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Hi, I’m Ross Martin.

Bend, OR

Phone Number

(530) 524-8842

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Father's House
Youth Pastor

Education

Simpson University
BA in Youth Ministry

Personality

ISTJ

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

13 year

Skills

Teaching/preaching, writing curriculum, leadership development, recruiting volunteers, playing drums, creating graphics for events/messages, creating/editing videos

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter, Adobe

Personal

Wife - Nicole (married 1/21)

Top 3 Strengths

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Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I was born and raised in a very strong Christian household. I attended church since the day I was born and went to a private Christian School. I accepted Christ around the age of seven and was baptised around the age of ten.
How would you describe yourself?
  1. Fun
  2. Flexible
  3. Loving
  4. Organized
Personality Type
ISTJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
Phil Vaughn is one of my mentors that has had a huge impact on my life. He is a long-time family friend and a huge supporter of mine. Phil did youth ministry for over twenty years then became a professor of youth ministry. He became my professor and academic supervisor when I became a youth ministry major. He has poured so much wisdom into my life through his teaching and stories. Another big author that has had a big impact on my life is Doug Fields. His books on youth ministry have shaped and helped me a lot through my time as a youth pastor. Other authors that have shaped me more in my personal journey are, Richard Rohr, C.S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen. and Donald Miller. A few pastors and ministry leaders that have also impacted me are Francis Chan and Erwin McManus.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
My plan to engage parents and guardians about my ministry objectives and progress is to have a quarterly parent night. During the night we will talk about the upcoming events, message series, and any other information they might need for their students. We will then have a time of me sharing victories about the ministry then opening it up to questions the parents might have. For my ministry team, we will also do quarterly meetings but this time will be much more focused. I will share the upcoming events, then ask for ideas and inputs on how to make it better. I will also ask them to share their stories on how their ministry is going with their students, both victories and defeats so we can all come alongside them. I will share my vision and hope for the season and all pray together as we move forward. I also will do a yearly objective meeting with my team where we can set new objectives for the year, vision cast and reflect on the previous year.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
A time I developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group was my previous ministry. I started out with only one volunteer when I started and over the eight months I was there I grew it to 4. I strengthed this team by meeting with them individually each month as well as having quarterly meetings where we could all come together and share our stories as well as have fun. We would also debrief after each youth night and see how things were going where we could come alongside each other and either celebrate or encourage depending on how it went.
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 try and alleviate confusion when I am communicating with volunteers by having objectives and ideas of what I want to say before we meet. Having goals and ideas before presenting them often helps create clear communication. If they are still confused, I would then ask questions and try and back up as far as possible till we figure out the root of the confusion. The same goes if I am confused by what the volunteer is communicating. I would ask questions and try to get to the very core of what they are saying to try and understand what they are saying. I also understand that confusion can lead to frustration and increased tempers, so something I try and do is slow down the conversation and calm down emotions before continuing.
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 student accepts Christ into their hearts I like to grab them either that night or as soon as possible and then have the student share their decision with their parents. That way I can be there to answer any questions the parents might have but more importantly, just be there to celebrate with them. I want the student to share their decision and be able to express what they have done. After that, I want to meet with them regularly and go through a book together. I also want to make sure they are plugged into a small group and make sure that the small group leader starts taking more of a leadership role in their lives.
As the spiritual leader of your ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
As the spiritual leader in my ministry, I believe in personally discipling my leaders. My volunteers are a part of my flock and I want to be there for them. I will keep them accountable to coming to Sunday morning services, attending small groups as well as other church events. I will also meet with them monthly where I can check in with them and be a supporter in their life. I can mentor, grow and challenge them in their lives and their journey with Christ.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
My philosophy of ministry is to make disciples who will make disciples.
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 creative idea I had introduced in my last ministry role was changing the name of the ministry. The previous name was Stand Students and it had no significance or buy-in with any of the students. So I spent months of planning, strategizing, and talking with my leaders to introduce the new name. I decided to change it to FHYM, which was just an abbreviation of the church name plus youth ministry. This was to make feel more a part of the broader church and to update to more of a modern feel. I created a new logo, I designed stickers to give out to students, t-shirts so students could show pride in their ministry, t-shirts for our leaders to wear for our events so parents could recognize them as well as meeting with my leadership team several times to come up with ideas on how to introduce the new name. As a team we came up with teaser trailers for the name, a whole night planned to maximize the hype as well as promoting it from the church stage.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
I would evaluate systems and structures by first starting a dialogue with my leaders or whoever is in charge and get their inputs. I would then break it down to its core elements and see if there is a more optimal way or different way that would be better. Finally, I would pray and seek God’s advice on it. Sometimes, the system that is in place might now be the most optimal but the students love it and it would be more hurtful to change it.
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 would deal with a fast-paced, always-changing environment by keeping flexible and open to whatever God is doing. I have had experiences like this in all my years as a youth pastor. Working at camps and other large events, you’ll never know what can and will happen. Being a part of youth ministry I have found that I am always on the go and open to whatever comes my way. Students get hurt or open up about trauma in their past, and just being willing to go with the flow is all part of the job.
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 I set for my ministry were to create a larger volunteer team, create a student leadership team, grow the youth group, and create a student-led worship team. I accomplished many of these and some fell a little short. I did grow a volunteer team of 1 to 4 by the time I was done. I grew it by reaching out to potential leaders, asking them, and then meeting with them. I also asked my volunteer for recommendations on who they think would be good leaders. I created a student leadership by asking different students who I believed would be effective leaders in the ministry. I then met with them once a month to discuss a book I assigned and to talk about how the ministry was going and what we could do to improve it. I created a student-led worship team by creating sign-ups for both worship and soundboard to see what instruments we had. I then met with our worship pastor and asked for her help in implementing it. Lastly, my goal for growing the youth group fell short of my goal. I created nights where students could invite friends outside of a church environment as well as trying to create a more friendly welcoming atmosphere at church. I did not meet my goal, I am unsure if it was because of COVID or other circumstances, however.
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?
Yes, being accommodating to the needs of families and children is incredibly important. This can meet a lot of different things depending on the needs of the students. Having activities for kids with ADHD and ADD and not just expecting them to sit still for times on end is important. Having spaces for students on the spectrum is also really important whether they need to calm down or feel safe is important. Having leaders who can work one on one with students and take care of them is also a huge part of helping students with any special needs. For different learning styles, mixing up how we speak and what activities we do so we can reach every student in their needs is a must. Lastly, family stresses can range a lot so just trying to understand and meet those needs can make families feel welcomed, heard, and loved.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
My process through choosing volunteers is often me choosing them based on what I know and see. I then meet with them one-on-one before they begin in the ministry and detail the requirements and expectations of youth ministry. I then give them an application for them to fill out, at the end of the application it has a background check form for them to fill out and sign. They then get to observe a week or two before officially starting as long as everything checks out and they still want to move forward in volunteering. I then do a three-month follow-up with them. For curriculum choices, I usually write my own curriculum and give my leaders small group questions and topics of what we are talking about ahead of time. If I don’t write it, I have always used Orange Curriculum. I know lots of pastors, who use it, and has come very highly recommended.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
I believe safety is incredibly important and want everyone to be ready for emergencies. I always bring a first aid kit with me on any day trip with students. If we go on any camps that don’t have paid staff at the campground, I get a nurse or EMT to tag along so we have someone prepared with actual medical training. I get medical release waivers that have all the student’s insurance, medical and emergency information I might need. I also make sure that any games or activities have been properly secured to try and prevent as many injuries as possible.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
The idea relationship between the lead pastor and student pastor is one of mentorship. The lead pastor should guide and help the student pastor in the ways he may need but the goal is to make the student pastor better. The pastor should be invested in the ministry but not micro-manage it. The lead pastor hired the student pastor to lead the students and he should trust him to do so well.

References

Travis Osborn || (530) 356-1801 || [email protected]
Phil Vaughn || (530) 921-6830 || [email protected]
Joseph Cullis || (530) 898-0440 || [email protected]
Clint Wills || (305) 216-6109 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

Jonah and the Whale

Favorite Scripture

Psalms 1