I’m always surprised when I talk to a youth leader who has no student leadership team. Think of Jesus, just hanging with the crowds, and not investing in the disciples.
But, what’s worse than not having any student leaders, is having the wrong ones!
The right student leaders are essential for effective Gospel Advancing, disciple multiplying ministry in any youth group. With the best brand of student leaders you have Spartan soldiers helping you win the battle for the next generation. Without them you are alone in the war zone.
Here are 3 reasons you need to take the time to build a highly effective student leadership team:
1. The right student leaders raise the bar.
In 1 Timothy 4:12 Paul reminds his younger protege Timothy, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” The right brand of student leaders “set an example for the believers” on every level. So don’t just choose teenagers who are willing to show up. Choose leaders who are willing to rise up to be all God calls them to be.
Who you choose someone as a student leader you communicate a clear message to the rest of your teenagers, “This is how I define a student who is on fire for Christ and leading the way. This is what a spiritual leader looks like.” So choose student leaders (and adult leaders for that matter) you want your other teenagers to become like.
2. The right student leaders create the atmosphere.
In the July 26th, 2011 edition of Science Magazine, The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute revealed the results of a massive research project. They discovered that if you can get 10% of any population 100% committed to a vision or a set of values they will inevitably influence the other 90%. They called the 10% “true believers.”
How does this apply to your youth ministry? If you can find the right “10%ers” to go 100% in when it comes to loving God and others, they will become the thermostat for the rest of the youth group.
On-fire teenagers heat up the atmosphere in the youth room. Like John Wesley used to say, “When I preach I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.” When this brand of student leader walks into the youth room they come in ablaze for God. Other teenagers in your youth ministry, not only watch them burn, they often catch on fire too!
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Greg Stier