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First Baptist Church Thomasville - Minister to Youth and Families

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Thomasville, Georgia, United States


Date Posted: 12/29/2017
Categories: Family Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

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About the Organization:

First Baptist Church of Thomasville is a church with a longstanding legacy. It is located in Thomasville, Georgia, a charming town located in southwest Georgia with Florida close by. The church has a longtime reputation of biblical commitment, community influence, as well as local and worldwide outreach.

Through its history, the church has been known as a place where the Word of God is faithfully preached. It also has been known for its large facility, vibrant music program, and impactful children’s and youth ministries.

The church has experienced many years of faithfulness, which continues to manifest itself in many ways today. As First Baptist Church Thomasville looks to its future, it desires to be filled with sustained faithfulness and abounding fruitfulness in its upcoming seasons of growth and impact.

 

Snapshot:

Size: 940

Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention; Georgia Baptist Convention

Location: Thomasville, GA

 

About the Position:

The goal of the Minister to Youth and Families is to help First Baptist Church lead people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ by overseeing the Youth Ministry (grades 7-12) of First Baptist Church and other family ministries, including overseeing the Children’s Director and Preschool Director.

The Minister to Youth and Families will, however, primarily operate in a student pastor capacity. This will require a firm grasp of the beliefs, values and strategy of FBC and the ability to align staff and key leadership teams with its mission, vision and values.

The Minister to Youth and Families will lead all components of youth ministry, as well as provide oversight and guidance to the other departments in the Family Ministries.


What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Minister to Youth and Families:


Education

An undergraduate degree is required. A seminary degree is not required but is preferred.


Experience

The ideal candidate for the Minister to Youth and Families should have prior church ministry experience, preferably with students and will be able to lead a student ministry of 100 students plus.


Personal Characteristics 

  • Be committed to holiness and developing personal walk with God in order to model and lead others in their faith.
  • If married, love spouse as Christ loved the church. If a parent, discipline children to know God and love Him.
  • Pursue professional, personal, and spiritual development.
  • A strong commitment to assisting the ministries of the church in fulfilling their mission and vision.
  • Energy and enthusiasm particularly around students, yet able to exude a calming influence when needed.
  • Carry a posture of strength, approachability, and humility.
  • Strong, demonstrated relationship with Jesus Christ, guided by a commitment to following the principles spelled out in the Bible for living a life of thankful service to God.
  • A demonstrated high level of integrity, guided by a sound set of ethical principles.
  • Doctrinal position that matches that of the First Baptist Church Family

About the Location:

 

There’s an abundance of old-fashioned Southern charm to be enjoyed in Thomasville, Georgia.

 Located 34 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida, Thomasville has a population of about 18,000 people. The city deems itself the City of Roses and holds an annual Rose Festival. The city features plantations open to the public, a historic downtown, a large farmer's market, and a 308-year-old oak tree at the corner of Monroe and Crawford streets. The population was 19,340 at the 2013 United States Census.

 

In 2016, Thomasville was featured as the second best historic small town on USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice List.

Thomasville is home to several historic and cultural organizations, including the Thomas County Historical Society and Museum of History, Thomasville Landmarks, Inc., the Thomasville Center for the Arts, Jack Hadley's Black History Museum, and Pebble Hill Plantation. Daily tours and research hours are available at each institution.

 

The Thomasville City School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 204 full-time teachers and over 3,107 students. The Thomas County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and two high schools, Thomas County Central and Bishop Hall Charter School. The district has 329 full-time teachers and over 5,466 students. There are also a great selection of private school options, including Calvary Christian School, Favor Christian Academy, Brookwood School, and Thomasville Christian School. Thomasville is home to the main campus of Thomas University and the main campus of Southern Regional Technical College.

 

Downtown Thomasville is a boutique-shopping hub, with a lively array of locally owned businesses along brick-lined streets, including mid-century modern antiques, record stores, colorful local personality and artisan crafts.

 

Food and dining out in Thomasville is a taste of the south with options like Jonah’s Fish & Grits, offering classic Southern indulgences like fried pickles and hush puppies, as well as deep-fried catfish or shrimp. With a location prime to Florida and the Gulf Coast, Thomasville is a great seafood destination.

 

An hour south of Thomasville, not far from the Gulf Coast, is the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Situated along a migratory bird flyway, it’s a 68,000-acre magnet for birds and nature lovers that boasts a variety of walking and biking trails. The site’s 88-foot lighthouse was built in 1842. It’s one of the region’s most iconic landmarks.

 

Just over the state line from Tallahassee, Florida, the revived downtown, historic preservation district, distinct Southern style, and family, homey atmosphere of Thomasville make this little town a gem to be discovered.

 

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