This last weekend we got the opportunity to hang out with 48 amazing leaders. God has put together a great team of people to work with our high school students this year. Some leaders are fresh out of college, some are single, some are newly married, some are parents with young families, & some are parents of high school students. Each leader brings different gifts, abilities, passions, interests, & personality types to the table. This makes for a dynamic team that will work together to see kids grow in their walk with Jesus.
As I’ve reflected on our time together, I’ve realized that we covered a lot of information & answered a lot of questions. What is high school ministry like? What’s expected of our leaders? How can we best reach high school students? And, what does it take to be a great leader? I’ve come up with a few thoughts that spell out the word IMPACT. This is the name of the high school ministry & it’s the end goal for our students – that Christ’s love would IMPACT them & in return they would IMPACT their world.
A great leader…
I – Invests in others through relationship. Relationships are the starting point, the foundation of building into students spiritually. Students don’t care what you know until they know that you care.
M – Makes Christ a priority in their own life. We can never take students to a place spiritually that we have not been ourselves. They will follow our example, so we have to live it.
A – Asks good questions. In order to challenge students & help them take that next step, we have to ask good questions. What’s going on in their life? How is their relationship with Christ? What are they struggling with?
P – Prays hard. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful & effective! Praying for students is one of the best things we can do for them.
C – Champions authenticity. Christianity is not about living perfectly, but living authentically. As leaders, we have to be real & authentic.
T – Trusts God with the outcome. There will be days of rejoicing & days of discouragement, but the important thing is that we give our best & trust God with the results.