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Hi, I’m Chris Coulter.

Pleasant Hill, IA

Phone Number

(661) 433-9584

Email

[email protected]

Experience

The Well Covenant Church
Youth Pastor

Education

Moody Bible Institute
BS in Biblical Studies

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

3.5 years

Personality

ENFJ

Skills

Teaching, leading worship, casting vision, discipleship, and leadership development

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter

Personal

Married : Katie (5 years)
Kids: Ryan (3), Rhett (9 months)

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Family Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I was saved at a very young age but didn’t make it personally mine till I was a sophomore in high school. I remember being at a youth group camp where the speaker was talking about living a life honoring to God. I knew that the life I was living was all about me. That day I realigned my focus to what God would have for me and started pursuing ministry. I love kids and telling them about the love of Jesus Christ and so I knew that meant I was called into ministry. God has been shaping me over the last 10 years or so since I realigned my life and it has been an amazing adventure so far.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • 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.
Pastors in my life: Paul Benard (Lead pastor at CrossRoads Christian Fellowship: Montana), Danny Gardner (Senior Pastor Highland Baptist: Colorado and Kevin Berthiaume: Senior Pastor in England.
Other Pastors/ Authors: Mat Chandler and Francis Chan.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
For the parents I would create a monthly new letter letting the families know what is coming up.
For the team I would create an app that allows the team to know what lessons are coming up as well as what students they have. The orange curriculum has an amazing app for this.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
In my current position I was able to take the one leader I had involved in youth and add three more. We have been able to come together to love on the kids. I created a group chat so that we can all be on the same page when it comes to Wednesday nights as well as give any updates to events coming up. I also have them apart of an app that outlines the current series we are in so that they can be prepared for the weeks ahead. This has allowed for the leaders to come prepared and not wing it. It is still very much a work in progress but they are eager to learn and ask questions when they need help.
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?
I always allow for open communication. I would hate for one of my leaders to think that they cant come talk to me about anything. but on the front end of that I would make sure that everything is laid out as clearly as possible for each week so that the volunteers are spending time guessing what is happening and instead focus on the kids they have. But in creating the open communication that would allow for the volunteers to come talk to me when something didnt work out as planned. I never believe that my way is always correct and love to learn new ways to do things.
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 would share with them the exciting news and walk them through what that means now and how to encourage them to help grow that child’s love for God. That means providing material for the parents to take home to equip them as the spiritual leaders in the home to help shepherd their kids.
I would also continue love on and meet with that student to encourage and help grow their love for God. this looks different depending on the ages but for older kids that would mean being involved as volunteers as well being in a discipleship group with other kids to grow in their faith.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
I would meet with the volunteers one on one (or two on one if its a girl) and get lunch or coffee or something and just hang out and talk about life and learn about their story. As the relationships grow it allows for me to better understand how I can be impactful in their lives. I would also create events where all the leaders can come together for a day of fun and food. If the volunteers are happy everyone is happy.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
To reach lost students for Christ and to guide them into a real relationship with Him, themselves and others.
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?
Me and my team put on an event called Empowered Youth. The whole premise behind this was to create a free event where saved and unsaved kids alike can come and listen to worship, hear testimonies and a message and have some free food and play games. it was an awesome night that saw over 100 kids from many different schools and churches come together and hear Christ names preached. it took a lot of volunteers and man hours to pull off the event in such a short time.
We have a core team of about 10 that was then tasked with about 5-10 people each through various avenues to make this event happen. We have merch table, food, games, check in, and break out sessions.
it was an awesome event that allowed me to get to know the churches around me as well as the students in the area.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
Everything always can improve. I would ask the current volunteers what they like and dont like and when new people come on as volunteers, I would see what they like and don’t like from a fresh perspective.

I never want to get to a point where I think I have everything running smoothly and there is no need for improvements.  We live in an ever-changing world and if we don’t move with it we will get left behind.  Just because something worked one time doesn’t mean it will work every time.

Always improving and looking for new ways to do ministry is vital.  Whether that means going to conferences or reading new ministry books or look at new models of ministry.  Always adapting.

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 would thrive. I am always on the move and looking to stay busy.  Being a part of an environment that is fast-paced and changing allows me to stay energetic and on task.  I love to keep moving and changing and being a part of God’s story.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
One of the big goals we had for our youth group was to put on an outreach event for the community, called Empowered Youth. We worked on the event for two months and knocked it out of the park. We saw over a hundred kids from 20 different churches and 20 different schools. It was an awesome night of food, fun and testimonies.
What would it take to grow a kid’s ministry program?
Making sure you are intentional from the second parents park till they leave. You have to make sure it is a fluid system that allows for the parents to not guess what they need to do. On top of that you need to make sure that all the volunteers know just what they are doing for the day and that all the supplies are laid out ahead of time.
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?
I would make sure that the curriculum has varies ways of teaching the same thing so that each kid’s learning style can be met.  One thing that I have learned in ministry is that no two kids are alike and there is not one way of doing ministry that will work for every student.  My main strategy would to always be on my toes and constantly question the status quo and make sure that each kid is being cared for.
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 surround myself with other pastors in the community from different backgrounds and learn how they have been effective in ministry and what works and what doesn’t.  When it comes to diversity it means different people coming together under a common goal.  I was able to engage and learn from different people around me so that I would have a better understanding of the kid’s environment.

On top of meeting with other pastors I ultimately met and engage with the youth.  I continually ask them what helps to grow closer to God and how they see the world around them.

Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
When it comes to curriculum I see what is being used throughout the church community and work through that. I loved using the Orange curriculum with modifications throughout the week. The only screening I have used for volunteers is what the church has already been using so I would need to brush up on the best ones out there to make sure that each volunteer is screened well.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I love utilizing the check in system with name tags. This not only shows to the parents that we are serious about protecting their kids, but it also allows us to have all their info possible on each kid.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and kids pastor?

I see it as a partnership where we work together to see God’s kingdom being accomplished.  There must be an open communication where we feel confident that we can talk about anything.  I don’t ever want to feel like I have to tip toe around the senior pastor.  When I can be open and honest and get open and honest feedback it allows for me to thrive.

References

Jon Kapel || (216) 952-9069 || [email protected]
Ryan Spencer || (952) 905-1740 || [email protected]
Jonathan Meyer || (515) 577-6866 || [email protected]
Marc Peterson || (651) 216-0510 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The story of Joseph

Favorite Scripture

Romans 8:28