Bev

Hi, I’m Beverly Lindeman.

Fayetteville, OH

Phone Number

(513) 720-3040

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Eastside Christian Church
Volunteer for Children’s
Ministries

Education

University of Cincinnati
BA in Communications

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

8 years

Personality

ENFJ

Skills

Teaching/preaching, volunteer recruiting/training, leading large group worship, organizing events, administration, website updates, safety/security system for kids ministry, problem-solving, strategic thinking

Tools & Software

Church Community Builder

Personal

Husband: John, married 29 years
Kids: 3 older kids

Top 3 Strengths

Team-Oriented0%

Empathy0%

Leadership0%

Kid's Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I have always been a Christian as long as I can remember. I was brought up in a Methodist church, baptized and confirmed as an 8th grader after going to confirmation camp. I would have to say I really didn’t think much about it. Being a Christian was just what I knew to be normal in my family. I went to Bible Camp when I was little, my family went to church camp, I was in the Angel Choir as a kid, was in the Youth Group as a pre-teen, and participated in Young Life my senior year of high school–all the usual things kids do growing up in church. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens/early twenties that I really started questioning what Christianity really meant to me. I didn’t talk to a Pastor about it until I was married and had children. At that point, I started taking classes at the church. I began volunteering and eventually thought about getting ordained. So, I feel I was always a Christian, but I grew in my faith and understanding what that meant my whole life.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
ENFJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
Revs Larry Brown and George Brown (may he rest in peace) within the United Methodist Church. They were examples of authentic and genuine religious leaders who taught me what Christianity really meant. Their integrity, wisdom, gentle natures, and knowledge led me to pursue positions of leadership in churches. I love quotes from Mother Teresa and Maya Angelou. My 2 favorites: “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” ~Maya Angelou “Love wherever you go. Let no one come to you without leaving happier or feeling better.” ~Mother Teresa
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
I would send e-mails to everyone and hold a couple of informative gatherings, possibly on a Zoom call if we do not have a space to gather safely with COVID-19. I would also make myself available for questions on Sunday AM, respond to texts, and phone calls. I also have found that information on the website and on an informational bulletin board in the church have been helpful for people to find information that miss the meetings or e-mails. Last but not least, I’m a big fan of social media, and many people find out information from consistent posts.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
In previous positions, what I first do is pray for guidance. Then I network with the previous director to connect with people who were already volunteers in the ministry to get feedback from them of how things are currently working, what they feel is not, and encourage them to share their ideas. After interviewing all of them, I connect with the current staff to see which volunteers are cross-ministry volunteers to make sure I don’t step on a team-member’s toes or over-extend a volunteer and explore ways to network across ministries. Then I start planning and organizing. After the initial plan and goal is solid, I start communicating the plan to volunteers at a informational meeting where we open in prayer, start with some social time and snacks, then I go into training/coaching. They are able to ask questions, fill out their volunteer safety forms, and then I close in prayer before encouraging them to socialize with remaining refreshments if they want before leaving. Volunteers at this point are encouraged and excited to get started. From this point, the best marketing for the new team ministry is by word of mouth from the volunteers who go out and start recruiting people they know. As soon as I get familiar with the congregation and volunteer base, I start understanding where their gifts lie, which helps me to create a Leadership Team who meets on a regular basis. As the ministry gets put in place by the team with me leading it, the kids come home excited about what they are doing and learning, and parents talk to each other and spread the word. More families start coming to the church and old families start coming more regularly, and more volunteers start to appear. By the time a 3rd year roles around, the plan has been tweaked and adjusted as the needs changed, the ministry has grown in numbers of volunteers/children/families, and a solid ministry pretty much runs itself with the solid leadership team. This happens because they feel equipped with the tools needed to succeed in their roles, they feel they are valued and prayed for, and they embrace the responsibilities they’ve been given. This servant leadership culture that has been created leaves me to be able to manage/train/encourage all volunteers, problem-solve, communicate clearly, learn, lead and plan the big events such as VBS/Christmas Pageants/Retreats/Easter and fill in where needed to continue developing the ministry to reach all people with the love of Christ.
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?
It is usually pretty simple to know if you are being clear or solve the confusion if you are unclear about someone else by asking clarifying questions. That has always been the most helpful thing for me. I organize by the golden rule of Who, What, Why, Where, When. I also use visuals in outline form either on screen or paper, sometimes both. Because I’ve seen a thing or two in leadership positions, I always had a popular Q & A document that was easily accessible by anyone, everywhere.
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?
This has only happened to me when I worked with teens. But, if a child comes to me and wants to know more about following Christ or tells me they want to be a Christian, I ask a few clarifying questions because they are children, and I want to make sure we are understanding each other. After I talk to them a bit and I believe that this is something that needs to be communicated to their parents, I let the pastor I report to know that I am letting a parent know their child has made that decision. It’s a huge decision that I don’t take lightly, and it’s important for the pastor to know I’m speaking to a parent about it and communicating it correctly. I would also train and encourage they volunteers to come to me if a child approaches them with this decision so that it is always handled the same way according to how the Sr Pastor/Executive Pastor/Board/Church advises. This is very important for a church to not have volunteers saying and handling that situation on their own. There should be a procedure in place at the church of how every situation like this with children should be handled. If there isn’t one in place, that is one thing that I’d be working on if I was hired. Once a child accepts Christ as their Savior, one of the first things I do is start giving them responsibilities and leadership roles within the ministry. I would also connect them with a spiritual mentor on my ministry team to plug them into a bible study beyond Sunday morning and to help them find out what their spiritual interests are to introduce them to different types of ministries.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
I encourage volunteers to make sure they get to worship in addition to volunteering. Many volunteers get so caught up in volunteering, and ministries are desperate for volunteers, that they miss worship altogether. I also encourage them to join a small group if possible. I can usually tell what a volunteer’s passion is, and I’m able to find a role/class/bible study/mission group that fits their needs. I’m a big fan of conferences and retreats, where volunteers go together to “fill-up” spiritually with peers, hear special music, guest speakers, break-out sessions that they get to choose that sounds like a fit, and social fun”.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
I believe that anyone can minister, and there’s not one right way to do it. Ministry requires flexibility to strike a chord and connect with all types of different people and personalities. Ministry can be done inside and outside of churches. But underlying it all, the love and acceptance of Jesus has to be the foundation which is built upon with education and service.
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 would say that the most creative idea I had was always in trying to save the church’s money by networking with other churches to collaborate ideas and decorations for VBS. Along with that same idea, I was always able to come up with things the church already had on hand to use instead of spending money…craft supplies, curriculum I could update, recruiting for donations, etc… My team and I even found a way to use old tickets as a security check-in/out system before they had electronic methods.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
My degree was mostly focused in Organizational Communication. We studied many organizations and systems of why they worked and didn’t work. One of my specialties is being able to asess a situation, group, team, etc… to figure out what is going to work best in the environment and with the people involved for the most successful outcome. Talking to people is one of the best ways to do this. In my experience with churches, it takes about a year on the job to really figure out how all the systems and structures work. By the 2nd year, I’ve found that I and the core team that has been developed see ways to make things better. It is usually brought on my growth, but sometimes happens right away because the system was broken to start with. It is not a one-man/woman job to restructure, it takes the input of the core team and feedback from all volunteers, children, and parents.
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 have had a lot of experience in this type of position in all sorts of life paths. First of all, I’m a mom of 3. They are all grown now, but things were always fast-paced and changing constantly. In all 3 churches I worked in, besides being a Christian, one of the most important things that was necessary was being flexible and quick to problem-solve. Having a back-up to a back-up plan was super helpful. I also kept a “substitute list” that I could call at the last minute to fill in if needed. Making sure your team is trained and knowledgeable is extremely important so they can adjust quickly. Communicating a clear goal that everyone can work towards is crucial. Without that, things can fall apart quickly. I also have experience in playing and coaching soccer. Besides hockey, there really isn’t a faster-paced game. The last team I coached, we were State Champs. Most recently, I’ve worked in the high-paced real estate world where I was dealing with deadlines and changing markets constantly. Through it all, I prayed. Without prayer, the stress and over-whelming emotions can ruin you.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
There are some goals that can be set in the beginning of a new position, like getting to know the church, getting volunteers for Sunday mornings, establishing your core team. Then there are others that can not be made until they present themselves to you because you don’t know that they are even a thing until some time has passed or changes in the environment have occurred. Whenever I set a goal for the ministry, it is rarely unachievable because I don’t make random goals that would not work well in the organization. When I set goals, it’s because I’ve observed what and who I’m working with to know what is needed and necessary for the good of the ministry and church. Once I figure that out, I set the goals and communicate them, start the planning, start connecting and networking, and often find that the goal changes because something bigger and better presents itself once again as I get other people involved. So, the original goal is accomplished as the bigger goal presents itself. Then that bigger goal is accomplished because we’ve already moved forward working on the next step of that previous goal that we didn’t know even existed until the original goal was set. How I accomplish goals is easy: I don’t do it alone. I pray for guidance, I communicate, I coach/train/teach, and try to do it all with grace.
What would it take to grow a kid’s ministry program?
It would take time, patience, teamwork, love, prayer, attention to detail and organization, acceptance, humility, volunteers, integrity, honesty, selflessness…I could go on and on.
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?
This all falls in my strategic networking planning when I lead. When I find out about these specialized needs, I find people who are experts in the field to advise me and collaborate with me to help. I do this mostly just by talking to congregational members or pastoral staff who already know someone who specializes in those areas. I also connect with people I’ve worked with in the past. Having ministry care groups are always helpful. I also link websites and have reading materials handy. In my experience, there has often been a pastoral care team in place to handle these special needs. If there isn’t, I would start working on a plan to form a team.
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’ve worked in a very diverse church where I led a youth group that was about a third white, a third black, and a third biracial. Because I grew up in that same diverse neighborhood, I was very comfortable with the diversity and the youth group and children’s ministry thrived. The 2nd church I worked in was in the city of Hamilton. The culture was a bit different than what I was used to with an all white congregation, some inner-city teens who did not have good home-lives, some teens who came from farms which I was totally not used to, and some suburban kids that I was very familiar with. So what I did was immediately submerse myself in it. Talking and listening to everyone and anyone who would let me. I listened a lot. It did not take long for them to feel comfortable around me.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
Often there is a procedure in place for volunteer screening and chosen curriculum through different denominations and churches. The last procedure I used was created by me and the core leadership team. It included a personal interview where they filled out Volunteer Applications (they could also fill out applications online, but I had to meet them in person). Then they had a background check. I personally called the references on applications if they were people I didn’t know. Then they were invited to Volunteer Training. The background check had to come through clean and the training had to be complete before they were able to volunteer with children. For the curriculum, I did research online, at conferences, and networked with other churches to see what was out there and received well by the kids and volunteers. At the first church, they wanted me to use the Methodist curriculum designed for kids, which was fine. The second church, I was not required to run Sunday mornings for the youth group, so no curriculum was needed. I wrote my own youth group messages and devotions using material I had, that was in the church, and online. In the third church, I received negative feedback from the curriculum that they were using before I got there. So, I moved to an online curriculum that had great reviews after meeting with my team to discuss it. It was cheaper and more flexible for our needs, and the lessons were based on small groups, traveling to a large, group, and then back to small groups. We would send it to volunteers and also have it printed out for them when they arrived. After the first year with it, I had all the volunteers fill out a feedback form in class. The results were great, so we saved money by not ordering it every year, but instead saved it all on the children’s ministry computer to re-use. The dates didn’t match after that first year, but we just adjusted what we needed to based on the current calendar. It would of course have to change eventually over time to be relevent to the children’s lives, but I was able to use it for the 3 years while I was there with no problems.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I covered all of the emergency plans and procedures in training for volunteers. I also communicated it to parents through emails and letters. I would also have it on an informational board in the hallway and on the website. The teachers would then communicate it to the children in their specific classes in an age appropriate way that was taught in training. The churches always had exit maps by the doors of classrooms. And the preschools had the procedure which was the same we used hanging by the doors. The “Staying Safe at Church” movement started about the time I went into my first job, so I was right on the front lines of creating systems that worked and sharing ideas with the board. At my last position, I believe it was “Safe Kids in Church” site that we used to make sure we were doing everything we could to keep our children safe outside of natural disasters.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and kids pastor?
The ideal relationship for me between the senior/lead pastor and kids pastor would be a friendly, encouraging, and positive one. The kids pastor would be a team player on a team where the senior pastor is the coach. The kids pastor could look to him/her for guidance, spiritual growth, wisdom. and a clear understanding of the goal of the church as a whole. The kids pastor would be open to critique and suggestions, but not be micro-managed. There would be honesty and trust between them. They would both know that it isn’t about them, but all about sharing the love of Jesus and teachings based on John 3:16.

References

Larry Brown  || [email protected]
Barb Stewart || (513) 236-6761
Heather Adkins-Lamb || (513) 461-4518
Jessica Davis || (513) 659-4237

Favorite Bible Story

Children coming to see Jesus

Favorite Scripture

Proverbs 3:5