Westside Student Ministry
A Place to Belong
Be Part of Something Special
If you’re looking for an authentic Christian community that will love you for who you are and accept you no matter your past, then Westside’s Student Ministry is for you! When you visit Westside, you aren’t just a face in the crowd–you’re part of our family.
A Place to Grow
Deepen Your Faith in Jesus
We provide students with the opportunity to explore the Bible, ask tough questions, and deepen their knowledge of the Christian faith. But most importantly, we want students to experience the love, healing, and transformation of Jesus in a powerful and personal way.
A Place to Serve
You Can Make a Difference
Jesus invites us to use our talents, passions and resources to give back to the community through acts of love and service. That’s why serving others is such a big emphasis in our Student Ministry. If you want to be part of a Student Ministry that gives back, Westside is the place for you!
A Place to Share
Share the Love of God with Others
The world is full of critics and messages of division and hate. That’s why it’s more important than ever to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We don’t want to be a museum for saints; we want to be a hospital for the hurting. At Westside, you’ll learn to share your faith with others, invite people to experience God, and lead people to Christ.
Student Ministry Gatherings
Our Student Ministry meets throughout the week to focus on building positive relationships with other students, growing in our faith, and providing space for students to ask tough questions and express their doubts, fears, hopes and dreams. We hope you’ll be our guest and join our Student Ministry family.
Classes for 7th-12th grade students at 10:30am in Room #604
Dinner (5:30pm) and a Bible Study (6:30pm) every week in Room #604
Sunday Night dinner and small group discussion throughout the year.
Camps & Retreats
Overnight activities featuring worship, games, and spiritual growth.
Recharge Youth Rally
Join students from across California at Mission Viejo Church of Christ for a weekend of worship, inspiring teaching, and lots of fun! The dates are February 7-8.
In addition to meeting during the week, we have several big events that give students a chance to serve in their community, meet new friends, and grow closer to Jesus.
Calendar & Social Media
Use the links below to find us online or subscribe to our Student Ministry calendar and get all of our events pushed directly to your computer, phone or tablet. You can also view our calendar online at westsidelife.org/YMcalendar.
Get Our Texts!
Join our Student Ministry texting group through “Remind” by texting @WestsideSM to 81010. Or download the Remind app by visiting rmd.at/westsidesm.
Meet Our Student Minister
Join the Team!
Bryan Fojtasek served as the Student Minister at Westside from 2014 – August 2019. He has now moved into the role of Lead / Family Minister at Westside.
Westside Church of Christ is searching for a full-time Youth Minister to join our ministry staff. Our most recent Youth Minister, Bryan Fojtasek, has transitioned into the role of Lead & Family Minister and will be involved in helping our new Youth Minister make a seamless transition to Westside. Our congregation averages 280 in attendance and has just turned 50 years old. We are looking for someone who can help us capitalize on our core group of young families by develop a younger generation of leaders to lead us into the next 50 years of service and ministry in Bakersfield.
Primary Job Responsibilities: Discipling, teaching, and mentoring a diverse group of 7th-12th grade students. Teaching Sunday and Wednesday Classes, organizing small groups, developing a summer program that focuses on spiritual growth, service projects and local outreach.
Other Job Responsibilities: Depending on the giftedness of the final candidate, other responsibilities may include: Managing our social media accounts and church app, updating our website, graphic design, preaching, running our Mega Sports Camp (VBS), and/or leading worship for small or large groups. Our next Youth Minister will be encouraged to develop their skills and leverage their gifts in whatever way God is calling them.
Qualifications: Candidates should have a strong mix of Biblical training (Bachelor’s or Master’s in Bible Ministry is preferred), experience working with junior high and high school students in a church context, and the ability to relate well to students. Strong communication skills, an understanding of child and adolescent development, a patient demeanor and fluency with social media are all preferred. We also prefer someone who is married and energetic enough to keep up with a busy youth ministry schedule.
Compensation: Competitive compensation package based on education and experience.
To Apply: Please take a few minutes to check out our website and/or church app (westsidelife.org/app). If you feel like you might be a good fit for our congregation, please send a resume and a brief personal introduction that explains who you are and why you’re interested in a full-time Youth Ministry job at Westside to Bryan Fojtasek: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Team!
We are looking for people who love God and want to bless our junior high and high school students. Click the button or use the form at the bottom of this page and our Student Minister will reach out to you to discuss how you can get involved in this amazing ministry!
Check back here for more information about our 2020 Summer Internship program. This 12 week, paid internship program gives you the chance to develop your ministry skills while assisting our Student Minister with the summer Student Ministry program.
Let’s Get Connected
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