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Hi, I’m Marty McCutcheon.

Columbus, OH

Phone Number

(614) 570-1214

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Westerville Christian Church
Children's Ministry Volunteer

Education

Wright State University
BS in Marketing

Church Affiliation

Christian Church

Years In Ministry

30 years

Personality

ESFJ

Skills

Teacher, team member, event coordinating/planning, office administration, policies/procedures

Tools & Software

Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, CounterPoint

Personal

Single

Top 3 Strengths

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Kid's Minister Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I was baptized on December 30, 1973. A month before I turned 10. I just decided one night I wanted to be saved. I talked with my older sister, then we went to take to my Dad. I was baptized in the basement of the Parsonage because my church meet in a school at the time. I remember how happy my Dad was that day. He passed away when I was 17 so we didn’t get to do a lot of “life” events together. This is one of my fondest memories.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Intense
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
Personality Type
ESFJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
I have learned two of my life lessons from Charles Stanley and Sheila Walsh. From Charles Stanley, the HALT exercise. Don’t make any decisions if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. From Sheila Walsh, I learned in tough times Jesus is very close to the floor, right there with you. I have learned a lot of different things from the minister’s I have served under too. Greg Bounderant taught me I don’t have to understand everything God does, but I do have to trust Him. Eddie Lowen taught me God doesn’t let me play in the street.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
Again, I have never been in ministry, but this is what I would probably do. I would develop a BCC Parents Facebook page (by invitation only). I would have something posted everyday whether it is a parenting tip, church event related or just some encouragement. Depending on what it is, I may do some telephone calls. I will also probably do a “flyer” for some things. I will have someone posted outside the door when the kids are picked up on Sunday. I would also like to develop a newsletter probably quarterly. I would like it to include kid’s individual achievements outside of church too. This way I can try to bring church into real life.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I have not been in Ministry, but I can tell you about two events where I bought a group of employees together: 1. I have organized and headed up the Inventory Team for many years at MPX. This is a multi faceted procedure and draws from many areas in the store. I even developed an “Inventory Info Desk” that I run on inventory day to keep things going smoothly. My team are not volunteers, but they do need direction and accountability. 2. About 4 years ago, we were robbed at the store. It happened overnight so no one was hurt. I headed up the team to determine what had been taken and how to get it reported for insurance purposes. I had absolutely no idea how to do it, but God was very merciful and helped me guide my co-workers though every step. 3. I have not held a paid ministry position, but I have been a volunteer for 30 years. I have had some great Kidmin ministers and some not so great. I know what I appreciate as a volunteer. I also have been lucky to see what works and what doesn’t. I would put that knowledge into play..
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 would use the same process I used in business. I will explain whatever it is to them, then have them tell me in their words what they understand it to be. I will do the same for them if they are explaining something to me. If you hear something in a person’s own words it’s very helpful to see if they understand what you need. I am pretty good at reading the room. This also helps in seeing if what I’m trying to communicate is working.
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 think this would be wonderful news to deliver to a parent. In my volunteer career, I have had the privilege to say the prayer before a student’s baptism and at BCC I actually got to baptize a student. Both of these things are definitely at the top of the best things I have had happen in my 30 year career.. As for discipling, I think I would do that by example. I have always been upfront with my kids about life. I tell them things are not always wonderful and adults do not have all the answers. But God does. It’s about learning the Bible, but also about developing a relationship with God. I would hope to give them the tools to do both.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
Years ago, I served under a youth pastor who had us read a book every month. I was pretty much the only one who did. But I learned so much. This was back in the early to mid 90’s. Because of Andy, I read a book by Them and Joani Schultz about “active learning”. It changed my ministry completely. I probably wouldn’t require a book a month. That probably would not be successful. But I would talk and listen to my volunteers and look for areas where each individual could grow. People need to know how much I care about them first. I would make sure they have the tools they need to be successful in their volunteer activities.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
In my unpaid Kidmin ministry my mission statement has always been to make sure the child knows God loves them right this minute wherever they are. They aren’t perfect or grown or have all the answers, but he loves them just the same. If someone would have told me when I was in th 5th or 6th grade that I was loved by God just like I was at that moment, my life would have been totally different.
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?
I was relatively new to the serving on the Kidmin planning team at Westerville. They wanted to start a “Back to School Prayer Night”. I have developed two of those and they have been very different. I developed the programs and gave the instructions on what needed to be done.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
Again, this will be a business answer. The first few months (I would like up to a year), I will leave in place what is already there. I need to focus more on the people side. How do my volunteers interact with each other? What do they like or dislike? Where are the holes? What’s working and needs to be left alone? There is nothing worse then a brand new person coming in and changing everything without ever knowing how things worked in the first place.
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?
Not in a ministry, but in the business world. Digital cameras started coming out in the late 90’s. If my boss at the time had not made the decision to keep up with the times the company would not be in business today. I didn’t have to learn a new way to take pictures (I’m not a photographer), but I did have to change from paying individuals for camera equipment and learn to deal with companies. I come from retail, if you don’t change and adapt you die.
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 haven’t done this yet. I can tell you I’m not a big numbers person. If I plan a program and only one kid shows, I do the program. If no one shows, I just save it for another time. It doesn’t matter how many kids are in your program. I give my best for all of them. My first year goal would be to sit back and watch not only how Kidmin works on it’s own, but how it fits into the church overall. I also need to learn the kids and parents along with other staff member.s
What would it take to grow a kid’s ministry program?
A lot of prayer, determination and work. It also matters what your definition of “grow” is. That is something I would work with Dave and my fellow staff members to determine.
Your members/guests and their families 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?
Again, this is where the observation comes in. I would pay attention to those things early on and identify the needs as best I can. For example, I am teaching every other week in this Covid era. I’m usually the lead teacher with 3-4 other adults with me. I have more patience with the non sit still kids then some of the people I serve with. I had a new student who was having trouble behaving. Nothing terrible, but for some teachers they don’t have a lot of patience with that. Well, I do. So i made sure he was in my small group and during large group I gave him a job to do. He was not a cookie cutter sit still kid. I know I have a good track record with that behavior so I made sure he was taken care of. I took a workshop somewhere that pointed out we have no idea what happened at home on Saturday night or possibly even on the ride to church. You just need to be aware not everyone is “fine”. Some problems will take more resources and time to help. But I am certainly willing to try.
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?
This is one of the things that excites me about BCC. In my opinion, BCC Is almost an inner city church. Being in that neighborhood there are things we could be doing to meet the needs of the community. They already do that , but I’m sure there are more ways. Just like in retail, you need to know your customer, church is the same way. If we want to attract young families, then we need to have things young families would be interested in doing. Just off the top of my head, we could do a date night for parents where they drop the kids off for programming and can take a couple of hours to themselves for free. I know MIOPS did that around Valentines’s Day because I’m the one who did the programming.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
I’m sure for volunteers there are background checks and sexual abuse training. I would probably mirror what Westerville does on that. Curriculum is a different beast. I have never met one I totally like. I always put my own spin on things. I would probably get the choices down to a couple and have the team make the decision.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
Again, I would mirror what Westerville has in place. I have participated in it as a volunteer and I like that they have done. I may even see if Robin Medley can come and talk about security like he did for WCC.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and kids pastor?
I would view this just like I do with a boss in the private sector. Ultimately, he/she has the final say. I will present the info and my side as best I can.. We will not always agree on things. But that is ok. I respect the position and all that comes with it. Side note: I don’t think this has been addressed in these questions. My Kidmin philosophy is I do programming, not childcare. I will gladly put together a program if I need to “watch” kids for some event. For instance during the Congregational meeting if it’s a Sunday night dinner. i would plan a video, or a skit that kids put on or some type of craft. Every time I have a chance to be with kids is a chance to reach them. I also did the programming when BCC participated in “Habitat for Humanity” and built the house in the parking lot.

References

Bill Schwinn || (614) 975-4679 || [email protected]
Scott Shambaugh || (614) 204-2101 || [email protected]
Reed Adams || (614) 949-7157 || [email protected]
Becky Medley || (614) 824-7615 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The story of Joseph

Favorite Scripture

Isaiah 41:10