Student Ministries Pastor

Dear Potential Candidate,

My name is Jeremiah Holcombe, and I am the Lead Pastor of the Alliance Church of Quartzsite. I have had the honor of being the Youth Pastor for the past 11 years. I have recently taken over the position of Lead Pastor of the church, as the previous Pastor has retired. For the past 11 years I have strived to build a youth ministry that balances outreach and discipleship, and that is integrated into the over all life of the church.

Quartzsite is unique in many ways. In the summer time the temperature rises to upwards of 127 degrees; while the population falls to around 3,500 people. Only about 1000 of those are under the age of 65, with childcare and teens being less than 200. As the summer cools, the winter visitors and snowbirds start arriving, and by the end of January there can be over 500,000 people in our small little town. With nighttime temperatures down to the 20s.

Our church is small to medium size. In the summer, our attendance ranges from 50 to 100 people. In the winter time it can grow to almost 300. We rely on the winter visitors and snowbirds for the financial life of the church.

The teens of Quartzsite have an rural mindset. Many come from broken families. Living with just mom, or just dad, or grandma and grandpa. Many families come to Quartzsite as a last resort, seeing it more as the bottom of the economic scale.

I love this town, and the people in it. I have seen God do amazing work in the lives of people in my tenure here. Quartzsite is a harsh environment, and it will take a person who is committed to the work of God to meet the labor that is before us. Below is a list of duties, responsibilities, expectations, and compensations. I ask that you prayerfully consider this position. Not as simply a job to be had, but a calling to be responded to. Let us move forward in the power and the direction of God, who has saved us for his work. Amen.

Let me give you a brief outline of the process we foresee.

If you are in agreement with the following Qualifications, Compensation, Responsibilities, and Expectations sections of this position, the Christian and Missionary statement of faith, and with our church’s Bylaws (these can be found by following the link: Quartzsite_Alliance_Bylaws_PDF_Version.pdf), then we invite you to send in a simple resume and complete the personal/theological questionnaire at the end.

After reviewing your initial resume and questionnaire, if you meet the standards that are laid out below, you will be asked for your philosophy of ministry.

After reviewing your philosophy of ministry, you will either receive an email of denial, or an offer for an interview.

If you receive an interview, it will be conducted by the myself, over Skype or FaceTime. 

If you pass this first interview, you will be asked to interview again in front of several of our leadership members. Which will include: the Lead Pastor, an Elder, a Ministry Board Member, and a Teen.

If you do not pass this second interview, I will contact you, letting you know the decision. If you pass the interview, you will have moved into our top picks for the position. We will let you know where you stand on this list. This top list will be asked to participate in a candidating process. The top candidate will be given priority, being invited to come to Quartzsite and spend the weekend interviewing with the church (fully paid for by the church). This will give us an opportunity to interact with them. If this candidate does not pass this third interview, we will move on to the second, and so on.

If you do not pass, I will contact you and let you know of the decision. If you pass the candidate weekend, you will be offered the position of Youth Pastor. To which the church will extend you a stipend for your moving expenses.

We foresee this process taking 6 to 12 months.

Please let me know in your initial resume, the way in which you would like to be contacted (email or phone) at the various steps along the way.

Thank you for your interest in this position, and I pray that God leads us both to the place he has for us.


Jeremiah Holcombe, Lead Pastor

  1. Ideal Candidate:
    1. The following is what the Board of Elders of the Alliance Church of Quartzsite, believe is the basis for the the best candidate to fill the Youth Pastor position. Some of these ideals are based on what has worked in the past, while others are ideals that we believe will lead to a better working relationship between the pastors.
    1. The ideal candidate for the position of Youth Pastor of the Alliance Church of Quartzsite are as follows:
      1. Young Married Couple. (Straight out of college or recently graduated are encouraged)
      1. Both are believers, and both are ministry minded.
      1. Agree whole heartedly with the Statement of Faith of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Agree whole heartedly with the Bylaws of the Alliance Church of Quartzsite.
      1. Live a godly lifestyle in both a professional and personal setting.
      1. Willing to build upon the work of the pervious youth pastors.
      1. Keep our philosophy of “Play, Make Their Day, Be There, and Choose Your Attitude.” When interacting with teens.
      1. Be Theologically grounded.
      1. Be Willing to be accredited/licensed  with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
      1. Be Willing to make a 5 year commitment to the ministry of the Quartzsite Alliance Church.
  1. Our Goal
    1. The Minister of Youth will seek to impact the teens and children of the town of Quartzsite. Outreach to those who are not believers in Christ, and an strong emphasis on disciple making are two non-negotiable aspects of ministry. The future Youth Pastor will seek to accomplish both.
    1. We strive to be motivated by God’s love, to lift in him up in daily worship, locating and meeting the needs of our community, all the while pointing people to His life. We desire that the life of children, teens, and adults be integrated into one church community where all participate. The Youth Pastor will be one of the facilitators to this goal.
  1. Qualifications:
    1. An acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior.
    1. A desire to continue a strong, committed, and mature relationship with Christ.
    1. An excitement and interest in teaching youth about God.
    1. A Bachelor’s degree in ministry.
    1. Experience in youth ministry.
    1. Pass a background check.
    1. Have a Valid Driver’s License
  1. Compensation:
    1. $24,000 annual salary; paid every two weeks.
    1. Housing provided.
    1. Cell Phone provided.
    1. 2 weeks vacation a year during the “off-season.”
    1. A monthly health stipend of $500 added at the start of the 2nd year of work.
  1. Ministry Calendar:
    1. Weekly:
      1. Regular Office Hours – 9am-12pm Tuesday-Saturday
      1. Fridays – Youth Wreck Night, 6pm-8:30pm
      1. Saturdays – Youth Work Projects (as scheduled)
      1. Sundays – Worship Service(s); Sunday School, 9:30am; Youth Bible Study, 6pm-8pm
    1. Quarterly: 1/2 Night Outreach Events, 6pm-12am
    1. Yearly: In-Town Trip/VBC
    1. Biannually: Out-of-Town Trips – Winter Camp & Camping/Missions
  1. Ministry Expectations:
    1. Continue developing your personal relationship with God, this being your primary responsibility.
    1. Keep your family life healthy, making sure that you have a sabbath (a day off) separate from Sunday.
    1. Pastor’s are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Be prepared for the rigorous schedule.
    1. Weekly meetings with the Lead Pastor and Children’s Director (as available)
    1. Presentation to the Board of Ministries (Outreach coordination) and the Board of Elders.
    1. Keep regular office hours of 9am-12pm, while understanding that this does not include all the hours that it takes to run a ministry.
    1. Foster relationships with students in the midst of programs, events, and Bible studies. 
    1. Build relationships with students; Have relational skills and service orientation. Have fun while looking for ways to stay energized.
    1. Be flexible, take initiative, self-starter, team player and a problem solver.
    1. Be able to work independently, willing to grow and be challenged.
    1. Develop skills in preaching, teaching, and counseling.
    1. Work under the leadership of the Lead Pastor and the Board of Elders.
    1. Develop fundraisers to fund all youth activities.
    1. Apparel: Business casual clothes (polo/button up shirt, denim/slacks, dress shoes) on Sunday mornings. All other times would be appropriate casual.
  1. Student Ministry Responsibilities and Duties:
    1. Build upon the work of the previous youth pastor.
    1. Develop, promote and coordinate a balanced program of activities and discipleship ministry to youth, that accomplish the vision of the Alliance Church.
    1. Continue the Teen Leadership Program that seeks to develop interested youth in their leadership abilities. This includes teaching them how to counsel, preach, teach, and run small groups. 
    1. Involve youth and youth leaders in outreach and discipleship to reach unsaved youth.
    1. Plan and execute two out-of-town trips, (i.e. Winter Camp, Summer Camp/Missions Trip)
    1. Plan and execute one in-town, week long, outreach and VBS trip.
    1. Plan and execute quarterly 1/2 night outreaches.
    1. Involve youth in ministry and missions projects.
    1. Be available for counseling.
    1. Support youth in their school setting.
    1. Have a valid driver’s license.
    1. Drive church vans for Sunday mornings, and for youth events/activities.
    1. Be available to parents to discuss issues related to their child or youth ministry. 
    1. Enlist volunteers to aid in the ministry.
    1. Lead regular leadership meetings with youth leaders.
    1. Draw up a yearly budget for youth ministry and present it to the Elder Board.
    1. Be available to fill the pulpit, conduct funerals, assist in hospital visitations, etc. in the pastor’s absence.
    1. Assist in and serve as a resource person to the Children’s Ministry, overseeing the Hideaway Street program (puppet ministry).
    1. Perform other duties as assigned by the Lead Pastor.
    1. Organize and Run the Hideaway Street Puppet Program on Sundays.
    1. Have Fun doing.


Organization name:
Quartzsite Alliance Church

Christian & Missionary Alliance


720 W. Desert Vista St.


Date Posted:
May 7, 2019

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