What I saw this weekend was incredible!
I spoke at a youth ministry this past weekend. This particular group has been without a youth pastor for 5 months. Yet when I was there the group was not just surviving, I would say they were thriving.
How could a group thrive with no youth pastor for so long?
Leadership! To be more specific, the volunteer leadership was amazing. I saw 6 or 7 different people leading the different aspects of the night. The former youth pastor did a fantastic job of not building the youth ministry around him but around the team.
So here are 3 ways that you can build a great team.
1. Give It Away
When a new president is voted in they meet with all of the former presidents to get advice. When Obama was voted in one thing that Clinton said to him was, “Only do the jobs that nobody but the president can do”.
You are probably doing things that you do not have to be doing. Give away jobs and responsibilities. No volunteer leader can grow and be stretched if they have nothing meaningful to do.
- lead worship
- train student band members
- pick small group material
- plan events
- shape youth nights
The key is you have to give it away.
2. It Must Be A Win
Do not set up a team member to fail. That is the quickest way to kill moral and lose volunteers. You must become a master at discernment.
What are their gifting, temperament and passions. You have to find them a place where they can fulfill all of those things.
When you do this you have a win.
3. Follow-up, Teach, Inspire, Repeat
After one of your volunteers preaches or plans an event you need to follow-up with them that week to see what they thought and learned.
There also needs to be regular teaching and training. This can be done formally by you or someone else. But it also needs to be done informally when teachable moments present themselves.
You also have to be the biggest cheerleader. Your job is to be constantly inspiring your team.
Then you repeat. It never ends until you leave.
This is my guarantee,
If you follow these 3 steps you will have a team that far outlasts you. And that is the healthiest thing you could do for your youth ministry.