7 Simple Ways to Vastly Improve Your Student Ministry

I love youth leaders. And, although I get to train thousands of them all across the nation every year, one of my favorite things is learning from them. Many youth leaders have great and effective strategies that they’re implementing to create the most impacting youth group programs possible.

With this as a backdrop, here are seven simple ideas youth leaders from across the nation have shared with me that will help improve your youth ministry program:

1)  Make prayer numero uno.

In 2013, Dare 2 Share commissioned a national research project that helped us uncover the best practices of the best youth groups out there. This shouldn’t have surprised us, but the number one characteristic of the youth groups that were the most effective was their commitment to prayer.

Youth leaders prayed. Students prayed. Adult volunteers prayed. There were extended times of prayer before the program and, in some cases, in the actual program.

The simplest way to deepen your impact in youth ministry is to deepen your commitment to prayer, both personally and programmatically.

2)  Take time to prepare a lesson that rocks.

The most effective youth leaders I know are the most committed to preparing each lesson with the time and work it needs to be excellent. These youth leaders think ahead, labor over their teaching outlines, illustrations and exegesis to make sure they are presenting the best talk possible.

Far too many youth leaders go to a lesson-outline-churning website the afternoon before their program and frantically try to find something that will hit the mark.

But the best talks are thought over and prayed over long in advance. They have just the right blend of content, creativity and interactivity.

3)  Build the best student leadership team possible.

I am shocked when I talk to youth leaders who don’t have a student leadership team. Youth leaders worth their salt recruit high-will, raw-skill teenagers and will train them to be high-will, high-skill student leaders.

These are the types of teenagers who aren’t just willing to set folding chairs up before youth group, but are willing to fill up the other teenagers they are seeking to reach and disciple!

By the way, if you want to fast track your training efforts with high-will teenagers, then take them to Lead THE Cause. It is a one-of-a-kind rapid intensification event for leadership development and disciple multiplication.

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Source: Church Leaders

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