Associate Pastor, Student and Family Ministry Qualification Criteria


Education, Ordination & Work Experience

  • Master of Divinity or equivalent degree from an accredited theological seminary or divinity School
  • Ordination or licensure by a recognized denomination or church organization preferred
  • Willing to affiliate with the EFCA and begin EFCA’s ordination process within a year
  • Must wholeheartedly affirm North Suburban’s Statement of Faith
  • Fully agree with North Sub’s core values, marks of a disciple, and theological distinctives
  • Has a minimum of three years in full or part-time pastoral and youth ministry or similar ministry experience with demonstrated preaching and discipleship skills
  • Track record of operating as a team leader with proven abilities to:
    • Motivate, organize and empower effective teams
    • Recruit, develop and equip volunteer leaders within the congregation


Spiritual Characteristics

  • Meets the qualifications for Eldership as found in the following passages of Scripture: 1 Timothy 3: 1-7, Titus 1: 6-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-3
  • Primary focus on spiritual gifts of discipleship for our Jr. High/High School students and Young Adults, while championing student ministries with staff and volunteers
  • Secondary focus on gifts of evangelism and missional living
  • Theologically, he must place emphasis on the authority of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God and the final authority for faith and practice
  • Exhibits a high degree of authentic self-awareness of his own brokenness and leads as his transformed self in Christ’s likeness
  • He must exhibit a deep, authentic and contagious personal relationship with Jesus Christ evidenced by a life of faith and obedience to God’s Word
  • Engages in regular accountability and active soul care, creating the conditions for transformation by engaging spiritual disciplines that make himself available for the work only God can do


Leadership Skills & Abilities

  • A leader who can promote excitement and passion for the gospel among students
  • Practices servant leadership and is humbly willing to receive input and feedback
  • Evidence of a shepherd leader, with experience as a mentor, coach and discipler, particularly in developing student and volunteer leaders within the congregation
  • Encourages discipleship and has the ability to integrate this into the church’s culture
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire lay leadership and volunteer involvement; implements initiatives to equip the students and lay leaders for ministries
  • A leader who can face and resolve conflict and who can model and teach healthy, biblically-based conflict resolution skills
  • Committed to working with a team-based model of ministry
  • Able to digitally communicate concisely, efficiently, and effectively with parents and students


Missional Leadership Criteria

  • Recognizes that the church is a missional entity sent by a sending God. North Sub sends its members out among people in our community and around the world rather than attempting just to attract people from our community in among the people of the church
  • Demonstrates and encourages Christlikeness to those we are called to reach and serve, creating time and space to be involved with the lives of people outside the church that will lead to opportunities for tangible acts of love and sacrifice
  • Has the ability to motivate and equip others to evangelize, setting an example by his own missional living
  • Able to integrate an understanding of the distinct North Shore culture into outreach efforts
  • It is essential that the candidate be willing and able to deeply engage in the lives of our students and families by seeking to engage students in daily life outside church activities


Preaching Style

  • Biblical, theological, and communication excellence for life-transforming impact within contemporary culture
  • Takes the truth of God’s Word and communicates it in the language of the marketplace, speaking to both the felt needs and spiritual needs of the people.
  • Priorities for preaching abilities include:
  1. Ultimate respect for the authority and power of Scripture; sermons emerge from Biblical truths rather than from merely “applying” Scripture to the content
  2. Sermons that have the goal of life transformation versus being merely informational
  3. Emphasis on life application and infused with real life stories and examples
  4. By the leading of the Holy Spirit, able to guide worship and provide a sense of reverence and awe for God and prepare, instruct, connect and engage the body of Christ in worship
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