Youth Leaders- How do You Recruit?

16 Mar

I know that this is something that I am not excellent at. I have certainly gotten better, but by no means is it a gift. There are many leaders out there that have the same struggles. I believe that some of you may be able to offer insights as to how you recruit leaders.

So please post, how do you recruit leaders?

After they have made a commitment, what does your training process look like?

Luke 10:2 These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Here are a few things that I have learned:

  1. Ask- I did not get into ministry until someone asked me to. Most people will not ask to join a ministry, they need to be asked. Everyone likes to be invited to a party, even if they can’t come.
    1. Know what you are asking. (Time, Talent, Need)
    2. Make sure you communicate the above clearly
    3. If the push back is time, ask do you have 15min a week? If so would you commit to praying for our students? Many times this leads to deeper commitments on their part.
    4. Have small but significant ministry pieces they can help with. (Organizing a once a year event(s), a buyer, someone to run copies or create flyers etc.)
    5. Ask everyone (Old, young, tattooed, long hair, no hair, singles, marrieds, bikers, athletes, geeks, etc.)
  2. Coach- You don’t have to play every position.
    1. One on One time- Questions,
    2. Books, conferences, blogs, emails, and other teaching media you come across or have access to.
  3. Monitor- Take care of your flock, that includes your leaders.
    1. Follow up with your leaders on progress, and expectations
    2. Be ready to offer help(Yours, or others)
    3. Let them know that they are valued
  4. Don’t take just anyones. You are responsible for your students.
  5. Those you bring on board, place them in the right area of your ministry.
  6. Leaders are delegators- Be willing and ready to let some piece of ministry go!
    1. If someone can do it 80% as good as you do, let them do it!

Hopefully these are helpful to you!


One Response to “Youth Leaders- How do You Recruit?”

  1. Tony Clyde March 17, 2010 at 2:23 AM #

    This may be so obvious, but one thing I would like to add is KNOW your congregation. One pastor told me adults I thought had no connection with the youth ministry (that is, they were not volunteers and did not have children in the youth ministry program) felt ignored by me. Through that conversation with my pastor I realized youth ministry is not just about the students and their parents. Youth ministry is a church-wide ministry. Now, I try to get to know as many people in the church as possible. I try to get past just learning names, and I try to get to know what passions and abilities the people in the church have. I even recruited a senior citizen to help lead a junior high Bible study because I knew she enjoyed being around junior high students, and she could teach them the Bible. If you don’t know your congregation find someone who does, and ask that person to help you get to know the people in the church.

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