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Hi, I’m Ricky Ingram.

Indiana, PA

Phone Number

(386) 864-0171

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Summit Church
Youth Pastor

Education

Central Bible College
Pursuing ministry degree

Church Affiliation

Assemblies of God (AG)

Years In Ministry

9 years

Personality

ESFJ, Enneagram 8

Skills

Teacher/ Preacher, leadership development, recruiting, team player, self motivated, problem solver

Tools & Software

Church Community Builder, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter, Text-In-Church

Personal

Wife: Danielle: Married 9 years
Kids: Paris (7), Cadence (4)

Top 3 Strengths

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Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
In 2006 I went into Teen Challenge after living a life of addiction and crime. That is when I turned my life over to God.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
Personality Type
ESFJ, Enneagram 8
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
I really enjoy listening to Craig Groeschel leadership Podcast. Eran Holt with Lead the Generation and Masterminds. Christian Counseling which really plays a big part in my life.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
For parents there will be an email that will go out once a month updating parents on what series we are doing and upcoming event. Parents will have an option to signup for a text msg system or follow us on social media. Leader will be informed with weekly text and huddle time before each service.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
When I came to my current Church the youth team was only there to hang out with no system in place. We added planning center and ran a 90 min service with structure. We started having monthly meetings to celebrate wins and tighten up any loose ends.
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?
You can never over communicate and if leaders and volunteers don’t understand then there will be one ones. Always ask if they understand before you are assuming that they are.
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?
Once a student is lead to Christ we use a text msg system called clearstream and the follow process begins. The parents get a phone call from me and tell them decision their student made. There small group leader will be notified and they begin to walk them through the process of what it means to follow Christ.
As the spiritual leader of your ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
With Leaders I do one on ones with them. Leadership retreats. Encouraging text msg’s. YouVersion devotionals. Encourage them to get involved in a small group outside of youth ministry.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
When I think about this question I think of the Great Commission All Authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
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?
When we reopened up because of Covid I restructured on how we do ministry. We went from having services with 4 songs, announcements, offering etc. To having 15mins of worship, 10mins preaching, and the rest of the night is small groups. Why? because students needed to connect to each other and their leaders and we are growth in this new formate of service.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
I always as my leaders what can we do better in our systems and how we do things. That is where monthly meetings and one on ones come into play.
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
Each year we attend our district youth camp and there is always a goal on how many student we will take. Year 1 we took 13 students, year 2 we took 50, year 3 we took 70 students. The last church I was at, we partnered with the Daytona 500 where student got use the money we raised for youth camp and fine arts. They raised $30,000 during race week.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
Depending on the situation I always reach out the parent first to hear what is going on. Then I will reach out to the student or students to hear them out and schedule a one on one. If the students is being hurt at home I will report it automatically.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
Getting involved with the local schools. It took some time but I’m apart of their FCA program and Bible clubs in 3 different school. This worked out because I had cast vision to our students on starting this amazing ministry opportunity because their friends wont come to church but they will attend one of those clubs.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
Each volunteer must have to go through growth track or some type of vision of the church class if the church offers those outlets. Going through those courses will give them options to serve in different areas of the church. Each volunteer must get a full background check and FBI finger print and based on what come back they can serve.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I have partnered with the head of our security team on the weekends and each Wednesday night we have a security presents at youth walking the church and monitoring out cameras. Each student must check in on our iPads and once they are in they are not to leave and that is said from the platform each week and our security team is available to help if there is a medical situation. We also have someone on the team that is a EMT.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
I think there should be a relationship not besties (LOL) an open line of communication without any micro management. But a check-in here and there is good because if there a problem I would like to know.

References

Reggie Lenzy || (513) 751-1066
Troy McCoy || (386) 547-2126 || [email protected]
Aaron Boye || (417) 693-3696 || [email protected]
Lindsey Clark || (513) 807-0832 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The road to Emmaus

Favorite Scripture

Titus 3:3-7