Employment Opportunities
at Lighthouse Church

Youth Pastor

This position is open as of July 2022

The Position

We are looking for a godly man with a supportive family whose visionary role would be to develop the systems and structures to support multi-generational discipleship in the church and the community.

Ministry Responsibilities

Coordinating the Youth Group

Family Ministry

  • Overseeing the High School/Junior High ministry in the church by developing a strong leadership team of both parents and students.
  • Coordinating the various teams within the youth ministry like the youth worship team, youth leaders, parent leaders, and event planning.
  • Beginning with the Youth Group, build a culture that prioritizes discipleship and outreach.
  • Connecting with students and parents throughout the week.
  • This ministry area will consist of 70% of the weekly hours.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of an annual budget for Youth Ministry and manage the budget throughout the fiscal year.
  • Other tasks as needed.
  • Coordinating with our children’s ministry leaders and the young adult ministry to help us collectively raise up disciples in the Lord from infancy to adulthood.
  • Working with other leaders to help equip families to have strong marriages and be equipped to disciple their children at home.


Preaching and Teaching

  • Gifted to regularly teach and preach the Word of God to students and their families.
  • Gifted to occasionally fill in preaching for the Lead Pastor.
  • Possesses a solid understanding of the Scriptures and Theology in order to humbly handle the Word of God.

Education & Experience

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies or related field, or equivalent ministry experience
  • 3-5 years of experience in student ministry leadership role
  • Godly character: humble, gracious, honest, and hospitable.
  • Agrees with the Lighthouse Statement of Faith and attempts to follow Jesus with integrity in every aspect of their lives.
  • Has a healthy marriage and family.
  • Relational and people-oriented.
  • Excellent teaching, organizational, and leadership skills.

Hours & Benefits

The Pastor will be classified as a full-time employee. Benefits offered will be consistent with the current policy for benefits, paid time off (PTO), and holidays. This is a minimum 40-hour-per-week position. Salary will be based on experience and current financial trends in the Tri-Cities area.

About Us

The Story of Lighthouse Church

Lighthouse was planted in 2015 with a handful of families, including Pastor Josh and his family, with a vision of making disciples, being centered on the gospel, loving each other in community, and living on mission. We began in a living room and 7 years later have an average of 300-350 people in attendance on Sunday mornings, with up to 100 of those people being kids in 6th grade and under. The Lord has blessed Lighthouse to be a church characterized by grace, relationship, and a passion for following Jesus in every area of our lives.

People are especially attracted to (in no particular order) our Biblical teaching, genuine warmth, and our vibrant children and youth ministries led by parents within the church who passionately love God and love the kids. Pastor Josh likes to say that if Lighthouse was an animal, we’d be a golden retriever. It's obvious that we are relational from the fact that an hour after a Sunday morning service, there’s usually plenty of people hanging around still talking and connecting.

Lighthouse has been transitioning from a small church plant to a more sustainable disciple-making presence in our area. There were about 150 people attending before Covid, and in the last 2 years we’ve grown by an additional 200 people, in no small part because we remained open when other churches moved to online-only. The Lord graciously blessed us to be able to purchase our building in October of last year, but we’re already feeling the pinch of using the building to maximum capacity. While we’re looking toward potentially moving to two services, we do not yet have the pastoral staff or volunteers to make that change. Because we are a church plant, and because we have grown so quickly, we have had to build a lot of our ministries and systems while the plane is in the air. Part of that process includes hiring more staff. Right now, our staff consists of Pastor Josh and two part-time staff. We are prayerfully pursuing hiring an additional 2-3 full-time staff over the coming year.

While we have our issues and weaknesses like any church, it’s clear that the Lord is working in mighty ways in our church. We look forward to where God will lead us next!

Our Youth Group

We’ve been blessed to have a married couple Ryan and Crissy (who also helped start the church) build the youth ministry from scratch alongside other parents. They are feeling led to hand the leadership over to someone full-time who can give the time and energy necessary to see the youth group continue to thrive. Each week the youth group meets on Sunday evenings for a time of games, prayer, youth-led worship, Bible teaching, and splitting up into age/gender groups for discussion led by various parents. The annual Summer Camp and Spring Fling dance are highlights for everyone. The youth group loves goofing around and having fun. They also work hard to bring in the kids who are in the margins and make sure everyone feels welcome no matter their background. And while they do have fun, they’re also very serious about the Bible and following Jesus. We want to see the healthy culture that has been built to continue, to continue investing in leaders among the youth group, and to continue high parental involvement.

The Area

The greater Tri-Cities area is a somewhat isolated city centered in Eastern Washington at the conjunction of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima Rivers. Seattle and Portland are 3.5 hours away by car. The population is approximately 300,000 and growing. Since 2000, no other community in the state of Washington has grown faster than the Tri-Cities. Because we are next to the Hanford Nuclear Site, there has been an abundance of jobs and money coming into the area for many years. The Tri-Cities is safe, clean, and attractive for families raising their kids. We’re known to have over 300 days of sunshine a year.

Apply

To apply for the Youth Pastor position, email your cover letter and resume to info@lighthousetricities.com with the subject "Youth Pastor Application". We would also appreciate it if you could provide a video or audio sample of your preaching/teaching. You may include a link or a file in your email.

Feel free to email us further with any questions.