Students Resident

Summary

As part of the Students Team at The Austin Stone Community Church, the Students Resident will be responsible for furthering our mission of partnering with parents, developing leaders, and discipling students.

The resident will be responsible for working alongside the Congregation Students Director to lead the Students Ministry at their congregation. The primary purpose of a Students Resident is for them to develop personally (character) and professionally (competency) through service and leadership opportunities in the Students Ministry at The Austin Stone.

The primary mission of the Students Ministry is to partner with parents and develop leaders to disciple students to love God, the church, the city, and the nations. Students Residents will assist in all aspects of the ministry to achieve this primary mission. The resident will report to their Congregation Students Director, but will regularly collaborate and work alongside Students Residents and directors of the other congregations. The Austin Stone has one Students Ministry with six expressions represented at each of our campuses. While primary leadership and service responsibilities will be dependent on the resident’s specific congregation, Students Residents will work with the other congregations to plan, coordinate, and execute central events, trips, and ministry initiatives for the whole Students Ministry.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Work alongside the Students Director to coordinate, communicate, and execute campus-specific ministry initiatives including weekly gatherings.
  • Work alongside the Central Students Team to coordinate, dream, plan, and execute central events, trips, and ministry initiatives.
  • Work alongside the Student Director and congregation staff to recruit, onboard, train, and build relationships with volunteers and leaders.
  • Connect and assimilate all students.
  • Lead and equip volunteer teams to do the work of ministry including the student discipleship process, events, and all other avenues of service in the Students Ministry.
  • Lead a DCOMM (Discipleship Community) and intentionally disciple three to five students.
  • Assist in promotional, communication, and marketing initiatives via social media, print materials, emails, and other coordinated efforts.
  • Provide leadership through displayed energy and passion at events and programs.
  • Assist with the variety of other tasks that are necessary for the Students Ministry to run successfully at their specific campus and across The Austin Stone.
  • Participate on setup and teardown teams for events and gatherings.
  • Attend all weekly meetings, including all-staff meetings and any related functions.
  • Other administrative and logistical tasks or responsibilities that unexpectedly arise.

Team Culture

We seek to accomplish our mission within the church through the following values:

  • Guard the Flock: We take the responsibility to protect the children entrusted to our care seriously by providing safe environments and trusted, screened volunteers.
  • Earn Parents’ Trust: In every interaction within our environments, with our leaders, and programs, we want to communicate that we’re deserving of the trust parents place in us.
  • Leadership Development: We intentionally focus on developing and discipling the most vital part of our program—the people on the front lines of our ministry, teaching and modeling the gospel to our students through words and actions.
  • Gospel-Centered Teaching and Discipleship: With each lesson, we focus primarily on Christ and what He has done for us and on our response as followers of Jesus.
  • Small Groups: God has called us to be a family of believers on mission to declare and demonstrate the gospel in our communities and to the ends of the earth.
  • Parent Discipleship: God has given parents the calling of leading and shepherding their children and we want to honor that high calling through supporting, equipping, and encouraging parents in all we do.  The end goal of our ministry is to come alongside parents as they live out the calling God has placed on their lives. 

Austin Stone Culture

The current explicit values for The Austin Stone Community Church are:

  • Ruled by God’s Word
  • Christ-Centered in Focus
  • Empowered by the Holy Spirit 
  • Reliant on Prayer
  • Committed to Covenant Community
  • Gospel-Saturated in Discipleship
  • Devoted to Equipping the Saints
  • Relentless in Mission

As a member of our staff, the employee is expected to fully embrace these core values and seek to teach them to others as well.

Employees of The Austin Stone are expected to become partners (our term for members) of the church, fully embracing the values, mission, and purposes. Additionally, all employees of The Austin Stone are expected to understand, affirm, and adhere to our Affirmation of Faith, bylaws, culture map, and other documents defining the beliefs, culture, and mission of The Austin Stone.

Disclaimer

The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. 

Culture and Character 

Employees of The Austin Stone are expected to become partners of the church, fully embracing the values, mission, and purposes. Additionally, all employees of The Austin Stone are expected to understand, affirm, and adhere to our Affirmation of Faith, bylaws, culture map, and other documents defining the beliefs, culture, and mission of The Austin Stone.

Employees must also possess the character qualifications of biblical leadership in the church. At a minimum, each employee must agree and aspire to maturity in these qualifications, invite the authority of church community and leaders as a means of growth in them, and pursue them humbly and faithfully by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Please read Attributes of Leaders as Employees at The Austin Stone for a greater description of cultural, character, and other aspects of joining our team at The Austin Stone. 

The Austin Stone Community Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer including Women, Minorities, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the residency start?

The Austin Stone Residency will start on Monday, August 31, 2023 and run through July 31, 2025.

Important dates

  • Application Opens: August 1, 2022
  • First Round Application Deadline: November 4, 2022
  • Final Round Application Deadline: January 16, 2023
  • Support Training and Workshop in Austin, Texas (Mandatory): March 2023
  • Support Raising Window: March–July 2023
  • Residency Begins: July 31, 2023

What will the schedule be like?

While each resident benefits from different ministry experiences, every resident completes our Austin Stone Development Program (ASDP), an in-depth study of doctrine and spiritual disciplines, leadership training modules, and a capstone project. Residents also attend weekly staff meetings, meet with supervisors once a week, and regularly gather with other residents for lunch and other activities. Residents prioritize abiding in Christ by sabbathing one day a week.

What will residents learn in ASDP?

The Austin Stone Development Program works through several areas of core Christian doctrine:

  • Doctrine of the Word
  • Doctrine of God
  • Doctrine of the Trinity
  • Doctrine of Imago Dei
  • Doctrine of Sin
  • Doctrine of Christ
  • Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  • Doctrine of Election
  • Doctrine of Salvation
  • Doctrine of Providence
  • Ecclesiology
  • Eschatology

The program, also, addresses several core ministry philosophies at The Austin Stone and many other topics. Additionally, spiritual disciplines are studied and implemented to further stir affection for and obedience to God.

Are residents paid?

Yes, but residents raise financial support to provide a salary for two years.

How do residents raise support?

Residents go through mandatory training with Reliant, a partnering organization, to learn how to raise support and to manage financial gifts and supporters.

Where do residents live?

Residents live throughout the Austin metroplex, often choosing to rent an apartment or home with other residents. Residents are responsible for finding housing.