St. Paul’s Church, Nobleton, seeks a half-time Youth Pastor to work with current volunteer leaders to help the young people of our community connect with God, grow in Christ, and serve in community.

About the congregation.  St. Paul’s Church is a congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Canada located in the town of Nobleton, Ontario, in the heart of King Township.  With a population of 3,200 people, Nobleton is surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms near the ecologically sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine.  Located twenty minutes from both Pearson Airport and the town of Newmarket, and less than an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto, Nobleton still has a small-town feel,  though its population is expected to nearly double in the next five to ten years with new housing developments.

The congregation was begun in 1958 and became completely self-supporting in 1983.  Only five years later, a major building addition was undertaken, giving St. Paul’s a fully accessible and functional campus near the edge of town on the main east-west thoroughfare.  This church family is home to people young and old, and its youth ministry – the only one in the community – reaches far beyond the congregation itself.

St. Paul’s exists to encourage people to connect with God, grow in Christ, and serve in community.  This mission-purpose statement extends to all the ministries of the congregation, including the youth ministry.  With some 30 young people participating in the group – and nearly 20 on a weekly basis – the elders of St. Paul’s believe it is time to provide some additional leadership to complement that being given currently by two couples in the congregation.

About the position.  St. Paul’s seeks a half-time (20 hours per week) staff person with training in youth ministry to work alongside the Lead Pastor and the volunteer leaders and parents in the current youth program, with a view to expanding its outreach.  The position will include, but not be limited to:

  • Spiritually mentoring the young people through individual and group activities, including opportunities beyond the normal youth meeting(s);
  • Discipling the young people to go deeper in their faith;
  • Developing separate programs for junior and senior youth;
  • Drawing youth from the community into relationship with Christ through St. Paul’s Youth Ministry;
  • Helping parents of youth be spiritual leaders in their kids’ lives; and
  • Being involved in the life of the congregation, including Sunday worship.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience.  A modest program budget will be provided.

About the candidate.  The successful candidate will be a passionate follower of Jesus Christ with a heart for the spiritual and emotional health of young people, and will possess:

  • The spiritual gift of encouragement, among other gifts;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills;
  • Keen listening and team-building skills;
  • Sound judgment and people-reading skills;
  • Flexibility, energy, courage, and a love of fun; and
  • At least an undergraduate degree in theology or its equivalent, with some courses in youth ministry.

The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in or willing to become knowledgeable in the spirituality and theology of the Reformed tradition and the Leading With Care policy of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (available at http://www.presbyterian.ca/ resources/online/275).   He or she will require a current police records check, and a valid Ontario driver’s licence.  Musical abilities and physical activity skills will be assets.

Reporting structure.  The Youth Pastor will be accountable directly to the Lead Pastor and will work with the Christian Education Team.  Regular meetings with the Lead Pastor and other youth leaders will be expected.  This position will be evaluated annually.

Qualified and interested candidates should send a current curriculum vitae along with at least three references ASAP:

By email:  jeff <at> stpaulsnobleton <dot> ca

(attachments welcomed in .doc, .docx or .pdf formats)

By regular mail:

St. Paul’s Search Team, c/o Dr. Jeff Loach

Box 264, Nobleton, Ontario  L0G 1N0

Encouragement From The Word

Little Things Mean A Lot

In Matthew 25.40, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (NIV).  In the context of that story – about the sheep and the goats – the righteous are surprised to learn that they had served the Lord in small ways, such as feeding, clothing and caring.  Acting on the grace of God at work in their lives through faith, they had ministered to others, and thereby ministered to Jesus himself.  What they were doing just flowed from them naturally, because of their faith in Christ.

Have you ever thought about the little encouragements you give, the little kindnesses you share?  Perhaps these are ministries both of and to Jesus.  Nobody gets too much encouragement.

For example, last night, having had some minor trouble with my smart phone, I called Bell Mobility tech support to try to get the problem solved.  The chap I spoke with, while not perfectly fluent in English, was extremely courteous, very patient, and gave me the impression that he really wanted to help me with the problem.  While the difficulty turned out to be simple to solve, the process of ‘getting there’ was a bit more complicated than either of us had anticipated.

Still, when it was all done – nearly an hour of trying things and waiting on hold while he talked with another expert – I did not feel exasperated (as I often do at the end of such calls).  I felt that I had been heard, and my concern had been taken seriously.  And he worked to solve the problem to my satisfaction!

When we were finished, I said to him, “I need to ask one more thing of you:  will you put me through to your supervisor, so I can tell that person what a good job you have done for me?”  I think he was a bit surprised that I asked, but glad that I had said why I wanted to talk with his supervisor, because all too often, when consumers ask to speak to the supervisor, it’s to complain.  But I wanted to commend, rather than complain.

I had to leave a voicemail for the supervisor, but at least I had the opportunity to speak some encouragement into the life of a faceless technical support person who could have been in another city or another country for all I knew.  But I was pleased with his work and I wanted his boss to know that.

Who have you thanked for doing a good job for you lately?  That may be one of the little things you do for Jesus.