10-Second Tip: Empower Youth

Jacob Eckeberger
May 12th, 2016

At the NATIONAL YOUTH WORKERS CONVENTION, we stopped youth workers from all across the U.S. and asked them to share a 10-second youth ministry tip.

The 10-Second Tip:

Empower youth and create a platform so their voice can be heard.

My Added Thoughts:

Your students are crazy talented. If you give them the opportunity, they can use their talents and abilities to provide a unique perspective that brings new life to the church. Here’s how you can empower your students at 3 different levels of ministry:

1. One-on-One

Use your one-on-one conversations to show each student what you see in them. If they are awesome at something, remind them of it and intentionally mentor them in a way that gives them room to explore it further.

2. Small groups

Work to cultivate a safe environment where every student’s voice can be heard and every question can be asked.

3. Programming

Create space in your programming schedule for things that are purely student led. It will be messy, chaotic, and imperfect, but use it as an opportunity for them to hone their skills and practice leading others.

Join us this year for the National Youth Workers Convention in Cincinnati, OH for way more tips and ministry ideas from the 50+ seminars and training opportunities. Register early for NYWC to save BIG: NYWC.COM.

JACOB ECKEBERGER is the Content Manager at Youth Specialties, an itinerant worship leader, the spouse of a church planter, and a long time volunteer youth worker. You can find him blogging about social media and digital strategy ideas at JACOBECKEBERGER.COM.

Jacob Eckeberger

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