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Job Description for Pastor for Middle School & Family Discipleship, North Campus

Pastor for Middle School & Family Discipleship, North Campus

Position Details

  • Reports To: Pastor for Preaching & Vision, North Campus
  • Campus: North Campus
  • Status: Full Time

Role Description

Under the aid and authority of the Holy Spirit and in partnership with the Pastoral Team at the North Campus, the Pastor for Middle School & Family Discipleship, North serves the church by spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ for the joy of the next generations by providing leadership for ministry to youth at Bethlehem in the hope that they will …

  • grow in Christ and in spiritual maturity
  • be firmly established in faith and doctrine
  • discover, develop and fruitfully use their gifts 
  • passionately embrace and pursue a God-centered vision for their lives 
  • meaningfully engage in worship, study, prayer and ministry 
  • apply a robust and biblical vision for manhood and womanhood 
  • live courageously in the world even under pressure to conform
  • thoughtfully and effectively engage the culture for the sake of the Gospel 
  • be Christ-exalting, God-glorifying, Bible-saturated, truth-driven, doctrinally-grounded, faith-filled, God centered, mission-minded, soul-winning, justice-pursuing, God-fearing, Christ treasuring, joyfully self-forgetting, passion-spreading, spiritually-fruitful men and women who are devoted to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ

...enabling the staff, elders and congregation to together carry out our mission and DNA priorities, while embracing the theological teaching of the Elder Affirmation of Faith.


Responsibilities for Specific Areas of Ministry:

  1. The Pastor for Middle School & Family Discipleship, North is to be an integral member of the North pastoral team. Therefore he will:
    1. Participate in North Campus and All-Church Pastoral Team meetings.
    2. Complement and support the broader ministry efforts at the campus.
    3. Participate in the pastoral functions of shepherding the flock (equipping, congregational care, etc.).
    4. Collaborate with the leaders of youth ministry on their own or the other campuses to maximize learning and leverage resources for the mission.
  2. Middle School (6–8 Grades):
    1. Pursue an atmosphere where Middle School young people from all ranges of spiritual and social development are welcomed, encouraged, and pointed to Jesus Christ.
    2. Provide leadership for all North Sunday and midweek programs as well as other activities seeking to creatively, winsomely present the Gospel of Christ (Jesus’ person and work) as central.
    3. Provide leadership for events throughout the year that give students the opportunity for fellowship, fun, and to be taught the Bible. 
    4. Seeking to make prayer a central activity of ministry, interceding for the flock under his care, equipping saints from the wider church to pray for the next generation, and striving to help young people and families to develop a Spirit-empowered, faith-filled, regular life of prayer. 
    5. Cultivate discipling relationships between staff and students with a view to presenting each student mature in Christ (Col. 1:28). That is, students who trust in Jesus completely, walk with him faithfully, and seek to commend him to others boldly.
    6. Provide support to parents and guardians in their efforts to disciple their children.
    7. Provide strategic shepherding care to students and families where the wider Bethlehem vision intersects with the unique challenges and opportunities of the Middle School years in areas like Disability ministry, Neighborhood Outreach, Crisis Care, 25x25 (church planting & G.O.) among others. 
    8. Recruit, supervise, and direct all other ministry staff (paid and volunteer) working with Middle School at the North Campus, ensuring that all staff are in agreement with and abide by the policies for youth ministry.
    9. Coordinate with other church leaders with a view to incorporating Middle School in the broader activities of the church at the North Campus aiming to help students identify gifting and calling to the glory of God. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

    1. Ministry Departments:
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    2. Direct Reports:
      1. Administrative Assistants for Youth & Family Discipleship, North, shared
    3. Supervisor Responsibilities:
      1. Participates in interviewing, hiring, and training employees.
      2. Participates in job description creation.
      3. Ensures ministry responsibilities are fulfilled.
      4. Approves short-term ministry objectives.
      5. Conducts annual performance evaluations and provides regular performance feedback.
      6. Facilitates conflict resolution.
      7. Approves paid time-off requests.
      8. Ensures appropriate balance between the various ministries. 

Other Duties:

  1. The Pastor will carry out such other duties as may be assigned by the church from time to time.

General Overall Church Aims:

Note: The following three items are listed on all pastoral job descriptions. They unify the pastoral staff around care for our congregation, common church-wide priorities outside the pastor’s area of ministry, and our commitment to Bethlehem College & Seminary. 

  1. Congregational Care: Pastors will maintain a clear focus on congregational care, dedicating a significant portion of his ministry towards crisis care, counseling, weddings, funerals, relationship building, etc.
  2. Overall priority goals: In addition to each campus and ministry area’s own aims, our pastoral leadership may set regular church-wide, short-term priority goals intended to focus attention on common objectives, unifying the staff in our common mission. Each pastor will lead his ministry team to fulfill these goals.
  3. Bethlehem College & Seminary: Each pastor will be assigned one or more seminarians to mentor.


Godly Character

  1. Meet the spiritual, personal, and character qualifications of an elder found in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:6–9 and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23.
  2. Model servant leadership and exhibit a helpful, joyful attitude. 
  3. Be a man of prayer and a man of the Word, sensitive to what the Spirit is saying to Bethlehem, devoting himself to daily prayer and Bible reading for the sake of guarding himself from sin and stirring up his heart and mind to renewed passion for Christ; he will lead his family in regular times in the Word and prayer; and he will gladly participate in mutual care and accountability with other believers.
  4. Seek to undertake his duties in the power of the Holy Spirit, undergirded with prayer, guided by the Scriptures, and manifesting the character of Christ for the glory of God.

Church Member

  1. Be a member in good standing of Bethlehem Baptist Church or, if not a member when called to the church, become a member as soon as possible, ideally completing the membership process within three (3) months of the date that employment begins.
  2. While ensuring first loyalty is to God and the Word, support the leadership of the church generally and specifically for his area of ministry. Strive to maintain positive and fruitful relationships with other Bethlehem employees, members, and leaders. While concerns or differences of opinion may arise, all employees will communicate in a biblical manner and abide by appropriate supervisory direction and any final determinations of the Council of Elders. Whether leading the congregation or submitting to those in authority, he will do so in a joyful manner. While visionary, he will have his ear to the ground and be a good listener.
  3. Understand, endorse, and teach, without reservation, the church’s biblical and theological teaching as expressed in Bethlehem’s Elder Affirmation of Faith. He must embody Bethlehem DNA.
  4. Joyfully minister in accord with Bethlehem’s Pastor’s Covenant, in a manner that honors Christ and is a positive example to others.  
  5. As outlined in Bethlehem’s Elder Affirmation of Faith, pastors must be male.

Organizational Skill and Awareness

  1. Have the vision and organizational skills necessary to work effectively, creatively, and flexibly within the context of a large church with multiple staff members and ministries. 
  2. Strictly maintain appropriate confidentiality according to the guidelines set forth in Bethlehem’s Employee Handbook and Relational Commitments.
  3. Sign our Employee Handbook Acknowledgement Form and comply with all applicable church policies.
  4. Give servant-hearted support to specific area(s) of ministry as well as to the broader needs of Bethlehem’s ministry.

Self-Motivated and Dependable

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to personal growth by attending appropriate training, development, and team-building events.
  2. Have a good understanding of the people, projects, or ministry under his responsibility and demonstrate faithfulness and good follow-through both in collaboration with other ministry partners and in independent efforts related to his role.

Skilled Youth Leadership

  1. Possess pastoral gifting, particularly in ministry to parents and young people.


  1. Servant Leadership—the Pastor should be able to lead in a variety of contexts (individual, small groups, large groups) in such a way that Jesus Christ and his gospel are central. He should be a self-starter and take initiative. He should be wise and discerning and know when to be decisive, sensitive, tender, and firm. 
  2. Relational—the Pastor should have a heart to care for people. That drive should manifest itself in the appropriate use of time. 
  3. Administrative—while seeking mainly to shepherd people, the Pastor should have the skill set and ability to effectively manage the various administrative tasks associated with the position.
  4. Teaching/Equipping—the Pastor should be a fruitful, biblical teacher and champion of Bethlehem’s mission and vision. His teaching should effectively “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.”
  5. Communication—the Pastor should be able to communicate clearly, concisely, and in a loving and biblical manner. 
  6. Peacemaking—the Pastor should be able to tactfully and winsomely unite people with varying perspectives to advance harmony and love, and to achieve common goals. 
  7. Preaching—the Pastor should be an effective preacher who is able to rightly handle the word of God and joyfully engage in expository exultation personally.