compass church

Junior High Pastor
The Compass Church

Naperville, Illinois
If you’re a leader who’s motivated to re-envision a ministry and build trust with parents and students, this opportunity is for you. The Compass Church is incredibly supportive of their student ministry, including making hard decisions these last few years to see it thrive. At The Compass Church, upper leadership is present and engaged, new ways of doing ministry are welcomed, and expectations are realistic and exciting for youth workers who care about expanding their capacity and making a strategic impact.

Church Description *

The Compass Church is a thriving and ever-expanding, multi-site ministry in the western suburbs of Chicago (only an hour outside one of the greatest cities in the world) with a rich and intriguing history. The church spans 4 campuses and collectively totals over 3,500 people on a weekend, and the church is still growing! Though the 4 campuses all have distinct personalities and demographics, they all embody the vision, mission, and culture of one church.

The mission of The Compass Church is clear and direct: “To love Him more, so more love Him.” They are equally committed to reaching people far from Jesus and the church, as they are to growing up those who are already a part of it. As a church, they are known for their community involvement and impact. Naperville is nationally praised for being a great place to raise a family, which makes doing student ministries exciting and full of opportunities. It’s also a highly-driven culture, so spiritually-sensitive and strategic leadership is necessary.


Position Description *

The Junior High Pastor must be relationally magnetic and passionate, with the ability to build trust with parents, volunteers, and students. He must be able to envision a new way forward and call out the students who’ve been sitting on the sidelines, engage current students, and draw new students into the church. The Junior High Pastor will oversee a small staff and become a champion for the other student ministries pastors at the other locations (though not oversee them).

The Compass Church desires a Junior High Pastor who will focus on “people” over “program,” prioritizing two main things in student ministries: disciple-making, and breaking growth barriers to reaching those who aren’t yet following Jesus. Vision is required, as well as a knack for team building, and high emotional intelligence. (And, since this IS Chicago, it’s also a plus if you have lived in the snow at least some time in your life!)

Capabilities and Characteristics: 
• Subscribes to the EFCA Statement of Faith
• Relational and passionate
• Be devoted to the campus as a whole, more than student ministries specifically
• Relationally magnetic to attract others to participate and serve students
• Embrace the belief that metrics matter: “you love what you measure and measure what you love”
• Ability to drive and set culture, a self-starter
• Ability to cast vision
• Capacity to move a large group in a specific direction
• Doesn’t view this position as a quick next step to something else (could easily be a 3-5 year investment)
• Ability to develop a ministry to parents and families

Reports To: Eric Liechty, Students + Stewardship Pastor

Relates Closely With:
• Hobson campus student ministries staff, including HS pastor and administrator
• Partnering with the other Compass student ministries pastors
• Hobson campus children’s ministry and other key staff

Provides Oversight To: Junior High Ministry (6th-8th grades) at Hobson campus

Primary Responsibilities:
• Grow the student ministries to better reflect the size of the church.
• Oversee junior high programming and special events.
• Work with staff team to ensure success of all-church initiatives.
• Meet or exceed yearly ministry goals.
• Work with the student ministries administrative assistant to ensure good support for volunteers.

Compensation Package:
(Total compensation negotiable based on experience and education)
• Salary compensation range: $48,000 – 60,000 depending on experience and education.
• Entire package may be proportioned to accommodate the needs of person (salary, housing, 403B matching retirement, or health insurance).



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