Southwest currently has 35-45 middle and high school students who are actively involved in the student ministry. We are seeking a Student Minister who can prioritize community and discipleship while crafting engaging environments for students.

For the first time, the 2018-19 school year means every student in our ministry is a part of Generation Z—a decidedly post-Christian generation. The Student Minister will need to take on the mindset of the men of Issachar, who “understood the times and knew what to do.” (1 Chron. 12:32) He or she should be a cultural exegete who is comfortable with innovation and failure.

We are looking for someone who values living in community with others and is skilled at building community and togetherness within a ministry. Knowing how to effectively preach/teach to such a unique generation and being able to engage fringe students are also high priorities. Southwest has also always had a team of wise and dedicated volunteers. Continued training and support of these volunteers is a must.

Southwest also sits next to the Coffman YMCA, which has the highest membership in Dayton, OH. Our great relationship with the YMCA allows the student ministry to use the gym on Saturday and Sunday nights weekly, and both gyms and the pool once a month. There aren’t many Student Ministers who get opportunities like this!

Contact Andrew Beal at andrew@southwestchurch.org for any questions and also to submit a resumé and anything else you feel will set you apart as a potential candidate for this role!

About Southwest Church

Southwest Church is a non-denominational church with an average weekend attendance of 400. Formed in 1997, the church has been under the senior leadership of Roger Hendricks for its entirety and has seen steady growth over the last few years (10% growth in 2017).

In late 2017, Southwest unveiled their church-wide vision for the next 3 years to be “bridging the gap to those without Jesus, so that no one has to live without hope.” Since then, staff, leadership and members have been excitedly strategizing and moving forward what it looks like to reach the 60,000+ unchurched and spiritually unengaged in the 5 mile radius of the church building. Southwest is known for its practical and Bible-driven teaching, engaging worship, strong student and children’s ministries, and its emphasis on discipleship through small groups.

While Southwest is 20 years old, we first moved into a church building in February 2012. This same building saw an expansion in the Winter/Spring of 2017 with a new Children’s Wing, Staff Offices, and Southwest’s first ever Student Ministry Wing.

Southwest Church is in Springboro, OH—a growing suburban city of 19,000 that sits 15 miles south of Dayton. Springboro is an upper-middle class community which has been ranked #5 on the list of 2018 Best Places to Raise a Family in Ohio.