Westside Church

Student Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Brian Aaby

Senior Associate

Every hour of my site visit with Westside made me more and more excited. This new leader will start with a solid core of 80 to 100 teens and work with a Discipleship Pastor who wants those under his care to run with freedom! The low-hanging fruit in this role is very evident– build into the leadership, and this ministry will scale quickly as the teens are hungry for relationships and love applying what they learn!

About This Organization

Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska, was founded in 1966 by Dr. Calvin Miller. From its humble beginnings with five families, the church experienced remarkable growth under Dr. Miller’s leadership. Initially located on 139th and Pacific, the church later moved to its present location on 150th and West Dodge Road in the 1980s to accommodate its expanding congregation.

After Dr. Miller’s retirement in 1992, Dr. Tony Lambert took over as the second pastor from 1997 to 2002, contributing to the church’s ongoing development. Dr. Curt Dodd assumed the role of the third pastor in 2004 and continues to lead the congregation today. Despite facing challenges, including those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Westside Church remains resilient and committed to rebuilding and revitalizing its ministries.

As Westside Church grows in this post-pandemic rebuilding season, it remains dedicated to serving the local community and spreading the Good News in Omaha and worldwide. The church’s history stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of its founding families and the transformative impact of its leaders over the years.

Position Description

The Student Pastor oversees the ministry to those in grades 6-12. He will directly lead the Student Ministry and oversee the staff under his care. This Pastor does the majority of the teaching for their student ministry gatherings and shepherds the volunteers who lead the groups.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be an advocate for student ministry and educate the congregation and leadership about the hopes, concerns, and needs of students in the local church and community.
  • Provide leadership and serve as a shepherd to the Student Ministry leadership teams.
  • Effectively create and communicate a vision for student ministry that is aligned with the overall church.
  • Partner with other leaders in developing a comprehensive vision for the Student Ministry. This includes the spiritual, educational, physical, and emotional growth and engagement of student and their parents.
  • Oversee appropriate communication, making sure that opportunities for connection and involvement are clear to students, leaders, and parents in the church and the community.
  • Be Intentional about integrating student ministry into the Sunday morning corporate worship service.
  • Recruit, train, and inspire paid and volunteer staff to become leaders in planning and implementing relevant, effective, and safe ministry environments.
  • Develop and maintain a healthy volunteer culture and structure.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Experience leading people to faith in Jesus.
  • Demonstrated genuine love and solid rapport with young people.
  • Sensitive to the needs and pressures of teens and young adults, with knowledge of possible solutions.
  • Self-motivated, self-disciplined, and teachable.
  • Committed to 5 years of youth ministry at Westside Church.
  • 2 to 4-year degree or equivalent.
  • Previous experience as a student pastor is preferred.

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