JTucker

Hi, I’m Justin Tucker.

Livonia, MI

Experience

Ward Church
Children's Director

Education

Colorado State University
BS in Human Development and Family Studies

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

8 years

Personality

DISC: I

Skills

Teaching, Writing curriculum, Recruiting, Leading worship, Leading teams, Leadership development, Music, Tech, Social media

Tools & Software

Church Community Builder, Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter

Personal

Married, Have Kids

Top 3 Strengths

Team Oriented0%

Strategic Thinking0%

Social/People Skills0%

Kid's Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I grew up in a Christian home but walked away from the church when I was 18. I took several years to decide if my parent’s faith was right for me. I researched, read, talked with a lot of different people, prayed, and came to the conclusion that this was my faith and that I wanted to follow Jesus and make a difference.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
DISC: I
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
Donald Miller, Ravi Zacharias, Donny Abbott (mentor, Pastor, friend), Jon Acuff, Carlos Whitaker, have all had big impacts on me.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
My plan to engage/inform parents is through communication. Whether this form of communication comes from emails, social media, or face to face conversations, I believe communication is key.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?

I enjoy developing new leaders in a simple (ish) three-step process: conversation, training, releasing. The conversation part starts with talking through why they want to volunteer, what their passions are and etc. The training part starts with learning policy and procedures, learning the ministry, background checks and etc. The releasing part starts with them owning the ministry, allowing them to have some insight and say into the vision of the ministry.

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?
Say the information in a new way. Ask what they understand about the new information, or ask clarifying questions. Allow them to ask questions throughout the conversation.
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?

Tell parents face to face or through a phone call. I really believe that the parents are and should be the spiritual leaders of their homes. For a standard case, where a Christian home is in place, I would check in with both the parents and the child to see how they are doing and if they have the right material to continue learning and gaining knowledge (2 Peter: 1:2-8). For the case of no Christian home, this is where communication is still in place and asking if you can help mentor, provide the right material, possibly transportation to events/church or etc.

As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
Provide them with the space to grow on their own and give them time to join small groups, create small groups, all while giving them information and resources to continuing growing in their own faith.
Ministry Growth
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?
Yes, I love fast-paced and always changing. For me, this creates new life into the ministry and the church. The best example I have of this is leading volunteer teams that are over 100 people to host events, normal weekend services, or camps. Doing so, allows you to know how to pick the best team and provide the best environment you can.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
I always evaluate systems and structures. What once worked 5 years ago, may not always work. What once worked 20 years ago, may still work! The best way to do this is through conversations, polls, and going through a life cycle process with your team.
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?

Prayer journals for Elementary students were one creative idea I’ve had in the past. This was an idea to get our 3rd to 5th-grade kids learning about prayer and reading their bibles to continue a relationship with Jesus beyond Sunday’s. Steps taking to achieve this was to connect with my team, communicate with parents. That is a very abbreviated way, but again, people and communication are key through all things ministry.

What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
The goals that I’ve set have been training three aspects of children’s ministry: Policy/Procedures, Emergency, and Small Group Leading. This is just one example of the way I like to lead my teams to gain knowledge of the ministry to have a successful ministry.
What would it take to grow a children’s/youth program?
Passionate people who love seeing kids and families enter into a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. People are the key.
Children 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?
The strategy is lead through what the church can handle. How intense are the learning styles, special needs? What resources do we have to lead each family well? When these questions are answered, then each family is a case by case study that we as leaders can walk with the families to allow their child to learn and learn well in our ministry.
Describe the diversity of some of the ministries with which you’ve worked. …races, income levels, perspectives. Were there challenges that caused you to change your ministry approach?
I’ve worked ministry in two different states, Colorado and Michigan. These two states are very different in both race, income levels, and perspectives. Adapting the ministry approach is ideal, and can create real momentum. What I’ve found is that through conversations with parents and volunteers, you can get a sense of what is needed and important for the ministry.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
What is the best screening/curriculum out there and what gives us the best information for our money? I enjoy reviewing and talking with other churches/leaders to see what they like as well.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment for children, including emergency procedures.
Training, training, training. Teach emergency procedures and the biggest thing I have learned is that no matter what…you have to remain consistent throughout your emergency procedures so that all families are safe.
Favorite Bible Story

The Story of Moses Parting of the Red Sea

Favorite Scripture

2 Corinthians 12:9