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Hi, I’m JC Mahaffey.

Gainesville, FL

Phone Number

(517) 575-9265

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Anthem Church
Student Ministries Director

Education

Indiana Wesleyan University
BS in Youth Ministry

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

7 years

Personality

INFJ

Skills

Teaching, recruiting, managing events, creating processes, and intentional volunteer cultures

Tools & Software

Church Community Builder, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter

Personal

Single

Top 3 Strengths

Visionary0%

Action-Oriented0%

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Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I started my personal relationship with Jesus before my junior year of high school at a summer beach retreat to which my friend invited me. Over the course of the weekend, not in an altar call moment. but over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I slowed down and allowed God to speak into my life and recognize my need and desire for a relationship with him. It took some time to understand what all that meant, but my two best friends and my girlfriend at the time were Christians and they were some of the guides in the early stages of me knowing Jesus.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
Personality Type
INFJ Red/Blue 3w4 Individualization, Maximizer, Learner, Belief, Activator
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
A few key influencers in my life were my soccer coaches, staff within North Point Ministries, and my college roommates. My soccer coaches impacted me by showing me how to work hard, think dynamically, and lead others. Staff within North Point Ministries influenced me to think about God in a relational context and how to systematically create environments to experience God through relationships with others. Finally, my roommates were key influencers because they showed me, God, in the context of community and continue to do so.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
I will engage and inform parents/guardians/team members about ministry objectives and progress through a deliberate and systematic process: 1) a weekly email/scoreboard;2) a monthly ministry update;3) a seasonal recap;4) a year-end celebration.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I developed a new team of volunteers as a “Camp Event Director Team”. To strengthen the group and build community within the team, we did several things: -Clearly defined the roles of each person -Expected open/honest communication between people in different roles -Supported each director and his/her responsibilities.
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?
To alleviate confusion with a single volunteer, I would pick up the phone and give him or her a call. If several people were confused, I would clarify the message to all volunteers via a meeting, group chat, or some other avenue. I would determine where the confusion lies and address that, then verify that my ideas are understood. If I was the one confused by the communications of a volunteer, I would call the volunteer and ask clarifying questions and restate what I am hearing until we are on the same page.
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?
Once a student starts a relationship with Jesus, the student would be encouraged to tell their parent(s) and coached through the conversation. If the student wanted to support, I would coach their small group leader to accompany them while they shared the news with their parents/guardians. Once a child starts a relationship with Jesus, the best way to help them grow in that relationship with Jesus is to connect them to an adult and a group that are following God. THEN, encourage: 1) steps toward private disciplines (reading the bible, praying, journaling);2) volunteering;3) further investment in their current friend group.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
As the spiritual leader of my ministry, I would help volunteers grow in their faith by encouraging leaders serving in student ministry to attend Sunday service, be in a small group themselves, give generously, and invite others to church.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
My philosophy of ministry is a simple church model that is FOR the community, that focuses on parents and family ministry, and is a church for unchurched people.
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?
One of the most creative things I have done was to craft a host and communicator growth track. This was spurred on by the drive to multiply the number of hosts and communicators in student ministry. The first step was to reach out to anyone in the church and see if they have any starting points, then to reach out to the partner churches in the network. After receiving little guidance, except for a verbal plan from one partner church, I crafted the plan step by step collaborating with the Children Ministries Director and the Family Ministries Director. The plan got edited but a volunteer for grammar and spelling and was revised by the Lead Pastor once more. Final edits were made then sent to print and started walking hosts and communicators through the newly devised plan.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
I would evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvements by measuring the effectiveness of achieving the intended goal and the quality of execution. Finally, I would surveying participants and volunteers impacted by the system or structure.
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
One of the most successful outreach programs I spearheaded was our Coachella-themed “Back to School Bash”. This event was done to launch the new school year. Four weeks prior to the event we handed out rave cards, sent out graphic packages in order to build momentum and excitement around it.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
If a teenager is in trouble, I bring in both their parent and small group leader with a goal of listening, understanding, and then knowing what steps to take in order to get the student the help he or she needs.
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 set many goals in my role as student ministry director;I have accomplished many, but not all, of them. Some of the goals that were accomplished were: A specified number of first-time guests, -The number of first-time guests was achieved by developing an “Invest and invite” event schedules, targeted marketing, and a culture of invitation in student ministry. Launch a new camp -Launching a new camp was accomplished first by clarifying the vision and purpose of the camp. This was done through communication with the FM director, parents, and the event director team. Then we crafted events, held meetings, and created a schedule, all of which are needed to execute camps. Split MS and HS ministries -Splitting the MS and HS ministries was accomplished by clarifying the vision and the win, communication with the FM Director, staff and key leaders, and many meetings (for vision, building consensus, programming, and parent buyin). Additionally, recruiting and individual conversations took place to determine the volunteer base for each of the ministries. Finally, to retain moral, I continue to champion the vision of two separate ministries to volunteer, parents, students, and staff.
What do you do to stay current with the culture of young adults today?
To keep current with the culture of young adults today, I listen to what churches are experiencing on the west coast, have a few core students that I connect with, and listen to/watch trending music/videos on Spotify/Youtube/TikTok.
What do you see as some of the biggest problems plaguing youth currently?
The biggest problem plaguing youth are the addiction to technology, the lack of coping skills to overcome negative situations, and the lack of absolute morality. Potential solutions to the addiction to technology are to educate parents on the effects of technology, resource parents with technology contracts for students to have a phone/computer, and help craft the end goal the parent desire for their kid and how that impacts technology usage. Potential solutions for the lack of coping skills to overcome negative situations are providing a community to fall back on in negative situations, teaching coping methods for individual usage, and resource parents with a counselor list for students to see. Finally, potential solutions for a lack of definitive morality are helping lead students to have a relationship with God, ask questions that expand empathy for people who are different from them, and educate students that how you think is more important than what you think.
Describe what a weekend student ministry experience would look like. What multimedia components would be used to create a learning experience that makes the Bible relevant?
The service flow would have hang time upfront, hosting to guide the audience through the day, a game, a bit of worship music, a message and then time for small groups afterward. Having screens that the audience can view and engage with will coincide with what is happening on stage and a teaching monitor will be used to emphasize phrases, show pictures or videos and for reading scripture. Pictures will be taken during this experience to increase engagement with social media throughout the week.
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 have worked in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse ministries. To effectively reach my community, I made it a priority to listen deeply and authentically and to engage personally with students in the ministry
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
The process to choose a volunteer begins with a candidate filling out an application. The next steps involve a background check and interview. If that goes well, potential volunteers watch video content, shadow a small group leader and receive training. The final step is to place them with the group.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
In the past, to ensure a safe environment at services and events, we have a safety team at all ministry events, never having leaders meet with someone of the opposite gender alone and requesting parental approval for meeting with students, and creating dangerous weather plans in case of emergency.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
The ideal relationship between lead pastor and student pastor would be supportive, challenging, and accountable.

References

Steven Anderson || (330) 763-4715 || N/A
Cam Gera || (352) 154-3487 || N/A
Jon Birkmire || (407) 432-0354 || [email protected]
Jason Lee || (765) 513-8341 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The Story of Saul, David and Absalom

Favorite Scripture

1 John 4:18