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I have a huge passion for discipleship and would love to chat if the position is still available!
I am looking for God's leading in a position that engages people (youth, families, parents, grandparents) in discipleship. I am burdened that 70% of our teens will leave the church when they graduate. I believe a firm grounding in discipleship, where they are taught to own their faith can stem the tide. My prayer is to find a church that has a similar vision that wants to change those statistics.
I love working with students and seeing them take a step toward owning their faith in Christ. My wife and I have been involved in student ministry for 10+ years.
God radically changed my life by calling me to himself at the young age of 7 years old. I am incredibly blessed to have been walking with the Lord for such a long time, I can pinpoint so many moments over the course of those 14 years that he has sanctified me and showed me more of himself. However, as I grew up I lacked having someone to walk alongside me in those moments. I was a girl that was hungry to know God’s word, but with no one to teach her how to study it with her heart, soul, and mind. I was a girl who was broken-hearted for her lost friends but had no one to walk with her through gospel conversations. I was facing the same struggles with confidence and identity that most middle school and high school girls faced with no one sharing with me the riches of God’s promises that would bring so much clarity in that time of confusion. I loved the Lord with all that I had but had very few people, and even fewer women, in my life that were investing in me and walking with me to show me a life of holiness that I could imitate.
It was for this reason that as I grew up and as I was plugged into Summit College through The Summit Church that I not only began to see what genuine discipleship looked like but felt an increasing burden for the girls at my home church to see it as well. As I have worked with Summit College over the course of my time at NC State I began to form relationships with other mature believers in Christ. It was in those relationships that I learned what it looked like to have honest conversations about sin, how to encourage people in their gifts, and the joy of living in community with brothers and sisters. I have been in weekly bible studies with them, led weekly bible studies, attended many meetings and sessions to equip me as a leader, and through all of it, all I could think about was how much I wanted my girls at home to have the same things. It was around this same time that Chris Parker invited me to take a position at that church as a Youth Ministry Intern for the summer, and I quickly accepted. At the time, I was a political science major who had intentions of going to law school one day but was excited for the chance to disciple the girls in the youth ministry for the summer. As I spent the summer teaching the importance of biblical literacy and encouraging girls to dig deep into their bibles, planning community-wide worship nights, and simply doing life with the girls in our youth group I had almost an uneasy feeling. I loved every second of that summer, not because it was easy or because everything always went according to plan but because I had the sense that I was doing what I was created to do, but I was still clinging tightly to the plans I had made for myself. Pursuing ministry seemed scary and unknown, even though so many were encouraging me by pointing out the gifts I had for teaching and discipling. Chris was incredibly gracious with me as he saw how the Lord was molding me and pushing me to be obedient. Chris equipped me as a leader by teaching me through books like “What’s Best Next?”, encouraging me in ways that I could grow, calling out the things I did well, and genuinely living a life I could imitate. He was constantly asking me questions about why I had the goals that I had and what my motivations were, and encouraging me to be rooted in scripture knowing I couldn’t ministry on my own. He taught me dependence on the Lord above all, but at the time I was still struggling to fully understand those things.
However, the Lord radically changed this one day as I began to teach our students from Exodus 3. I read the passage to them and began to talk about how terrified Moses must have been, how he kept asking God why on Earth God would call him to such a weighty task that he felt so ill-equipped for. I told them that God’s answer was clear, God was not asking Moses to trust in Moses’s abilities but to trust that God is I Am whose purposes could not be thwarted and whose power is limitless. In the same way, God is not asking us to have everything figured out, to be completely prepared, or to know all of the right things to say, he is just asking for us to be obedient. As I said those words, I was struck. God had illuminated his holy word in such a way that it felt undeniably clear. God was asking for my obedience, he wasn’t asking me to choose the option that I thought was safest or that I felt made the most sense, he was asking me to trust in the gifts he had given me and was making it all the more abundantly clear as I suddenly saw him more clearly as the glorious I Am by teaching it to someone else. It was then that I surrendered all of my plans into his hands, feeling confident that it was because he was calling me to use my gifts, my experiences, and my weaknesses to make much of him to the young women so much life myself.
As I finish my last year of college, I have begun fervently asking God what my next steps should be. Not in such a way that I am seeking for him to reveal a certain position, but that I am asking him to give me wisdom and clarity as to what career choice will cause me to love him more and make him know. I am asking him to show me what will produce more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in myself while also living out Matthew 9:36-38. As I have looked to God’s word and asked him in prayer, I firmly believe that to have the privilege of discipling the young women of Parkwood Baptist Church would be the answer to those questions. I earnestly want to walk alongside those young women so that they know they are precious image-bearers whom God has intentionally created to glorify him in all of their gifts and in all that they do. I want them each to know the good news that God would become flesh, live the perfect life they could not live, die the gruesome and heart-wrenching death they deserved, and rise from the grave defeating death and shame so that they might live as firstborns and citizens of Heaven. I want no girl to feel alone in her walk with Christ because they were never created to follow Him alone. I want to use all that I have for the glory of God, and I believe being a Student Disciple-Making Associate would allow me to do that.
I have a deep desire and calling to disciple students to follow Jesus Christ.
I trusted the Lord early in life but really began to build our relationship starting in 6th grade and all through high school. As I underwent family trauma my youth pastor and his wife were crucial in helping me navigate questions and understand the bible in a deep and meaningful way. I have always been gifted in shepherding and discipling women. I love working with youth and teens as they navigate the hard years of preparing for independence from family traditions and religion. I truly belive the first 12 years for a child are critical for family discipleship and years 12 - 18 are about building on top of that foundation so a person has a shelter from all the world will throw at their faith in their adult years. These are critical years for teaching our children how to let others into their faith journey as well as helping them learn discernment and spirit-led discision making.
When I think about stepping into the role of disciple maker for these students my heart swells with the idea of one-on-one lunchs, going to games and theater productions. Opening up our home and living out the gospel in the everyday while inviting them along for the ride. I love the quiet task of writing notes of encouragement and delivering brownies to the sick. Caring for these women in practical and spiritual ways with a steady and devoted presence walking with them and their families as they grow in their faith.
Good day Parkwood Baptist Church Search Committee! My name is Chad Smith and I am extremely interested and hopeful to start the process to possibly becoming the Student Disciple Making Male Leader for Parkwood Baptist Church. I have been in prayerful consideration for months now, seeking the Lord's guidance and direction as to what He would have me do career wise. Through these prayerful and fast filled months I feel like God is calling, not only myself, but my family back to the southeast in pursuit of full time ministry. My heart is for growing peoples hearts and minds for the Gospel. What better opportunity to impact a persons faith with the Gospel than when they are in Middle School and High School. Ever since I have been called to the Ministry, I have been driven to educate and build up young adults for the whole Gospel of Christ. I see youth today in a very critical and confusing time with many social issues coming from secular institutions and post modern thought driving the way. So pointing young believers (or non-believers) to the truth, hope, and joy that only comes from Christ would be a blessing for me. As well as keeping me young! (I'm 30). Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing back from you. In all things, Christ.
|Kayla Alexis Hathaway|
I have felt the Lord calling me into Student Ministries since 2015. The greatest passion of my life is showing students from sixth grade through 12th grade the gospel act it out every day. I have been leading student ministries for seven years. I have been an intern and I have held a position of leadership at my church, I've taken students on mission trips, I have mentored numerous female students and have learned so much about the heart of a true servant. I would love to talk to you more about my heart for student ministry, how I got into it, and how I could fit into your ministry!
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Disciple-making is VITAL for not only reaching the next generation but to lead the next generation of Christians to live out their salvation through sanctification. I am thrilled to hear of a church who is seeking out leadership of a male and female to lead this endeavor in a church. It would be an honor and a privilege for me to talk with you more about this ministry. Thank you!!
I am very interested in this position! I have been looking for a place to plug in and serve. I have felt God's calling on my life to work with youth and children since the age of 13. While I lack theological education, I do have experience in ministry. Since 2018, I have been involved in camp ministry. I have taught Bible study and been in a leadership role. I am adaptable and dependable and I value relationships. I believe this position would stretch me and challenge me but also grow me in ways I could never imagine. I appreciate the consideration!
Feb 2, 2006 at a 180 Weekend retreat, I met Jesus for the first time. At just 15 years old my eyes were opened to this Abba Father God who loved me and actually wanted me. Since then, I have been chasing hard after him in all that I do. I have worked for several organizations and held many different ministry positions all with the central " life theme" being; "To be who I needed when I was younger."
Hello, my name is Jason Gilbert. I’m 33 years old married to my wife Madison, and together we have a two year old son, Bryer. I was born and raised in Gaston County and have resided in Mount Holly since Madison and I got married in 2014. I accepted a student pastor role in 2014 and immediately fell in love with student ministry. I have a passion for students that continues to grow every day. Not only do I enjoy being around students, but my ultimate desire is for them to have a relationship with Jesus. Jesus has changed my life in many ways for the better and the love I know Jesus has for us, I strive for students to gain, not a church, or a religion but as a Savior. My interest in this position is students hearts. I want to see students grow and pursue a relationship with their Creator. Gaston county is my home, and I would love to be a part of a team that serves this area. I have browsed Parkwood’s website and spoken with others about the church. I hear wonderful compliments about the Church and Pastor Jeff Long, and believe Parkwood would be a great place to serve. Thank you in advance for taking the time to review my resume, and I hope to speak with you soon.
Disciple making is a passion and calling of mine. Discipling students help prepare them for the world with habits and practices to keep growing their faith. It is essential for students to have this skill when they go out into the world. I have been privileged to be apart of discipling relationships that saw the students grow in the daily habits of walking with Christ. I love the investment that Parkwood Baptist Church is putting into discipleship making and I would love to be apart of it.
I am called by God to disciple His followers through the preaching of the word and intentional discipleship. I desire the opportunity to answer my calling within a local church, overseen by an experienced pastor, so I may be as faithful to that calling as I possibly can be.
Soli Deo Gloria,
I feel that I would make a great addition to your team as I have work with middle and high school teens both in the nonprofit world and I’m ministry. My gifts include developing youth leaders, recruiting, training and leading volunteer teams, administration and assimilation. All with the goal of living on mission for Jesus.
I have a heart to see young people develop in the word of God and engage in work in the community. I've served as Youth Minister for the Mount Sinai World Outreach Ministry in Spartanburg SC and the Mike's Creek Baptist Church in Gaffney SC. If given the opportunity to share with the young people I will share my experience with them, and give them all that the Lord will have me to give unto them.
Thank you and may God continue to bless you all.
Rev. Katina Posey
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