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Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) is currently looking for a part-time youth minister

Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2016


Church overview

Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) is a vibrant and historic congregation that has played a vital role over the years in Fredericksburg's African American community. It has more than five hundred active members and actively works to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ, both locally and abroad. The church maintains a warm, ecumenical relationship with a group of socially and spiritually active downtown churches with whom it is in close fellowship.

Throughout its long and illustrious history, this progressive, Christ-honoring congregation has faithfully gathered on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to 1854, Shiloh was a racially diverse congregation. At that time, however, the white portion of the congregation chose to move to a separate facility, allowing Shiloh to become an independent African American congregation.

A physical crisis in the late 1880s led to a division in the congregation. Two sister congregations began using the name Shiloh Baptist Church. To avoid confusion, the congregation remaining on the original site became known as Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site).

Since its founding, Shiloh has played an important role in many movements important to African Americans, and this heritage continues to inform its forward-moving vision. For a fuller account of the congregation's history, click here.

In June 2014, after an extended and prayerful process, the Rev. Dr. Aaron L. Dobynes, Sr., began as our dynamic pastor. A native of Alabama, he ministered most recently in Shreveport, Louisiana. To learn more about our pastor, click here.

Our pastor emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Lawrence A. Davies, retired in March 2012 after leading the congregation for fifty years. In addition to pastoring, he was a social, political, and civic leader in the city of Fredericksburg. He remains an active member of the congregation.


Position overview

The Youth Minister is responsible for developing and leading youth programs according to the vision of the church and the purpose of the youth minstry. The Youth Minister is also responsible for recruiting and training volunteer leaders concerning programs and activities when children and youth are involved.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for helping to guide children and youth to a closer relationship with Christ.
  • Responsible for creating a biblical purpose statement for the youth group, including at least these three elements: evangelism, spiritual growth (which includes fellowship, worship, and biblical teaching), and student leadership.
  • Responsible for planning, coordinating, conducting, and evaluating programs, activities, or events that help students develop in the three elements of evangelism, spiritual growth, and student leadership through camps, retreats, fellowships, youth revivals, youth week activities, youth Bible studies, youth councils, etc.
  • Responsible for organizing and sustaining a children's church program that contributes to children's development.
  • Responsible for facilitating communication with students and parents, keeping them informed of ongoing activities, including keeping parents updated on ministry strategies and plans in a way that encourages partnership and involvement.
  • Responsible for being available for personal counseling to the youth and/or their parents as necessary.
  • Responsible for assisting in the development and oversight of the youth ministry calendar and budget.
  • Responsible for seeking to integrated youth ministry into all phases of church life to create a culture that is intentionally intergenerational, striving to unite with and complement other church ministries, as well as participating in ministries in the community.
  • Responsible for recruiting and training volunteer youth ministry staff with diverse gifts and personalities.
  • Responsible for keeping the pastor informed on issues regarding the children and youth.
  • Responsible for assisting the pastor with preaching and teaching as needed and other duties as assigned.



The Youth Minister must:

  • Meet biblical qualifications of a minister as suggested by 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
  • Exhibit a personal and growing relationship with God, a teachable spirit, and a healthy family life.
  • Have at least a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) or a master's degree from an accredited institution, preferably majoring in religious studies or theology.
  • Be a self-motivated leader, capable of imparting vision for ministry, possessing relational skills with students, parents, and staff.
  • Have at least three years of youth ministry experience in a growing youth min9istry.
  • Understand today's youth culture.
  • Have a solid biblical understanding and/or education.
  • Have experience in leading a variety of programs for children and youth and have the ability to plan, organize, train, and supervise ministry directors, event leaders, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess strong and decisive leadership and organizational skills with the ability to delegate.
  • Have an ability to deliver and model God's living word effectively.


Application instructions

All applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2016. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

To apply, please provide each of the following items in the same single submission:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself.
  • A resume.
  • Examples of your teaching or preaching: printed materials, DVDs, Internet videos, or some combination.

Everything should be submitted to:

Youth Ministry Search Panel

Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)

PO Box 461

Fredericksburg VA 22404

You may contact the Youth Ministry Search Panel by email at youthpastorsearch@shiloholdsite.org.