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Hi, I’m Melanie Holbrook.

Castle Rock, CO

Experience

Plum Creek Church
Student Resident

Education

Liberty University
B.S. Psychology, Christian Counseling
M.A., Christian Ministry

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

3 years

Personality

I am an Enneagram type 8, and a "D/C" DISC personality type.

Skills

Teaching, Sermon Preparation, Planning and Organizing Fundraising Opportunities, Organizing Missions Trips

Tools & Software

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

Personal

Married, Have Kids

Top 3 Strengths

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Kid's Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I was not raised in a Christian home. Growing up I faced many difficult challenges that often come with abandonment and abuse. I was not interested in knowing God as I found it hard to believe that a good and just God would allow such terrible things to happen to a child. It was not until I attended a church revival with friends at the age of 15 that I came to know Jesus. He spoke clearly to me that night and I found my salvation in Him. This did not mean the end of struggle, in fact, it meant that the enemy would come after me even harder. My teenage and young-adult years were tumultuous as I dealt with continued abuse and self-doubt. It was in my 30’s that I made my way back to my Savior and began to actively participate in church. The Lord sent many people my way proclaiming His grace and mercy and I now find myself so in love with Christ that I cannot resist serving Him and the Church.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Flexible
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
I am an Enneagram type 8, and a “D/C” DISC personality type.
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
The works of Charles Spurgeon, A.W. Tozer, and C.S. Lewis have been impactful on my life. The words and works fo Dr. Ed Hindson, Professor at Liberty University, Evangelist, and Author has had a great influence on my Christian worldview and my understanding of Scripture. Doug Miller, Lead Pastor at Plum Creek Church is a leader I look up to and whose wisdom and guidance I value.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
While I recognize the value in social media (emails, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) I believe the most, loving and effective way to communicate with parents is through personal relationships. I will engage and inform parents and/or guardians about ministry objectives and progress, by first talking to them, having meaningful conversations, and building relationships. I will make good use of technology as well, however, my focus will be on the bond shared with parents as we disciple children.
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 team of student volunteers last summer at mission camp in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Our team was assigned to work at a community farm and several of the volunteers became distracted and lost motivation. I redirected the team, sharing words of encouragement and reminded them of the reason we were there in the first place, to serve Jesus. The team quickly got back on task and we finished the week strong.

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?
As a leader I take full responsibility for any confusion in communication. If I failed to explain something in a clear and concise manner, it is up to me to change the delivery. I would make sure to listen to any concerns or questions the volunteers had, and approach the message in a different way, taking care to cover all that was addressed.
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?

When a child accepts Christ as their Savior I will share that great news with parents in person. I believe that parents are the primary disciple-makers of their children, and it is my job to partner with them, coming alongside them, to support and encourage that process. As the Children’s Pastor, I will continue to walk with the child, demonstrating through my actions and words what it means to be a disciple.

As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
I will first begin to help volunteers to grow in their faith by investing in them. I will take the time to get to know them, their families, their hobbies, their jobs, etc. I will spend time with them outside of church, being intentional about showing them how valued and loved they are. I will encourage Bible studies, church groups, and time with the Lord.
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?
I enjoy a fast-paced environment, and I am comfortable with change. If at any point it became overwhelming or stressful, I would fully embrace the patience and peace of Jesus, being mindful to pray and spend time in His Word. I have not experienced a situation like this in ministry, but have while working as a 911 dispatcher.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
There is always room for improvement. I believe that the Church has many resources and experiences that we can learn from. Looking at what works best, and is the most effective for other churches is a great starting point to evaluate current systems and structures.
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?

The most recent creative idea I had in ministry involved the youth ministry Christmas party. In the past it had been pretty much the same programming and format and the youth ministry team was looking for a refresh. The lead student pastor gave me full creative control over the event and it was a great success. I proposed ideas to the team, received feedback, and was able to delegate responsibilities to others, to include staff and volunteers.

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 greatest goal, thus far in my ministry, has been to complete my master’s degree. I earned my degree last week and graduated with honors. I want to be the best servant for Christ that I can be, and education is helping to give me a platform to serve from.
What would it take to grow a children’s/youth program?
It will take relationship to grow a children’s program. First, a deep and committed relationship with Christ. There is a need for a relationship of mutual trust and understanding amongst staff. The relationships pastors have with parents is crucial. It must be one built off of honesty and transparency. If relationship is the foundation, the ministry will flourish.
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?
Yes. The strategy to provide for children with special needs, different learning styles, and family stress, is to have a ministry just for them! This ministry would be a part of the children’s ministry but would offer volunteers trained in such circumstances to assist those children during services. Consideration must be given to issues of sensory overload, behavioral issues, and hearing impairment, to name a few.
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 have not yet had the opportunity to work in diverse areas of ministry. My experience has been with one church in a very affluent town, with predominately one race. I have served on a missions team to Sunderland, England, and was blessed to get to know the people there.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
I have no defined process for either. I will say that I am very safety and security-minded, so I believe all volunteers should be thoroughly vetted and their backgrounds checked. For curriculum choices, I will research and ask for feedback from those who have used select choices in the past.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment for children, including emergency procedures.
I have served on the church security team for a few years. I am a proactive, rather than reactive, type of person. The safety and security of children is paramount. I worked on a team to develop a safety and emergency procedure protocol for the church I currently serve with. I also understand the importance of volunteer training when it comes to the safety of children, and our role as mandatory reporters.
Favorite Bible Story

The Story of Esther

Favorite Scripture

Esther 4:14