Professional Staff Opportunities

 


Branch Ministry Director

            Crossroads Farm is a cooperative, outsourced, rural youth ministry. In regions where many churches have 50 or fewer attendees, Crossroads partners with the local churches to love the rural teen, providing outreach and ministry training opportunities while coming alongside them for more effective growth. Working at Crossroads is more than working with one church or one neighborhood, it’s reaching entire counties. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled youth workers passionate about bringing the Gospel to students in rural America and ready to invest long term. 

Role

As the Ministry Director, you are responsible for your area of influence at your branch including day-to-day operations and the creation and implementation of strategic plans. Your role touches a breadth of relationships including, but not limited to students, volunteers, pastors, parents, and donors.

Duties

-  Work with the Administrative Director and program staff to plan weekly program, quarterly outreaches, summer trips, and retreats
-  Serve as the main weekly communicator
-  Recruit, lead and train a team of volunteers
-  Pour into students and pour into a student leadership team
-  Build relationship with and pour into pastors of your partner churches
-  Put together and build into a Board of Advisors
-  Establish and raise an annual budget through support raising and donor relationships

-  Follow-up with and disciple students

Personal Qualities

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1 

-  The Ministry Director must be a person of integrity, given to the pursuit of a personal relationship with God through Christ. They must be committed to the Word of God as the source of spiritual wisdom and continual prayer
-  If married, the Ministry Director must place a strong priority on the sanctity of the marriage. He or she (if with children) must be committed to providing a godly home for his or her children. He or she should be committed to regular attendance and involvement in a local church
-  The Ministry Director should be faithful, available, respectful and teachable
-  The Ministry Director should be in agreement to the doctrinal statement of Crossroads Farm
-  The Ministry Director represents Jesus Christ and Crossroads Farm at all times
-  The Ministry Director should be willing to come alongside other Crossroads Farm personnel in areas of need as a member of the CRF team, even if those duties fall outside their job description

Required Skills

-  Must have at least an associate's degree or equivalent experience
-  Must have 3 years of full-time ministry experience
-  Must be a capable communicator, able to delegate and administer authority and desirous of mentoring young persons in their pursuit of Jesus
-  Should possess creativity, direction and clarity when developing and assisting ministry programs

Salary

All staff at Crossroads Farm raise support to serve as missionaries to rural America. Support goals are set based on experience, geographical multipliers, number of family members, and health benefits. Final salary packages will be determined by the HR department and presented to applicants.

Benefits

-  Health Insurance - An employee may raise additional support to cover health insurance premiums. The extent of individual or family health care is determined by each employee
-  Retirement Account - An employee may raise additional support for pre-taxed retirement contribution of up to 5% of one’s gross income
-  Ministry Expense Account - An employee may raise additional support for job related expenses including but not limited to books, sporting events with students, meals with students, computer, gas/mileage reimbursements, training, conferences, communication with ministry partners, ministry travel expenses, etc.
-  Dependents – Employees are allowed to raise an additional stipend pending family size
-  Vacation – Each Crossroads Farm employee is allotted a set number of vacation, itineration, and sick days

Location(s) Available: Reading, MI

Branch Administrative Director

            Crossroads Farm is a cooperative, outsourced, rural youth ministry. In regions where many churches have 50 or fewer attendees, Crossroads partners with the local churches to love the rural teen, providing outreach and ministry training opportunities while coming alongside them for more effective growth. Working at Crossroads is more than working with one church or one neighborhood, it’s reaching entire counties. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled youth workers passionate about bringing the Gospel to students in rural America and ready to invest long term. 

Role

As the Administrative Director, you are responsible for your area of influence at your branch including day-to-day operation of the property and staff. Your role focuses on the operations, logistics, and upkeep of the branch.

Duties

- Work with the Ministry Director and program staff to plan weekly program, quarterly outreaches, summer trips, and retreats
- Build and maintain relationships with students, volunteers, businesses, parents, and donors
- Manage workflow of missionary staff
- Create, maintain, and update databases, reports and documents
- Prepare, raise, and maintain accountability for the annual budget through support raising and donor relations in conjunction with the Crossroads Farm National office
- Be a liaison with all contractors and outside work/ businesses
- Speak at program or lead volunteer training when Ministry Director is unable

- Communicate electronically with Leadteam and RCI churches weekly or work with Program Staff to do so

Personal Qualities

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

- The Administrative Director must be a person of integrity, given to the pursuit of a personal relationship with God through Christ. They must be committed to the Word of God as the source of spiritual wisdom and continual prayer
- If married, the Administrative Director must place a strong priority on the sanctity of  the marriage. He or she (if with children) must be committed to providing a godly home for his or her children. He or she should be committed to regular attendance and involvement in a local church
- The Administrative Director should be faithful, available, respectful and teachable
- The Administrative Director should be in agreement to the doctrinal statement of Crossroads Farm
- The Administrative Director represents Jesus Christ and Crossroads Farm at all times

- The Administrative Director should be willing to come alongside other Crossroads Farm personnel in areas of need as a member of the CRF team, even if those duties fall outside their job description

Required Skills

- Must have at least an associate's degree or equivalent experience
- Must have 3 years of administrative experience or have served with Crossroads Farm for one term
- Must be organized, relational, and able to handle details

- Must have good communication, problem solving and management skills

Salary

All staff at Crossroads Farm raise support to serve as missionaries to rural America. Support goals are set based on experience, geographical multipliers, number of family members, and health benefits. Final salary packages will be determined by the HR department and presented to applicants.

Benefits

- Health Insurance - An employee may raise additional support to cover health insurance premiums. The extent of individual or family health care is determined by each employee
- Retirement Account - An employee may raise additional support for pre-taxed retirement contribution of up to 5% of one’s gross income
- Ministry Expense Account - An employee may raise additional support for job related expenses including but not limited to books, sporting events with students, meals with students, computer, gas/mileage reimbursements, training, conferences, communication with ministry partners, ministry travel expenses, etc.
- Dependents – Employees are allowed to raise an additional stipend pending family size
- Vacation – Each Crossroads Farm employee is allotted a set number of vacation, itineration, and sick days

Location(s) Available: Harrison County, OH

Program Associate

            Crossroads Farm is a cooperative, outsourced, rural youth ministry. In regions where many churches have 50 or fewer attendees, Crossroads partners with the local churches to love the rural teen, providing outreach and ministry training opportunities while coming alongside them for more effective growth. Working at Crossroads is more than working with one church or one neighborhood, it’s reaching entire counties. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled youth workers passionate about bringing the Gospel to students in rural America and ready to invest long term. 

Role

As the Program Associate, you are responsible for assisting the Administrative and Ministry Directors with their daily tasks including day-to-day operations and the creation and implementation of strategic plans. Your role covers a variety of relationships as well as logistics and communications.   

Duties

- Work with the program staff to plan and carry out weekly program, quarterly outreaches, summer trips, and retreats
- Create exciting and creative program pieces and environments to engage students in the Gospel including games, skits, worship, small groups, and messages
- Build and maintain relationships with students, volunteers, and parents
- Meet with volunteers and student leaders one-on-one
- Hold accountability for new believer follow-up and student discipleship
- Maintain student databases
- Communicate electronically with Leadteam and RCI churches weekly
- Organize and track care cells (small groups)

- Prioritize a student relationship focus

Personal Qualities

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

- Must be a person of integrity, given to the pursuit of a personal relationship with God through Christ.  They must be committed to the Word of God as the source of spiritual wisdom and continual prayer
- If married, the Program Administrative Associate must place a strong priority on the sanctity of the marriage. He or she (if with children) must be committed to providing a godly home for his or her children. He or she should be committed to regular attendance and involvement in a local church
- Should be faithful, available, respectful and teachable
- Should be in agreement to the doctrinal statement of Crossroads Farm
- Represents Jesus Christ and Crossroads Farm at all times

- Should be willing to come alongside other Crossroads Farm personnel in areas of need as a member of the CRF team, even if those duties fall outside their job description

Required Skills

- Must have at least an associate degree or equivalent experience
- Must be organized or able to work with those who are handling details
- Must be relational and desirous of mentoring young persons in their pursuit of Jesus
- Must have good communication, problem solving, management, and people skills

- Should possess or be able to work with creativity, direction and clarity when developing and assisting ministry programs

Salary

All staff at Crossroads Farm raise support to serve as missionaries to rural America. Support goals are set based on experience, geographical multipliers, number of family members, and health benefits. Final salary packages will be determined by the HR department and presented to applicants.

Benefits

- Health Insurance - An employee may raise additional support to cover health insurance premiums. The extent of individual or family health care is determined by each employee
- Retirement Account - An employee may raise additional support for pre-taxed retirement contribution of up to 5% of one’s gross income
- Ministry Expense Account - An employee may raise additional support for job related expenses including but not limited to books, sporting events with students, meals with students, computer, gas/mileage reimbursements, training, conferences, communication with ministry partners, ministry travel expenses, etc.
- Dependents – Employees are allowed to raise an additional stipend pending family size
- Vacation – Each Crossroads Farm employee is allotted a set number of vacation, itineration, and sick days

Location(s) Available: Reading, MI; South Boardman, MI; Harrison County, OH

Visual Communications Associate

            Crossroads Farm is a cooperative, outsourced, rural youth ministry. In regions where many churches have 50 or fewer attendees, Crossroads partners with the local churches to love the rural teen, providing outreach and ministry training opportunities while coming alongside them for more effective growth. Working at Crossroads is more than working with one church or one neighborhood, it’s reaching entire counties. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled youth workers passionate about bringing the Gospel to students in rural America and ready to invest long term. 

Role

As the Visual Communications Associate, you are responsible for working with the visual arts team in developing, distributing, and managing all aspects of your branch’s communication tools including flyers, photography, website development, social media upkeep, and branch updates.

Duties

- Work with the visual arts team to create and distribute promotional pieces for all events including videos, posters, permission slips, registration forms, parent letters, flyers, etc.
- Work with program staff to update parents and students of events, announcements, and happenings at the Farm through print, electronic, and social media
- Respond to messages on social media in a prompt manner
- May assist missionaries with the design of their quarterly updates and newsletters
- Take and post photos of all events and program
- Recruit and train a photography team of volunteers and students

- Work with directors and associates to write grants for needed equipment and training

Personal Qualities

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

- Must be a person of integrity, given to the pursuit of a personal relationship with God through Christ.  They must be committed to the Word of God as the source of spiritual wisdom and continual prayer
- If married, the Visual Communications Associate must place a strong priority on the sanctity of the marriage. He or she (if with children) must be committed to providing a godly home for his or her children. He or she should be committed to regular attendance and involvement in a local church
- Should be faithful, available, respectful and teachable
- Should be in agreement to the doctrinal statement of Crossroads Farm
- Represents Jesus Christ and Crossroads Farm at all times

- Should be willing to come alongside other Crossroads Farm personnel in areas of need as a member of the CRF team, even if those duties fall outside their job description

Required Skills

- Must have at least an associate degree or equivalent experience
- Must have knowledge of graphic design programs and printing processes
- Must be relational and desirous of mentoring young persons in their pursuit of Jesus
- Should be capable of managing details as well as possess good people skills (communication, friendly, diligent, conscientious)
- Should be creative visually and able to meet deadlines

Salary

All staff at Crossroads Farm raise support to serve as missionaries to rural America. Support goals are set based on experience, geographical multipliers, number of family members, and health benefits. Final salary packages will be determined by the HR department and presented to applicants.

Benefits

- Health Insurance - An employee may raise additional support to cover health insurance premiums. The extent of individual or family health care is determined by each employee
- Retirement Account - An employee may raise additional support for pre-taxed retirement contribution of up to 5% of one’s gross income
- Ministry Expense Account - An employee may raise additional support for job related expenses including but not limited to books, sporting events with students, meals with students, computer, gas/mileage reimbursements, training, conferences, communication with ministry partners, ministry travel expenses, etc.
- Dependents – Employees are allowed to raise an additional stipend pending family size
- Vacation – Each Crossroads Farm employee is allotted a set number of vacation, itineration, and sick days

Location(s) Available: Reading, MI; South Boardman, MI; Harrison County, OH

Worship Arts Associate

            Crossroads Farm is a cooperative, outsourced, rural youth ministry. In regions where many churches have 50 or fewer attendees, Crossroads partners with the local churches to love the rural teen, providing outreach and ministry training opportunities while coming alongside them for more effective growth. Working at Crossroads is more than working with one church or one neighborhood, it’s reaching entire counties. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled youth workers passionate about bringing the Gospel to students in rural America and ready to invest long term. 

Role

As the Worship Arts Associate, you are responsible for the development, maintenance, and philosophy of the worship ministry including both worship and tech teams.

Duties

- Recruit and build worship and tech teams
- Work with, schedule, and train volunteers on tech and music teams
- Schedule, prepare, and rehearse worship sets for each week
- Run weekly practices
- Maintain all audio and visual tech
- Be aware of the spiritual climate of the worship and tech teams as well as the individual members
- Stage décor, technical sound and lighting, keeping all spaces organized and clean
- Work with the Ministry and Administrative Directors to establish a worship ministry budget
- Be available to assist any visiting artist/ bands

- Work with directors and associates to write grants for needed tech pieces and training

Personal Qualities

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

- Must be a person of integrity, given to the pursuit of a personal relationship with God through Christ.  They must be committed to the Word of God as the source of spiritual wisdom and continual prayer
- If married, the Worship Arts Associate must place a strong priority on the sanctity of the marriage. He or she (if with children) must be committed to providing a godly home for his or her children. He or she should be committed to regular attendance and involvement in a local church
- Should be faithful, available, respectful and teachable
- Should be in agreement to the doctrinal statement of Crossroads Farm
- Represents Jesus Christ and Crossroads Farm at all times

- Should be willing to come alongside other Crossroads Farm personnel in areas of need as a member of the CRF team, even if those duties fall outside their job description

Required Skills

- Must have at least an associate degree or equivalent experience
- Must have knowledge of music, instruments, and sound dynamics
- Must be relational and desirous of mentoring young persons in their pursuit of Jesus
- Should possess a working knowledge of sound systems, computer worship programs, EQ systems, etc.

- Should be capable of managing details as well as possess good people skills (communication, friendly, diligent, conscientious)

Salary

All staff at Crossroads Farm raise support to serve as missionaries to rural America. Support goals are set based on experience, geographical multipliers, number of family members, and health benefits. Final salary packages will be determined by the HR department and presented to applicants.

Benefits

- Health Insurance - An employee may raise additional support to cover health insurance premiums. The extent of individual or family health care is determined by each employee
- Retirement Account - An employee may raise additional support for pre-taxed retirement contribution of up to 5% of one’s gross income
- Ministry Expense Account - An employee may raise additional support for job related expenses including but not limited to books, sporting events with students, meals with students, computer, gas/mileage reimbursements, training, conferences, communication with ministry partners, ministry travel expenses, etc.
- Dependents – Employees are allowed to raise an additional stipend pending family size
- Vacation – Each Crossroads Farm employee is allotted a set number of vacation, itineration, and sick days

Location(s) Available: Reading, MI; South Boardman, MI; Harrison County, OH

Facility Maintenance Associate

            Crossroads Farm is a cooperative, outsourced, rural youth ministry. In regions where many churches have 50 or fewer attendees, Crossroads partners with the local churches to love the rural teen, providing outreach and ministry training opportunities while coming alongside them for more effective growth. Working at Crossroads is more than working with one church or one neighborhood, it’s reaching entire counties. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled youth workers passionate about bringing the Gospel to students in rural America and ready to invest long term. 

Role

As the Facility Maintenance Associate, you are responsible for performing routine building, machinery, and ground maintenance through the gifts of service and craftsmanship.

Duties

- Assist program staff in the design and construction the annual Murder Mystery maze or alternative, often working with herbicides and weed killers with backpack and handheld sprayers
- Construct large set pieces for program events
- Maintain the grounds using riding lawn mowers, push mowers, weed whackers, trimmers, etc.
- Maintain any property equipment or work with local maintenance crews to maintain
- Perform routine cleaning of buildings, rooms, restrooms, stairwells, and other work areas
- Work with branch directors to service and maintain ministry vehicles
- Keep buildings up to code

- Work with directors and associates to write grants for needed equipment and training 

Personal Qualities

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

- Must be a person of integrity, given to the pursuit of a personal relationship with God through Christ.  They must be committed to the Word of God as the source of spiritual wisdom and continual prayer
- If married, the Facility Maintenance Associate must place a strong priority on the sanctity of the marriage. He or she (if with children) must be committed to providing a godly home for his or her children. He or she should be committed to regular attendance and involvement in a local church
- Should be faithful, available, respectful and teachable
- Should be in agreement to the doctrinal statement of Crossroads Farm
- Represents Jesus Christ and Crossroads Farm at all times

- Should be willing to come alongside other Crossroads Farm personnel in areas of need as a member of the CRF team, even if those duties fall outside their job description

Required Skills

- Must have at least an associate degree or equivalent experience
- Must have skill in hands-on tasks and the willingness to learn more when necessary
- Must be relational and desirous of mentoring young persons in their pursuit of Jesus
- Helpful to have a basic knowledge of machinery and carpentry

- Should be capable of managing details as well as possess good people skills (communication, friendly, diligent, conscientious)

Salary

All staff at Crossroads Farm raise support to serve as missionaries to rural America. Support goals are set based on experience, geographical multipliers, number of family members, and health benefits. Final salary packages will be determined by the HR department and presented to applicants.

Benefits

- Health Insurance - An employee may raise additional support to cover health insurance premiums. The extent of individual or family health care is determined by each employee
- Retirement Account - An employee may raise additional support for pre-taxed retirement contribution of up to 5% of one’s gross income
- Ministry Expense Account - An employee may raise additional support for job related expenses including but not limited to books, sporting events with students, meals with students, computer, gas/mileage reimbursements, training, conferences, communication with ministry partners, ministry travel expenses, etc.
- Dependents – Employees are allowed to raise an additional stipend pending family size
- Vacation – Each Crossroads Farm employee is allotted a set number of vacation, itineration, and sick days

Location(s) Available: Reading, MI; South Boardman, MI; Harrison County, OH

FAQ

1 Kings 19:11-12 “The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit- fruit that will last- and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”

Core Value: Prayer Base

            Working at Crossroads Farm is more than just a job, it is a mission. It is a calling. It requires hard work, creativity, and deep care for others. We have been and continue to pray for those who will support and those who will serve the rural youth of our nation. If we’re honest, our prayer is not that you fall in love with a specific job or the staff or even one community. Our prayer is that you fall in love with the mission field of rural youth and that you feel the call to serve them wherever that may lead. We know that God has given us a vast vision for reaching rural America and that He is calling those He wants to be part of that vision. As you pray and respond to God’s call, here are some logistical questions to help guide you in your process.

 What kinds of positions are available?

Missionaries may hire in at five different levels: seasonal resident, resident, associate, director, and executive director.

Ministry Exploration Interns are in the process of earning an associate degree or higher. They agree to a maximum of twelve weeks.

Residents have at least a two-year degree or equivalent work experience but no experience studying or working in ministry. They agree to a two-year term.

Associates have at least an associate degree or equivalent experience with youth ministry experience through their study or the equivalent of work experience. They agree to a three-year term.

Directors have at least an associate degree or equivalent experience with youth ministry experience through their study or the equivalent of work experience. Directors must have served at least one term as a CRF Associate or have equivalent experience in the field and agree to a three-year term. Directors will have full responsibility over their area of influence.

Executive Directors have at least a bachelor’s degree and five years of full-time ministry experience. The Executive Director is responsible for every area of ministry within their branch of CRF.

What kinds of skills are needed?      

            The short answer? All of them. God can use any and all skills and so can we. The longer answer, each of our branches has, at the very least, one ministry director and one administrative director. As God provides, we are opening new branches across the country and each needs these two directors in place before they can launch. We are also hiring associates for all of our branches. These associates can work in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, program, graphics, production, worship, and office management. As our ministry grows and God opens doors, specific needs and opportunities continue to grow and change. To ask about current specific needs or to schedule a visit, call the National Headquarters at 517-283-3982.

How can I be sure of God’s will and call?

            God speaks in many ways. As you pray and determine whether this is the right direction for you, here are some helpful questions to consider:

-Has God placed a desire or mission field on your heart?
-Are circumstances aligning to make this choice possible?
-Are you feeling the Holy Spirit’s nudge to take a leap of faith?
-Has God given you skills and experiences that align with this opportunity?
-Does the opportunity line up with God’s will as outlined in Scripture?
-Have you talked with those close to you?
-Have you walked through the pros and cons of this decision?
 

            We take God’s calling very seriously. In the hiring process, you will go through listening prayer, read several books about calling, hold countless conversations, and be mentored in creating a portfolio including explaining your calling to others. Watch this video from our President on the need of rural America and the importance of obeying when God calls.

How will I be paid? 

            Crossroads Farm is a 501c3. Each of our missionary staff have the responsibility to build a team of partners to come alongside them in prayer and support, based on the model exhibited by the Apostle Paul (See Philippians 1 and 4). At Crossroads Farm, this process is called Ministry Partner Development. The support raised by staff covers salary, health plan, retirement, and ministry expenses. Each candidate is guided through the ministry partner development process by an MPD Coach. Donations go to Crossroads Farm, who then pays employees, per ECFA regulations.

            If the support raising process seems daunting, take heart! God always provides for those He calls. Check out these articles for some encouragement and thought as you pray and consider God’s next steps for your life: An Introvert’s Guide to Support Raising and 10 Reasons Not to Fear Support Raising. 

What kinds of benefits will I receive? 

            Missionaries are allowed to raise, in addition to their salary, health insurance, ministry expense fund, retirement fund, and dependent bonus. Each staff member receives a certain number of paid sick, personal, and vacation days each year, as well as itineration days for building up and pouring into their ministry partners.

What are the qualifications for joining?

            For those applying for associate or director positions, a minimum of an associate degree or equivalent experience in a professional field are required. For those applying for an executive director position, a four-year degree and five years of youth ministry experience are required.  

             Crossroads Farm evaluates potential employees on character, competency, and chemistry. These qualifications, along with affirmation of God’s call, will determine hire and placement.

 What training will I receive?

            In addition to MPD training, all candidates will go through values and theology training, as well as on the job training for each specific position. All missionary staff (and volunteers) go through the four-year ARMS of a Servant Leader training, equivalent to 60 hours of college youth ministry training.

How is my assignment location determined?  

            As you work through the application process, our hiring team will work with you to determine your ministry assignment. This may include choosing which CRF ministry you’ll be working with, as well as your location, ministry focus and team(s). Employees will be placed based on their abilities, calling, and CRF’s current needs. Assignments will be confirmed before candidates begin Ministry Partner Development.

            Crossroads Farm will do its best to honor location preferences, but the final decision rests with the organization.

 

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