Youth Leader

Essential Church


The Youth Leader is responsible for the overall youth ministries at Essential Church. Reporting to the Executive Pastor, this position is responsible for the leadership and direction of the youth ministry in the accomplishment of the church’s mission.


●  Recruit, lead & manage the youth volunteer teams

●  Provide effective equipping and resources for the parents and guardians to help students grow in their faith

●  Lead an engaging, fun, and meaningful midweek youth experience

●  Oversee the “Essential Youth Plan”


Education and Experience

●  Must have 5+ years experience in leading a youth ministry

●  Must have verifiable experience growing a previous youth ministry

●  Must be able to clear a background check

●  Preferred be able to teach effectively

●  Preferred experience in a church-setting that has multiple campuses

●  Preferred experience in managing and leading at least one other staff member

Core Competencies for This Position

● Able to effectively communicate with youth

● Able to effectively community with adults

● Passionate about youth ministry

● Effective management of multiple volunteers

● Can manage a project from start to finish

● Mentoring / people development

Spiritual Maturity

●  Can describe their experience in coming to know Christ as their Lord and Savior

●  Spends time reading the Bible daily

●  Treasures and priorities weekly corporate worship

●  Is active in a small group within a local church

●  Serves within the local church

●  Trusts God with financial giving and practices tithing (giving the first 10% of their income to the local church they are part of)

●  Can describe experiences when they have recently invited others to follow Jesus with them

Personal Values

●  Motivated by Jesus

●  Loves People

●  Humble

●  Passionate

●  Thinks & Acts Wisely

●  Committed Learner

●  Flexibility

●  Competent & Skillful

●  Develops Others

Our First Principles:

These are our first principles. These are our foundation for why we do what we do. We think of our first principles in terms of “open handed” and “closed handed” beliefs. Open handed beliefs are open for discussion. Close handed beliefs however are our non-negotiables.

Bible—We believe the Bible is God’s Word, breathed out by Him. It is completely true and is the final authority for determining what is true (what we believe) and what is right (how we live). All truth claims and ethical standards must be tested by the Bible. (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

God—We believe in one God, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully and completely God, sharing all of the divine attributes in a perfect loving community. God is love, just, holy, righteous, and good. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

Jesus—We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. After living a sinless life, He died on the cross as the substitute for humanity’s sin. His resurrection from the grave affirms His victory over sin and death. Jesus came to save those who are separated from God. (Matthew 1:18-2:12; John 1:1-18; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Corinthians 12; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 1:1-13; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 1:1-2:2)

Holy Spirit—We believe the Holy Spirit equips Christ-followers with spiritual gifts for serving others, and guides them in the journey to become like Christ. (John 14:15-26; Acts 2:1-33; Romans 8:1-27; Galatians 5:16-23; 1 John 2:20-27)

Man—We believe God created humans in his image. Because of our rebellion, we were all separated from God. However, we can all be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ. Man’s purpose is to live for God’s glory, to tell others about God, and to love others the way God loves us. (Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 3:10-18; Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:16, 6:35-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:28-39; Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 1 John 5:11-13)

Our Mission: Our mission is to create a church for people who think the church isn’t for them.

Our Code:

I read the Bible each day

I treasure and prioritize weekly worship

I love the people in my small group

I make a difference by serving

I trust God by giving

I invite others to follow Jesus with me


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