One area of focus in our student ministry this year is developing our student leadership team. Last year, we suffered because we did not do this, and it showed. We did not have much leadership for the students. This year, I truly believe that the sky is the limit to what God can do in and through our youth ministry due to the development of our student leaders. I want them to know these five things:
- Student Leaders Can Influence– Leadership is influence. Students can influence other students much more effectively than I can influence students. Student listens to other students, and it is important for student leaders to recognize the amount of influence that they can have on other students.
- Student Leaders Can Lead– Many students do not feel that they can lead or take ownership of the student ministry until they are an adult. This is an incorrect thinking. Students can and should take ownership NOW of their ministry. They can lead in every area of the youth ministry if they recognize and understand that they can lead.
- Student Leaders can Grow– Every student leader should be growing. This is where your effectiveness will begin. A student leader must be actively growing in their personal life in order to bring other students to that area of growth. Student leaders can grow just like adults can.
- Student Leaders can Change– The youth ministry and city can changed through solid student leaders. Most major revivals of the past have been started through students. They can change the church, they can change the city, and they can ultimately change the world.
- Student Leaders can Connect– It is important to sharpen one another. Student leaders as they actively influence others and grow in their personal lives should over time sharpen one another. They should be comfortable with one another to sharpen each other to become more like Jesus over time. These connections and relationships are important to the growth of the student leadership team.