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Hi, I’m Alyssa Scivoletti.

Cold Spring, KY

Phone Number

(516) 306-6364

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Vineyard Christian Church
Children’s Pastor

Education

Nyack College
BS in Youth and Family Studies

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

7 years

Personality

INFJ

Skills

Recruiting, writing curriculum, leadership development

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter

Personal

Single

Top 3 Strengths

Social/People Skills0%

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Kid's Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I became a Christian, when I was in middle school. I didn’t really grow up in a Christian home, as I grew up more Catholic than anything. I started going to Church more regularly when I was in the end of my elementary school days. My dad had passed away, and I was being bullied in school and there was all of this teenage angst going on in my life. I went on a retreat in March, and did not give my life to the Lord until July because I needed a few months to think about if I actually believed what the speaker was saying. I became a Christian because I realized my need for a savior, and a hope, and a friend.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
INFJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
One of my mentors back in NY// ministry leader had a huge impact on me because she carries the presence of the Holy Spirit. She was one of the people who called out greatness in me when I didn’t see it or didn’t believe it. She was one of the few people who believed in me before I ever did. She confirmed the call of ministry on my life, she has helped guide me on a path of inner healing and just confidence. As far as authors go, in 2019 I read 76 books, and I really enjoy Brene Brown and her work, as well as books by Bill Johnson.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
I plan on helping to hold quarterly meetings, keep them updated with emails, get them connected to the overall vision of the church, and just be friends with them first. I plan on utilizing social media, and essentially just meeting parents where they are at. This is a challenging question to answer because it would depend on the parents themselves, because ministering to parents is not a one size fits all. I plan to hold seminars for the parents, and to partner with them so they feel involved and equipped.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I served as a co-lead for an administrative team at my previous church in NY. I always say that vision casting for admin is the hardest thing i had to cast vision for. I prayed a lot. We would ask people to join and just reinforce the overall vision of the church. The team started off with 4 of us, and by the time I left NY there was 19 of us. We created an atmosphere that promoted family, and growth and learning. It was a lot of building culture, and even more grace for entertaining the learning curve that had to come with teaching people how a church runs from behind the scenes. We just treated each other with honor and respect, and learned to love the stress and the chaos, as we all pushed forward together. We wound up having one of the more cohesive teams in church, and it started off with a few of us. As the church was growing, we found places people could get plugged into within the administrative team. There was a lot of teaching, and learning how to lead a diverse team, but it became strong. The biggest thing I learned was just having to ask people if they wanted to come along for the ride instead of assuming their answer would be no.
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?
First and foremost having the conversation in person or at least over the phone or a voice note. Things can be misconstrued over text. I would either ask clarifying questions, and listen to listen, not just listen to speak. I think that it is important to validate feelings, and be as clear and concise as possible. I also would again want to have a personal relationship with them, so that having confusion and communication can be a relationship builder. Also, I would give them the space to voice why they are confused or maybe don’t agree, and work on better communication and strategic planning.
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 want the parents to be involved as much as possible. I think its important to begin discipling the parents first and foremost because they have the most time to spend with their children. They have more hours with their children than if they were to never miss a Sunday from birth-18. I would let their parents know ASAP. I would talk to their parents if they are not believers about what this means, and if they are believers I would celebrate with them. I would begin by letting their parents know of any resources I had for them, and also making sure that the child had a Bible and a note book as a way to ask questions and we can talk about them together. I would point everything back to Jesus and help kids also navigate the messy in between of life, and be as transparent about my faith journey with them. I would also find places for them to serve even if it is in small ways, so that they too can feel apart of the big church as a whole, and they understand the importance of church community as well as serving. I would offer myself to pray with them and for them, and give them the space to ask questions and to also wrestle with their beliefs, and be there to support them each step of the way.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
I am going to help the volunteers grow in their faith by potentially doing coffee hangouts, and general hangouts. Also, by equipping them to lead well. In terms of going deeper, in the past I have spent aside an hour or so a week for each person that I was discipling and reaching out to them over text, and praying with them and doing Bible Plans with them. I think that by being a person of faith, it is important to do life with people, and allow them to see the authenticity and leading them through the testimony of Jesus in my life, and helping them create that narrative in their own. I think that caring and letting my words and actions show that I actually care for and love my volunteers would be the first step. I want my volunteers to feel the love of God when they speak to me, and that they have a safe space to process and to learn and to grow. I think that life is more beautiful in the messy, and the in between of together and not together completely. I think that being in the nitty gritty together and growing together through transparency and authenticity is the first step. Also, I don’t want to burn my volunteers out and hope to create an accountability network of making sure they are also involved with adults their own age and being able to attend service, and not taking advantage of their pure and willing hearts.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
My philosophy of ministry is that there is no junior Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is alive an active and working in the lives of our children today. We do not have to wait until they are older for God to begin shedding fruit now. Mission/ Vision/ Core Values: Mission: To bring glory to God in everything that we say and do. To also raise up a generation of young people who have been impacted by Jesus, and teach them about Jesus. To raise up a generation who lives a life filled with freedom based off their personal relationship that also leads to service, outreach, leadership and spiritual growth. 1 Corinthians 10:31 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Vision: My heart is in seeing the next generation flourish and grow in their faith so that they are equipped to share their faith with the world, embrace who Jesus is to them and who he is in their own lives. In order to do this, I will encourage the next generation and their parents, along with volunteers to help them reach their potential. Equipping: Teaching, Training and Discipleship Matthew 28:18-19 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 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.’” Embracing: Doesn’t matter who they are but whose they are. (Identity) 2 Corinthians 6:18- And,“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”[ a ] 3 John 1:12 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is , to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— Ephesians 1:5 5 He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will— Encouraging: Fellowship and Community Romans 12:4-5 For just as in one [physical] body we have many parts, and these parts do not all have the same function or special use, 5 so we, who are many, are [nevertheless just] one body in Christ, and individually [we are] parts one of another [mutually dependent on each other]. Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself CORE-VALUES: S cripture A uthenticity F reedom E quality.
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?
I introduced zoom video calls and post card drop offs, I got my leaders all on board and families as well with various input from people who would agree or disagree. I also took time to meet my volunteers and be friends with some parents. I got a lot of coffee aha. I participated in what was important to them such as dance recitals,, and sport games.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
Asking people that you lead for their input, and asking them for their opinions and coming together as a team of people. Also, working on building solutions and game plans, but asking people for their perception and what the think is going good and maybe not so good. I also think that evaluating systems and structures has to do highly with relationships. You can’t please everybody, and somebody is always going to be peeved at the choice that you made (or didn’t) but you can listen to people, and listen to their feedback. I think that the listening to people as a whole is huge, because it means being humble enough to also admit to messing up. Also, I personally would speak with whoever i directly reported to, and ask them for their opinion and I am known for asking leaders where they think I can be growing.
Share with me what you would do to deal with a fast-paced, always changing environment. Have you had this experience in a previous position?
I served as an intern in. a growing church in NY/NYC. It was a multi campus church vey engulfed in the culture of being a New Yorker, and some things about NY is that it is very much always changing and very fast paced. I have extensive experience, which I think has brewed a “can do” attitude in me, as well as a posture of humility and also flexibility for being a team player. I think that I personally thrive in an ever changing environment, because I typically enjoy learning and also making things and processes better. I also had to adapt to my position previously as a Kids Pastor in the start of the pandemic, which has helped me learn to be extremely adaptive and creative in an ever changing environment.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
Some goals I have set for my ministry area is to have more volunteers. I did accomplish this on all three teams that I was leading. It took a lot of asking, and recruiting and developing. I love SWOT charts, and using them in everyday life, so I was always using SWOT in any idea or thought that I was having for ministry. Additionally, I wanted a community feel which was also achieved. Also, I want people to know that they are loved. one of my favorite goals that I have set is that I want people to start branching out, and trusting the fact that God (and us) trusts them to speak into the lives of children. I think that letting people step into who and what God has called them to be is beautiful, and in the ministries I was apart of I made it a goal to not extinguish the flame, but to fan it and to partner with God and them to walk out what God has for them. I started to accomplish this because I would coach people how to teach or how to talk to children and teach them the importance of using kid friendly language, and also releasing them to teach and run the room sometimes even better than I could.
What would it take to grow a kid’s ministry program?
Patience, and prayer. Also, it would take a lot of vision casting and helping people realize why its important to teach this generation about Jesus, and that there is no junior Holy Spirit. It also would take understanding and loving people enough to have them to trust you to lead them. It also takes Kids, and families and the trust of parents for them to keep coming back and tell others about you.
Your members/guests and their families come to church with specialized needs, different learning styles, and family stresses. Do you have a strategy to provide significant ministry to meet these needs?
Yes. I believe that church should be as accessible as possible to everyone. I think for starters it would be to have a sensory room for families to engage in, but also just realizing God has created each individual uniquely, and that having games or dynamic learning activities is just as important as audio visual activities. I think it would be getting to know the community more, and the people at the church, and also empowering people in their passions to have a well oiled machine. Sometimes it is as simple as not having too much sensory input for children, and just giving them a space to experience God how they were designed too.
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?
I have worked in kids, youth, production, hospitality and administration. I just adopted the attitude that I don’t know everything. I am willing to learn from those who have went before me, I also read a lot of books and continue to grow because there is a whole bunch of people who are smarter and wiser than me, who have walked the road before. I have learned to not reinvent the wheel. I also spent time learning about each community that i was in before attempting big changes, having people feel loved is super important to me.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
Yes. Just because somebody has a pulse does not mean that they should be in kids ministry. Making it seem so easy anyone can do it is not at all the ministry at hand. I believe in calling previous churches, having recommendations/references from other community leaders, as well as a background check. When picking curriculum at my previous church, I spent time researching and actually reaching out and having meetings with other kids pastors in the area, to see what they thought about it and why.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I have vouched for the necessity of checking in and out through planning center with barcodes. I also have in various experiences went around and locked open doors near our kids wing, and advocated for more security with kids. I have also helped to come up with a written procedure of what to do in case of an emergency in our volunteer handbook.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and kids pastor?
I would describe the ideal relationship between the senior/ lead pastor as one that is honoring. I believe that the kids pastor should be flexible as well as trusting what God has communicated to your senior pastor, and trusting that He hears from God, and being willing to move in the direction of the church that he wants. I also think it would be not so separate but involved. It would be. a relationship of mutual respect.

References

Julie Signorelli || (347) 589-2381 || [email protected]
Jocelyn Perez || (646) 603-9917 ||

Favorite Bible Story

John 5

Favorite Scripture

2 Corinthians 3:17