Pastor of Student Ministries

Pastor of Student Ministries || Richwoods Christian Church

Who you are:
We are looking for a Pastor of Student Ministries who is passionate about outreach and discipleship to lead our student ministry into a new era of growth and vibrancy.  We want someone to join our team who loves Jesus, students, and identifying and recruiting amazing leaders.  We want someone who recognizes that excellent ministry happens both inside and outside the church walls: you lead excellent youth programs but also are out with students on campuses, at Taco Bell, or in homes.  We’d love it if you are a student of Student Ministry, who loves to talk StuMin theory, but also loves The Office, is willing to learn the latest viral TikTok dance, and can handle themselves in Settlers of Catan or Fortnite.


Who we are:
A church that is dedicated to “helping people find and follow Christ.”  We value collaboration, vulnerability, honesty, and having fun!  We have a staff of 17 people that can’t wait for you to join our team.  We want to support and unleash you, as you lead the student ministries.   Our church is non-denominational, and is a Christian Church that comes out of the Restoration Movement.  Our worship is modern and casual, our church is friendly, and we can’t wait to meet you!


What you’ll do:

You’ll provide vision for the entire student ministry, focusing on recruiting, developing, unleashing, and supporting a great team of volunteers.  You’ll oversee teams that lead middle school, high school, and college ministries, and you’ll lead the ministries as is appropriate.  We want you to lead a dynamic, relationship-based ministry, where you multiply yourself by developing an enthusiastic team of leaders who will share their faith and disciple our students.


You’ll supplement the ministry of those teams by being outward-focused, freed up to do all the important things that a great Youth Pastor should do—like be on-campus with students, take leaders out for coffee, and invite people to join you on your authentic journey with Christ.  You’ll be relationally present at weekend services and maybe grab lunch with the kids.  We hope you’ll be a resource for parents and for the community.


We’ve got a strong team for you to join, including a supportive church staff with lots of student ministry experience.  Our church is at an exciting point and we can’t wait to have a positive and enthusiastic person to join us!


If you’re interested in applying, please check out our culture and beliefs on our website (  If you would like to talk further, please send a Cover Letter and Resume to Tom Butler at, with the subject line: Pastor of Student Ministries.


Looking forward to talking to you soon!





What follows is:
1. A bit about our church and our city
2. Our ideal qualifications
3. The formal Job Description


  1. A bit about our church and our city

Highlighted in Christian Standard’s 2018 list of Emerging Mega-Churches, Richwoods Christian Church is a vibrant, joyful church.  Overflowing with young families, it is known in the community for being a safe place for the unchurched and “over-churched” to find and follow Christ. Richwoods is a multi-site, non-denominational community of believers with roots in the Restoration Movement. This movement was built around a message that resounds today: a call to unite with other Christians (regardless of denominational constructs), seeking unity around biblical essentials, and living together in grace in the gray areas. As the saying goes: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.” After investing in a multi-site model for growth, Richwoods currently has four services across two campuses, and (pre-Covid) averages an attendance of around 1,000 a week.  We are currently looking for our new Lead Pastor (our last LP left on great terms), and we believe in the importance of investing in our Student Ministries.


Peoria is a great place to live and raise a family. A 4-time “All American City” award winner, a recent Top 50 metropolitan area on Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers” list, and frequent Top 10 “Best Mannered Cities,” Peoria has something for everyone. We have a vibrant river front and minor league hockey and baseball teams. There are over 9,000 acres of parks and trails, along with many other centers of culture and entertainment such as a Broadway Show or a Bradley Braves basketball game at the Civic Center, or spend some time at the Riverfront Museum, the Planetarium, the Botanical Garden, the Zoo, or the wildlife park. There is a growing food and pub scene, giving a very long list of date night options. With its low cost of living, excellent schools, superb entertainment options, international business, and ideal location, Peoria offers all of the big-city amenities with a small-town feel and is an ideal place to live!



  1. Our ideal qualifications
  • Vibrant and growing relationship with Jesus
  • 3+ years experience on a church staff with proven ministry growth
  • Proven capability to recruit, develop, and support exceptional volunteer leadership teams
  • Biblical education, (Bachelors degree or higher), and an earnest desire to learn and grow
  • Relational, outgoing and good with people
  • Ability to develop and lead a student worship team
  • Strong passion for students and young adults with a heart for Jesus-focused, family-friendly ministry that disciples students to spiritual maturity but is also able to engage with the unchurched “where they are, as they are”
  • Proven expertise as a teacher and communicator with strong teaching skills
  • High emotional and relational intelligence with solid listening, communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong work ethic, internally motivated with a drive for excellence
  • Ability to learn quickly, multi-task, and be flexible, and can work independently and as part of a team
  • Committed to teamwork with the leadership, staff, and congregation of Richwoods Christian Church



  1. The formal Job Description


Position:        Pastor of Student Ministries

Reports to:    Connections Pastor

Relates to:     Children’s Ministry positions

Supervises:   High School, Junior High, and College Ministry Teams

Campus:        Knoxville Campus

Status:            Full time, Exempt


Position Summary:  This position provides the overall vision for the entire Student Ministry, and personally leads ministries as is appropriate. Responsible for the implementation and coordination of student ministry strategy and focus for Richwoods under the direction of the Connections Pastor. This will require a firm grasp of the beliefs, culture, and strategy of Richwoods and the ability to develop, align, and empower volunteers, leaders, and teams with its purpose, vision, and values. The Pastor of Student Ministries should have an awareness of the significant role they play, and to use their presence and influence to benefit the students, their families, the church, and the community.



Position Roles/Responsibilities:


Role 1 – Oversee Vision and Continuity for Student Ministries

Responsibility 1

Communicate and cast the vision for Student Ministry as a whole. To lead, promote and oversee the spiritual formation of students (6th- college age) by providing environments that will challenge them to take their next step with Jesus.  Provide plan for outreach to unchurched students, and have a plan to follow up with new students and those who have not attended in a while.


Responsibility 2
Ensure the Student Ministry is effectively present in the local school systems.


Responsibility 3

Strategically transitioning students through the Student Ministry (rKids to Junior High, to Senior High, to College) and from the Student Ministry to the life of the church.


Responsibility 4

Working with Connections Pastor, create the annual budget and event calendar. Prepare a year-long curriculum plan.  Oversee the execution of these plans.


Responsibility 5 –

Oversee the direction/culture of Richwoods College Ministry (ages 18 – 24) and ensure an effective and relevant program where young adults can come together and be encourage to find and follow Christ.  Empower and work with the College Area Leaders to provide engaging experiences and life-changing environments for young adults at Richwoods.



Role 2 – Work Directly with Ministries

Responsibility 1 

Oversee the direction/culture of the ministries, and likely focus on investing with the High School Ministry (grade 9-12).  Lead an effective and relevant program where students can find and follow Christ. Be relationally present on Sunday mornings, and lead the Wednesday evening youth program. Also, provide vision casting and leadership training for adult leaders, student leaders, and volunteer teams.


Responsibility 2 –

Build a team of adult leaders who will lead alongside each other with one mind and heart helping students find and follow Christ. Develop a healthy leadership community that attracts, develops, and empowers ministry partners and volunteers.


Responsibility 3 –

Establish/maintain a personal presence at local high schools.  Foster and curate the community of the youth group.  Go to lunch with students after church.



Other General Duties

  • Dedicate yourself to your personal and spiritual health and growth.
  • Establish and maintain healthy work boundaries.
  • Contribute to all-staff meetings, retreats, and church wide events/classes (Discovering Richwoods, Leadership Community, Annual Meetings, Volunteer Pushes, etc)
  • Be transparent with working hours, and location when off-site during normal working hours. Be available before/after services.
  • Other duties as assigned



Organization name:
Richwoods Christian Church



8115 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria, IL 61615


Date Posted:
August 6, 2020

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