Church and city, you are currently serving at
Oak Creek Assembly of God, Oak Creek
Age group you serve
Birth - 5th Grade
Curriculum you use
Rainbows, Royal Rangers, Girls Ministries, Life Church Preschool
One phrase that describes your ministry style
Tell us about your background and how you became what you are today
I grew up at Oak Creek AG my whole life and jumped into kids ministry as a 13-year-old. I’ve been learning how to do it from hands-on experience ever since then and am constantly hungry to grow and learn.
Tell us about a typical weekend service
We have 3 separate areas (Nursery (birth-2), Preschool (3-5), Elementary (K5-5 Grade). Nursery kids stay in the same room, schedule of activities and lessons for volunteers. Preschool rotates between Chapel, classroom time, craft room, and PlayLand (McDonalds Tubes). Elementary is split in half (K5-2 Grade and 3-5 Grade). One group is in Large Group time, the other in Small Groups based on grades and then they swap. Sunday nights we have Nursery and Preschool open.
Tell us about your weekday ministry opportunities
Wednesday’s 7 PM. Sunbeams, Rainbows, Girls Ministries, and Royal Rangers. We also have Kids Choir practices about half the year before Wednesday services that bring in a lot of people.
What apps, gadgets or tools can't you live without in ministry?
ProPresenter, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Premier, After Effects), Pages
What's your best ministry advice?
There are always ways to improve, so change should be welcome and constant.
Tell us about an interesting, unusual circumstance you face in ministry
Sunday nights and the dynamics of Elementary kids being in the adult service to experience seeking God with their parents vs being too young to pay attention.
Tell us about your ministry team and how you rely on them
Part-time Nursery Director, Preschool Director, and Admin (including Check-In). All 3 are essential in overseeing their areas and without them, I would go crazy.
How do you keep track of your time and manage your ministry?
Artificial deadlines keep me on track. I set deadlines for myself that are earlier than need be but helps me to work ahead when things come up.
What do you do to be refreshed or renewed?
Watch tv/movies and eat
What is the best ministry advice you have ever received?
Pray like it’s all up to God and work like it’s all up to you
What ministry problem are you trying to find a solution?
Getting kids to own their faith
Who else would you like to see answer these questions?
The big shots who have thousands of kids in their ministry currently doing the ministry
What would you like to ask them?
What do we need to consider in order to grow, how do we help kids own their faith, how to structure for growth?