Student Pastor

Have you been called to be a Pastor to students? Do you desire to serve in a large, growing, suburban church? Are you willing to be the senior leader of a student ministry that has thrived in the past and is poised for even greater days in the future? Are you ready and willing to lead students to be fully devoted followers of Jesus and their families to be the primarily disciplers of their teenagers? If you answer yes to these questions, the Student Pastor position at First Baptist Church O'Fallon, Illinois may be the place God is calling you to!

The Lord has grown First Baptist Church O'Fallon IL (FBCO) from an average weekend worship attendance of 500 to over 1600 during the past two decades under the leadership of Senior Pastor Doug Munton. O'Fallon IL is a vibrant and growing community, located 15 miles east of St. Louis and 5 miles from Scott Air Force Base. FBCO reaches into O'Fallon and the surrounding Metro East regional area, with a large percentage of the church being made up of young families with children. 

The student ministry at FBCO has a rich history of effectively engaging students in evangelism, worship, and discipleship. Each weekend, 200+ students (7th-12th grade) connect through a Sunday morning LIFE Group and Sunday evening student worship service. Alongside other yearly evangelistic, discipleship, and missional strategies and events, DiscipleNOW weekend, summer mission camp, Underground fall retreat, and Couch Wars are staples of the FBCO student ministry. 

FBCO is a pastor and staff led church and is now searching for its next Pastor to Students. This person will report to the senior and executive pastors, and will oversee the ministry to students in the seventh through twelfth grades alongside a ministry team made up of a student ministry associate, girls ministry specialist, and an administrative assistant. They should be experienced, trained, and called to student ministry.

The next Pastor to Students at FBCO should possess the following traits… 

  • Strategic visionary - the ability to cast vision and inspire people about the value and importance of student ministry. 

  • Skillful team builder - the ability to always be recruiting, encouraging, inspiring and training volunteers.

  • Culturally relevant innovator - the ability to see life through the lens of students and their families and stay out front through innovation and approach. 

  • Unflappable nature - the ability to roll with the punches and handle pressure well.

  • Administratively competent - the ability to think through and manage safety, schedule programming, be a leader of leaders, access and utilize materials and resources, greet families and answer questions, follow up with new families, recruit and train volunteers, and communicate well.

  • Passionate about student ministry - the spiritual maturity required to thrive as a Pastor to Students comes from a consistent walk with God and overflows in the form of passion for students, families, and volunteers. 

FBCO loves its staff and sees the calling of church staff as an investment. The compensation and benefits package for the Pastor to Students position will include salary, family medical insurance, retirement, ministry related expense account, and a conference/convention allowance. 

If, after reading this description, you are energized and feel led to pursue this opportunity further, please take the time to check out FBCO in greater detail, then email your completed application along with your resume to John Howard, FBCO Executive Pastor.