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First Baptist Woodstock student ministry has four openings for a 1-2 year student ministry internship starting in late May – early summer 2013. This internship offers the opportunity to LEARN in a dynamic, healthy student ministry environment of 1000 students and then be LAUNCHED to a healthy student ministry position when you are done.

This internship has a track record of placing interns in significant student ministry positions after their time is complete. If you desire to learn and lead in a healthy setting before being launched into a full-time position, we want to talk to you.

The student ministry at First Baptist Woodstock desires to help raise the next generation of student ministry leaders and place them in significant ministry positions. We’re looking for those called to youth ministry who desire to spend 1-2 years in a dynamic, fast-pace, & growing student ministry environment of over 1000 students learning the fundamentals of student ministry and having significant opportunities to impact a generation of students hungry for Jesus!

We have launched the last three interns to healthy churches running 1000+. We have a track record of placing interns in very healthy environments when they are finished with our internship.

Qualifications
1.Demonstrated call to full-time student ministry
2.Commitment to future local church ministry
3.Agree to a 1-2 year commitment
4.College degree preferred

We currently have two female openings and two male openings for a late May – early summer start date. Applications due April 17.

“The Minister in Residence program helped shape, challenge and prepare me for a role in full-time student ministry. It opened my eyes to things I had never thought of before, and I’m extremely grateful for the time I spent in the program.” – Aaron Crawford, Student Pastor, Cross Church, Fayetteville, AR

“My internship at Woodstock allowed me the privilege to gain priceless hands-on ministry experience. I was given opportunities to dream, pray big prayers, and to plan ministry according to whatever God laid on my heart. My internship experience continues to greatly influence the way I do ministry everyday.” – Ashley Williamson, High School Minister, Pinelake Church, Brandon, MS

TRAINING
Education
1.Monthly reading and discussion of books on personal growth, leadership, student ministry
2.Attend FBCW training conferences (Timothy-Barnabus, Go Forward Conference)
3.Attend Atlanta area ministry training conferences (Youth Specialties, Catalyst, etc)
4.Enroll in optional seminary classes
Mentoring
1.Monthly/bi-monthly one on one mentoring with student ministry staff
2.Monthly meetings with a different department each month
Experience
1.Responsibility for specific areas of ministry including but not limited to:
a. Campus ministry
b. Team chaplain
c. Campus ministry teams
d. Event planning and leadership
2. Lead Bible studies and Sunday School classes
Future Ministry Planning
1.Create a plan to train volunteer workers
2.Develop a philosophy of ministry
3.Understand missional vs attractional evangelism

If you have questions, please email Matt at matt.lawson@fbcw.net. Internship pays $500 per month plus a host home.

Download the Intern Information and Application Packet

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You know how vital it is to manage your time well. There’s a lot written on the subject. But what about managing your passion and energy? Managing passion and energy is really about productivity. Some say learning to manage these two are more important than time management and is the key to high performance leadership.

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There are people who zap energy and passion. There are meetings that zap energy and passion. There are tasks that zap energy and passion.

Here are some thoughts I’m personally working through on managing energy/passion:

  • Energy and passion are affected by four areas: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual
  • A professional athletes performance reminds me that focus is essential
  • Not scheduling meetings on days/hours when I most need energy/passion
  • Using mornings to work on tasks that are most likely to drain energy
  • Delegating tasks (as much as is possible and responsible) that zap passion to others who have more passion for those things
  • Stepping away from the mini-fridge (and caffeine drinks, candy, and other sugars that cause a crash later)
  • Taking a few minutes to pick up the phone/step into the office of someone who lifts enthusiasm/excitement
  • Get hands and feet moving. Throw a tennis ball against the wall, squeeze a stress reliever ball, or just take a walk.

How do you manage passion and energy?

Matt Lawson

 

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I’ve interviewed nearly fifty intern candidates for a 1-2 year internship in the last four years. Those who stood out above the rest asked the right questions.

How to ask questions

Your ability to ask the right questions in an interview communicates 3 things to a potential employer:

#1 It communicates VISION

Of course, you want answers to the obvious questions about the job. But everybody they’ve interviewed asks those same questions. They’re questions like…What does your programming look like? How many students are in the ministry? What’s the budget? Will I have a secretary?

The questions that communicate vision may not be questions you necessarily want answered. They’re simply the platform for you to say what is or can be important to them and their church.

For example, rather than asking, “Can I have interns,” you frame it in a picture for why you want interns. Say something like this… “I have a vision and passion to help raise the next generation of student ministry leaders. Part of that vision is through a purposeful and intense 1-2 year long internship? Is that something your church is willing to adopt?”

#2 It Communicates LONGEVITY

Most pastors or personnel committees have been conditioned to know that the next youth pastor probably won’t stay long either. It’s never a bad idea to overstay your welcome in the interview process. Articulate questions that demonstrate intended longevity.

For example, you could say, “I expect to lead a growing ministry in the years ahead. Is there a commitment to adding additional staff members when the ministry grows? Is there a number or formula that determines when additional staff are added?”

#3 It Communicates MATURITY

Let’s face it. We’ve got a reputation (deserved or not) of being prone to immaturity. It’s always appropriate to position yourself as being both fun and wise.

For example, you could ask questions about parental involvement or about equipping parents by first communicating a desire to be a partner in discipleship with parents. This gives the impression of cooperation and at least a perceived ability to communicate with parents.

Anyone can flat out say they have a vision for the ministry or that they intend to stick around or even that they can relate to parents. But, everybody they’ve interviewed is saying that.

Your ability to ask the right questions will separate you from the rest. The right questions communicate that you have a depth of understanding of what it takes to bring health and growth to their church.

That’s unusual and very attractive. And it could put you at the top of their list.

 

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The student ministry at First Baptist Woodstock desires to help raise the next generation of student ministry leaders and place them in significant ministry positions. We’re looking for those called to youth ministry who desire to spend 1-2 years in a dynamic, fast-pace, & growing student ministry environment of over 1000 students learning the fundamentals of student ministry and having significant opportunities to impact a generation of students hungry for Jesus!

We have launched the last three interns to healthy churches running 1000+. We have a track record of placing interns in very healthy environments when they are finished with our internship.

Qualifications
1.Demonstrated call to full-time student ministry
2.Commitment to future local church ministry
3.Agree to a 1-2 year commitment
4.College degree preferred

We currently have one opening for an immediate start date.

Training in 4 areas
Education
1.Monthly reading and discussion of books on personal growth, leadership, student ministry
2.Attend FBCW training conferences (Timothy-Barnabus, Go Forward Conference)
3.Attend Atlanta area ministry training conferences (Youth Specialties, Catalyst, etc)
4.Enroll in optional seminary classes
Mentoring
1.Monthly/bi-monthly one on one mentoring with student ministry staff
2.Monthly meetings with a different department each month
Experience
1.Responsibility for specific areas of ministry including but not limited to:
a. Campus ministry
b. Team chaplain
c. Campus ministry teams
d. Event planning and leadership
2. Lead Bible studies and Sunday School classes
Future Ministry Planning
1.Create a plan to train volunteer workers
2.Create a strategic curriculum map
3.Develop a philosophy of ministry
4.Understand missional vs attractional evangelism

If you have questions, please email Matt at matt.lawson@fbcw.net. Internship pays $500 per month plus a host home.

Download the Intern Information and Application Packet

 

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Healthy ministries have healthy leadership teams. Healthy leadership teams don’t just happen, they’re equipped and empowered.

6 Ways to Add Value to Leadership Meetings

In our context, we facilitate equipping and empowering primarily through monthly leadership meetings (except June and December).

When we recruit leaders we tell them that leadership meeting is the most important thing we do every month (outside of our small group time). We’ve learned that leaders will place importance on this time if, and only if, the meetings have value. It’s been a learning process for us in facilitating an hour and a half every month that adds value. I’m the first to admit that I’ve hosted quite a few meetings that were not worth my leader’s time!

This past year, however, (2011-12) we averaged 79% of classes attending our meetings. Our goal is 80%. That’s a significant improvement over years past. We’re happy with the progress. Here’s a few things we’ve done this year that we believe have helped add value to our leader’s time and ministry and increased our attendance.

1. Set up a collaborative learning environment
Our most effective meetings (based on feedback from leaders) typically happens when more than just the person training (typically me) has a chance to speak into the learning process. Because of that, we set up our meeting space with round tables. We place our leaders at tables with small group leaders who teach in the same grade and gender.

2. Allow time for leaders to get to know each other
We do this at the beginning so they are already inclined to talk when we get into our training time.

3. Use background music to encourage conversation
When we throw discussion questions to the tables, we’ve found that a little background noise helps facilitate conversation. I think it helps leaders not feel like they are being overheard at another table or maybe it just helps drown out the next tables discussion.

4. Have a clear learning destination
Our training always focuses on one of three general topics…process, purpose, or proficiency. Leaders should walk away with at least one specific application for their ministry area. For our most recent meeting, we had two destinations…(1) Establishing a small group routine and (2) What to do in the 1st 30 days with my group.

5. Cast vision
Vision is more attractive than need. Vision motivates the journey. While a leader may have come to your ministry because of your need, they will stick because of your vision.

6. Celebrate the activity of God
Student ministry is a messy, difficult calling. Telling the stories of God’s activity helps leaders remember why we came here in the first place.

Why do you think leadership meetings have difficulty gaining traction?

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Fresh thoughts right after hosting a summer bible study at our house last night.

15 things every youth leaders house needs

  1. FOOD
  2. HOSPITALITY
  3. PAPER PRODUCTS
  4. STAIN REMOVER
  5. TRUST
  6. CONFIDENTIALITY
  7. MORE FOOD
  8. COMFORTABLE SEATING
  9. LAUGHTER
  10. GOOD QUESTIONS
  11. HARD QUESTIONS
  12. INTERNET
  13. VIDEO GAMES
  14. SAFETY
  15. HIGH FIVES

 

What other one word(s) should describe how youth leaders can demonstrate hospitality, generosity, and care in their homes?

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We’ve sent out 11 international mission trips for our high school students in the last five years with over 500 students participating. Were asked often how we do training for our trips. We start the process in October and will meet once a month, except for February and March, when we meet twice. Our process is in need of fine tuning every year, but here is how we typically coordinate our meetings:

October Meeting – 1 hour
This is our informational/commitment meeting. If not already full, the trips will fill to capacity on this day. Students must bring their application, $100 non-refundable deposit, and a copy of their insurance card. Our team leader will go over a packet of information specific to that trip which will cover all of the necessary and general info about the trip, including dates, partner missionaries, country information, type of ministry, financial info, training dates, flight info, etc.

November Meeting – 2 hours
This is typically our first training date. At minimum, evangelism/testimony training begins this month. We use Campus Crusades testimony training, and Way of the Master training series as well the evangecube for trips to south america. Sign ups for other ministry opportunities will also happen. Students will also be trained in mission trip fundraising letter writing (our method for funding our trips). Letters are expected to be mailed before the next meeting.

December Meeting -2 hours
Ministry training continues. Students are trainined in evangelism, begin to learn dramas, start to organize VBS, if appropriate, and the music team begins to practice.

January Meeting – 2 hours
Ministry training continues as above.

February Meeting #1 – 3 hours
Ministry training continues. Culture training is introduced.

February Meeting #2 – 3 hours
Ministry training continues. Culture training is continued. If possible, we try to allow our students to hear from missionaries. Students will likely get the first of many “tentative” daily schedules.

March Meeting #1 – 3 hours
Ministry training is being finalized. Culture training is continued. More specific details about the trip are given out.

March Meeting #2 – 3 hours
This is our parent meeting. Ministry training is finalized. Dramas, music, and other ministry opportunities are performed for the first time for the parents. The team leader will go over a parent packet of information similar to the initial meeting. Travel day procedures, emergency contact info, daily blog, and packing instructions are given out at this meeting.

Prayer is incorporated into all of the trainings. If needed, additional trainings are scheduled for March.

Feel free to check out the resources page for mission trip materials we use to help plan our trips.