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Hi, I’m Andrew Crowl.

Anna, TX

Phone Number

(903) 286-5071

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Preston Trail Community Church
Student Ministry Coordinator

Education

High School Diploma

Church Affiliation

NonDenominational

Years In Ministry

7 years

Personality

ENFP

Skills

Preaching/teaching, leadership development, volunteer recruitment

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter

Personal

Married, Have Kids

Top 3 Strengths

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Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I grew up in the church and have amazing Godly parents (which I am thankful for). So I have always been exposed to the Gospel in some way. I was baptized at an early age but that was just because I thought it was cool to have a snack (communion) in the middle of church. In late middle school was really when my faith took shape. We had an amazing student pastor who was always challenging me and mentoring me. During a rad experience at camp, I finally found my own faith, not my parents faith and understood the weight of God’s love and his big redemption story. I was baptized again at camp and dedicating my life to loving others and helping them fall in love with Jesus!
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Motivational
  • Loving
Personality Type
Enneagram 7, ENFP
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
My student pastor through middle school into college, Scott Sellers and Jordan Young. Scott guided me through MS and HS and was a very shepherding guy. Great family man, great communicator and he called out my gift of teaching and really become my first mentor. He gave me opportunity to teach my peers and helped me understand the ins and outs of ministry. Jordan was my pastor through late HS and College. My first event with him was the Passion conference. We lived in NM and we decided to drive to Atlanta (ugh). But one memory I’ll never forget is during the night, everyone is a sleep in the van, so it’s just me and Jordan up front. We talked for hours about life, relationships, struggles, ministry, family, music, everything. He was real and transparent with me and I appreciated that.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
Easy reach outs would be parent social media accounts (Instagram, facebook). Being able to have groups and post makes communication a little easier. Twice a year hosting a parent “town hall meeting”, going over mission and vision of ministry and introducing new parents to the ministry. And finally personal calls/texts. I wanted to stay connected with parents and want them to know that we are not only here to love and support their student but also them.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
Pride can be a edgy word, but I pride myself on the small group leader culture that has been created. We have tight knit group with amazing hearts for students. With that being said, being able to continue to recruit other leaders and bring them into the team can seem difficult for them. I also let them test drive our services for a couple weeks to see if this is the right seat on the bus for them, then take them out for coffee with myself and female or male coach(depending on gender of new leader), We’ll celebrate them joining the team and share some fun facts so everyone else can get a chance to know them. And then continual leader training through Orange Curriculum books and events.
How would you alleviate the confusion when you are communicating with volunteers and it becomes apparent that they don’t understand what you’re saying or vice versa?
Depends on the situation. If it is a miscommunication in a leader meeting or huddle that is minor, I would pull them aside after and hear their thoughts and try explain it better. If the issue is major, I would schedule a time to go grab coffee and get some one on one time to dive into the miscommunication and the root issue.
Spiritual Growth
Once you lead a student/child to Christ, how do you communicate their decision to their parents? Once a child accepts Christ as their Savior, how do you begin discipling them?
I like coffees as per previous answers, lol! I would call the parent and explain the situation and then schedule a coffee. I want to be face to face (relational) and be able to discuss in detail what that decisions means, what it looks like and answer any questions. I really encourage my leaders to be able to have those conversations with their students. I’ve coached the leaders on how to have the conversation, because they are the ones that are going to have the close relationship with that student. I will always be willing to come alongside that leader and student to help shepherd.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
I want to make sure they are being fed spiritually. An expectation of my leaders is that they are attending main services so that can worship and be encouraged by the message series. We also do leader studies, as we walk through and discuss books of the bible or topical studies.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
Helping students find and follow Jesus! Helping them through safe and fun environments, engaging worship, relevant and challenging teaching and big emphasis on authentic small groups.
What was the most creative idea you introduced in your last ministry role? What steps did you take to implement that idea with leadership, volunteers, and families if applicable?
MIX SIX event! There is a stark difference between what students experience in 5th service to what they experience in our 6th-12th service. So I had the idea to create an event that would be centered around welcoming our upcoming 6th graders into the ministry. During the summer we would host an event and welcome in those upcoming 6th graders with their parents and let them experience our MS and HS programming. Goal would be for them to get excited about moving up, to feel accepted and expected and to get them and parents connected with their new small group leader.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
I admit to having blind sports during our events. Always focused on what I need to get done, so I trust heavily on my ministry director and my team coaches. Being able to hear their input and feedback is helpful for us to improve, Then when i have weeks off from teaching I like to step back and view the service/event without my blinders. Look at the experience from the first contact of walking through the door, to how we close out the event. I do also have a student leadership team that helps me with ideas and gives feedback as to what is relevant and what speaks to them.
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
I personally haven’t put together events but I have been apart of teams that have. Our biggest student event of the year is HighDef (our version of DNow). We put a lot of attention and detail into this event because we want it to be the catalyst for the new year (event happens in Feb). HighDef hosts around 400 students and we have to create and organize event/service schedules, hundreds of volunteers, food, games, curriculum and programming. I’ve always had a creative voice in this event, but it is always a team effort.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
In the yuck with them. Most times students just need a safe ear to hear them out, let them express themselves. Be present with them. Once the cloudiness starts clearing then its some intentional easy growth steps with myself, their small group leader and parents.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
Most recently my goals were to connect one on one with parents, create a ministry event calendar and schedule coffees with my leaders. Sounds basic but it’s something that hasn’t been done in the ministry before. Set goal to reach out to 5 parents a week, create calendar for this quarter and schedule those leader coffees. I also work a full time job at RightNow Media so time management has to be my best friend. Creating physical To-Do lists and keeping them in front of me has helped me reach those goals.
What do you do to stay current with the culture of young adults today?
Lean heavily on my student leadership team. Every year we have a new team and we hand select students that are high capacity volunteers, having interest in ministry and show leadership qualities. I love getting feedback from them on how we can improve our environments, services, worship and even the messages. I also try to stay updated through social media with what’s “cool” or current trends.
What do you see as some of the biggest problems plaguing youth currently?
Identify and lack of Biblical knowledge. Students are surround with these ideas and thoughts of who they have to be and what they need to do or say. They have to find something that identifies them (gay, feminist, christian, progressive, etc). They need to see and understand their value and worth through Christ! And then I think a lot of student biblical knowledge is weak. Too many message series that are overly topical (not a bad thing), but don’t point students to scripture or help them understand or memorize it.
Describe what a weekend student ministry experience would look like. What multimedia components would be used to create a learning experience that makes the Bible relevant?
A fun, welcoming, cool environment setting that allows student’s walls to come down, fun interactive games that encourage community and interaction, intentional worship that allows students to engage with their creator through song (need a strong worship leader to lead), a message that meets the students where they are at and gives them strong biblical truths and a transparent and authentic small group.
Describe the diversity of some of the ministries with which you’ve worked. How did you go about learning and educating yourself in order to effectively reach your community?
Meet the people where they are at. When I was in East Texas, our church was next door in some low income apartments. We created a Fish Dinner hang, where we set up in their complex, invited everyone to come eat and have fellowship together. With the students it was finding what their interests were and meeting them there. We had a gym and most of those male students loved basketball so we started by hosting an open gym, them gym and study and then that created relationships and them feeling comfortable coming to our student services.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
First we have them test drive the services to see if this is a good fit. If yes, then we go through our leadership agreement, have them fill out background check and we get them scheduled for our NGO (Next Gen Orientation) which goes through the why’s and how’s of our ministry. We currently use Orange curriculum and have been for awhile. I’ve never been part of that choosing process.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
We have a security team that has developed great policies and procedures for us. My job is to make sure myself and leaders understand and follow them. That is something that is a blind spot for me, so being able to delegate that to someone who understands it, is so beneficial to me.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
I would want that relationship to be a friendship and mentorship. Do life and ministry together. I know that can be difficult with larger churches but i think that relationship is important, especially the mentorship. Being able to grow, learn and be challenge from the lead pastor’s experience is very important to me

References

Clark Wheeler || (214) 763-8843 || [email protected]
Marci Burns || (214) 263-6350 || [email protected]
Colby Engstrum || (949) 491-6433 || [email protected]
Sean Trout || (432) 230-8999 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Favorite Scripture

Psalms 118:8