Youth and Children's Pastor

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced individual who will be responsible for overseeing the Youth and Children’s Ministry (ages 0-18) at International Baptist Church, Costa Rica. We expect the successful candidate to be able to build and mentor a team of volunteers to fulfill the mission of these ministries. A candidate must be in agreement with our mission and vision along with our statement of beliefs. The person must exhibit a intimate and growing relationship with God, a teachable spirit, and a healthy family life. They must show evidence of a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ through spiritual disciplines i.e. prayer, Bible study, etc. Above all else, this person will be a Spirit-led follower of Jesus Christ with a passion for youth and children with a clear calling to our church.


  • International or multicultural experience is important as our congregation is quite diverse.
  • Conversational fluency in Spanish preferred but not required
  • Gifted and called to children and youth ministry, loves kids, young people and has a passion for evangelism and outreach, both personally and at the ministry level.
  • 2-5 years prior professional leadership experience in a growing youth and children's ministry with preference given to those with experience in a church of 200-600 or who have worked with a ministry with over 50 youth in weekly attendance.
  • Is an engaging teacher, with a strong biblical and theological background, who is in agreement with International Baptist Church’s Statement of Faith.
  • Organized, prepared, punctual, proactive, self-starter with a positive attitude.
  • Possesses a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field (masters preferred), experience in senior high youth ministry, children’s ministry, basic administrative skills, and a personal spiritual life congruent with biblical mandates for leaders (1 Timothy 3:1-7).
  • Willing to become an engaged member of the International Baptist Church community.
  • Thrives within a team environment; this includes our Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, administrative team and volunteers.
  • Self-motivated and able to work without close supervision; flexible to changes in procedures and/or direction.
  • Possesses qualities catalytic to teen ministry; for example, has a sense of humor, energetic, and authentic.
  • Demonstrates a strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Possesses strong computer skills & familiarity with social media tools and their use for ministering to youth.
  • Lead staff efforts to maintain the social media presence of these ministries.  i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Has basic experience working with AV, multimedia, tech and presentation software.


  • Create and execute a long-term church aligned vision for International Baptist Church’s youth and children’s ministry.
  • Lead and organize effective programs implementing fellowship, worship, biblical teaching, discipleship, and evangelism, for our children and youth as well as ministry and mission opportunities.
  • Recruit, train and shepherd volunteers with diverse gifts and personalities to run these ministries.
  • Promote an environment where kids and students feel connected to each other as a church family; where each student is valued and celebrated.
  • Invest and engage relationally with youth.
  • Seek to integrate children and youth ministry into all phases of church life to create a culture that is intentionally intergenerational, striving to unite with and complement other church ministries.
  • Support International Baptist Church’s parents in effectively fulfilling their Christian parenting roles, in concert with other pastoral staff.
  • Provide biblical counseling and spiritual direction to team leaders and students on an individual basis as needed.
  • Create fun and meaningful opportunities for all children & youth to connect and grow together.
  • Ensure safe and healthy classroom/small group environments
  • Maintain contact with students and parents, keeping them informed of ongoing activities. Keep parents updated on ministry strategies and plans in a way that encourages partnership and involvement.
  • Provide clear weekly communication to parents of children & youth regarding events/activities.
  • Explore and implement outreach events to connect students and families in the local community to our church community.   Foster cross collaboration between ministries and area churches.
  • Promote the unity, direction and vision of International Baptist Church by participating in staff and leadership meetings.
  • Develop a full year calendar that will accomplish our mission and vision as a ministry as well as complement our mission and vision as a church.
  • Carefully plan and manage the Children and Youth Ministry budgets.
  • Stay current with children and youth ministry practices by reading, attending youth leadership conferences, etc.
  • Other duties as required.