Building A Great Youth Ministry Team
You too may be a coffee addict if you know exactly which Starbucks you’d name for each of the following categories:
- Most likely to be quiet
- Best one to work in (AKA- the one with the most wall outlets to plug-in)
- Fastest and/or best service
This morning I was impressed with how fast the line was moving. Not only was the inside line flowing, I watched as cars quickly passed through the Drive-Thru as well. The Barista team was clicking on all caffeine-coated cylinders.
Could the same be said of the way your team is functioning in your youth ministry context?
Sure, they too may be addicted to caffeine, but are they clicking?
As I watched the baristas move in rhythm, I think all of them were serving in their own area of strength. From the friendly gal at the register who struck the balance of conversation, scanning apps and collecting cash, to the barista handing the drinks to seemingly still-moving cars in the drive-thru; this team was cranking.
The Youth Ministry team in your church can find out how to move in the same type of rhythm. Here are a few keys to building a great student ministry team.
Recruit To an Area’s Needs, Gifts & Strengths.
Ever heard, “want to serve? Well start by stacking those chairs.” I get the fact that we’re looking for people with servant hearts, but C’mon! If I had a need for a 7th grade guys leader, I found the best recruitment tool was to recruit a person who was actually passionate about mentoring young guys — the chairs can get stacked by all of us together afterwards!
Identify some key missing areas in your ministry and look to recruit people to ministry specific purposes, you’re more likely to find someone when you can define exactly what it is you want them to do (and something they like to do).
Educate and Train in order to Sustain
I have found that the groups that feel “stuck” the most are the ones who invest very little in training their staff/team. There’s something about the team and time (together) investment that creates momentum. Whether it is a monthly meeting where you’re training in “all things cyber,” taking several to a national denominational conference or inviting your entire team to a regional event (like YS Team Training) look for opportunities to expose your team to what’s going on outside your four walls.
Take A Night Off (get out of the way)
Whether you literally are gone for the night or just choose to not schedule yourself for any responsibilities, one of the greatest gifts you can give your team is to trust them with ALL elements of the ministry event.
You’ll immediately see the benefits of ownership when you have others responsible for the check-in, leading worship, delivering the announcements, giving the talk and facilitating the games!
Like a great coffee shop, I think we in youth ministry can create environments where things are clicking and people want to come back… but it takes smart recruitment, great training and selfless leadership to get there!
Ready. Set. Invest!
BRIAN AABY is the director of YS SEARCH & COACHING, assisting churches with personnel placement and provides coaching guidance for youth leaders. Brian served for 17 years as a youth pastor and then founded and led Youthmark since 2008. Brian speaks nationally at churches, camps, conference, and events. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three children and reside near Seattle.
Learn more about building a great youth ministry team from a YS Team Training near you! It’s a local affordable event with top-notch training that you can bring your entire team to. Check it out at ysteamtraining.com.
Title image by Will Scullin.
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