Thoughts on Student Leadership and Why We Need Encourage It

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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:

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Any Suggestions?

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,

 

AshleyDannie

The Five Love Languages: A New Journey in Student Leadership

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Why Focus on Student Leadership?

This season I have entered a new realm of student leadership. I am starting a small group for my female high Student Leadershipschool leaders, who work with our fifth graders each week. If you’ve ever read any of my blogs, you should know I am all about coming up alongside females of all ages and helping them grow as women and as Christians. So I wanted something good to start our small group with and I found a teen version of the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Let’s just say I am in love with this book, because it has exactly what I need.
Student LeadershipI am taking information from Chapman and information fro It’s Just a Phase by Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy and creating a study on how student leaders can use the five love languages in their small groups.

Why is this important?

Everyone has one or two love languages we thrive in, even students of all ages. So when you have a group of five to ten students, there is a good chance that all five languages are going to be represented. So to be an effective leader when it comes to expressing the appropriate amount of affection or care towards the students, one must be well versed in all the different love languages.

Also, this is going to help the students develop in all their relationships outside of leadership as well. From their family life to their friendships to their dating life and more. Becoming a well-rounded person on this topic will carry with them past high school and beyond into their adulthood.

 

How are you presenting it?

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I am creating my own journal, highlighting important information from Chapman’s book and Joiner’s book (of course I will give credit where credit is due!) ¬†Every other week starting on the 9th of October, I will post the next segment of the study and the pages of the journal. I want to provide them with free resources for any and all youth workers who would like to use them!

So be on the lookout for this series I am posting and have a great day!

 

God Bless

AshleyDannie