Youth Ministry Search

Youth Ministry Search November 3, 2014

I’ll continue the “worshipvalues” series next week. Today, I need to interrupt that theme to report onour search for a Minister for Middle School and High School Students. As mostof you know, Tom Benedict served as our Minister for HS Students for almost 6years; but he recently resigned to join the Air National Guard. (Let meencourage you to be praying for Tom and Crystal while he is in basic training.If you would like to correspond with him, Mary Sheffield has his mailingaddress.)

Early in October, we beganadvertising PHBF’s need for a part-time Student Minister. So far, the eldershave received over a dozen résumés and have narrowed the list of candidates toabout 5. Once these top-tier candidates complete a written questionnaire, theelders will begin scheduling interviews to evaluate their personal character,theology, training and experience, core competencies, and otherqualifications—i.e., all the qualities and abilities that would suit a man forministry at Parker Hills. The elders will conduct the first interview with eachcandidate themselves, but they will be putting together an ad hoc team ofdiverse church members to conduct interviews later in the hiring process. Ofcourse, we will also run a thorough reference check and backgroundinvestigation on our leading candidate(s), and we will schedule him/them tolead a midweek high school meeting. As one of the final steps of the process,we will present our candidate to the whole congregation for a public Q&Asession.

As for the position itself,even though it is only part time, we firmly believe it’s a ministry ofincredibly important influence. We believe the Bible honors teens and holds outhigh possibilities for their personal knowledge of and usefulness for God.Furthermore, many students experience their middle and high school years as atype of crossroads, where they make decisions which influence the course of therest of their lives; and we want our church to support and equip them well forthe choices they will be making in these formative years. Parents need help here,too, as the primary, God-given disciplers in their kids’ lives.

So please pray with us as wecontinue our search. Pray for unity for our church, wisdom for our elders,insight for the interviewers, honesty for the candidates and their references,patience for our students, and in all, grace and guidance from God. And whenyou’ve prayed, pray some more! We’ll keep you posted.