Date posted Nov 23, 2021
Deadline Jan 31, 2022

Garden City Church of Christ (GCCC) is a community of Christ-followers who seek to connect people to Christ, to one another, and to service. GCCC is a 250+ member church located in Columbus, Indiana, and is affiliated with the Independent Christian Church/Church of Christ Restoration Movement. We are currently seeking a fulltime associate minister position to lead us in our ministry to children and youth.


We believe our children and youth are vibrant and vital contributors to our church. Therefore, the Minister of Children and Youth will focus on developing relationships with our children and youth to encourage them to mature in their faith and connect them with the life of the church. Also, enthusiastically lead them to grow in their biblical understanding, and to live authentic lives consistent with their God-given purpose. The Associate Minister of Children and Youth should have strong leadership abilities, be able to connect readily and easily with children, youth, and their families; connect young people with one another, and be able to creatively and passionately encourage children and youth to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.



The Associate Minister of Children and Youth is accountable to the Lead Minister and the Board of Elders.


Children and Youth Ministry – 80%

  • This position will plan events for the children and youth, Bible studies, and ministry trips  varied in place and purpose – that are outreach and service-oriented.
  • Seek to minister to all children and youth in our church family, including those who do not regularly attend children/youth activities, by developing personal relationships with the children and youth.
  • Build a positive relationship with parents.
  • Recruit and train volunteer leaders to accomplish our mission and reflect our values.
  • Develop ways to receive input and evaluation from parents, teachers, volunteers, and other church leaders regarding children and youth ministry.
  • Maintain and enforce safety and security policies and procedures.
  • Network with other youth workers in the community for greater good works and encouragement.
  • Set and oversee the children and youth ministry budget.
  • Integrate children and youth into the life of the church, supporting and participating in the church’s vision, worship services, and activities.
  • Grow and enhance our children and youth ministry by setting the mission and values and a plan to carry it out to develop their relationship with Jesus Christ.

General Pastoral – 20%

  • Pray regularly for the church and share prayer needs with other staff members.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Keep consistent office hours.
  • Participate with the Elders in the shepherding of the congregation, including teaching and preaching, visitation, counseling, and other pastoral duties as needed.


  • A Christian who has experienced believer’s baptism by immersion and is a committed member of the local congregation.
  • You have been called by God to serve both children and youth ministries, and you have been ordained/commissioned (or are willing to be) by a Christian Church/Church of Christ church that recognizes your calling.
  • You agree with and support the stated doctrine and mission of Garden City Church of Christ (see our statement of faith on our website:
  • Preferred to have earned a bachelor’s degree or greater (preferably in children/youth or family ministry) from an accredited Bible College or Seminary from a Restoration church college/university.
  • This candidate must have strong communication and planning skills and must be able to easily communicate with our children, youth, and their parents.
  • Has a servant heart who is willing to help others.
  • Collaborates as part of the pastoral and ministry team.
  • Possesses strong administrative skills and is good at managing details.
  • Has a heart and calling for children and youth ministry.
  • For married candidates, a spouse in full support of your ministry calling, who will serve in the church in the way that suits personal gifting.

Please submit a resume and cover letter via the “Apply Here” link above along with a response to the following question (in 300-500 words): Why do you believe you are called to children’s and youth ministry?

Garden City Church of Christ Ministry Profile
Rick Shonkwiler Director, Christian Church Leadership Network's "Find Your Next Minister/Ministry" Service