(For context, our current student minister, Andrew Beal, is transitioning to an executive- type role in the fall of 2018 after serving 3+ years as student minister.)
Southwest currently has 35-45 middle and high school students who are actively involved in the student ministry. We are seeking a Student Minister who can prioritize community and discipleship while crafting engaging environments for students.
For the first time, the 2018-19 school year means every student in our ministry is a part of Generation Z—a decidedly post-Christian generation. The Student Minister will need to take on the mindset of the men of Issachar, who “understood the times and knew what to do.” (1 Chron. 12:32) He or she should be a cultural exegete who is comfortable with innovation and failure.
We are looking for someone who values living in community with others and is skilled at building community and togetherness within a ministry. Knowing how to effectively preach/teach to such a unique generation and being able to engage fringe students are also high priorities. Southwest has also always had a team of wise and dedicated volunteers. Continued training and support of these volunteers is a must.
The Springboro school system has always welcomed student ministers to visit the schools and have lunch with students on a weekly basis. Andrew has even coached track and cross country for Springboro High School, so we have had a great relationship with the local schools.
Southwest also sits next to the Coffman YMCA, which has the highest membership in Dayton, OH. Our great relationship with the YMCA allows the student ministry to use the gym on Saturday and Sunday nights weekly, and both gyms and the pool once a month. There aren’t many Student Ministers who get opportunities like this!