Normans11

Hi, I’m TJ Norman.

Newburgh, IN

Phone Number

(812) 470-3822

Email

[email protected]

Experience

The Assembly EVV
Student/ Associate Pastor

Education

Brown College
AA in Radio Broadcasting
Global University
Certificate if Ministry

Church Affiliation

Assemblies of God (AG)

Years In Ministry

12 years

Personality

ENFP

Skills

Teaching/preaching, leadership, technology

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, ProPresenter, Servant Keeper

Personal

Wife: Liz - married 11 years
Kids: Ty (8), Aaliyah (3), Judah (1)

Top 3 Strengths

Empathetic0%

Helping0%

Social/People Skills0%

Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I was raised in church my whole life. My Parents were Youth Pastors at a church and the first time I remember knowing that I wanted to have Jesus Lord and Savior was at a Carmen Concert my parents took all the students too. That was the 1st time I remember that I wanted to live for him.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
Personality Type
Extraverted – 76% Intuitive – 60% Feeling – 79% Prospecting – 54% Assertive – 60% Role Diplomat Strategy People Mastery
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
My first Youth Pastor job in North Dakota my Sr. Pastor Bill Bush took me under his wing and taught me how to lead and love people. He was an older Pastor and also taught me how much hard work it takes to be a Pastor, experiencing the drive and dedication he had even when working in a small community. He always would say “Lead where God has you.” Also during my time in North Dakota, another Youth Pastor Terry Parkman, who is now working in Minneapolis and also works with “Feed.bible” and “One Hope”, was a big influence on me. I got to spend time with him, learning how to building a team of people to work with you in ministry. We don’t have to be on an island. The last person was my best friend of 30 years who just passed away in Sept. He had a huge impact on my life and we grew up growing closer to God together. We shared a brotherhood bond of encouraging each other and sharping each other’s faith. Alex was a great example of how to truly love people and show them God’s Love in everything we do in life.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
We use an app called “Remind” for the students and parents. We also use social media to get out events to share with their friends. We also use good old-fashion text messaging. We also like to use the Orange Curriculum which includes parent guide emails and Parent Cue. Getting information to parents is a huge help in building. For more in-depth things with parents, we will have a parent meeting and go over things with them, As for as team we use text, FB messenger and we have scheduled meetings for each quarter.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
When we started at our current church we had a small team of leaders here that we developed into a larger team. We developed our team through building relationships, clear communication, and quarterly team meetings. We’ve also built up our team with leadership conferences and by allowing them opportunities to lead small groups, events, and preach. Some of our leaders have moved on to be the leader in another ministry and it’s great to see them grow and develop into strong leaders.
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?
With a one on one meeting or have a group meeting and have a conversation with them to figure out where the confusion is. Communication is key to a successful group. Or sometimes it might involve a hands-on demonstration. For instance, if we are planning a game and they aren’t understanding how the game works, we as leaders will play the game so it makes more sense.
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?
If their parents are members of our church then rejoice with them and talk about what the next steps are and how they can grow at home and ways we can help that growth. If they are not members, communicate to the parents what is going on and ways we can help them grow and show them we are here to help and answer any questions they have as well. After we build the foundation of their faith, building accountability, modeling that, and mobilizing them to get to the point to share their faith.
As the spiritual leader of your ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
Start by modeling it. We all have different struggles in our life. Our faith shines through in our actions. Trusting in God, trusting His plan. Coming alongside them and doing life with them. Also encouraging them in areas that they are lacking through devotions as a group, reading a book together, or attending a conference together.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
It’s to Model the love of Christ, Mentor students to see them grow, and Mobilize students to share their faith in Christ in everything they do.
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?
We have been in the idea to change up our Kids church and also, add in our YTH to the same space to make it more inviting to students and families.

We had seen an AD on Facebook Marketplace for a movie theater that was going out of business and we bought 97 of their theater seats for $4 each. What that first thought of changing up our kids room we went into full on design mode from floor to ceiling. It was a complete redesign of the room all done in-house by our leadership and creative team. We set up to make the space useable for both 1-6th grade but also 7-12th grade with just minor adjustments that can be made by each group. We took out the carpet and stained and sealed the concrete floor and replaced ceiling tiles with new lighting and LED strips. New sound system, TV’s for the stage & back wall.

It was a project that we presented to the church and with the volunteers and church staff only cost $5000. We saved $15k by getting the church behind the project and using certified electricians and contractors in our congregation to help with the project. When they saw the potential and ideas we had for the room everyone got excited about it and wanted to help.

How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
A few steps. Talk with the leaders who are involved. Getting opinions on what is working and what isn’t working. Questions about inputs? “Are resources adequate to implement the idea or event” Questions about the activities? “Are activities delivered as intended?” Questions related to outputs? “How many, how much was produced?” Questions related to outcomes? “What personal changes occurred as a result of the program?”
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
We went into a neighborhood where a few of our leaders live and built off of the relationships they had. We started inviting people to a city park for free food and to hand out school supplies. We also got involved with community events that were already happening, helping hand out more school supplies and give away 2 bikes. We participated in a community parade as a church to invite people. We saw many students and families accept Jesus and join our church. We went into 6 schools over 3 days in our community and did an anti-bullying rally. I coordinated with all the school’s administration about what the rally was for and scheduled dates, and times. At the events in the school, we were able to invite the students to our nightly event at our church. This was a high energy event geared to lead students to make a decision to follow Jesus. We had many students and families join and we had an amazing turnout.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
A few ways. 1st go to the student and ask them what is going on. Have a conversation with them. Go to the small group leader and see if there is anything going on in their lives that would make for an issue. Most of the time it’s something going on in their lives to make them act out. 2nd go to the parents and see what is going on in the home or at school or in life. Talk with them and see where we can do to help deal with the issues. 3rd Bring in the Sr. Staff and ask for direction if it’s not getting resolved.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
One of the goals we had was to start a drama team that would do human videos when we would do outreach. My wife and a couple of leaders head it up and we showed them how we can use this in an effective ministry. We had a group of 15 students come together that worked for months and practiced together and grew close as a group and they got to share the human videos in multiple different settings and different areas a ministry
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
We have a ministry questionnaire we use to see where their best fit would be, and our current church also runs a background check through our insurance. After that, we sit down and talk with them about what we expect, what their expectations are, how much time commitment they are anticipating and we have them fill out our leader commitment packet which explains more of what our requirements are. Once they have signed and returned the packet, we welcome them into our leadership team.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
It starts with a relationship with the people you have around you. From leaders, students, and parents on how to keep a safe environment. We have created a student leader manual for all leaders to go over and sign. It covers what our role is and what we expect them to do and how to act in any and all situations. From discipline to abuse at home or in a relationship. Going over with them the protocols of different things of how things will operate in emergency situations. We have background checks run and have done every few years on each person that is involved in ministry. Also keeping detailed records of student’s information in an emergency so we can contact parents. It also starts at the top of our leadership at the church to get and keep information to keep everyone safe.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
It’s an important one. As the Student Pastor, I am an extension of him in our students. I am passing along the vision and direction of the church to our students. I am an armor-bearer for him and working together in accomplishing the goals and mission of the church. Also, someone who I can go to for any advice whether it’s personal, spiritual, or professional.

References

Ben Wilson || (952) 237-3201 || [email protected]
Ghassan Dughaish || (812) 499-1398 || [email protected]
Joel Armstrong || (530) 902-0240 || [email protected]
Julie Seeman  || 641-660-3449

 

Favorite Bible Story

The story of Job

Favorite Scripture

Psalms 42:5