I was put on this earth to guide, encourage, and counsel others. I have fulfilled that calling as the High School Ministry Director at Sunnybrook Community Church for over four years, but believe it is time to move on to a new assignment in life. I would love to serve your organization by using my gifts!
My role summed up in a sentence is to lead high school students and adult volunteers into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. During my time overseeing this ministry we grew from averaging 60 high school students per week during my first school year to averaging 130 high school students per week this school year. However, that is not what I am most proud of. What makes me truly proud is the character and quality of the students and adult leaders this ministry has produced. Many of these students and adults I now consider family. I have counseled teens through addictions, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, and break-ups. I have witnessed teens go from zero confidence in themselves as freshmen to standing tall in the Lord as high school graduates. I have worked alongside adult leaders to build their competency and confidence in leadership. Adults have been able to explore and grow in their leadership gifts within this ministry, and it has been awe inspiring. I have loved working in my role at Sunnybrook Church, but I believe this season has come to an end. I feel God is calling me elsewhere.
Here is a practical list of my responsibilities and duties:
· Structure the weekly worship service for the teenagers of the church.
· Recruit 35+ adult volunteers to lead small groups of teens throughout the school year.
· Work with the adult volunteers to equip and empower them for ministry.
· Lead a weekly volunteer leader meeting with 35+ adults, preparing them for the night of ministry.
· Prepare and deliver a weekly sermon every Wednesday night.
· Prepare curriculum for the adult volunteers to discuss with their small group of high school students after the sermon each week.
· Plan and execute three service nights during the school year. On these nights, students complete projects within the community to serve different people and groups. We serve all sorts of groups and organizations from local law enforcement to the downtown homeless shelter.
· Work with the Family Ministry Team at Sunnybrook to make sure all of our programming is done with excellence and meets the standards of the church at large.
· Plan and lead a mission trip every summer with students and adult leaders.
· Regularly take adult volunteers out to coffee and lunch. These 1-on-1 meetings serve to build deep relationships within the ministry.
· Meet weekly with a group of hand selected student leaders. This group consists of 15 students that meet at my home once a week.
· Plan and lead an adult leader retreat once a year. I created this initiative, as it did not exist before I became the leader of the ministry. I saw the potential benefits of a weekend retreat for leaders, planned it out, and executed the plan. The leaders all said it was one of the best experiences of their lives!
*I also did many other jobs within the church that do not fall under this role. I managed Sunday morning volunteer scheduling, which consisted of 150+ adults. I planned and executed the Sunnybrook Missions Golf Outing the last three years. I am also entrusted to lock and arm the church every night.
I worked one recruitment season as an admissions counselor at Morningside. I worked alongside a team of admissions counselors to recruit high school seniors to Morningside College. I recruited the Central Iowa territory and absolutely loved it. I made lots of great relationships with students and parents, and had a very strong year of recruitment. Ultimately, I was offered a position at Sunnybrook towards the end of my first year at Morningside, which I eventually accepted. This cut my time at Morningside very short. I was not looking to leave Morningside, as I was very fulfilled as an employee. It was a difficult decision to leave, but one that I felt I had to make.
Maintaining and growing an account list of advertisers in the Siouxland area. Every month, I was assigned a sales budget that I was expected to attain on our six radio stations. I routinely made sales budget requirements each month. During my best month at Powell Broadcasting, I finished the month selling 117% of my budget requirement.
After succeeding in my first year in the business, I was assigned a sales territory outside of Sioux City. My territory was Sloan, Onawa, Mapleton, Danberry, Smithland, Anthon, and the remainder of surrounding areas. I added over 30 regular advertising accounts from that area, many of which are still advertising on Powell stations to this day!
During my time at Powell, I helped grow the following businesses through radio advertising: Sioux City Bandits, Sioux City Explorers, McCarthy & Bailey's, SoHo Kitchen and Bar, Blackbird Bend Casino, RE Scott Company, Kalin's Indoor Comfort, Farrell's Heating and Air Conditioning, Sunrise Retirement Community, Whispering Creek Active Retirement, Rooster's Harley Davidson, and many others.
Working in outside sales humbled me and grew me in ways I am very thankful for.
My time at Morningside College was a roller coaster. Academically, I started off as a great student, went through some tough times during my middle years, and finished strong in my 5th year. I played on the golf team my Freshman and Sophomore years. I was the treasurer of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and sports director of the radio station, KMSC, my senior year. I was also in a few plays during my college career. Without my experience at Morningside, I wouldn't be the man, professionally or otherwise, that I am today. I owe so much to this institution!
I love to golf, read, travel with my wife, laugh, play legos with my daughter, go on walks with my family, go to movies, watch Netflix, laugh, converse with people over hot coffee, get to know people deeply, laugh... wait, did I already say that?... And live every day as if it's my last!
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