Shepherds, recruits, builds, & leads PTSM students (grades 6 – 12) and serving teams, building experiences where students are excited to come, and grow in finding and following Jesus Christ


Aligns with Preston Trail mission, beliefs, and values (https://prestontrail.org/about/aboutus)
Committed to our team values of Self-Leadership, Positive Attitude, Team Mindset, Healthy Relationships, and High Performance
Must have a passion to see students find and follow Jesus Christ
Must have a genuine heart to see students take their next right step
3+ years of hands-on experience in creating, executing and evaluating excellent student services (large Student Ministry and/or Middle/High School Education environment experience preferred)
Exceptional interpersonal and collaborative skills with the ability to maintain healthy and motivating relationships with direct reports, coworkers and team members
Proven team builder and leader who enthusiastically enlists, builds and shepherds student and volunteer teams
Fruitful, thriving, and growing faith in Jesus Christ
Engaging and dynamic communicator digitally and in-person
Actively and appropriately engages youth culture
Proven experience and growth with social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, Triller, etc.)
Proven experience with Apple operating system, Planning Center Online, Adobe Creative Suite
Experience with videography and the video creative process is preferred
Must be hungry to both grow and to grow the ministry the right way


MINISTRY TEAM:  PTSM staff and volunteer teams, NextGen

REPORTS TO:  Student Pastor

The Creative Director is the ministry’s visual story teller and is responsible for the creation and production of content to promote the ministry of Ground Zero. This design expert oversees all online, print, and video projects. The Creative Director is responsible for venue event visuals and maintaining the ministry website, email campaigns, online giving, ticketing portals, and ministry staff Google accounts.


The Evangelical Covenant Church of International Falls (ifallscovenant.org) is excited to call an Associate Pastor of Youth who loves Jesus and believes teenagers are amazing. They are looking for the right person rather than just the right gifts to fit their team. As such, this position includes the freedom to work with the Lead Pastor to build part of the position around their gifts.


Big Idea

After calling the Youth and Worship Pastor to now be the Lead Pastor, the Evangelical Covenant Church of International Falls is excited to find an Associate Pastor of Youth who will build on the momentum and complete the team. With personal devotion to Jesus and His mission being of first importance, this is an exceptional opportunity for a relational person who recognizes that they have something more to add to the church in addition to the youth ministry. Some examples include but are not limited to: worship, technology, preaching, small groups, young adults. Candidates should be prepared to share those areas of interest.


The Church

AFFILIATION: Evangelical Covenant Church
ABOUT: The Evangelical Covenant Church of International Falls is a congregation rooted in Scripture and led by a young, vibrant pastor. The church gathers for worship in a large building that includes a gym and a Teen room with a number of small group rooms. Typical attendance for Wednesday night Teens is 30 including middle school and high school. Sunday services have a casual approach, quality worship, and a friendly demeanor. A value for reaching the least, last, and lost is evident by the outreach in the community and involvement in worldwide missions.


The Candidate

International Falls is an outdoor-centric, lake community and those who thrive here must love being outside and active throughout all four seasons. If you love hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, running, camping, or canoeing, you will find it in International Falls! The right pastor will be a relational leader who models an authentic spiritual life marked by a devoted relationship with Jesus and a profound love for others. Being a self starter, gifted communicator, and visionary are needed strengths. Connecting in the community, breaking down barriers to entry, creating on-ramps to engagement and making it easy for people to get involved are also part of the role here. ECC strives to be a church that makes followers of Jesus in our area and the candidate must have the same heartbeat.


The Location

International Falls, Minnesota is a historic town of 6,500 on the northern border of Minnesota and Canada. Famous for being “The Icebox of the Nation”, the town is home to a large paper mill, a clinic and hospital, multiple school choices, an airport, and a bridge to Fort Frances, Ontario. Still, the town is only half of the community. The other half is Rainy Lake, and to experience Rainy Lake is to fall in love. World class fishing, resorts, and home to Voyageurs National Park are just some of what draw people to the area year round.



Strong, observable relationship with Christ; Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Counseling, Christian Education, or experience in the ministry of a local church or Christian organization; Proven leadership and organization abilities; Strong preaching/teaching experience; A personal conviction and ability to communicate a call of God to ministry.


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This is a position of both vision and detail, enjoying the rhythms of life in the church while creating space to imagine the new. We are seeking someone who loves and serves our congregational family with joy and engagement, nurtures faith formation for our youth, and encourages a culture of care and welcome within the congregation. The Director will join a team made up of the Director of Children’s Ministry and the Director of Children and Youth Choirs and will have the primary responsibility for all programming relating to youth grades 6 – 12 and their families. This is a ¾ time (30 hours per week) position; with benefits eligible and a continuing education allowance.