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Hi, I’m Harrison Arnold.

Kyle, TX

Phone Number

(512) 629-0671

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ)
Field Minister (College Campus)
Creative Project Manager

Education

Texas State University
BA in Marketing

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

1 year

Personality

ENTJ

Skills

Teaching/Preaching, Bible Study methods and oversight, Volunteer team leadership, development and recruitment, Event Management, Creative media development/editing

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter, Adobe Creative Suite

Personal

Single

Top 3 Strengths

Communicative0%

Strategic Thinking0%

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Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I Identified as agnostic throughout childhood following a negative experience at a local Church. I later developed personal relationships with Christians as a teen. As those relationships grew in intimacy, Mycuriosity about personal purpose and other philosophical questions I had were discussed often with them. This led to a gradual growth in curiosity in Jesus and the Gospel. As I aged and faced suffering, my questions grew more complex and my curiosity about Christ grew to admiration. Going into college, I met faithful young men who assisted me in getting through final hesitations and objections, keeping me from a proclamation of faith. I decided my freshman year of college to follow Christ and pursue him wholeheartedly. I became involved with a campus ministry and transitioned quickly from involvement to leadership to staff. Despite that transition being swift, I was well cared for throughout my development in vocational ministry and personal relationship with God by being surrounded by leaders who equipped and inspired me to pursue personal intimacy with Christ, seek mentors, and opportunities to mentor others before assuming any other responsibilities in ministry leadership. That philosophy is still engrained as my hierarchy of values.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Intense
  • Motivational
  • Inspirational
Personality Type
ENTJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
My long-term immediate mentor/supervisor has had an influential role in my development throughout a majority of my spiritual journey. He gave me a great basis of vision for feeling a sense of purpose in pursuing discipleship opportunities with others (on both sides of the experience) and communicating in leadership conscious of my own brokenness. Through him, I learned great leadership is a showing up faithfully, even if ill-prepared. Actively pursuing balance of grace and truth in conduct with those I shepherd and being quick to adjust and express humility when I miss the mark. Inviting others into a shared journey of exploring/growing together, with willingness to express that we will never have it “figured out” is a posture of leadership that attracts influential people for glorifying God and sharing the gospel. I’m the type to explore dissenting opinions with intensity. I want to my biases to be challenged, so the list of influential authors whose content I consume can be broad in scope: – C.S Lewis, JI Packer, Tim Mackie, John Piper, David Platt, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Mike Winger, Voddie Baucham
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
Discuss and update frequently about big picture ideas all the way to actionable steps to foster development for their students. The hope is that dialogue is common and invited with low power distance so I can have more frequent conversations about how I can serve those they know best (or get to see in different contexts). So while this likely means frequent emails centered around updates, I would hope I’ve fostered relationships with parents where their questions are met and considered.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I needed people with technical know-how to run a rapidly growing weekly meeting. I sought people I knew who had an affinity in specific areas of need for it first, shared with them why I thought they’d be great for it, cast vision and invite them into that journey with me. The formality and logistics came after. I want to help them connect with the vision and ideation of the opportunity and their role within it first. Should they feel a natural pull into it following the invitation, we then work through those details. Each of those interactions (whether or not they accepted the invitation) concluded with me intentionally asking them to connect me with others they might enjoy doing this with also, or that they feel have some strengths that would contribute well to its mission.
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?
Similar to fostering great partnership with parents, alleviating confusion is best addressed by making a culture of approachability, frequent communication (even if sometimes it feels we talk too much), and keeping a brief account when tension inevitably arises. I’m missing the mark as a leader if I don’t make it clear in my conduct that I want our team to be honoring one another’s passion to commitments by working hard, trusting my team in that and keeping communication on details up but don’t match that with living out a humble willingness to admit I am failing to do my part or need help along how maybe I was unaware of before. The highest leaders should pursue being the biggest learners. I want my conduct to reflect that.
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 share with them how that process went in detail, with a celebratory spirit. So as they partner with us in contributing to their students’ growth, we are on the same page about where they are and what needs they have in that stage of their journey. We then work through practical steps to help parents lead their children well spiritually (this includes checking in often to see if I can be helpful in that). Beyond that, we assess opportunities to connect them with other influential people that are following Christ and take steps to help make those connections happen or preexisting one’s flourish. Ex. Now that a student has decided to pursue Christ, let’s get him in a study that his friend(s) are also in so he can grow in community and spiritually in a shared process with others.
As the spiritual leader of your ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
Inquiring often about their needs (both tangible and spiritual) and providing for them the best I can to assure their leadership continues to express overflow of their spiritual journey and not an overexertion hinged solely in responsibility to a commitment. Another important component is making time for us to grow as a team by going through group content. This doesn’t just help us in our growth, but assists in our cohesion and overall communication as we pursue a common goal. Last but equally important element: creating time for us to simply enjoy each other, have fun and express thankfulness to one another.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
Relationships over programs. Programs should help serve as a catalyst for relational/discipleship-oriented activities to flourish. A winning ministry is one that fosters a community that allows those it serves to have a rich relationship with someone who truly follows Christ that is further along in that journey than them while also giving them opportunities to provide that same leadership to others (while inspiring their engagement in that vision).
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?
Maybe not the most creative. But the most impactful was moving a lot of programmatic content to people’s homes. It improved the relationships within our community that helped us lead students’ new breakthroughs and stages of spiritual maturity as it became more personally engrained in the community that they lived their normal life in.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
Asking a lot of questions about how people are experiencing their side of serving/growing in the ministry. When you’re really invested in a project or mission, your vision can tunnel and perspective can become erratic or simply inaccurate. Evaluating systems requires a willingness to try new things, find out your ideas can be better (or were simply wrong), and trusting the feedback of others to confirm that need for new direction knowing sometimes we can’t see the tips of our own nose.
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
Helped with the planning of a large-scale spring break mission trip designed to create opportunities for students to have spiritual conversations in secular fun-spring-break contexts. This included training in evangelistic dialogue, transportation and living logistics, and providing/fundraising for other needs as they came about.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
Express through actions and words that they are known, cared for, and accepted by you. As that becomes clear and we establish trust through that expression of empathy (which sometimes requires great patience, first) we dig into the problem at hand and become problem/solution oriented in thought without letting the emotions of the circumstances cloud judgement (while still honoring the gravity of the problem).
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
I have established most goals by assessing the feedback of people invested in the ministry, both on a staff and entry level. It’s always great to keep track of decision made to follow christ and assess those that are being actively discipled (or are discipling others) but focusing too much on quantitative data in ministry can blind you of strengths/opportunities of improvement that would be more clear by creating opportunities to have more dialogue with those involved to assess their experiences.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
It’s not a very formulaic procedure for me, but I am thorough. If I have doubts or concerns, I’m forthcoming about them to those I’m screening and seek feedback from other around me knowing my judgements can be erroneous sometimes. When deciding on curriculum, I test it against values and missions our ministry has (short term and long term) prior to exploring that curriculum to assess that fit. Of course, this will also include assuring none of its theology mistakes more core doctrinal theology as opinionated in nature. We also want that content to find a great balance in challenge and understanding for its relative audience. I’m of the opinion that kids sometimes are not given appropriate credit in working through challenging concepts, but I also don’t want to overwhelm students either or get so far into complex things they stray from understanding that it’s key to pursue a relationship with god and community to enjoy that journey with.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I’ve mostly worked in contexts that have great boundaries in place that assure safety for leaders and students. I have, at times, added to those if I felt any personal insecurity or potential problems may arise (ex. not texting/calling students 1 on 1, especially given the nature of the discussion).
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
Low power distance. An attitude of simultaneous learning and leading for both of us. I want to be given autonomy in my role, but I want that to be matched with accountability through frequent communication and collaboration. I also want us to be in contexts where we don’t have to talk shop always but can enjoy each other and simply grow and pursue God together.

References

Christian Maldonado || (702) 524-5820 || [email protected]
Ryan Hall || (512) 589-3534 || [email protected]
Erin Obrien || (512) 787-5906 || [email protected]
Corey Schmitt || (281) 753-2515 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The story of Job

Favorite Scripture

Romans