STUDENT PASTOR (posted 9.8.22)


Real Hope Community Church is a young and growing congregation that was founded in 2016. A year and a half ago we moved into our first permanent campus in the historic district of Rosenberg, TX.


We are seeking to hire a Student Pastor who will design and build – mostly from scratch – a meaningful, a gospel-focused ministry to teenagers in our community. It’s our desire that the ministry be built from the outside in: connecting with students where they are in the community and growing from there (as opposed to simply ministering to the students whose parents already attend Real Hope). In this respect, a successful candidate will have the heart, ethos, and entrepreneurial spirit of an organization like YoungLife.


This position will start as a part-time role (25 hours/week), but we expect it will grow to full-time within a year or two. The rate at which the position grows to full-time will be tied to the growth of the ministry.


  • 25 hours a week
  • $2,500 a month


  • Design and implement a strategic approach to student ministry that reflects the ethos of our church (gospel-centric and service-minded)

  • Build relationships with other institutions and leaders who are invested in the lives of local students (schools, teachers, coaches, etc.)

  • Find and connect with students where they already are (the neighborhood surrounding our church, school events, sports teams, etc.)

  • Create on and off campus opportunities for socializing and discipleship

  • Communicate regularly with parents

  • Build a core team of like-minded adult leaders

  • Find ways for students to lead within our church (worship team, kids ministry, service projects, etc.)


  • Evidence of a growing relationship with God

  • Agreement with our mission and values 

  • Active participation in the life of our church

  • Self-motivated and efficient

  • Driven, but kind

  • A genuine love for the next generation and a long-term desire to work with that age group (We are not interested in hiring someone who views student ministry as a temporary stepping stone).


  • High school diploma (or equivalent)

  • A working knowledge of Scripture

  • Proven ability to design and build something

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Strong administrative abilities and follow through


  • 30-40 students regularly participating in the ministry

  • A meaningful presence established at 2-3 local schools

  • A core leadership team of adult volunteers is in place

  • Weekly connections with students

  • Monthly connections with parents

  • Monthly events for students to invite their friends to

  • Students stepping into visible leadership roles in our church


Send a cover letter, resume, and two references to Ryan Lokkesmoe, Lead Pastor:

We welcome female applicants.

If we decide to proceed to an interview, we will ask for a video teaching sample and a strategic plan of how you would establish and grow the ministry during the first year.