Riverbend Church is a grace-filled non-denominational community in Austin, Texas with roughly 1,800 (pre-COVID) meeting on one beautiful campus. They highly value creativity, community, and truly meeting people where they're at. Riverbend exists to serve the bruised, battered, broken, and bored, and they are a church that prides themselves in making those who are far from God feel welcome. They are looking for an experienced pastor to bring fresh vision and momentum to the Student Ministry (6-12 grade) as part of the overall Family Ministry strategy.
Stepping onto Riverbend's campus, you are immediately struck by the beauty of the setting and the warmth of the people. Riverbend welcomes everyone, regardless of where they are in their life or faith journey, and it immediately sets you at ease as you settle into a seat in their gorgeous auditorium. The creativity and artistic nature of the church culture is seen at every turn, and it's hard to leave without feeling inspired in some way.
The Student Pastor will have the opportunity to totally rebuild the Middle and High School ministries with fresh vision. Incredible facilities are already in place, and a number of dedicated leaders are ready and waiting to fall under a high capacity leader. Riverbend truly values ministry to the next generation, and the new Student Pastor will be resourced to make a huge impact in the lives of teens in Austin.
This position oversees the staff and programs for middle and high school students. We want to see students energized and rallied behind a vision to reach their friends for Jesus. There has been dysfunction and turnover in the student staff over the last few years (the root of the issue has been dealt with and we're ready with a clean slate), but the effect on students has been pretty severe. Older students have checked out, and the students still hanging around are hesitant to trust and are fairly unmotivated. They are just waiting for a dynamic leader to breathe fresh life into the ministry and cast a compelling vision for them to rally behind. Here's a snapshot of the current situation:
The Position - What we are looking for:
We are looking for an experienced Student Pastor who can rally students and volunteers, cast a compelling vision, and embody the culture and values of Riverbend.