J-Price

Hi, I’m Josh Price.

College Station, TX

Phone Number

(806) 570-0861

Email

[email protected]

Experience

FBC College Station
Student Pastor

Education

Hardin Simmons University
BS in Church Ministry

Church Affiliation

Southern Baptist Convention

Years In Ministry

10 years

Personality

ESFJ

Skills

Adult & student leadership development, writing curriculum, teaching/preaching, building relationships, problem-solving

Tools & Software

ACS / Realm, Microsoft Office Suite, ProPresenter, OBS, Canva

Personal

Married

Top 3 Strengths

Leadership0%

Authentic0%

Team-Oriented0%

Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I became a Christian while at Youth Camp. Having grown up in the church I had lots of head knowledge of Jesus but no heart knowledge of Him.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Loving
Personality Type
Enneagram 6, ESFJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
Doug Fields, Kara Powell, Kyle Idleman, Francis Chan, David Platt, J. D. Greear, Matt Chandler among others are people I look to/read from. Connecting with Doug Fields and Josh Griffin through Download Youth Ministry has made a huge impact for how I do Student Ministry.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
I use formal/informal gatherings throughout the year: events like ‘Meet and Greet’ (a night for families to attend Student Ministry together, meet our leaders hear about our ministry, and worship together.) Welcome Weekend an event for new students and parents to hear about the ministry. In addition to gatherings I communicate with parents through regular email news letters, social media, phone calls/texts, and hand written letters.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
Living in a college town every few years we on board new college aged team members. I have developed a close working partnership with our College Minister to develop a strategy for helping our College Students get connected in serving the church. Information fairs and word of mouth from previous leaders has helped to get the word out. We also have utilized trainings and Student Ministry retreats to meet with our team, pray for our students, talk about expectations, and work our way through the leader book.
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 rely on our leader training and additional resources to help communicate our vision and purpose. When we have confusion or communication fails I have always told our leaders ask for help. When talking with someone and Im finding it difficult to understand them– I repeat what I have heard and ask them to clarify or repeat themselves.
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 connect with the parents first through email or phone call if we do not see one another at first (ie we are at camp and not home yet). When talking with the family I encourage the student to share the good news and I help support or explain further. It’s then that I set up a time to meet with the family to talk further through next steps and baptism.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
I ask our leaders to read and prepare with me before our Sunday/Midweek gatherings. I calendar the year out in a teaching schedule to help us accomplish this. In addition to reading/preparing for weekly gatherings I at times have read a book with our team, utilized resources like the National Day Of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training (Download Youth Ministry event) and used a devotional reading plan with them.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
I want to see students KNOW and LOVE GOD and to GO and Tell others about HIS GOOD NEWS. I believe growth happens when we are in community and community comes when we share life together.
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?
Most creative?, like everyone–moving online. I developed an online ministry show for our families while in shelter in place and once we were able to gather again in person (but still not able to go to summer camp) I worked with our team to create an at home summer camp experience for our students. We had great success and saw many lives changed.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
My goal is to see students lives changed, so I ask these questions when evaluating: 1. Did students hear from God’s word 2. Did students have action steps or application/connection points 3. Did students have the opportunity to gather with friends/leaders and laugh
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
We worked closely with other ministries in our area along with the local FCA to plan a yearly event pre-2020 called Fields of Faith. The event is an FCA event but relies on Student Pastors to help gather resources and students. We meet at a local HS stadium with 2,000 students and adults every fall for this event.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
If trouble you mean, a difficult situation like fighting with mom and dad I walk with the student through the problem areas while we examine what God’s word has to say about it. If trouble is something more like harm or danger, I use local authorities (police, professional counselors, CPS) to help first make sure the child is safe.
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 I came to my recent church I wanted to see our students grow in their own faith and develop a community that would last or have legacy. Its only been in the recent two years that we have seen the community aspect blossom. I do believe we are seeing a bind within our students and leaders that we previously had not.
What do you do to stay current with the culture of young adults today?
I attend as many conferences as I can through the year (main ones being, Youth Specialties, local Texas based conferences, and a DYM conference) I regularly connect with some of these communities in our social media groups and through phone, in person gatherings, etc. I have a group that I share ideas, good reads, and resources with.
What do you see as some of the biggest problems plaguing youth currently?
I have seen a disconnect from the “online me” and the “real me” in our students. This has been around for a few years but recently I fear it’s taken a turn and students share openly about their online self. With the rise in “social media news” I also see a lack of trust or a buy in to contradictory thoughts. Its hard for students to find/see their identity, of who God made them to be
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?
I try to use video, object lessons, tangible examples, and storytelling among other things to help communicate our message. On the tech side we use pro presenter, OBS for streaming, and other platforms to help get the message out.
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 we need to hear from different voices within our community, so we try to ask adults/students of varying ages, backgrounds, and cultures to share how God has changed their life. This is an area we have neglected before but its something we are changing currently.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
Our church uses state/federal background checks and a state test for working with minors. In addition to completing this step I ask our volunteers to fill out an application that helps me get to know them and then I meet with them to talk about our ministry. After they finish this process we ask them to attend our leader training and commit to working with us for the year. For curriculum that I do not write I review it and ask a few others to do the same. After the review we determine if its something that would work for us or not.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I work with our building and security teams to ensure our space is clean, well lighted, safe, and monitored. Our volunteers also know that only those on our team are allowed in our area, so if we see someone who is out of place we notify our security team.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
I see my pastor as a; pastor, coach, friend, and boss. He is someone I can ask questions of, bounce ideas off, and learn from. I expect him to coach me and help lead me to continually push myself to grow. At the end of the day I want to be able to admire and respect their decision even if we don’t agree. I want us to be able to grab lunch together or go play golf and have fun.

References

Josh McCaskill || (806) 290-2285 || [email protected]
Chris Hurt || (469) 834-2479 || [email protected]
Clay Hopkins || (972) 765-5100 || [email protected]
Dylan Manley || (903) 244-8312 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The story of the man with leprosy

Favorite Scripture

Matthew 28:19-20