NSP is looking for campus ministry staff to bring Christ to millions of students.
Are you one of them?
There are over 17 million high school students in America today, and most of them still need to meet Jesus Christ. This year, with all our best efforts, we can reach maybe 200,000 of those students. That’s amazing, but we’re nowhere close to accomplishing our mission.
In the next few years, we hope to train hundreds of college students so that we can coach thousands of student leaders at high schools home to millions of lost students. The only problem is that we need leaders to make it happen. If that’s something you want to see change, read on.
About the National School Project
The National School Project is a rapidly growing ministry working to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to every high school in California, Illinois, and the nation. Our tagline – ’til every student has heard – is wide open and huge, and that’s how we operate. For the past 14 years, our team has been learning how to equip high school students as the leaders of a movement to reach the next generation for Christ, and we’ve seen amazing success. All glory to God, it’s been a wild ride and a thrilling place to work. Over the last few years, we started teams at 4 colleges and universities in Chicago, IL. Now, in addition to our home base in Southern California, we’re expanding through central California and the Midwest. In the coming years, we’ll be opening teams in several new states to coach students at hundreds of high schools to share the good news of Jesus Christ with their friends. Our growth is fueled by staff that love the gospel and are willing to trust God to raise the support to fund their positions (see more on that below).
About Chapters. Chapters are the building blocks of our strategy to coach students at every high school. Leading them is critical to our success. An NSP Chapter has the mission to build a movement that brings about student-led, church-supported campus awakening to the love of Christ at 20-40 high schools surrounding a college.
- Chapters are engines of change, training and sending Campus Mentors to high school campuses where high school student leaders rise up to reach this generation.
- Chapters resource and accelerate the work that the body of Christ is doing to reach all the schools that happen to be in a radius around a university.
- Without the flood of volunteers and energy that a Chapter can produce, our ministry is just a bunch of good ideas and a hefty training manual. But a well-trained and highly motivated Chapter Team is a catalyst to activate the students and churches for the gospel opportunities before them at public high school campuses.
The job of a campus ministry staff is big because you’re responsible for big goals. The purpose of each chapter is to build a gospel movement that transforms lives across a whole a region of high schools. Within this broad and challenging mission, the job of campus ministry staff has several clear roles:
- Evangelist: We’re a gospel-ministry and all members of our team – especially those at the top – are involved in sharing Christ. More than personally sharing Christ, leaders are responsible to instill this value into every level of the team and coach others to do the same.
- Recruiter: We’re a volunteer-based ministry, always looking for good people to do their part to accelerate the mission before us. We believe that pretty much everyone we meet has some part to play in the mission, and we aggressively make those connections.
- Leadership Coach: NSP is a leadership-development organization. Everything we accomplish is always done through people, so we continually equip students, volunteers, and team leaders to fully develop all the talents that God has given them. Your role will be one of influence, teaching, and inspiration, helping those under your care to grow into the good works that God has prepared for them to walk in.
- Networker: Chapters are commissioned to reach schools across a geographic area. Surrounding each school is a Christian community of local churches and mature believers. You’ll work to build connections and partnerships with them, so that together you can reach the students in your areas of ministry.
- Shepherd: Leading a team of people sometimes comes with interpersonal challenges (and sometimes crises); you’ll handle them with grace and truth in the power of the Spirit because our volunteers and our leaders matter.
- Team Manager: Campus ministry staff oversee part-time employees and volunteers, most of them college students. You’re responsible to ensure that all of them receive the training they need to be successful, and that they abide by NSP’s standards and protocols for ministry behavior.
Day to day responsibilities: Our campus ministry staff work out of our office but are in the field most of the week. During the ministry year (September – May) you’ll be in the field 50-75% of the time, either at your chapter site or visiting high schools we’re coaching, or connecting with pastors and other community leaders.
Job Requirements Hey, future campus ministry staff let me tell you about yourself!
- You love the lost. People who don’t know Christ, who are hurting and broken without the peace of God…you care about them!
- You believe in the power of the gospel to change lives and truly heal broken communities by restoring relationship with God.
- You want to be part of a far-reaching and effective ministry. You think, “When there are 17 million students that need to be reached, how could I settle for reaching just one school?
- You are a superior verbal communicator, ready to engage in conversation, take the microphone, or deliver a lesson and keep everyone you’re talking to sit up and take notice.
- You have experience leading others and know that leading others is service to them. Leading is one of the most effective ways to deploy the talents and the godly passions that God has given you.
- You’re visionary – you see a different future than the current reality, and you can tell people about it in ways that motivate them to help you make that change.
- You’re a good coach and enjoy helping others be their best. You often think “well, I could do that myself, but it would be better for Tom if he got that experience instead of me, so I’ll teach him to do it instead.”
- You’re a smart, intelligent, and organized when it comes to planning the future and keeping the team on track, but you know that people skills are more powerful than systems when push comes to shove.
- When it comes to coaching and developing people on your team, you have a long horizon for success; you want your team to be effective in their ministry today, but also faithfully serving Christ in 20 years. Your job is to help them develop their skills and talents, grow in faith, and have a great experience doing their part in ministry.
- You’re ready for a full-time job, 45+ hours/week and are ready to commit to something you can really sink your teeth into for several years.
In addition, you have the qualities we look for in every NSP staff member:
- You are an Evangelical Christian who loves the gospel and evangelism
- You’re a wise and mature believer who knows the Word and does what it says
- You’re a quick learner in all areas, and eager to learn
- You have high moral integrity, emotional health, social awareness and spiritual maturity
- You work with enthusiasm and excellence
- You are a strong planner and clear written communicator
- You possess high initiative and constantly seek self-improvement
All NSP staff raise personal support, and we think that’s a really good thing. Just like missionaries about to be sent across the world, your first assignment on NSP staff will be to personally contact churches, friends, and family, and gather a team of monthly financial supporters to invest in the ministry God is leading you into. We’ll give you tons of training, encouragement, and ongoing coaching. If you like everything else and feel like this could be a good fit for you, do not let support raising stop you; let’s talk first.
The big question: Is this the mission field for you?
You may have a lot of questions. This may be unlike most jobs you've considered. That's OK. The most important question - the one you should pray about, and the one that we'll be asking - is whether or not you can get excited and remain deeply motivated to reach this generation of students for Christ. Without the gospel, 3.3 million students are graduating high school every year, lost and without hope in the world. We want to fix that. Is this your mission field?
If you don't know for sure, that's OK. Get started with the process and let's talk. Just fill out the short form, and we'll be in touch.