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Student Pastor



Hope Church in Springfield, Illinois is all about second chances. It’s an epicenter of God’s grace and truth where people from all walks of life can drop and deal with their baggage. With over 1000 attendees each weekend, and an average of 110 middle school and high school students every Sunday night, the need for a remarkable Student Pastor is evident. Hope Church’s Next Gen ministries are positioned for spiritual and numerical growth. HopeStudents needs a catalytic, relational, leader-of-leaders that can raise up strong teams to reach and disciple teens across the region in fresh ways for Christ.

Church Description

Walk into Hope Church today and you’d never guess its roots go back to 1907. The energy of the people and worship service are electric, inviting, magnetic. This midwestern church is located on 60 acres just 15 minutes west of downtown Springfield, the Illinois state capitol. It draws followers and non-followers of Jesus from all over the region. Since 2014, Senior Pastor Brian Mills has led and taught with a healthy balance of intentionality, inspiration, and intensity. The pastoral staff and core volunteer leadership are committed to being “on-mission” with Jesus, and it’s no wonder over 1,000 people call Hope Church home weekly.

7 days-a-week, both on and off campus support ministries, like HopeKids, Outreach & Sports, Community Care, Spiritual Growth Groups, and more, meet real needs in the community. As for HopeStudents (6th-12th grade), this vibrant disciple-making ministry primarily comes to life for around 110 teens on Sunday nights (6:00-8:00pm). They also engage in outreach events, service projects, missions trips, and retreats throughout the year. This core ministry of Hope Church draws in a diverse array of middle school and high school students from seven towns in the region and as far as an hour away.

Position Description

HopeStudents needs a catalytic, relational, leader-of-leaders that can raise up strong teams to reach and disciple teens in fresh ways for Christ. This full-time staff member oversees all aspects of Hope Student Ministries for students in grades 6-12. The Student Pastor will be a strong advocate for students and families in order to enhance the vision, mission and goals of the church. Specifically the position oversees the volunteers and students they represent.

In this next season, the Student Pastor at Hope Church has the opportunity to take the current ministry foundation to the next level. The core of 25 adult leaders and multiple teams of student leaders are ready to be empowered as greater owners of what happens in and through HopeStudents. Being “on mission” at home and abroad matters deeply, so catalyzing outreach and disciple making ministry must be strategic, scalable, and sustainable. The Student Pastor will be part of a dynamic Next Gen leadership team at Hope Church and strongly supported in order to see HopeStudents thrive.