Assistant Pastor- Youth Emphasis


The Assistant Pastor – Youth Emphasis at Watsontown Alliance Church (WAC) is called to pastoral ministry specifically related to youth ministry but will include ministry to the church body as a whole. The age range of the youth ministry at WAC targets 7th-12thgrade students.  While primary responsibilities will be related to youth ministry, The Assistant Pastor-YM will work closely with the Lead Pastor (LP) to help develop a cohesive discipleship strategy for people of all ages at WAC.  One significant role of the position is to create a healthy model for volunteer leadership development and multiplication within the Youth Ministry context.


Ideally, the Assistant Pastor – Youth Emphasis will be licensed with the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) or pursuing licensing with the denomination. WAC would also prefer that the candidate be ordained within the C&MA or actively pursuing the ordination process. He must have theological training either via undergraduate or graduate studies and hold to evangelical positions. The candidate will demonstrate a working knowledge of current youth ministry and cultural trends, a firm biblical understanding, and healthy social awareness. A track record of solid leadership development and the ability to create and empower teams are a must. Additionally, both counseling and administration gifts are necessary as the ministry is largely volunteer-driven. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of experience in a local church or para-church youth ministry context.


In addition to excellentcommunication and organizational skills, the Assistant Pastor possesses a/an:

  • Vibrant and visible personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Clear gifting and ability to develop leaders
  • Commitment to develop faithful disciples of Christ who go on to develop new disciples
  • Passion to reach individuals who are un-churched or have turned away from faith in Jesus
  • A clear gifting for developing healthy and relevant youth ministries
  • A heart for ministering to the surrounding community
  • Ability to accept direction and feedback including constructive criticism
  • Proven track record for punctuality and reliability
  • Ability to “self-start” (i.e. recognize a need and initiate an appropriate response)
  • Ability for resourceful problem solving and conflict resolution

Job Description:

The Assistant Pastor – Youth Emphasis is responsible for the following:

  1. Youth Ministry
    • Create a vibrant and growing youth ministry for both middle school and high school students that supports the overall mission, vision and values of Watsontown Alliance Church.
    • Develop an effective system for identifying, training, and empowering volunteer youth leaders with the goal of maintaining healthy volunteer-to-student ratios
    • Maintain a safe environment for students through the use of annual volunteer background checks and child safety training classes for both new and existing youth volunteers
    • Create and/or identify relevant and Biblically sound curriculum for youth throughout the year
    • Develop volunteer leaders who can successfully execute all of the main leadership components of the youth ministry: worship, teaching, small group facilitation, service projects, events coordination
    • Identify, plan and execute annual mission trips / conferences for both middle school and high school
    • Create regular opportunities for students to serve the felt needs of our community
    • Equip both volunteer leaders and students to effectively share the Gospel of Jesus with others
    • Develop and maintain an annual calendar of events, activities and youth ministry programs
    • Lead or attend an annual weekend retreat for both middle school and high school students
    • Develop effective fundraising initiatives as needed to cover the cost for larger trips / events
    • Foster the creation of regular outreach opportunities
    • Facilitate effective and regular communication methods with volunteers, youth and parents
    • Create and foster a healthy sense of community, belonging and family within the youth ministry
    • Coordinate with the Lead Pastor in developing healthy discipleship tools and resources for parents
    • When possible, pour into selected youth by mentoring/discipling them in an intentional way
    • Participate in weekly Sunday morning services
  1. Pastoral Responsibilities
    • Provide pastoral care to youth, volunteers and parents on a limited basis, knowing when to refer to a professional counselor including pastoral care training opportunities for youth volunteers
    • Work with Senior Pastor in a mentoring relationship
    • Coordinate with Lead Pastor in providing discipleship opportunities for the greater church
    • Visit WAC family members in need of prayer/counseling (i.e. hospital or home visits)
    • Assist with church-wide outreach and fellowship events as needed
    • Provide assistance with weekly Sunday services including preaching as needed
  1. Administration
    • Facilitate annual communication process for all youth ministry related activities
    • Manage youth ministry database for the purpose of maintaining attendance, follow-up and event registration processes
    • Manage all financial aspects related to youth ministry initiatives (budgeting, accounting, event registration, reimbursements etc.)
    • Create content and promote Youth Ministry and greater WAC initiatives on social media
    • Maintain and ensure the accuracy of all WAC website content
    • Give monthly ministry updates to leadership and write the annual Youth Ministry report
    • Participate in the annual staff review process

To apply for this position, please email Pastor Scott Bartholomew at

Please include in your email a copy of your resume and a letter of intent explaining why you feel called to apply for the position.


Organization name:
Watsontown Alliance Church

Christian & Missionary Alliance


1165 Eighth Street Drive, Watsontown, PA 17777


Date Posted:
April 3, 2019

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