www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com      Youth Ideas - 17       Places to Find         Potential      Leaders for Your       Youth ...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com     Every church needs a team of     people to work with the youth     minister / youth pastor ...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    Youth Pastors Need to Build a Youth    Ministry Team    Building up a committed team of lead...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    Here are just a few of the benefits of    building a youth ministry team:    Communication  ...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    Care    It’s much easier for a group of people    to attend to the varied and    sometimes o...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    So how can you get started building a    youth ministry team?    In the book, “Good to Great...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    Here are 17 places to find potential    youth leaders for your youth ministry    team.    1....
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com     2. Committed Church Members     Ask currently active Bible Study or     Sunday school membe...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com     3. Ask for Recommendations     Ask the current youth leaders to     recommend Potential Lea...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    Ask Sunday school members (Or Bible    Study Leaders) to recommend    potential leaders. The...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    4. Existing Short term Programs    One of these is Vacation Bible School.    Many churches h...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    6. Committed people who aren’t    already doing something.    It sometimes seem that there a...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    7. Existing Lists    Take out the Church membership    roll, the Sunday School Rosters, Cell...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com      8. Returning Church Members      Previous students who have gone      off to college and c...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com     9. Persons attending training     conferences and conventions     The fact that these peopl...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com       10. Training Courses       Offer a training course for youth       workers, parents, or a...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com     11. People in administrative     positions     Members often serve in     administrative po...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    12. People who work with youth    outside the church    Coaches, school teachers, school    ...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    13. People who are Leaders in their    Careers    There are business men and women in    eve...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    14. People with Free time    Retired Persons often have lots of time    and wisdom to contri...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com     15. New Church Members     When people transfer from another     church, their churches may...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    16. Contributors to the Youth Ministry    There are often people in the church    that contr...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    17. Parents    It’s rare that a parent makes a good youth    leader in the church if that ro...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    A Final Note    I wanted to give you 10 places to find    youth leaders and help for your yo...
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www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com  Camp Curriculum - Whale of a TaleBible Studies based on the book of JonahOnly. This youth camp...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com       Creative Youth Ideas      Camp Bible Study Series    “Who Do You Say that I AM?”Jesus ask...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com    Creative Youth IdeasYouth Camp Bible Study Series     “Fruit Of the Spirit”Live the Fruitful...
www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comCamp Curriculum - The Great Adventure"The Great Adventure" is westernthemed Bible study series l...
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  1. 1. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Youth Ideas - 17 Places to Find Potential Leaders for Your Youth Ministry www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  2. 2. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Every church needs a team of people to work with the youth minister / youth pastor to minister to its teenagers. Learn 17 places where you can find potential youth leaders for your youth ministry team. For most youth ministries, the summer months are very busy. A lot of youth ministers are conducting summer camps, organizing youth retreats, leading mission trips, and taking youth on special outings. No youth leader can do it alone and even if you are one of those who think you can do it alone, don’t. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  3. 3. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Youth Pastors Need to Build a Youth Ministry Team Building up a committed team of leaders and helpers for youth ministry will provide you valuable insights, additional talents, and more eyes, hands and footwork to keep the youth program running smoothly. As you invest in leaders it also develops shared ownership of the youth program that insures it continues effectively for many years to come even if you move on to a different church or ministry yourself. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  4. 4. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Here are just a few of the benefits of building a youth ministry team: Communication When parents and church leaders are part of the team and understand the goals and programs, it makes it so much easier to communicate those goals to the congregation as well as avoid misunderstandings. Commitment Involvement generates commitment. When people see themselves as stakeholders in the ministry, they tend to be more committed to making it successful. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  5. 5. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Care It’s much easier for a group of people to attend to the varied and sometimes overwhelming needs of youth and show care on a much more personal level than for a single youth leader trying to care for a large youth group. For youth, time is important and the larger the youth group, the less time you will have for individuals in the group. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  6. 6. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com So how can you get started building a youth ministry team? In the book, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, he explains several powerful ideas for any company or organization. One of those principles is very appropriate for youth ministry “Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats – then figure out where to drive it.” Getting the right team in the right roles is the most important part of building a youth ministry team. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  7. 7. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Here are 17 places to find potential youth leaders for your youth ministry team. 1. Surveys Conduct a Talent / Interest Surveys for the entire congregation. Have the various roles and responsibilities for all church ministries listed. When new people join he church as members, also ask them to fill out Talent/ Interest Surveys. You’ll want to get to know them and observe their Christian walk and commitment over time, but that is true of anyone you consider for a youth ministry role. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  8. 8. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 2. Committed Church Members Ask currently active Bible Study or Sunday school members to become youth leaders. Ask current cell group members to become youth leaders. People who are already committed to the church often make great additions to the youth ministry team. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  9. 9. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 3. Ask for Recommendations Ask the current youth leaders to recommend Potential Leaders from the congregation. Chances are, the youth leaders you have now also know other friends in the church who would be great leaders. You can also ask the teens in your church, “Who in the church do you think would make a great youth leader?” Youth are very aware of the people in the church who already make them feel welcome and loved. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  10. 10. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Ask Sunday school members (Or Bible Study Leaders) to recommend potential leaders. They are very aware of those in their studies and classes that have a mature or growing faith that would be great Bible Teachers or Sunday School Teachers. Additionally, ask the current church leadership to recommend potential youth leaders. Their circle of relationships may include many people that are not too familiar to you, but who would make great leaders. Don’t forget to ask deacons or elders in addition to the other pastoral leaders. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  11. 11. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 4. Existing Short term Programs One of these is Vacation Bible School. Many churches hold these programs for children in the church. It’s a short commitment and usually gets a lot of volunteers. Some of those working with the older children might make great youth leaders as well. 5. Previous Leaders Many people serve in leadership positions and then at times take break due to family or work commitments and other various reasons. In time they are often willing to jump back into a ministry position if asked. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  12. 12. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 6. Committed people who aren’t already doing something. It sometimes seem that there are the few same people in the church doing all the work. Ministry leaders see their commitment and talents and give them more to do. But sometimes, there are others who aren’t really ambitious enough to volunteer who just need a little nudge to get them involved. It’s much easier to teach a committed member a few skills in ministering to youth than to teach commitment to someone who has the interest but lacks the commitment. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  13. 13. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 7. Existing Lists Take out the Church membership roll, the Sunday School Rosters, Cell group rosters, participant lists in various church training programs and ministry opportunities and read through the names. If you just try to list form your own memory you will miss many of the precious souls who are often present, but not foremost in your thoughts. Many of these are valuable gems simply waiting to be shaped and polished! www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  14. 14. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 8. Returning Church Members Previous students who have gone off to college and come back for a summer break or having completed their college education often make excellent youth leaders. They may need a little more guidance but they make up for the lack of experience with an abundance of energy. Returning servicemen and women also make great youth leaders. They typically are very disciplined and work very hard. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  15. 15. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 9. Persons attending training conferences and conventions The fact that these people are taking the extra effort to grow and mature their faith makes them good candidates for potential youth positions. It may also reflect a more flexible schedule that is helpful when serving youth. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  16. 16. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 10. Training Courses Offer a training course for youth workers, parents, or anyone else that wants to better understand youth. Those that attend the course obviously must have an interest and some of them might make great additions to your youth ministry team. You can offer general leadership classes or potential Teacher classes etc. as well. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  17. 17. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 11. People in administrative positions Members often serve in administrative positions because they want to contribute but are not yet ready to take a ministry role. For many this is the first step into ministry and once they gain confidence and understanding they are ready to move on to something more hands on. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  18. 18. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 12. People who work with youth outside the church Coaches, school teachers, school administrators and many other people work with youth outside the church. Some of them may be looking for church to be a break away from the routine work with youth. But there are still others who would welcome the opportunity to minister to you at church and youth functions. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  19. 19. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 13. People who are Leaders in their Careers There are business men and women in every church whose work requires leadership skills. They can be leaders in a variety of situations. There may also be others who are leaders in the community as well. Give them an opportunity to be spiritual leaders to your teens. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  20. 20. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 14. People with Free time Retired Persons often have lots of time and wisdom to contribute to any youth program. They may not have the energy but they certainly have lots of love and affection. You can often find meaningful roles for them in your youth program. Some examples might be writing personal postcards, praying for youth, and for those with a bit more energy and mobility can often put their younger counterparts to shame in serving God. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  21. 21. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 15. New Church Members When people transfer from another church, their churches may highlight their previous service as part of the recommendation or transfer of membership. Nurturing new members in a New Members class also should include some teaching on discovering gifts and finding places of service in the church. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  22. 22. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 16. Contributors to the Youth Ministry There are often people in the church that contribute to the youth ministry by providing transport, food, places for meetings, or even money. It is such people that provide a backbone for many of the youth groups. Even so, some might be willing to become a little more personally involved if asked. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  23. 23. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com 17. Parents It’s rare that a parent makes a good youth leader in the church if that role is serving over his or her own teens. During adolescence, teens start looking for significant role models outside the immediate family. Teenage years can also be turbulent and emotionally charged, thus church can be an oasis away from that trouble. If both teen and parent are ok with it, it works out fantastic. Biblical responsibility for raising Godly men and women, after all, rests with the parents. But for many parents and youth, this simply isn’t going to be a god idea yet. But there are often other leadership roles with a different class or age group, which are very suitable even when a parent has teens in the youth program. www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
  24. 24. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com A Final Note I wanted to give you 10 places to find youth leaders and help for your youth ministry, but as I started writing more ideas came to mind. Simply remember, we are one body of Christ with many parts and we are all different but also all needed. Pray for God’s guidance to show you those to approach and that he would steer their hearts toward places to serve in your ministry. Personally, I believe that there is a place for everyone in the church. We just need to get the right people into the right seats and let God do the driving on our journey heavenward! www.CreativeSermonIdeas.com
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  26. 26. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Camp Curriculum - Whale of a TaleBible Studies based on the book of JonahOnly. This youth camp curriculum wasdesigned to teach the basic truthsof obedience in addition to evangelism in thecontext of a Biblical character. The advantageof going through a book and looking at onemans story is that we see not only theteaching but the example. It becomes muchmore real! -> Tell me about “Whale of a Tale” www.creativeyouthideas.com/resources/order5.html
  27. 27. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Creative Youth Ideas Camp Bible Study Series “Who Do You Say that I AM?”Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do otherssay that I am?" It was easy to answerbecause it required no conviction, nocommitment, and no risk. But then hefollows that question with another, "Whodo YOU say that I am?"-> Tell me about “Who Do You Say that I AM?” www.creativeyouthideas.com/resources/whodoyousay.html
  28. 28. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Creative Youth IdeasYouth Camp Bible Study Series “Fruit Of the Spirit”Live the Fruitful, Abundant LifeJesus Promised. Great for youth camps orweekly Youth Bible Study. There are 7Primary Bible study Sessions in the series.-> Tell me about “Fruit Of the Spirit” www.creativeyouthideas.com/resources/fruitofthespirit.html
  29. 29. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comCamp Curriculum - The Great Adventure"The Great Adventure" is westernthemed Bible study series loosely basedaround the song of the same name bySteven Curtis Chapman. It was initiallywritten for a large Texas Church to use fortheir Summer Youth Camp but has sincethen proven popular around the world. -> Tell me about “The Great Adventure” www.creativeyouthideas.com/resources/order12.html

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