Coming into a new ministry, it can be tough to assemble a team to work alongside you in youth ministry. However, it is vital to the health of the ministry, no matter the size. Larger youth groups struggle with discipleship without proper staffing, and smaller groups can struggle with utilization of various gifts (example: if youth pastor has gift of teaching, evangelism may be lost – pardon the pun)
Here are some simple tips to help you assemble your youth group leadership team:
1. Interview Candidates – It is important to distinguish the real deals with the “gone in 60 seconds”. First and foremost, find out the spiritual condition of the candidate. It is best to use applications prior to interviews. Have the ministry requirements/responsibilities at the bottom of the application, which leads me to my next point…
2. Determine Responsibilities – Without proper organization, you as the youth pastor or youth leader will still be doing all the work. Give them detailed responsibility and TRUST them with it!
3. Discover Spiritual Gifts – Find out where the spiritual gifts are in your leadership team and USE THEM! Remember what I Corinthians 12 (go ahead, look it up, i did too)…we are better together as a body! Let your evangelists run the evangelistic events, let the service peeps be your service coordinators.
4. Establish Boundaries – “Must be out of high school at least 2 years” is a good one. First off, remember yourself at age 19. Second, this will prohibit your seniors from coming to the senior party for the next 8 years straight.
5. Spread the Wealth – Don’t allow your leadership team to be ministry hogs. They need to be fed too! So don’t use your “MVP” for events, small groups, teaching, and washing your car. Allow your leaders to be placed where their gifts thrive, then let them loose in the others areas where other leaders can shine! Again, I Corinthians 12 (you can look it up again).
6. Plan Regular Meetings – Use these meetings not to discuss how much you hate teenagers. Use the meetings to equip your leaders! Start the meeting with devotional, provide tools to be relevant, and discuss areas of improvement. Then talk about the 1,278 events you have in the next two weeks. Ouch, that one hurt.
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