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THERE IS TOO MUCH AT STAKE

BAD HIRES COST YOUR CHURCH MONEY, TIME, EMOTIONAL STRESS, AND YOUR YOUTH MINISTRY PAYS THE PRICE!

LET US WORK WITH YOU TO FIND AND HIRE THE RIGHT FIT

WE HELP HEALTHY CHURCHES FIND HEALTHY LEADERS, AND HEALTHY LEADERS FIND HEALTHY CHURCHES

WHY GO WITH LEADSTAFFING

WE ARE YOUTH MINISTRY EXPERTS

Our passion is youth ministry! We have 167 years of combined youth ministry experience on our team, and we have seen the impact that a healthy youth ministry can have on students, their families, youth leaders, and the entire life of a church.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO FINDING YOU THE RIGHT FIT

Finding the right fit is crucial. Our comprehensive system will allow you to minimize your risk and hire the right fit long term. As youth ministry specialists, we'll get to know you and your church culture to target, identify, and vet the right candidate for you.

WE COACH HEALTHY LEADERS

Coaching is at the core of what we do. Beyond helping you find the right fit, we want to set you and your new youth worker up to lead a healthy life, family, and ministry long-term. This is why every candidate that gets hired goes through our 100 day coaching plan, called LEADSTART, at no additional cost. After their completion of LEADSTART, we connect every youth worker with a Lead222 coach that will help them continue to grow and develop both their character and ministry skills. We’re in this with you for the long-haul, not just until we fill a position!

WE AREN’T IN THIS FOR THE MONEY

As a non-profit, para-church ministry with a passion for youth ministry, we’re not in this for the money. We do this because we love the local church and we want to see generational impact as the result of a youth worker leading a healthy life, family, and ministry. As a result our pricing is a flat fee but on a price scale depending on your church size.

LEADSTART 100 Day

Every leader knows the importance of getting off to a good start. This is especially true in youth ministry. Lead222 President Bo Boshers and Dave Choutka Director of LEADSTAFFING and Coaching have written a playbook “LEADSTART 100 DAY” to help youth workers focus on the right priorities in their first 100 days to build a strong and healthy leader. This Playbook along with their personal coaching will help any youth worker whether you are a veteran, or this is your first year in ministry. Every lesson is written from years of experience to know what the right priorities are and how to implement them. This affordable and practical coaching is a training every church should provide for their youth worker.

There is a time when every youth worker needs to re-evaluate and strategically plan where they can improve their ministry. Regardless of years of experience or size of ministry, this is a great resource to help reach more students for Christ and build a strong ministry team.

LEADSTART 100 DAY training and coaching is what every youth worker needs to start their new ministry position to ensure an effective strong foundation to have a healthy youth ministry.

In LEADSTART 100 DAY you will receive

  • 8 sessions over Zoom meeting every 2 weeks
  • A LEAD222 Certified Trainer with years of youth ministry experience
  • A LEADSTART PLAYBOOK
  • We cover topics like: Spiritual Rhythms, Time Management, Building Healthy Teams, Leading Up, Growing The Ministry, and more.

PRICING

  • LEADSTART 100 DAY coaching is $500 and is an incredible investment into your youth worker so he/she can lead a healthy life, family, and ministry!
  • LEADSTART 100 DAY coaching is included in all LEADSTAFFING job placements.

Let's Get Started

LEADSTART TRAINERS

Dave Choutka

Dave Choutka

Dave has served in the local church for the last 20 years. He led youth ministries in both small and large churches for 12 years before jumping into the campus pastor role for the last 8 years. He has also served in various leadership roles within churches, organizations, and non-profits in Ohio, Indiana, and Colorado. Dave owned and operated a youth ministry curriculum company for 10 years and has been a part of the Lead222 community as a coach for the past 12 years. He is passionate about healthy churches and healthy courageous leaders. He also wants to help leaders grow spiritually healthy so they can lead well in their homes, community, and in their ministry. Dave and his wife Dawn have been married for 20 years and have three awesome kids.

Nathan Branam

Nathan Branam

Nathan has a passion for the local church and has served in many capacities over the last 18 years in vocational ministry. He has led youth ministries in small, medium-sized, large, and large multi-site churches before becoming an executive leader in a large multi-site church. Nathan loves coaching and developing leaders, creating healthy environments for people to grow and thrive, and helping the church reach and disciple the next generation. These passions make it a natural fit for Nathan to join Lead222 in their mission to develop healthy lives, families, and ministries. Beyond his professional passions, Nathan is most passionate about Jesus and his family. He has had the opportunity to follow Jesus through the peaks and valleys of life for nearly 30 years and has an unwavering faith in Him no matter the season. Nathan and his wife, Erica, have been married for 19 years and have four kids: Isaiah, Grace, Eva, and Lula. In his downtime, he can be found hanging out with his family, working out, biking, listening to a podcast or audiobook, or watching football.

Dianne DeKoning

Dianne DeKoning

Dianne has served in ministry for over 22 years in various sized churches and 18+ years leading and pastoring in student ministry. Her passion is helping people be the best version of who God created them to be, especially those in student ministry. Through mentoring, coaching, speaking and pastoral care, Dianne finds the greatest joy watching students, volunteers, parents and the staff people who lead them live into their God-given gifts. Watching faith take off in the heart and mind of a student will always be a highlight. Currently, Dianne serves in a non-profit organization her church started and volunteers with local teenagers on Tuesday nights. Dianne has been a part of LEAD222 for 3 years as a coach. She is married to Andrew, and together they are raising three young, vivacious children. Besides loving Jesus, she also loves coffee, pizza, flowers and making room at the table for one more.
Matt Swigart

Matt Swigart

Matt Swigart has served in youth, young adult and family ministry since 2001 years. For 12 of those years he was one of the pastors of New Life Church of Woodbury, MN where he focused on student ministry, was the lead shepherd for their Saturday night service, served as an elder, led short-term mission trips in Honduras, Panama, Ukraine, New York City, Houston and Tampa. His love for the local church as the bride of Christ continues to play out through his ministry now with LEAD222. Matt's personal legacy statement is To be a Warrior for Christ who passionately leads my family, who genuinely and unconditionally loves people and who develops leaders to go far beyond anything I ever could. Since August of 2014 Matt has been serving with LEAD222. His prayer is to be positioned for maximum influence for God's Kingdom and to bear fruit through intentional life-on-life mentoring and coaching of youth pastors. This is all designed to help youth pastors, youth ministries and churches as a whole be all that they are called by God to be. Through Coaching youth pastors, leading local monthly Gatherings (training/networking combo events), leading the annual training for all of LEAD222’s Coaches and leading mission trips all over North America Matt he seeing those prayers answered!

Testimonials

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BRENDAN KRISMER

Executive Pastor

Prescott Christian Church, Prescott, AZ

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ZACH MATCHETT

Northview Students and 5th & 6th Grade Pastor

Northview Church - Carmel, IN

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MICHEAL SIMMERMAN

Senior Pastor
Bethel Church, Owatonna, MN

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SHAWN HULST

Lead Pastor
Fellowship Reformed Church, Hudsonville, MI

Michael Simmerman

We are so thankful for the help Dave and Lead222 provided in our search for a Youth and Online Engagement Pastor. Dave took the time to get to know our context of ministry and exactly the kind of guy we were looking for. He then found a number of candidates that we were able to evaluate – and within 4 months we had the position filled! I would highly recommend going with Lead222 if you are looking to fill a Youth Pastor position in todays market – they are well connected and found a great fit for us!

Michael Simmerman
Senior Pastor
Bethel Church, Owatonna, MN

Jenny A.

Lead222 Youth Ministry Staffing not only helped me find a healthy church where I feel confident jumping into leading a ministry, but they've continued to walk alongside me as I've gotten started. This team won't place you somewhere and just hope it works out, they will continue equipping, challenging, and cheering you on every step of the way during the transition!

Jenny A.
Youth Pastor Candidate

Brendan Krismer

Overall, our experience with Lead222 Youth Ministry Staffing was wonderful. Dave took the time to really understand the needs and vision and culture of our church so that he could recognize candidates that could help us fulfill that vision while being a good fit for our team. He sent over two great candidates, one of whom was hired within 60 days of signing our contract. Daves communication was excellent, and it was refreshing to know he genuinely cared about the outcome of our student ministry. After vetting over 35 candidates on my own, I truly couldn’t be happier with the achieved outcome through Lead222 Staffing.

Brendan Krismer
Executive Pastor
Prescott Christian Church, Prescott, AZ

Larry G.

Dave Choutka has become an amazing mentor in the last few months. He offered to step in and guide me through my job search and played a very vital role in the process. From reading through job descriptions with me, to giving me advice on what to aim for when it came to my desired salary. Beyond that, Dave was consistently checking in and praying for me through the process and continues to check in with me to this day. It is a privilege and blessing to have Dave in my corner.

Larry G.
Youth Pastor Candidate

Jeff Frazier

Anytime you have to hire someone from outside of your organization it is a risk. There’s just no substitute for knowing someone’s character & competence first hand. As a leader if I don’t know the individual personally, the next best thing is to have someone I know and trust who does know them. And there is nobody I trust more in evaluating and developing leaders than the folks at LEAD222!

Jeff Frazier
Lead Pastor
Chapel Street Church, Geneva, IL

Adam W.

It gives me great pleasure to refer Dave Choutka, Director of Youth Ministry Staffing and Coaching at LEAD222. Dave is truly outstanding in professionalism and personal care. He is one of the few staffing representatives that has genuine concern for you, the client, and your family. He is organized, intentional and exhibits positivity in relationships. What I really appreciated was the time he took to get to know my story and all of my qualities and qualifications. The topics discussed was not only about the business at hand but also the person. Dave is one of the very best Staffing/Coaching I have worked with.

Adam W.
Youth Pastor Candidate

Ronnie Rothe

93% of every person who puts their faith in Jesus, does so before the age of 18. That’s why Student Ministry must be done successfully. However, great leaders are the hope of great Student Ministries. Finding and equipping great Student Ministries is extraordinarily hard. That’s why I love LEAD222. They have a proven track record in identifying and equipping healthy leaders. If you’re looking to hire a new leader, or want your current Student Ministry Leader to be better equipped, LEAD222 is the organization that can help you. There’s too much at stake when it comes to students. LEAD222 knows that, and can help you become a church where students are reached for Jesus, and transformed by Jesus.

Ronnie Rothe
Lead Pastor
Relevant Community Church

Troy A. Murphy

In our current culture of church growth, development and staffing it is necessary to have an experienced voice helping us as Lead Pastors to navigate the ever-changing world of youth ministry. I can think of no better organization than Lead 222 for insight and best practices in this area. I have personally accessed them for staffing, direction and will continue to use them in the future.

Troy A. Murphy
Lead Pastor
Green Bay Community Church

Brad Flurry

In a church where family ministry is the main effort, we depend on a strong and well-lead Student Ministry team. As our ministry has grown, Lead 222 has not only helped identify current members of our team, they have partnered with us in the coaching and leadership development of this team. Bottom line - their understanding of student ministry and leadership development is unmatched.

Brad Flurry
Executive Pastor of Ministry
Kingsland Baptist Church

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