Idlewild Baptist Church

Middle School Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Brian Aaby

Senior Associate

I’m excited about the “fresh start” that Idlewild is experiencing in staffing for the Student Ministry; not only will this new leader start with a solid core of students (125+), but they will be asked to collaborate with the High School Pastor and the Student Pastor to cast vision for the future of Idlewild’s Student Ministry trajectory.

About This Organization

Situated north of Tampa in the picturesque western bay area of Florida sits the expansive property of Idlewild Baptist Church. Idlewild was founded in 1934 in a garage in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Growth has always been part of the equation at Idlewild as they needed to move and build a few times from the 1940s through the 1990s. They are now thriving in their nearly 500,000-square-foot building and in an auditorium that can fit nearly 5000.

Idlewild Baptist is a church that desires for its community to know Jesus. This is shown even as you approach their property– before you see a building, you’ll encounter ball field after ball field as their sports ministry serves as a massive outreach for those in the area.

The goal at Idlewild Baptist is to create environments where people can encounter God and grow in their relationship with Jesus and others. The environment is casual, and they simply want people to come as they are.

Position Description

This is a very exciting opportunity to be a traditional student pastor to Middle School students. A candidate with a desire and ability to relate with students (and their families) and the volunteers in the ministry will do well. Idlewild has a pretty traditional approach to student ministry with Sunday morning and Wednesday evening programs and consistent events, camps, and retreats.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Administration of Middle School Ministry
  • Coordination of Middle School Small Groups
  • Coordination of Middle School Midweek Service
  • Execution of Middle School Special Events
  • Leadership of Middle School Adult Volunteers
  • Leadership and development of Middle School interns
  • Implementation of ministry on local Middle School campuses
  • Partnering with parents in the discipleship of Middle School student

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • This candidate should have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience)
  • A strong candidate will have some experience leading a student ministry (or on a staff) and a strong desire to stay in student ministry for several years.
  • A strong communicator is desired for this role.

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