Describe what you do.
As an assistant pastor and college pastor, I work with people and for people. Almost every work day involves working alongside of our staff or a volunteer team within the church. Some days are spent doing something at the request of our pastor or filling a need for a church member. Every week is filled with prep time for the upcoming services or an upcoming church event. As the college and young adults pastor, I get the opportunity to spend time with young people at different stages of life. My goal is to help them grow into who God wants them to be by spending time with them, teaching our Bible study and class each week, and trying to be a friend to them.
Describe how you do it.
In today’s society, digital technology plays a huge role even in ministry. We use an online project planning tool for events and administration, we keep track of members in an online database, and we are always looking for ways to use technology to get better. As a church, however, we never want to lose personal touch with members. I try to make personal contact with some of our young adults throughout the week, I write notes to encourage others, and we meet often as a staff to make sure we are staying personal. I do a lot of computer work, but try to do a lot of people work as well.
Describe why you do it.
In my field, my motivation comes directly from God when He commands His followers to go and make more followers. I feel called to point people to Jesus and see people’s lives changed.
What was the first step you took to become what you are now?
For me, it meant recognizing this was what I was called to do. I got a taste of it as an intern one summer and knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. After that, I found a college that was focused on training and placing people into ministry.
What do you wish you had paid more attention to in school?
I wish I would have paid more attention to my relationships and been more intentional in them. As someone whose life revolves around good relationships, I have found that I am learning more about how to have good, meaningful ones.