Deaven-From-Wedding

Hi, I’m Deaven Swickheimer.

Pataskala, OH

Phone Number

(614) 352-7595

Email

dswickheimer@gmail.com

Experience

Cincinnati Christian University
Facilities Assistant

Education

Cincinnati Christian University
BS in Psychology
Minor in Youth Ministry
& Biblical Studies

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

7 years

Personality

INFP/ENFP

Skills

Preaching/teaching, small groups

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, ProPresenter

Personal

Wife: Lauren
Kids: Elisha (March 2020)

Top 3 Strengths

Emotional Intelligence0%

Analytical0%

Empathetic0%

Kid's Minister Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I began going to Church with my grandmother at the age of seven and became more involved in church as a got older. I continued to attend Church on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Friday nights after my grandmother moved away when I was ten. I essentially looked at Church as my home away from home while I was growing up and really enjoyed it. I guess I became a Christian during my childhood while being discipled by the members of the Church. I have continued my relationship with Christ since then.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
INFP/ENFP or INFJ/ENFP
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
I have had quite a few mentors in my life when I was growing up. I would say that a lot of my mentors when in the Church when I was growing up. I went to online school and I did not have a lot of outside contact in my adolescent years. There were Robin and Kevin, who were an older couple in the Church. I would consider them my Church grandparents. I also had men like Joe who was a good mentor I could speak to. Then there was Dan who I met in high school, he was my youth minister and did a great job modeling Christ and I had many conversations with him. When I went to university, there were a few people who I connected with as mentors. There was a professor who was also an author and pastor. His name was Jay Kidwell. He influenced how I read the Bible and a lot of my theology. There was also my old boss Jeremy who pushed me spiritually and logically quite a lot throughout my years working as a resident assistant. I would say that people who I look up to in the faith from a historical standpoint would be minds like Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, and C.S. Lewis
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
I am new to formal ministry in this aspect. I think I would try to inform them through meetings and potentially emails. The idea of progress in a students life would hopefully be shared with the parents or guardians by the children and we could discuss that with the parents on a regular basis as well.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
Honestly, I do not have many times when I have developed a team of volunteers. I have had times when I have led trainings to those in spiritually led positions. When I was a supervisor of the residential mens team at my university, I gave different trainings and led Bible studies. Many of the trainings were focused towards team work. I did a few different activities where the groups would have to work together to solve problems in creative ways. I also facilitated discussion on a regular basis with the guys in the group. This was especially needed when they were not understanding one another.
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 would most likely ask them to tell me where the confusion is coming from. I find that the best way to understand another person is to simply listen to them. If I am confused, I would most likely just tell them I am confused. I have never really had a problem telling someone when I am confused or even wrong.
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 personally think that Children should be treated as much like regular people as possible, so I would ask the child if they would like me to be present when they told their parents or not. If the child was firmly against telling there parents, I think this would probably be a reason for deeper discussion with the parents and I would then discuss it with the parents. I think I would begin discipling them in a similar way that I would with anyone else. I would want to discuss different Bible verses and stories with them. I would want to do this to help them learn more about who God is and what he is trying to do in their life. I would also want to work on their personal relationship with other believers as well, whether this be their parents, me or volunteers. I think that the parents should be the main source of discipleship, but a strong relationship with the Church is also needed for firm foundation in Christ.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
I would think that it would be good to have a Bible study with the team. I would also want to have gatherings because I believe that group gatherings are where relationships are fostered. I think that this can be good because it opens up times for me and others to have meaningful conversations with one another about faith and life.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
My philosophy of ministry is essentially what Jesus says in Mark 12: 30-31. To love the Lord and to love to others is the most basic call that we are given in our lives. I think there are several ways to do this, but I think a lot of the different ways to love your community depends on the community.
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 have never served in an official ministry role, but I have had moments of creativity in past jobs and volunteer roles. It is honestly hard for me to narrow down one specific situation many of my jobs required me to plan events and come up with solutions to problems when they arose.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
I think this is something that can only really be done by experiencing the system. I think that some things can be found by simple knowledge of an obvious problem. Something like safety issues are prevalent and noticeable, but many problems are ones that come up as you work in the environment.
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 say that I have dealt with this while I have worked in the food industry and warehouse work. I usually handled it well throughout my work. I have also had stressful situations come up during my times while working in residential housing. Part of the job was enforcing rules to a bunch of college aged guys, so that was fast paced at times when there were issues that came up. I have had times when I have been part of safety protocol like preparing for fire drills and active shooter drills.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
Again, I have never had an official ministry job, but I have had goals for certain jobs that have been ministry oriented. When I was working in residential staff, I had goals for my floor. I try to keep my goals realistic, but sometimes it is hard to measure growth from a person or group based on growth of faith. My goal was to provide spiritual leadership on my floor and to connect the guys with one another. I believe I succeeded in this by having regular Bible studies and gatherings where I had regular attendees and good relationships with them. It eventually grew to the point where men from other floors came as well, along with guys from my own floor that were not as involved at the beginning of the year.
What would it take to grow a kid’s ministry program?
I think to grow a kid’s ministry would take consistency along with constant discipleship of both children, parents, and volunteers. I think that the parents are the most important people in a kid’s life are their parents. If you want the children to grow the best that they can, you want the parents to be on the same page and work along side the ministry. I also believe that teaching the children what the gospel is all about would help them grow as well. The gospel is primarily about us loving the world as Christ loved the world. In a lot of ways children are better at this than adults, so I would want to instill this in the children at a Church. I know a lot of times that Children’s ministry shows the fruit of the labor many years later and I am okay with that. I think the best thing a children’s minister or youth minister can do for their students is set a firm foundation in Christ.
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?
Honestly this is a vague question to me and it would depend on the needs or stressors that the family is facing. Let’s say there was a need for food with some of our attendees, then I would hope that the Church would be open to the idea of a food bank within the Church to provide for these families. Then there are so many different specialized needs that a family your child may have. I am certain that I would be able to conduct a strategy to help minster to these families, but it is difficult to determine proper level of care without having a specific situation in front of me.
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 believe I have volunteered and worked in many different environments in ministry. When I was younger in high school, I would volunteer at my home Church in the children’s ministry. This included preparing lessons and small group activities for children between kindergarten and fifth grade. The volunteers would take turns leading different age groups depending on the week. I did this for four years. I also helped with the Friday night after school program at my Church when I turned eight-teen for three years as well. Once I went off to university, I began volunteering with a local Church called White Oak Christian along with also volunteering at BLOC Ministries in Cincinnati. The Church volunteering was similar in fashion the my home Church. I did this for one and a half years. After that I began volunteering with the youth group at that Church for about another year and a half until the Church branch sadly closed. BLOC was an after school program where I volunteered for almost five years. I did this two days a week most weeks. This would include teaching the students lessons, playing games with them, disarming potentially violent situations, and leading learning activities.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
I have never had to choose a platform to run background checks on volunteers, but I know of many different ones that would be effective. I would want one that is cost effective and that is done properly. When it comes to curriculum, I think that I would just want to make sure that it is Biblically accurate and could be easily absorbed by children.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I haven’t had much experience in a Church setting when it comes to actually setting up these plans, but I know how to set up proper protocols for emergencies like fires, active shooters, medical emergencies, and even suicidal ideation. I have had different positions where I have been a part of preparing for these situations. The plan needs to be made at each different building and section of the building for emergencies like fire and active shooters. I know the protocol for most medical emergencies, but would have to update my CPR certification. I also know the protocol for suicidal ideation even though that is less likely for elementary aged children.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and kids pastor?
I think that the ideal relationship would include a healthy amount of communication to make sure that they are on the same page when it comes to the idea of ministry for the Church. There is room for differing opinions, but I would think it is important for all ministers to have a similar belief in their foundation of Christ. I am sure this would include regular meetings and emails about the lesson plans. I would hope that there would be a healthy amount of accountability between the ministry staff.

References

Isaiah Stepney || (614) 946-8174 || isaiah.stepney13@gmail.com
Nathan Chestnut || (513) 349-8592 || nathanchesnut14@gmail.com
Ryan Craig || (513) 212-4871 || rcraig@huc.edu
Kendall Heaton  || (614) 439-9317 || akheaton14@gmail.com

Favorite Bible Story

The Story of Joseph

Favorite Scripture

John 3:17