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Hi, I’m Spencer Loebel.

Glenbeulah, WI

Phone Number

(920) 980-1431

Email

[email protected]

Experience

City Church
Children's Ministry Lead

Education

Grand Canyon University
Pursuing a BA in Biblical studies

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

4 years

Personality

ENFJ

Skills

Teaching/preaching, effective communicator and listener, recruiting, tech savy

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter

Personal

Wife: Courtney (11 years)
Kids: Daughter - Charlotte (7)

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Family Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I have been a Christian since I was a young child and attended a Lutheran school and church up to my high school years. As I entered adulthood, I continued my belief in Jesus but was wayward from following him. My first long term career was in Beaver Dam and that is where my daughter was born. On the day of her birth both my daughter and my wife almost died in the process. Due to the PTSD that I suffered from the event, I knew that I needed to move back to my hometown and change careers. We did indeed move back to my hometown of Plymouth, WI. This is where we began spending time with old friends that were Christians. They spoke truth into my life and encouraged me to start going to church. By attending church, I was exposed to the knowledge of the Holy Spirit and began building a relationship with Jesus. While on a marriage retreat the Holy Spirit got a hold of me and allowed me to admit my addictions to my wife. On that night I repented of my sin, called on the name of Jesus and I was saved. In one fail swoop Jesus removed three different addictions from my life and changed me forever. I always believed that Jesus died for my sins, but I did not understand what it meant to be a Christian until that night.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Flexible
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
ENFJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
David Platt has had a major impact on me and is a pastor I frequently go to for further learning. I have read many of his books and yearly participate in the secret church event each spring. I also participate in his many bible studies that are available in digital format. His intense teachings of deep theology challenge me and grow me in knowledge. His teachings of a radical faith and living for Christ in a radical way have impacted my growth as a Christian. Dave Wilson who is a family pastor with the Family Life ministry is also a pastor that I am impacted by. Dave and his wife Ann minister to married couples and the whole family alike and lead a well-rounded biblically sound family ministry. They have many bible studies available through their ministry that have major impacts on the kingdom.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
The most important part about informing parents, guardians and team members about future objectives and progress of the ministry is communication. Parents and guardians need to remain informed about how the ministry will minister to their children and about how the ministry is progressing through curriculum, studies, or series. Communication is to be face to face at a personal level while also offering written information through digital means. All too often parents and guardians are completely uninformed about what their children are learning in children and youth ministry. Informing team members about the ministry should come in the form of face-to-face communication as well as digital outlets. Team members also should be actively informed about the ministry through prudently scheduled meetings.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I was charged with developing the special needs team of volunteers at the City Church children’s ministry. I was given some leads on who may have been interested while I also approached others to see their interest levels. By God’s grace I was able to establish a special needs team in the ministry. I achieved this through prayer and having faith that those who I spoke to would be willing to serve in this capacity. We grew the team by establishing communication and keeping team members informed on ministry objectives/schedules. We also made other church members with special needs experience available to ministry members for training purposes. I followed up with members to assess their needs from needed knowledge to scheduling. I also kept my team informed on when children’s ministry meetings where occurring.
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?
The first step in alleviating confusion is to respectfully hold up the conversation and find out the source of confusion. An apology may or may not be necessary for the confusion. The next step is to explain the information in a different way. It is important to always have awareness that there are different type of learners. Once the information is explained in a new way one must ensure that the person understands what was said. Patience is key in this situation, and one must remain sensitive to the persons misunderstanding.
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 child is led to Christ communication to the parent is paramount. The church cannot have sole earthly responsibility for the child’s faith journey. Communication needs to be made with the parents and preference made to setting up an appointment to discussing what has occurred. This way the parents can be discipled and lead to an understanding of their extremely important role in their child’s faith. They can be given help and support in this task which in some cases the parents may not know how to move forward. The unfortunate circumstance may occur where a parent will lack interest in their child’s decision. We can then minster to them and pray fervently so their eyes may open, and their hearts may soften. Once a child makes the decision to accept Christ as their Savior the ministry needs to begin discipling the child so they may go on to impact the kingdom and spread the Gospel. At all times keeping in mind the eternal implications of their decision and the paradise that awaits them. We do this by helping this child understand what a relationship with Jesus looks like. We teach God’s word to them and help them understand the importance of studying it. The ministry team must model and teach the importance of prayer. We teach the importance of living for Christ throughout the week not just on Sundays. We must remember to take time to instruct these children from practical perspectives, so they understand what living for Christ physically looks like. So many times, as children and even adults are instructed, they are not informed on the practical ways they can live out their life for Christ. Lastly the child needs to be challenged to disciple others, serve, participate in evangelism, and publicly pray.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
I would help grow the volunteer’s faith by forming communication and relationships with each one of them. I would make it a goal to take time to question each volunteer on their faith journey and needs. Members of a faith community need to take personal accountability for the spiritual needs of those in their community. It is also important for the ministry to hold occasional events that will help grow the faith of volunteers. Also, there should be biblical teaching placed into any digital communication sent out from the ministry. Lastly, prayer on the behalf of all volunteers in the ministry is a nonnegotiable for the spiritual leader of the ministry.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
Ministry is a call from God to a follower of his to move into a life of work for him. It is not a career or a job but a calling from God to propel his kingdom forward on this earth. At the absolute core of ministry is the Word of God. It is to be taught in complete truth with absolutely no deviation. Ministry only progresses forth by the grace of God and cannot function without the help of God through the Holy Spirit and the guiding arm of Jesus. It is through ministry people hear of the Gospel and are converted to faith in Christ. Believers are discipled and made to spread the gospel to all nations. Through ministry believers are encouraged and grown in their faith. Ministry should impact the world around it and have an impact through evangelism and service. Ministry is leading a community of believers in perseverance to the end goal.
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 played an important role in many ideas that were implemented while I was special needs lead at City Church. However, I cannot take sole credit for the ideas that were implemented. Those decisions involved managing our special needs populations and creating a sensory room. We formulated procedures for handling situations where students were disruptive and needed extra attention. These ideas were brought to and approved by the lead and executive pastors. The ideas were also brought to the church board members for there were some purchases needed to be made for sensory items. Volunteers were informed of the special need’s improvements during a volunteer meeting, and they were informed on how the improvements were to be utilized. Parents were directly informed of the improvements that took place in children’s ministry.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
Initially the system needs to be looked at honestly and systematically without bias. Also, the system or structure should be evaluated from multiple different parties. Engaging in ongoing performance evaluation helps set a benchmark which gives the evaluating parties quantitative information. Not only should systems be evaluated from the inside but the end user should have opportunity for evaluation as well.
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?
When dealing with an ever-changing environment it is important to maintain organization. By staying organized one can be aware of tasks at hand as well as resource status. It is also important to be able to delegate when the environment is fluid so that tasks can be dealt with in a timely manner. One must have knowledge of common tasks and problems so they can be completed as they arise. Lastly people in changing environments must be flexible because of its varying needs and challenges. I have a great deal of experience in this area. My previous career as a firefighter/paramedic was a constant changing environment. Not only was the environment changing but most often it was dangerous, and decisions needed to be made for life and property saving measures. This line of work absolutely required the ability to deal with fast-paced environments. My last three years of work as a supervisor of a road building crew also had a great deal of changeability to its environments. Plans and project needs were constantly changing. Among that, the resource and equipment needs changed daily. The job also required quick thinking when working in and around high-volume traffic.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
In my past ministry experience the primary goal was always staffing. Without staff we were unable to effectively benefit the special needs students. Among the staffing goal was also to ensure that volunteers were still attending a church service and not getting caught up in only serving. Our second set of goals were practical and implemented during service. First and foremost was actively sharing the gospel with these children and building relationships with them. Next our goal during service was to minimize disruptions to the other children by keeping our students engaged and interested. Finally, safety of the students was paramount, and many procedures were in place to keep children safe during service. All the above goals were commonly met however there were times that they were not. The goal of minimizing disruption was sometimes challenged as some students commonly acted out. Due to this goal occasionally not being met other measures were investigated to engage these students where they would not distract others from God’s word. This is where the idea of the sensory room came into play.
What would it take to grow a kid’s ministry program?
The first item that is needed to grow a kid’s ministry program is trust. The ministry needs to be trusted by parents as well as children. Next the program needs to be fun and engaging to children. Flat out if children do not have a good time they will not want to go. There needs to be a curriculum and order to each service. This minimizes down times where distraction can occur, and children become disruptive. The children’s program needs congregational support to grow. The program needs to be backed by all pastoral staff as well as the church board. The program needs to be appropriately funded so services can be done well and professional. There is also the need for events that draw in outside children to the children’s program. This not only has the potential to grow children’s ministry but the church as well. Lastly, the kid’s ministry program needs to have good communication with the children, parents, staff, and community. There needs to be multiple avenues for communication. The program needs to be engaged in social media with efforts directed to outreach as well as communication.
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?
The first step in meeting these needs is to evaluate what exactly the needs are. Once the needs of the children are realized a plan needs to be formulated on how best to meet those needs. Pastors and volunteer staff most commonly do not have formal special needs training. The effort of discovering what the needs are helps the ministry bring in training for specific needs. If the needs require significant one on one attention or there are multiple children, staff may need to be specifically allocated to special needs. By this the children with special needs can be attended to while the other children are not neglected in their needs. Finally, it is important to evaluate any shortcoming the ministry has in dealing with special needs children. If there are shortcomings these should be honestly discussed with the affected parents. Most times the parents will have information and resources on how needs can be met with their child. The strategy for providing ministry to members with family stress is first and foremost having the ability to realize the need. Being well connected in personal relationship with families is the first step to being let into a stressful family problem. Once these needs are discovered biblical counseling can be offered to the affected family. These families that express having stressful situations need to be followed up with following any counseling or admission of these troubles. Volunteer staff needs to be trained to have a watchful eye for signs that may lead us on to believe there are family stresses in a child’s life. An agreed upon strategy from church leadership should be used when approaching families in this situation.
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?
In the ministry where I previously served there was some diversity present. In most services there were in attendance children from many different ethnic backgrounds. Most commonly was the Hispanic population. By God’s grace I was able to learn about the Hispanic culture firsthand as we became very good friends with a Hispanic family from church.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
My process for choosing a curriculum is evaluating it for its ability to teach the gospel to the children. A curriculum must be rich in scripture that teaches children and youth the importance of a Jesus centered life. A balance between activities and learning about God’s word needs to be present. When choosing curriculum, attention needs to be paid to the number of staff it also requires. The ministry must have the ability to handle the curriculum from a staffing standpoint. We need to have no doubts about the safety of our children when screening volunteers. My process is simple as I ask myself, do I feel safe with my daughter attending children’s ministry following this screening process? Any screening process needs to have guarantee of its effectiveness as there is no room for error. It is vital to be able to use a screening platform that can offer a safety guarantee.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
In my previous role working with children with special needs directly there were some flight risks. Among those issues we also had children that had the potential to lose control emotionally. When such risks and potentials were present, we always took extra precaution. Safety measures were always in place but when risks for such events were higher, the children’s ministry security person for the day was informed. They kept control of all doors into and out of the children’s ministry wing and were ready for potential problems. There was a designated person that would notify parents of an issue via the number notification system. As always students upon entry were signed in and not allowed to leave without their designated parent or guardian.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and kids pastor?
My ideal relationship with a lead pastor would be seeing him as a brother in Christ ministering to the church as a team. Respect must be given, and there must be a yielding to his authority as lead pastor. I would hope for an open and honest relationship, one where constructive criticism is offered and received. There would be frequent communication about expectations, needs, and pertinent information. Most importantly this is a relationship as Christ designed the church to have. One that seeks God together in study and prayer. Ideally there would be times for mentorship of myself. Lastly I would hope to have a friendship develop.

References

Mary Neuman || (920) 210-6926 || [email protected]
Seth Roelse || (920) 980-4079 || [email protected]
Denisa Kingrea || (615) 438-3489 || [email protected]
Phillip Zellmer || (414) 339-8079 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

Stephen’s Speech to the

Sanhedrin and Subsequent Stoning

Favorite Scripture

Revelation 3:15-16