Job Description of Every Student Pastor

student ministry job descriptions post

I was just thinking about a job description this morning, and if I was truly being effective in the expectations given in a student ministry job description. Here is a short sample of a job description for every student pastor:

  • Maintain a growing active relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Keep your family before the ministry
  • Attend church faithfully (however often your church has services)
  • Support the senior pastor’s leadership
  • Build relationships with the students
  • Train, recruit, and equip a team of leaders 
  • Encourage, partner, and train parents of students
  • Stay up to date on youth culture and youth trends
  • Seek to build a family ministry and not just a student ministry
  • Be organized
  • Be a planner (plan ahead- no less than 6 months out, preferably a year out)
  • Work within the budget given
  • Work to get into the public school system
  • Stay relevant

What would you add to the job description of a student pastor? Obviously each church will have some individual descriptions that differ slightly from this one, but these should be the same across the board.

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

5 thoughts on “Job Description of Every Student Pastor

  1. Josh a really great list here! Thanks for posting by and large I agree with every single one!

    I would add to two –

    I think it’s very important to be publicly respectful of a senior pastor’s leadership – but there are instances where the congregation has one sense of direction, and the pastor another. Pastors are just as human as anyone else and can sometimes create challenges/tensions/disunity within the congregation. I’d say respect the position, person and authority but I am not convinced in all circumstances a youth worker needs to support the leadership if that youth worker feels FAITHFULLY the leadership is error.

    and Be a planner yes – to the best of your and the ministry’s ability. Too much structure and planning can lead to a rigidness that is as unhealthy to a ministry as no planning. I think it’s a healthy balance between the two. Point is – sometimes the best laid plans have to change – and that allows the Spirit in!

    1. As a staff member, I feel that I should be faithful to the senior pastor. Now, if he is destroying the church and the deacons or whoever desires to see him leave, you may can voice your opinion a little more openly. I just see people who disrespect their pastor to others in the church, and that is very unhealthy.

      Thanks for the post.


      1. It’s a blessing when one is in a context where they morally, ethically, and faithfully be in full support of the senior leadership. My point was not all are in that position, and regardless of position, we should be respectful of all people. I don’t think it’s ever good, or helpful to be disrespectful, even if one has been disrespected – one must respond in faith and with grace. My major point was I think there is a difference between being respectful and being supportive. Again it’s a very good list!

  2. While going to ministry and church kids should feel happy about it. Many children are doubtful about what they are doing and why? because its their age to think like that. Students should actively seek their seniors to get guidance and believe in themselves and God’s word.

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