Student Ministries Associate Director – Middle School

Job Title: Student Ministries Associate Director – Middle School
Supervisor: Director, Student Ministries
Hours: Full time position – 40 hours/week
FLSA Status: Exempt


The position of Associate Director of Student Ministries for Pathway Community Church plays a vital leadership role in the daily operations of our ministry. This individual will primarily lead a life-changing ministry for students in grades 5-8, but also will assist the Student Ministries department as a whole in leading students in grades 5-12 into a full life found in Jesus Christ.  They will encourage and equip students to live out their faith at home and in other areas of influence, and to connect in community with other students. The incumbent will seek to use his/her personal gifts for the benefit of the church by contributing to the overall leadership and influence of this particular department.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. This individual must love God and be pursuing a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. As he/she demonstrates spiritual disciplines, the primary aim is growing in and pleasing Christ. The ideal candidate will possess leadership ability to advise on and implement strategy and tactically execute the department’s plans and programs. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Tasks are outlined by detailed work guidelines, policy, or supervision. Other duties may be assigned as deemed necessary by the supervisor. A listing of standard tasks anticipated include:

  • Execute strategy, ministry plan, calendar, and budget to support students in grades 5-8.
  • Act as the point leader of the middle school ministry initiative.
  • Assist Student Ministries Director and Middle School Associate Director of Small Groups in recruiting, leading, training, and developing volunteer leaders, advising and equipping them to train others.
  • Direct middle school and Project 5 ministries and staff, crafting a vision and accompanying ministry initiatives—including outreach, small groups, programming, teaching, Life at Home, camps, retreats, to name a few.
  • Research, develop, and choose curriculum and Scripture-based teaching for Student Ministries Team studies, programs, and retreats.
  • Execute and orchestrate new and ongoing studies and events.
  • Recruit, develop, and co-lead the Impulse volunteer team, collaborating with the Middle School Associate Director of Small Groups.
  • Present and teach regularly at IMPULSE. Ongoing teaching at retreats, camps, and other student ministry events.


This job supervises the Middle School Associate Director of Small Groups and Middle School Summer Interns; may control work methods, tasks, or other activities.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:

  • Spiritual Depth – Pursues a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Job Knowledge – Education and experience guide the needs of this department. Little to no supervision or direction provided. This role needs to identify student ministry needs and use judgment and experience to create programs that will meet those needs.
  • Use of Technology – Adapts to new technologies; uses technology to increase productivity.  Use and proficiency of Microsoft Office, video and image editing, cell phone, email, and other office PC tools.
  • Cooperation – Collaborates with peers and interdepartmental initiatives to create and execute programs for students in grades 5-8. Orchestrates events and initiatives cross-functionally.
  • Teamwork – Contributes to building a positive team spirit. Supports team atmosphere. Executes vision, values, direction, and strategy in alignment with PCC’s overall mission and values.
  • Adaptability – Uses judgment and decision-making to adapt to problems and resolve situations as they occur. Often addresses problems unique and confidential in nature. Few established policies and procedures to solve problems.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent. Covers pastoral duties for others when needed.
  • Dependability – Actions follow vision of church and direction of elder team.
  • Initiative – Proactively identifies and initiates new programs and practices, anticipating and meeting the needs of congregation and students.
  • Planning/Organizing – Sets direction of team within the Student Ministries department and prioritizes outcomes to ensure greater good of and alignment with the organization’s vision. Complies with budgets to ensure financial success of department.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and well-thought out plans. Ensures creativity in high quality programming and curriculum for students.
  • Quantity – Prioritizes work and manages time in a way to achieve all objectives.

Education and/or Experience:

Successful completion of four-year degree; one year related experience in working with and/or serving students, preferably in a church environment.


The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.