Sunday I was sitting in the night service and a new-ish student came in and sat next to me. He saw his brother and some other friends walk into the service (which was a big deal, I found out) and was telling me about them and who they were.
Then he looked across the room and saw his small group leader. Then he said,
“Hey! Can I go sit with him?”
The middle school student left alone at the lunch table in me said, “Hey! I’m the youth minister here! Sit with me! I’m the cool kid!”
But then that kid remembered he’s an adult now.
“Sure man, go on.”
Youth leaders: Let your volunteers be the star of the show. Let them do ministry in such a big way that your students sometimes even forget that you’re the paid guy.
Let them lead small groups, host hang-outs, do counseling, even talk to the large group.
You can’t do this all by yourself, anyway. Even if you have three students, odds are ONE of them is not the same gender as you! Grab a volunteer and let them minister.
Divide up your ministry to volunteers and watch how much more ministry can be accomplished when you share the load.
Allow your volunteers to do the really awesome ministry of getting to know the students in your group and speaking into their lives. Let them even be the ones they want to sit by.
I’m not jealous! (Okay, maybe a little…)