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Hi, I’m Jay Sias.

San Clemente, CA

Phone Number

(815) 355-3483

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Heritage Christian Church
Associate & Youth Pastor

Education

Moody Bible Institute
BS - Pastoral Studies
Moody Bible Institute
MA in Biblical & Theological Studies

Denomination

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

10 years

Personality

ENFJ

Skills

Preaching/teaching, leadership development, volunteer recruitment, event/service planning, service production, sound/lighting systems, video editing, leading worship

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter, Text-In-Church

Personal

Married

Top 3 Strengths

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Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I came to have a relationship with God, thru his pursuit of me when i was 13 years old. I was invited to a youth worship event and heard of the love of the father. Coming from the southwest part of chicago, low income area, and child of divorced parents. i looked for that love and desired it so much. I found the love of my father, not in my physical one but in the spiritual one, and His love is perfect. From that night i’ve seen the impact, youth ministry, worship, and just the simple ask and invite can be to change a life, it did mine, and i’m forever grateful.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Motivational
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
Enneagram 3 with side of 2; ENFJ on Myers Briggs
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
  • I’ve had Dr. Ron Saucer from Moody Bible Institute as a mentor for 5 years, He even did my pre-marital counseling for me and my wife. https://www.moody.edu/academics/faculty/sauer-ronald/
  • I had a few other Leaders in my high school days that were college students that poured into my life and helped me study systematic theology, and historical theology.
  • Dr. Clark Johnson of Moody was also a big mentor that got me into most of the reformers that I use and study now. Impacted my study of Scottish theology and trinitarianism along with Union with Christ. https://www.moody.edu/academics/faculty/clark-john/
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
Weekly Email updates to all parents with link to message on youtube, small group questions, and upcoming events Having leaders meeting to check in to make sure they are calling at least one kid a week Going thru the God Dreams book with student leaders, and breaking down milestones and goals in parent meetings Talking with parents before and after youth group to greet them and students and send them back home
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I started at the last church i was at building a youth ministry from the ground up. They had lost 3 other youth pastors in a row and had next to no youth coming regularly to the church. I started by working with leaders, hearing their hearts, seeing what would be a “ideal” youth group for them. Then proceeded to vision cast and plan with them creating a real time tables and showing how everything that was being implemented into our youth group was intentional and for a purpose. They became super fans and the mouth pieces for the youth group, having a clear vision statement, and selected goals helped make it easy to track and see if we were going in the right direction or getting side tracked. I then proceeded to do the same with students and parents and giving practical steps they could take to help us towards the goal we had in place. Despite all that has happened in this year with covid, and shut downs, outside services, our youth group in souther CA has been able to grow to a healthy 50+ students a week.
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?
Start any interacting where emotions and actions might be confused in prayer. Then having one on ones to be able to hear them out and see where their heart is at. Not assuming i know their reasoning or motivations. Going back to our vision statement, goals, and values are key to be able to have common ground, as well as of course going back to what does the bible say on the topic at hand, if need be allow another 3rd party to be apart of the conversations to see if it really is maybe something i am missing.
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?
Inviting parents to have open conversation together if the students would like. I would hopefully have a ongoing relationship with them already so it would be a easy invite and a celebratory moment for the family. If not start to have conversations on getting baptised and inviting parents to attend a open baptism class where questions can be asked. I would then either personally disciple them with weekly one on ones or help them get connected for that with one of their small group leaders, as well as get plug into another bible study where they can have accountability with their small group.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
Empowering leaders are so important for a healthy youth ministry. Being able to inspire, motivate, and accountability is needed if you want to see leaders grow. This includes having clear guidelines and goals that are working towards. Meeting regularly with them outside of your youth nights. As well as having yearly reviews to see where they are at and have good on and off ramps for them to join and take on more responsibility or take a break when needed. Having one leader that is also being discipled by the youth pastor helps as well to be able to replicate and create more disciples. Then rotating that and having them seek a new mentor and mentee as well.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
To Love God, and Other By Using His Word in Preaching, Teaching, Discipleship, Discernment, and Wisdom
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?
Creating a twitch/youtube channel/community that allowed for students to connect with us via online be apart of our online community and discord where we can have small groups, video chats, voice chats, have QnA and also provide resources for students and parents all while being able to link up with people of similar interests that are safe, protected, and vetted by myself and my other moderators.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
By testing to see if those in the system know what the clear values, goals, and vision is of what the ministry is and their function/role within it. How clear these things are help to know first and foremost if everyone is pulling in the same direction and if so great, then there should be some overlap of things that need improving, over and against not having clear vision and goals and that leading to just personal ideas that range from person to person that they desire to have implemented in.
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
Live Streams with over 500 students attending and hearing the gospel, funneling them into community groups and helping them find local youth groups and churches that they can be excited about. Planned a town photo scavenger hunt where small groups and their leaders dressed up in group costumes and had two hours to try and solve hidden puzzles and locations to get the most points. Many invited friends and family to partake of them. One i still want to do but due to covid hasn’t gotten to happen but i think would be a big success is turing the church into an escape room for family and friends to run thru.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
Having guidelines and grace are both important. Students need to know you care about them in not just your words but your actions. Sometimes that calls to be understanding, helping them to see their own influence in a youth group and help them understand their leadership potential. Also if this has been done and there is still defiance, having a system of consequences (i.e. seat selection if distracting others, calling home, suspension from event or activity) is helpful, with removing student entirely from the youth ministry the last resort if it becomes detrimental to the rest of the community. Basically i give all students the respect and trust they believe they deserve as Adults until they prove otherwise. If they want to have freedom and can handle that, great, they will enjoy youth group so much. Yet if they are going to get into trouble and act like a toddler, then we have to treat them as such. I don’t take joy in that, yet sometimes that is what is needed.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
Covid pending, I would say yes, for the year, we had a goal of averaging a certain amount of students, and we have more than doubled that, also when it comes to new believers and baptisms, we have also pasted our initial projections. The only ones that we haven’t gotten as far as we hoped was in traveling and serving oversea missions works, due to the pandemic.
What do you do to stay current with the culture of young adults today?
Create content on youtube, have a podcast, stream live on twitch on all things going on in the world today and how as christians do we think biblically about these things.
What do you see as some of the biggest problems plaguing youth currently?
Many are looking to find something that satisfies them like no other. I think with this year many are seeing that their material possessions won’t do, and the security they thought they knew isn’t all that established. Many struggle with seeing people telling them to do XYZ, with many not having mentors in their life to help them understand why XYZ is important. Being discipled is so important for one’s personal development and relationship with Christ. Being able to questions, doubt, and wrestle with God and his word with one that has been in that place and is a bit older, is so key. Yet many youth don’t know how to ask, and not many adults are creating that time to pour in to them because they themselves have never experienced that before either.
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?
Having student worship is a aspect of it, seeing students their own age taking leadership, and being on fire for God by serving on a sunday morning team is important. So things like planning center, propresenter are needed to schedule and help stay organized. Being able to create original online content for them to watch in preparation or as a reminder of what we are learning is also a way to bring this into the rest of their week. Using video clips to help them understand cultural views and how they are built from or in opposition to God’s word. Being able to live stream our messages and using programs like final cut pro, and propresenter, to have shareable content for social platforms such as facebook, IG, twitter, ect. For my own personal use LOGOs bible software is a must to make sure i am giving a biblical word, while challenging my own presuppositions and giving reason for interpretations of the text.
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?
ve done. local ministry within churches from youth, associate pastor, young adults, tech, worship, building team, creative ministry, preaching and teaching teams, S.H.A.P.E. classes Also outside of the church, such as camp ministries, where i did worship, tech, program, ect. Also online ministry, creating organizations on different platforms that have seen growth, and helped connect others to christ. For Suicide prevention, biblical QnA’s shows, explaining the bible, Supporting kids in hospitals with cancer. more on that here: https://www.twitch.tv/supershadow As for how i went about learning all these things, going to Moody Bible Institute was a big part and being able to learn and grow there was so helpful in understand how to have proper dialogue with people and how to witness/ do ministry. Also seeking and spending time in prayer is a big part as well as approaching all of these things in humility.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
Usually this is something i ver more with the church and their over all policy and screening process, i haven’t been in a situation where i’ve needed to invent the wheel on this, but I do spend time one on one with potential leaders and do a gradual process where as they come and observe, sit in on a small group, get feed back from other leaders and students, and then usually after a month of them attending do we make it official.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I have a guide on emergency policies. Work with leaders in meetings to help know priorities in these scenarios. Dont allow students to wander the premises alone. Have a leader on security for the night. Have welcome/greeters. See off students. Have leaders check rooms before and after youth. Be the first and last one to be there.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
Should be working together for similar goals, same vision, and objectives. There needs to be unity not uniformity. Freedom to run the ministry as sees fit but also humility from the student pastor to allow other input and suggestions from Lead and senior pastors.

References

Patrick Staron || (773) 451-6828 || [email protected]
John Rosodo || (305) 439-9547 || [email protected]
LJ Amouroux || (949) 374-7274 || [email protected]
Joe Garcia || (847) 321-1071 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The story of Hosea

Favorite Scripture

Colossians 3:15