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Hi, I’m TJ Wynne.

Winder, GA

Phone Number

(850) 357-3181

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Winder First UMC
Production Lead

Education

Grand Canyon University
Pursuing a BA in Biblical studies

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

15 years

Personality

ENFJ

Skills

Preaching, content creation, social media, some graphic design, discipleship, recruiting and training volunteers, budget management

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, ProPresenter

Personal

Engaged: Frances

Top 3 Strengths

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Family Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I became a Christian when I was 7 years old. I was raised in a Christian home with Christian Values. I was bullied heavily throughout my childhood and finding the love and acceptance in Jesus was life changing for me. I accepted Jesus in a car ride with my mom when I asked how I could be saved and go to Heaven. She asked me questions to make sure I knew what I was doing and then led me in a prayer asking Jesus into my heart.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
Personality Type
ENFJ
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
One of my distant leaders that I follow closely is Graig Groeschel. I have based a lot of my style and ministry preferences on the structure of Life.Church and Craig’s leadership. I have a few mentors and one of them is Jim Draper. He has been crucial in walking with me during some hard seasons in my life.
Parents/Volunteers
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
Parents will be engaged through email blasts, and in person quarterly meeting or as needed. I want parents to be a part and aware of the direction of the ministries their students are involved in. I also want them to feel they have the ability to speak into these ministries and provide insight from an outside perspective.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I began serving at a church with minimum volunteers and the volunteers they did have were not dedicated. As soon as expectations were placed on them, the individuals currently serving stepped away. These expectations were minor and typical, such as not having friends in the tech booth or not being on social media during service. We had to rebuild the team and I found individuals looking for a place to connect and added them to the team. They were all brand new at their roles so I spent several weeks serving alongside them and training them to know what I know so they could know more than me. I brought in a friend who has done tech related ministry longer than I had to train them also. The great thing was, once I stepped away from that church, they are now a fully functioning team who are able to handle issues on their own and quickly.
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 am one who when I am speaking I am paying attention the facial cues the ones listening are giving. This way I know if I need to say what I am saying differently. I will typically adjust what I am saying in an effort to make sure they understand. Possibly using examples of what I am trying to communicate in action. If it appears that less people are confused than those that are understanding, I will seek those individuals out and ask if they have any questions and how I can address them.
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?
More often than not, I want the student to have the opportunity to be the first to share their salvation. This is a huge moment for the student to concrete their faith by not only accepting Jesus but sharing their faith in him. I will on occasion reach out to the parent and let the parent know so they can celebrate the decision well! Discipleship begins straight away by me asking questions shortly after their decision about their life day to day. What are their struggles? How are they addressing them? What can I do to help? I also try to put them with their leader so their leaders can walk with them as well.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
This is done through individual pursuit of the leader and encouraging them on a personal level. If the leader is not growing, the student won’t either. I will try to have conversations that ask the hard questions but also leave them open to ask questions of their own. I want to wrestle through the doubts a leader may have and let them be safe sharing that.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
Ministry is about serving others and pointing them to Jesus. It is not about recognition or being celebrated. Ministry’s goal is to show others Jesus and then take them deeper in their walk. I always say, we should reach people where they are, not where we think they should be.
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 church was doing an event yearly at the start of the school year called “Blessing of the Backpacks”. In this event, the students within the church would bring in their backpacks and we would pray over them and the year they would have. I saw this my first year and felt we were missing a huge opportunity to serve our community. I developed the idea of out people filling the backpacks and us partnering with a community organization to donate those backpacks. We prayed over them on the same Sunday and made it part of the Blessing of the Backpacks event.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
I would establish goals. These goals would not always be numeric but they would be specific. If we were not meeting the goals we had set, then we would need to adjust or stop doing what we are doing.
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 enjoy the challenge. For me, it would be important that the wins (even the small ones) are celebrated. I would want to make sure that my team specifically always acknowledged our wins and our losses. But I do not believe in letting seasons last too long. We should not celebrate a win for so long that we are not already working on the next thing. We should have a desire to always be getting better and always growing.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
We set a goal at my last church to grow our service. We currently had around 35 people and we wanted to see us impacting more. We set creativity, social engagement, and communication as our areas needing the most work. We changed our creativity on Sunday by adding multimedia elements that did not exist before. Then we adjusted our social media and started making content calendar for during the week. Then we focused on making on stage communication more engaging. I stepped in and started hosting the service and doing the giving talk. Within 6 months, we had reached around 100 people.
What would it take to grow a kid’s ministry program?
Kids ministry requires engaging content, passionate leaders, and intentional leadership. We should always be adjusting our content and striving for staying innovative. We cannot simply rely on content from creators, we need to also make adjustments that work for our kids and our community. The leaders must be passionate. It becomes easy for parents to want to serve so they can watch their child. But this often times leads to engagement with students other than theirs being left out. Passionate leaders will always be looking for better ways to do ministry and engage students. Finally the intentional leadership aspect of it will ensure we are not doing things simply because we always have. We will look for things to do with intentionality behind them. These things will point back to the goals of the church and the direction we want to take the kids.
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?
This is an area that I am not great at but an area I am constantly wanting to improve. I would want core leaders, including myself, to spend time training for such events. I would also pursue individuals with skills in these areas to serve a long side of us so they can be leaned on when these moments happen.
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?
At The Avenue church I had some diversity. We had a mix of white and some black kids. We treated everyone as equals but the leaders and I attempted to get to know the students and the things that they were passionate about. We also celebrated that from stage if we felt we could fit it in. In one case we allowed a student who was extremely into the hip hop world, rap from stage and he and the students loved it! This goes into my mantra of ministry, we have to pursue people where they are, not where we think they should be.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
In the student ministry world, I meet with leaders one on one before they serve. We also would run the typical background checks. Once we have met individually, they are invited to watch a service, then after that if they feel it is a fit, we will place them in a group and then after a few weeks, we will identify strengths and then give them a role to serve in.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
My leaders and I are CPR and First Aid certified. This is important to me because it will prepare us for events we must be ready for. If the budget allows, I try to provide this free of charge. We would also create game plans for a variety of extreme situations so we are prepared for the unexpected
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and kids pastor?
I know he pastor is not always available to have deep relationships with some of the staff. But I would like for the pastor to be available for mentoring conversations. I want to grow in my ministry and I would love for my lead pastor to be a part of that.

References

Aaron Lane || (678) 979-2818 || [email protected]
Josh Herndon || (850) 849-6389 || [email protected]
Travis Rutland || (863) 398-6698 || [email protected]
Todd McCain || (678) 863-6601 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story

The story of Job

Favorite Scripture

John 16:33