First Thoughts on Student Leadership
Student leadership growing up was emphasized greatly in my youth group. We had a leadership team of students who helped make decisions on trips and other things. We also had leaders within our Quiz Teams, Drama, and Choir. Not that we didn’t have adult leaders, but they hand selected and allowed students to help lead in these areas of ministry as well. I remember my senior year when Mr. Leatherman elected me the student leader of the drama team when he couldn’t be there. I felt a sense of pride in the work my peers and I did in practice and creation of the skits.
As I grew, I continued being part of student leadership in college with the First Teams program at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Moving from a small group leader to a mentor of the small group leaders, I continued learning about how to lead my own peers. As I walked through those stages of life, I didn’t take much stock into how important Student Leadership is. Now, as an adult small group leader, I see the immense importance of investing in student leadership.
So Where Should We Begin?
This question is what has been plaguing me during this current school year. How do I start to develop the student leaders I have under my wing? Where do I start? Will I be able to do this? Am I sure I won’t mess them up more than what they already are being teens? (That last one is a joke…maybe…) Anyways, thankfully starting yesterday I am going back to school and what is my first class? Well, it is Leadership Church & Ministry. How fitting, right? So I am starting a new journey through how to create a plan for encouraging student leadership in youth ministry. Thankfully, I have already found some sources I am excited to use:
If you are reading this and are like: “Hey! We have a program or resources that could help you!” Send them via a comment below! I would love to collaborate!
Until Next Time,