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The HP staff believes the students not being reached in the Shoals area is “astronomical” (easily 8-10K). The current group of students has been without a youth pastor for 18 months, so they are ready to be led and are excited about the future.
Being without a youth pastor for 18 months also has its challenges. While student energy and enthusiasm remain high amongst the core, many fringe students have drifted away. The student ministry averaged 150+ each week but currently fluctuates between 50 and 100. But the students who attend are hungry and ready to see God work in their lives, schools, and church.
The HP student ministry currently has three paid staff members (two interns and a coordinator). The Student Pastor will directly oversee the Next Generation Coordinator and two student ministry interns. HP hopes to hire a Girl’s Ministry Director in the future.
But, Highland Park student ministry isn’t just about students. While the new pastor will minister to the students and youth leaders, the goal is that he will also build strong relationships with parents and be a resource for parents to nurture and disciple their teens.