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Palo Alto Vineyard Church (PAVC) is part of the Vineyard Association of Churches, located in Palo Alto, CA. We are a come as you are, “everyone gets to play” type of congregation, coming from all over the Peninsula. We are not a mega or hyped-up, flashy church. We are an authentic congregation that believes in the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to be a tangible reality in our homes, communities, and in our worship. Our mission is to empower people from all backgrounds to have intimacy with God and influence for His Kingdom.

To apply for the position below, please send a cover letter including your reasons for applying, along with a resume to .

Director of Youth Ministries

Part-time position at 25 to 30 hrs per week, including Sundays and some weeknights.
Possible opportunity for full-time status may be available with other duties added to role, as matched with giftings and necessity.
Reports to Lead Pastor.


The Director of Youth Ministries position is a part-time position (25 to 30 hours per week) responsible for leading our church youth program. The Youth Director will also participate as a member of the staff team to vision and strategically plan for the future of the church and develop disciples for Jesus.


  • Strategically plan and oversee development of the youth ministry program, aligning it with our PAVC church vision and meeting the needs of youth growing up in Silicon Valley/Bay Area.
  • Work closely with the current Youth Ministry Core Team which is made up of lay leaders.
  • Oversee selection, development, and implementation of youth curriculum - to include fellowship, worship, biblical teaching, discipleship, and evangelism, as well as provide hands-on ministry and mission opportunities both within and outside the church.
  • Lead implementation of youth group church worship services, and other youth activities throughout the year, including but not limited to retreats, missions trips, and fundraising events.
  • Recruit, train and support adult volunteers.
  • Proactively communicate and work with parents in a way that encourages partnership and involvement.
  • Assist in the development and oversight of the youth ministry budget.  
  • Seek to integrate youth ministry into all phases of church life to create a culture that is intentionally intergenerational and multicultural, striving to unite with and complement other church ministries.
  • Prioritize making strong connections with students to express and model the love of Jesus to them and inspire them to a deeper faith, understanding and trust in God.


  • Previous pastoral experience or significant lay leadership experience within youth ministries context is required. Clear calling to pastor youth, with experience and references to support it.  
  • Seminary/Bible college degree in Youth Ministry is not required, but it is a definite plus.
  • Well-rounded biblical knowledge and spiritual gifting to lead and teach in a way that is personally relevant and compelling to youth.
  • Able to lead independently but also work well on a team.  
  • Able to partner with pastors and other staff to accomplish overall church vision.
  • Passionate about reaching the Silicon Valley/Bay Area’s youth. An understanding of the uniqueness of this area and genuine compassion for the youth that live in it.
  • Experienced not only in training and leading youth within the church but also in reaching youth outside of the church context and leading them into it.
  • Experiential knowledge of the Association of Vineyard Churches, its core values, and ministry philosophy.  As a member of the staff team, you will need to show that you are in agreement with its theology and practice.
  • Ability to clearly communicate the gospel message to youth.
  • Ability to talk about real life issues and concerns and wisely guide youth in contextualizing them within their spiritual life.
  • Organizational skills, detail-oriented, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Committed to personal discipline and hard work.