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Student Pastor

New Holland,


We are so excited to partner with Petra Church to help them add a remarkable youth pastor with experience leading in charismatic environments and possesses a heart to influence not only the student ministry, but the entire church. With over 100 students represented in their youth ministry and multiple staff to help serve the students and advance the vision, this role is a great opportunity to advance God’s kingdom in the northeast region.

Church Description

In 1983, a group of 40 people gathered in the local New Holland, PA fire hall to worship and study the Word. In 1987, purchased land and built a sanctuary to seat 450.

Three building expansions later, Petra can seat 1800 and has student facilities to accommodate 350-400 kids and students. With a weekly average attendance of 1550 over two services and growing, Petra is impacting the New Holland area. In 2000, Sr Pastor Zimmerman led the founding of the Hopewell Network of Churches led by an Apostolic leadership team. Petra is now considered a nondenominational church led by an Elder team.

Petra is in a healthy season of growth and leadership. The students of Petra are of high importance to Petra Church’s leadership and church body. There is a strong, student-led culture. Small groups are an integral expression of the youth ministry. The approach to discipling and shepherding students can best be expressed in the phrase, “Small group leaders are pastors!”

Position Description

Primary Function

Pastor, equip, and nurture healthy student ministry teams for creating a vibrant dynamic youth ministry in a growing church of 1,500+ attendance.


-Administrate, direct, and oversee all student ministry, middle school, high school and young adult.

-Raise up and equip multiple teams of volunteers to lead our student ministries.

-Oversee all teachings, plan a healthy teaching diet following the approved Scope and Sequence.

-Work with and involve the parents of youth in various activities and ministry opportunities.

-Assist and guide the student ministry leaders in their activity planning keeping it in line with our Petra philosophy, safety, properly chaperoned and consistent with the church’s teaching.

-Create and execute the annual budget for all Student Ministries.

Capabilities and Characteristics


-Spiritually mature

-Desires accountable relationships

-Strong character and good reputation

-Focused on spiritual growth and personal development

-Self-aware and familiar with personal strengths and areas of growth

-Strong communication skills with adolescents in both group and individual contexts

-Good work ethic with ability to see projects through to completion

-Values collaboration and teamwork in accomplishing goals

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