Meet First Baptist Church:
On November 29, 1847, a small group of Baptist worshipers gathered to constitute a church - which is now First Baptist Church of Dalton. The church grew and developed over the years. Since the formation of a Sunday school in the early days of the church, Bible education and spiritual formation have assumed central roles at First Baptist. Programs for youth and children were soon included as important components of Christian education. Bible study is still a key part of First Baptist’s identity. Excellent music is also important to worship and Christian education. Choirs exist for every age group, and church members have given pianos, organs, and hymn books for the use of our people in singing God’s praise. In 1981, with the opening of the Family Life Center, a program of activities was begun to include physical and fellowship events in addition to spiritual disciplines. Mission activities are carried out all over the world. First Baptist’s primary partner in missions is Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, but partnerships are also maintained with Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Association of Virginia, and other local and state organizations.
The church began a kindergarten program in 1958, which has evolved into the present-day Children’s Learning Center, serving the entire Dalton community. Another community ministry, The Christian Counseling Center of Dalton, now employs four licensed therapists to serve the needs of the area.
Many committed lay people and consecrated pastors have led the church in being faithful to minister in Christ’s name. Church history is the story of people and their commitment and devotion to God, on whom they call for direction in their journey. Throughout its great history, First Baptist has been a church of vision, missions, spiritual growth, and leadership. A strong church fellowship has been the foundation for an outward turn toward ministries in the Dalton community and throughout the world.
About the Minister to Youth:
The Minister to Youth will seek to minister to the needs of the church youth and their families by developing and implementing a ministry that attracts youth to Christ and promotes spiritual growth. All students in grades six through twelve are the focus of the position.
The Minister to Youth Will:
Administer, develop, and implement youth ministries and programs designed to meet the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of the youth at the Church and in the community.
Serve as staff liaison to the Youth Committee.
Work effectively with all ministerial staff to accomplish the objectives of the Church.
Participate in the worship services and outreach programs of the Church as assigned.
Participate in guest follow-up, outreach, and hospital visitation.
Develop healthy relationships with parents and guardians of all youth, providing communication about all programming and resources for them to assist in their growth as Christian parents and to counsel with them when needed.
Participate in an annual performance evaluation of self and each supervisee on the Church staff.
Assist with other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor.
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree is required.
Seminary degree is preferred.
3-5 years of ministry experience with at least some of it being with students.
Bilingual would be a bonus.
Maintains a healthy marriage and family life.
Maintains physical health.
Takes care of mental and emotional health by scheduling vacation leaves.
Has good time management and organizational skills.
Capable of planning ahead.
Is passionate about student ministry and encourages parents to be involved.
What it's Like to Live in Dalton, Georgia:
Stationed in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Dalton, Georgia is a lovely place to live. It sits an hour and a half north of Atlanta and 25 minutes south of Chattanooga. The community has a good school system with a diverse student population. Dalton is considered the "Flooring Capital of the World," and it is where Shaw, Engineered Floors, and Mohawk all have their headquarters. In addition, the city offers convenience with a local hospital, many parks, hiking trails, and activities that are all within driving distance.
Dalton is a beautiful town and is growing in numerous ways. It is easy to fit into the community and become part of the local tapestry. The downtown area is growing and becoming a more thriving scene throughout the week. The city host's a summer concert series and a community meal around Thanksgiving. It also has many nonprofits that help those in need. All of this makes it a great community to be a part of.