Role assignment - This role will have the opportunity of rebuilding a youth ministry that was 80-90 students while overseeing the kids ministry team.
Total church attendance - 450 in-person, 150 online
ABOUT LIVING OAKS
Nestled in the heart of beautiful Ventura County, Living Oaks Church is a Bible-teaching, disciple-making, Gospel-centered church. Living Oaks is known for their commitment to teaching God’s Word without compromise. They have an incredible team of elders, pastors, and staff who make Living Oaks a warm and welcoming community!
Living Oaks exist to love God, love people, and make disciples of Jesus Christ! They value biblical teaching, intentional evangelism, disciple making, faithful stewardship, worship and prayer. They’re committed to loving their community in tangible ways and reaching the world through global missions. Living Oaks is blessed with vibrant Kid, Student, and Adult Ministries, as well as an amazing Care Community!
Living Oaks philosophy of outreach is to "gather and scatter." They believe that the purpose of the corporate gathering is to equip and empower God's people with tools and truths to be on mission for Jesus in their spheres of influence, including the home, the classroom, the workplace, the church, and the culture. Living Oaks encourages guests from the community to "come and see" and members of the church to "go and tell" as they focus on helping fulfill the Great Commission.
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE:
The new Student and Family Pastor will have the ability to establish the ministries from the ground up. Both ministries have a good foundation, service structure, curriculum, and scheduled events that will carry them through this transitional period. This new leader will still need to bring new vision and strategies to bring it into a post-COVID ministry philosophy. There are a few devoted leaders, the new leader will have to build teams and leaders from scratch. Living Oaks has a strong history of volunteerism, with vision and relationships, this new leader should find loyal and committed volunteers for both ministries.
The new Students and Family Pastor will have to serve as a player/coach as the Family Ministries team rebuilds. A roll-up-the sleeves and get-it-done attitude is a must. Support staff will be added as the ministries and church reestablish and even begin to grow.
LEADER OF LEADERS
It is imperative that the new Student and Family Ministries Pastor designs a ministry structure that is scalable to grow with the church. Currently, there is a gap of middle-level volunteer leadership empowered to lead teams of people. The Student Ministries and the Bridge is staff-run and is maxed in its capacity to grow without the implementation of a volunteer leadership structure. The Student Pastor will need to create a system of development that equips and releases volunteers into leadership.
Living Oaks culture is highly relational. A successful candidate will be able to convey warmth and sincerity as they cultivate relationships with students, kids, and families. It will be important that the new leader feels comfortable with kids, students, parents, and community leaders.
Everything that the student and kids ministry does is focused on the radical nature of God's grace. This is evident in the teaching style and through intentionally walking through passages of scripture in small groups.