Starting anything - especially a ministry from scratch - can be a challenging and almost overwhelming task. Having made the journey of really starting two student ministries from scratch here are a few principles that I have found transferable no matter the size of your church or culture of your town.
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Long before I attended bible college, or even before I was called into ministry, I was a high school student that was given the opportunity to serve as a student leader. It was during those years and through those experiences that I fell in love with youth ministry. When I look back on that time serving in my youth group, I can see how that responsibility, along with the trust and guidance of my youth pastors, developed and molded the person I am today. Now as a youth pastor myself, I've chosen to lead and nurture my students using a similar template.
A lot of people grow up dreaming to be a rock star. These days, the term “rockstar” is applied to much more than it was in the days of eighties bands. Now, athletes can be rock stars, movie stars can be rock stars, computer and software designers can be rock stars. The rock star life can be emulated.
I found myself sitting in a leadership discussion surrounding the topic of managing volunteer leaders.
Inevitably, the “elephant” in the room decided to plop down and make himself known into the conversation.
“How do we recruit leaders?”
If you are in youth ministry, you’ve probably heard that question. It may have come from a tattle-telling teenager, a concerned parent or a critical church member. In each case, the assumption is this: Making teenagers get along is part of your job. I disagree.
Rob McClure shares his advice to youth pastors and leaders of what he has learned throughout his ministry.