1. PASTORAL MINISTRY
- Preach four-five times/year
- Share in leading worship weekly
- Share pastoral care, weddings, funerals, and counseling
- Participate in the work of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley
2. YOUTH MINISTRY
- Direct & grow the middle school ministry
- Direct & grow the high school ministry
- Direct the confirmation program (eighth graders)
- Visit and build relationships with youth outside of church (at sporting events, school activities, etc.)
- Plan and participate with the youth group in mission and outreach in local and other US communities
- Work with us on developing a five-year vision and strategic plan for youth & family ministry
- Work under the supervision of the co-Pastors
- Work with and provide staff support for the Youth Ministry Committee of Session
- Recruit, train and supervise Youth Assistants
- Continue and develop Youth Ministry Intern program
The successful candidate will:
- have a strong and contagious personal faith in Jesus Christ
- profess a theology that is Christ-centered, biblically-grounded, Reformed, and respectful of a wide variety of theological viewpoints
- love young people as s/he loves the Lord
- be an excellent communicator of the Gospel, with the ability both to relate the Good News to today’s culture and to make the Bible come alive for youth
- be creative and a self-starter, building on existing ministries and starting new programs
- have strong leadership and administrative skills, with a commitment to developing lay ministry
- be a team player, sharing the ministry with the pastors, church staff, Session, and with the youth leadership team and volunteers
- be willing to meet students where they are and foster openness and questions
- be proficient at communication via social media outlets to “reach and teach” youth, and to model appropriate use of it
We seek a candidate who is enthusiastic about working together in a transforming ministry.
Liberty is located in the northern suburbs of Columbus in one of the fastest growing counties (Delaware County) and school districts in the nation. Over the next 10 years, Olentangy Local School District will see an increase in students from 17,000 to 21,000, with more schools planned. This geographically large district includes affluent and poor, suburban and rural areas. Liberty’s Sunday attendance is growing, and in 2014 we moved from one 10:00 Sunday morning worship service to two (9:00 & 11:00). This growth is both exciting and challenging. We hope our new associate pastor will help us discover new and vital ways for our growing youth community to shine the light of Christ into our corner of the world.
Liberty's vision emphasizes four main areas:
- To provide a welcoming place "to help people connect or reconnect with our Lord." Liberty’s worship service is our heart and soul. We embrace an informal, less traditional worship style -- welcoming humor, applause and laughter (as well as more reflective moments) -- supported by joyous music and a message which is Biblical and relevant.
- To foster spiritual growth. Liberty seeks to enable members "to build a lifetime of discipleship" through Bible studies, small groups, life-issues seminars, new member classes and retreats.
- To engage members in mission. We have an active mission program, supporting local, national and international missions including Youth Summer Mission Trip, Common Ground Free Store, Habitat for Humanity Walls Build, Street Church for the homeless of downtown Columbus, Youth for Christ, our Mission Garden and annual mission trips to our sister church in Honduras. By Session policy, we allocate 10% of all offerings "off the top" to missions.
- To provide a nurturing and supportive environment to youth of all ages. Youth ministry is a priority at Liberty. We seek to meet the youth wherever they may be on their walk with the Lord, welcoming all, from those that seek further biblical knowledge to those just looking for friendships and fun in the presence of the Lord. Liberty’s mission is to help its members grow in faith, to care for their needs, to teach them the Good News, and to equip them to serve God as each is called.