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It’s been our experience that healthy youth ministries have teams of adult leaders who meet regularly. If you missed part one or part two, we encourage you to catch up, but here are our final three reasons for why we feel youth ministry leadership teams ought to meet together:

…| Leadership teams meet to RECONNECT as a community

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Jn 13:35, NIV)

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Jesus was clear: our love for one another reflects God’s love to the world. A ministry team’s effectiveness is directly related to how well everyone genuinely loves one another. There are no solo artists in ministry. That is to say, when a leader isn’t connected to others, he/she won’t last long because ministry isn’t happening the way Jesus modeled.

We have heard many ministry leaders express their anxiety over the pressure to grow their ministry. We understand this pressure! Numerical growth is often an indicator of health. But there are other indicators too—like developing a team of leaders who love and care for one another. This is more difficult than drawing a crowd of teenagers, but in the long run, it’s a HUGE indicator of health. And, teenagers are drawn to that type of love and community. They want to be around love, and when they see it happen within caring adults, they’re attracted to those relationships.

There are a lot of factors that go into creating a healthy ministry, but at the core is a leadership team that deeply loves each other.

…| Leadership teams meet to REFRESH and encourage one another

“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” (Rom 1:12, NLT)

Ministry to students is difficult. It’s not easy to create meaningful relationships with anyone, let alone teenagers. When a leadership team meets the leaders enhance their interpersonal relationships and can help one another through prayer, encouragement, sharing, and insight. A problem one leader may be facing could be something another leader has already experienced. The more one likes their teammates, the more effective they’re likely to play/minister to others.

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…| Leadership teams meet to RECEIVE practical ministry training

“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” (Ecc 10:10, NIV)

Leaders are learners, and as soon as we stop learning we stop being effective leaders. It’s important to take time to meet and expand a leader’s youth ministry “tool box” and discuss it within the community in which they serve. Hopefully leaders will be learning on their own, but learning together often has more “sticking power.” When you gather, keep the training light/doable/realistic/empowering… knowing that the best real learning will come from “on the job” training anyway. Make sure your meetings have some time of ax sharpening.
 

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