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Mt. Zion Baptist Church – Minister of Students

53 Old Memphis Oxford Rd

Position Type

Student Ministries Pastor



Ministry Area


Avg. Weekly Attendance


Job Description

Mt. Zion Baptist Church in NW Mississippi is seeking a full-time Minister of Students for grades 1-12.

The position includes three general responsibilities. These responsibilities include the areas of evangelism, worship, and Christian recreation. Programs are needed to hold the interest of children and youth for the purpose of spiritual growth. The Student Minister will work closely with the Pastor and must be able to fill the pulpit when needed.

This position includes meeting educational needs of children and youth, such as Bible Study on Wednesday, and the provision of Discipleship Trainings on Sundays. The Student Minister will actively participate in leading students to be  part of worship services on Sunday morning and evening. He will be needed for counseling with students and families as situations arise.


Give evidence of a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ through personal Bible study and prayer.
Four (4) Year Bachelor Degree.
Experience with children and youth ministry is preferred.
The candidate must have an ability to relate to children, youth, and their parents.
Married man with children preferred.
Agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000.
A strategic leader who casts a vision that inspires and equips volunteers, engages well with parents, students and children, creatively leads ministry initiatives, and can organize and oversee Mt. Zion’s youth and children’s ministries.



A. Recruit, train and care for a team of adult volunteers to assist with student ministry.

B. Plan and lead weekly student ministry gatherings. Gathering should be engaging and fun for students while providing gospel-centered teaching and opportunity for group engagement.

C. Develop student leaders through personal mentoring, special training, and ministry opportunities.

D. Support student activities by having a periodic personal presence at school activities or other events in which teens participate.

E. Provide pastoral care and first response pastoral counseling to students dealing with issues such as bullying, eating disorders, cutting, addiction, pornography, etc. Involve parents and provide parental support/coaching as appropriate.

F. Organize and lead annual youth missions trip and/or youth camp. Take students to other large group meetings.

G. Organize and lead large student events or fun activities outside the regular weekly meeting (examples: lake day, Christian concert, paintball).  At least one event per year should be an evangelistic outreach to students.

H. Provide information to students and parents about all upcoming activities.

I. Provide teaching and/or resources for parents about key issues facing students. Champion family-based discipleship.


A. Provide oversight and administrative support to Sunday morning children’s ministry (including Sunday School), Wednesday night children’s ministry, and Vacation Bible School.

B. Recruit, train, encourage and provide resources for children’s ministry volunteers.

C. Ensure that children’s ministry events are staffed.

D. Select gospel-centered curriculum for Sunday morning children’s ministry that champions family-based discipleship.

E. Lead children’s ministry during Sunday AM service for children through 6th grade.

F. Provide information to parents about all upcoming children’s activities.

G. Provide teaching and/or resources for parents about key issues facing children.

H. Schedule at least one large scale fun event and several small-scale fun events every year for children.


A. Coordinate an annual ministry appreciation event for children’s and youth ministry workers (this can be ministry specific).

B. Promote children’s and youth ministry during Sunday service when appropriate.

C. Maintain strong team chemistry with the staff and leaders at Mt. Zion Baptist. Agree to quickly and biblically resolve any conflicts that may arise.

D. Be available to complete other tasks and responsibilities as assigned.

E. Regularly attend and be involved with the ongoing ministry activities of Mt. Zion Baptist.

About Mt. Zion Baptist Church:

Nestled in the heart of Independence, Mississippi, stands Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a cornerstone of the community since its establishment in1875. Steeped in history and rooted in faith, Mt. Zion has served as a beacon of hope. Mt. Zion Baptist Church has a current average of 250 members in attendance.

The church was originally founded by a group of dedicated believers seeking spiritual fellowship. Over the years, the church has witnessed the ebb and flow of time, adapting to the changing landscape while remaining steadfast in its commitment to God and community. People coming together in worship, fellowship, and service.

Beyond its weekly services, Mt. Zion hosts a variety of classes, programs, and events aimed at transforming the lives of its members and reaching out to the wider community. From youth ministries to outreach opportunities, the church is dedicated to spreading the love of Christ and making a positive impact in the world.

Compensation – Benefits

Full-time position.

Pay commensurate to the position.

Insurance and retirement.

Housing is provided for the family.

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