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Hi, I’m Daniel Drescher.

Chicago, IL

Phone Number

(330) 506-9668

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Moody Church
Operations Specialist

Education

Moody Bible Institute
BA in Pastoral Studies

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

6 year

Personality

ESFJ

Skills

Discipleship, teaching, and administration, teach/preach

Tools & Software

ACS / Realm, Microsoft Office Suite

Personal

Wife: Katherine - Married 3 years
Daughter: Ilana (Newborn)

Top 3 Strengths

Compassionate0%

Social/People Skills0%

Disciplined0%

Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I was fortunate enough to grow up with a mom and dad who love and serve Jesus. I was raised around extended family who were Christians as well. I knew of Christ at a young age, but I decided to follow him and put my trust in him when I was around seven or eight. This was a result of seeing how God worked in others’ lives. Specifically I saw how he brought people out of addiction and sin and restored them to a relationship with him. I saw this at church I attended as a child, where many of the people were recovering drug addicts. As a kid, I got to see their lives change which taught me about who God is and made me want to be in relationship with him.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
ESFJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
The two biggest ministry influences on me are my dad and grandfather. I say this because from a young age they always pointed me towards Christ. Before I even knew I wanted to go into ministry, they were there, paving the way, helping me discern the Spirit’s leading in my life, and learn to worship God with all that I am. I’m in great debt to these two!

The pastor that has had the most impact on my life, and has been most influential in my walk into vocational ministry is Kyle Tennant. He was a pastor Grace United Methodist Church and currently, Regeneration Church. He has consistently mentored me whether I was at his church or elsewhere. He and his wife, Stephanie, are always there for me and my wife Katherine. Their wisdom and ministry experience have been so helpful to us as we enter vocational ministry.

Finally, one of my current coworkers and supervisors, Daniel Stalker, has had a great impact on my life in the past few years. He’s taught me the importance of thinking through issues of faith and theological doctrines. He has taught me to ask good questions rather than to assume the circumstance that someone is in. He has counseled me, taught me how to counsel others, and has been a great friend.

Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
For those who are volunteering with the youth group, I would have quarterly meetings with the purpose of talking about ministry goals for the youth group and how we are meeting them. Ministry is a team effort, so this would be a chance for the other leaders in the youth group to help cast vision and share anything else on their hearts about what we are doing well or not so well.

To engage parents is harder, since it’s more difficult to schedule a meeting with just parents, so the best way to communicate with them would be either through announcements during regular worship or through a bulletin. Families are where most of the formative ministry happens, so I want to do the best I can to equip the family with the resources necessary to help them come alongside the youth group in discipling their child. This may look like giving parents a heads up on what will be discussed each week or talking to parents individually about what we have noticed with their child. The reason for this is because I believe each child has different strengths and different challenges, and they are all at different places in their walk with Christ. Talking to the parents individually would be the most beneficial for them to understand how they can best minister to their child at home.

Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
The closest I have to an experience in developing a new team of volunteers was with the youth group at Grace and Regeneration church during a summer internship. One of the objectives of that internship was to help start a youth group for a church that did not have one. Grace and Regeneration were somewhat affiliated and because of that, the youth group consisted of kids from both churches. I did not assemble the volunteers (they were suggested by the lead pastor at the time), but once I had them, we needed to figure out how to work together to start this youth group. This simply looked like spending time with the volunteers outside of the youth group and getting to know them: their strengths, their weaknesses, and ultimately how they connected with teens. It was a small team of 4 people, so it wasn’t hard to communicate and work together to form the youth group. If I could go back, I would do it differently. I now see that there needs to be even more time invested in the volunteers, more than just a one-time conversation, or the occasional outing. More time is needed with individual volunteers to develop them as leaders and disciple them in their walk with Christ so they can in turn do the same for the students.
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 believe open communication is key in ministry. Some of the biggest feuds are the result of a miscommunication from one person to another. Often times the parties involved end up saying the same thing in different ways. Because of this, having someone else mediate difficult conversations is helpful. If it is a sensitive topic that should not be shared with other people, then taking the time to slow down and ask good questions is best in order to get to the heart of the misunderstanding. Is there a past experience that is affecting one of our views? Is it a difference in understanding a certain term? Questions like these can help get to the bottom of the miscommunication.
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 believe the pastor should tell the parents right away if their child accepted Christ! If they are believers then they need to know so they can rejoice in the decision their child made. This is a big deal, and I believe it should be made a big deal by anyone who knows. I do think it would be best if it came from their child first, but if for whatever reason the child was not comfortable sharing that with their parents, then I would talk with the student and see where their hesitation is coming from. If need be, I could talk to their parents about it.

A situation where it would have to be more nuanced is if it is someone whose parents are not believers. This would have to be handled on a case-by-case basis. Ideally, we would be able to equip the teen to be able to share their faith with their parents so that their parents could be presented with the gospel. This may not be something that happens immediately, but is developed over time,

Once a child does accept Christ, I think it would be great to make sure that a leader (whether it is a volunteer or student leader) is intentionally discipling them. We are not meant to walk the Christian life alone. In addition to this, a decision to follow Jesus needs to be followed by true repentance and a desire to follow Jesus going forward. The way that anyone (especially a teen) sees this is by other peers and leaders who are walking with Jesus every day. Those who can also teach them to die to their selfish desires and offer their very lives as a sacrifice to Christ. So whether it be the pastor, a peer, a volunteer, or a combination of all three, it is important they are in communion with those who can mentor them.

As the spiritual leader of your ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
This is near and dear to my heart. I am a youth volunteer currently and I have benefited greatly from the youth pastor investing in me as a volunteer. I am now under the conviction that a youth pastor does not just shepherd the kids, but also those who are going to be serving as volunteers in the ministry. Frequent gathering with the volunteers in outings or gatherings in homes is a great way to shepherd volunteers. In addition to this, I believe God has equipped all believers for the benefit of His body. So providing opportunities for them to use their gifts in the youth group is crucial.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
I think the heart of ministry is to bring those who don’t know Jesus into the body of Christ and bringing those who do know him into a closer relationship with Him. I think the best examples of ministry come from the Bible itself. If we look at the life of Jesus, it is clear that this relies heavily upon interpersonal relationships and community. In addition, if you look at the early church and apostles, they broke bread together and encouraged one another in Christ while adding to their numbers each time. Because of this, I think ministry is heavily based around relationships. This is not to overshadow the importance of the Word and the Holy Spirit, for in these relationships we can be moved by the Spirit and open the Word of God which is essential to the Christian life.
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?
The youth group that I currently volunteer in has a lecture-style structure. Kids are heavily saturated in the Word, with little opportunity for serving both the church and their community. Recently, in a curriculum planning meeting, I brought the plan forward to restructure so that these students are not only learning the Word but taking it and going to our children’s ministry, the church, the community, and beyond. This was well received and the youth group will be structured this way for the fall and hopefully the future.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
I would go to the people that those systems and structures impact directly and ask them how they are affect it (for better or for worse). And based on their answers, evaluate what changes could be made.
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
In my ministry opportunities, I have typically served in an assistant role and have not be able to put together an outreach event. However, I have lead an outreach ministry in a church that had been previously established. The church had a food pantry every week and I was in charge of gathering the team to prep the meals and prepare a message for those who attended.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
It depends on the situation. A first step would be to sit down with them and talk through the situation in order to have a base understanding of what is going on in their lives. If it was serious or dangerous enough then I would refer them to a professional counselor and inform their parents of the situation. If it is something that I am able to address, then I would evaluate their struggle with them and help them come up with a plan to overcome it. Then I would walk alongside them to ensure that they followed through with the plan.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
When starting the youth group at Grace and Regeneration, we wanted to (in the short two months we were there) see a new student come to accept Jesus and then share their faith with others around them. Admittedly, it was not through a plan or strategy that this came about, but rather through a relationship with a student who just happened to find himself volunteering for a kids camp to impress a girl. In this case it was being open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance to disciple and invest in this student that the goal was accomplished.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
While I’ve never done this before, I would research different platforms and talk with other churches to see what has been effective for their ministries.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I’ve never been in a position to create emergency procedures, but I have created a see environment at my church by sticking to those procedures – such as making sure that kids are not alone one on one with an adult, background checking volunteers, and always being the last person to leave events to make sure everyone is able to leave with their parent/guardian.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
Ideally, there would be both mentorship and discipleship, with room for responsibility and freedom on the part of the youth pastor. While the senior pastor should be overseeing a student pastor to make sure the students are being discipled, there should also be a trust between the two of them.

References

Jake Barbier || (517) 902-7757 || [email protected]
Peter Thompson || (224) 283-5753 || [email protected]
Kyle Tennant || (330) 978-7095 || [email protected]
Daniel Stalker || (815) 260-3213 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The story of Shadrach,

Meshack, and Abednego

Favorite Scripture

Romans 8:1-11