Core Philosophy of Summit Point Church
  • Responsible for casting and communicating vision and inspiring participation in the area of Student Ministry
  • Develop a strategy to identify, recruit, train, lead, shepherd, empower, and invest in ministry team leaders and team members
  • Responsible for the growth and participation of its ministries
  • Oversee all ministries for Students, grades 6-12, including Sunday mornings, weeknight activities, summer camps, special events, VBS etc.
  • Create environments, activities, and ministry opportunities for each age group that will facilitate learning and encourage spiritual growth, such as mission trip opportunities, camps, retreats, and community service projects
  • Be a regular and effective teacher in the Student Ministry for middle and high school Students on Sunday mornings
  • Maintain a strategy for reaching and assimilating new Students and families
  • Build parent involvement within the Student Ministry
  • Review, purchase, and oversee the implementation of all curriculums for large and small group teaching
  • Learn and utilize FellowshipOne and Planning Center
  • Be responsible for check-in procedures and tracking weekly attendance (FellowshipOne)
  • Develop and maintain safe, clean, and aesthetic learning environments
  • Develop and implement policies for the safety and security of all Students
  • Ensure youth leaders and volunteers are in compliance with the church child protection policy
  • Assist the Lead Pastor with pastoral duties (as needed) like: preaching, teaching, visiting, counseling, hospital care, weddings, funerals, and other various activities and ministry opportunities
  • Share in the teaching responsibility as it pertains to the membership class called “Starting Point”
  • Oversee the Young Adult Ministry (weekly community group, events, yearly retreats etc.)

The above summary of duties represents the major tasks and duties. The individual may be called to perform other related tasks under the direction of the Lead Pastor.

Position Qualifications:

  • Follower of Jesus, Called by God (internal call) to Student/Family Ministry
  • Meets the Biblical qualifications for Pastoral Leadership (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-3)
  • Education Requirement: master’s degree/seminary degree that prepares an individual for full-time ministry
  • Ministry Experience: several years of ministry experience with a proven track record of success, ability to manage and lead staff, demonstrates a passion for Student/Family Ministry
  • Effective Communications Skills: written, verbal, and interpersonal skills 4
  • Ability to work well under short deadlines, juggle multiple priorities, recognize and respond to urgent requests, and quickly adjust to changing priorities
  • Ability to build and lead ministry teams
  • Strong work-ethic and team-player
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Be a continual learner – seek opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually

Interested applicants should contact tony.nevarez@sbcglobal.net.

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