First Church - Student Ministires Director

  • NextGen (Students)
  • Lubbock, United States

First Church - Student Ministires Director

Job description

First Church is a historic faith community located in the heart of downtown Lubbock, Texas. Over the years, they have developed a strong history of traditional and contemporary worship, local outreach, and Christian education.

The church sits prominently in the main corridor of downtown businesses and is easily accessible to the community. The church has done a wonderful job of keeping the buildings modern, yet preserving the historic exterior and beautiful sanctuary.

In 2005, First Church built an addition that houses the youth ministry. This area includes a full gymnasium, a kitchen, a fantastic gaming room, a large gathering space, several classes, an office area, and an indoor track. Most of this space is dedicated solely to youth ministry.

As a downtown church, First Lubbock ministry extends across the city and county, including several school districts and surrounding towns.


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Todd Salzwedel was appointed as Sr. Pastor effective July 2020. He is married to Alice, and they have two children (both in the youth ministry). Todd is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, though he has lived most of his life in New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Economics and Philosophy, before attending Southern Methodist University where he received his Master of Divinity degree. Todd is currently finishing his Doctorate of Ministry with a dissertation focused on servant leadership.

He has a proven record as an effective pastor and leader in several churches in Texas and New Mexico. He is very outgoing and loves his work.

The Salzwedel family enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting involved with the community, traveling, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers!

The Student Ministries Director reports to Associate Pastor Bailey Barkley, who has three kids in the youth group. Bailey prefers to be relational-oriented (as opposed to task oriented) in his leadership style. He enjoys empowering and guiding gifted staff to minister in their specific areas of focus with freedom to be creative.

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  • Weekly "Small Groups" Sunday Morning from 9:45-10:45am
  • Weekly youth group on Sunday evening 5:30-7:30pm
  • Quarterly scheduled youth events (bowling, paintball, etc.)
  • Fair Booth annual fundraiser
  • Ski Trip
  • Intergenerational mission trips

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    First Church is looking for a highly-relational, fun, and energetic individual who will make connections and build relationships with youth (and their families) and volunteers. The Director of Student Ministries will work closely with a secondary staff person(s) [associate, interns, etc.] and volunteers in the ministry areas to not only reach, but then disciple the teens so that the impact is felt in the immediate area and beyond! The youth ministry spans the grades of 6 to 12.

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    The youth ministry is supported by a two interns, and a handful of faithful volunteers who assist with the students. This team is ready to grow this ministry and excited about this new opportunity.

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    Create, recreate & expand the ministry to middle and high school students— very few traditions exist that can't be tweaked, changed or removed— the new Director of Student Ministries will need to have the ability to build upon the foundation and establish dynamic ways to minister to the preteens, teens and families.

    The new Director will thrive if he or she prioritizes relationships with students, empowerment of adult leaders, and communication/partnership with parents.


    The new person should be skilled in developing numerous relationships and engaging with different types of youth. He or she must be able and willing to connect with existing students, reengage drifted students, and reach new students as well as their families.


    The new Director will need to recruit, train and sustain a base of volunteers to lead a growing ministry. This person should have confidence in his or her abilities with adults while still maintaining solid relationships with students. This person will empower the leaders in every way to be the hands and feet of Jesus.


    Because the student ministry is going through changes, there is an enormous opportunity for the new leader to grab the low-hanging fruit and gain fantastic momentum right away. Such fruit includes improving communication with parents, establishing consistent (weekly) communication with volunteer leaders and regularly engaging with students (games, events, coffees and meals). Essentially, the church longs for a leader who will "do life" with the students and families.


    Director of Youth Ministries Position type: Full time, exempt

    Amenability: Associate Pastor, Senior Minister, Staff Parish Relations Committee

    Vision for this position: To foster a grace-filled youth community and culture whereby all youth can become resilient disciples of Jesus Christ. The hope is that, through our community, young men and women will ...

  • Experience the hospitable love of Jesus
  • Discover faith in Jesus
  • Grow in wisdom and understanding through Biblical teaching
  • Experience Christ-like relationships and community
  • Develop discernment skills needed to faithfully follow Jesus in a post-Christian world Live out their love of God and neighbor through service, mission, and witness
  • Discover and develop their gifts to live out God’s vocational calling in their lives

  • Expectations to fulfill the vision:

  • Along with the Youth Ministry Team and Pastors, develop programming that serves the vision listed above
  • Oversee Sunday morning small group ministry
  • Choose curriculum and format of groups
  • Recruit, guide, and support teachers
  • Oversee the Confirmation Class
  • In conjunction with the Pastors, plan the format and curriculum for confirmation
  • Teach or oversee the teaching of the class
  • Raise up youth-aged leaders
  • through the Youth Leadership Team
  • by individually investing in and equipping youth for ministry
  • Connect and collaborate with wider church staff and ministries
  • Attend and lead in traditional and contemporary worship services
  • Assist worship planners (pastors) to incorporate youth in worship leadership
  • Find opportunities to tie into church missions ministries
  • Encourage participation in youth choir and youth band
  • Build a strong relationship with the children’s ministry to ensure a smooth student transition into the youth group
  • Supervise all Youth Ministry staff (Assistant Director (if applicable), Intern(s), Administrative Assistant)
  • Build and grow a team of volunteers
  • Work with the Youth Ministry Team for support
  • Recruit, train, support, and resource adult leaders
  • Connect with and communicate regularly with parents
  • Equip parents with resources to disciple their youth
  • Keep parents in the loop about events and opportunities
  • As a part of the Fair Booth team, participate and (when necessary) lead in the youth Fair Booth fundraiser

  • Current List of Special Events

  • Confirmation Sunday (January)
  • Easter Sunrise Service (March / April)
  • Graduation Sunday (May)
  • Mission Trips (Spring Break / Summer)
  • Church Camp (June/July)
  • Fall Kick-Off (August)
  • Fair Booth (September)
  • Coat Drive (November/December)
  • Ski Trip (December / January)