If I were to ask a hundred random people what makes a good jr. high leader, I’d probably get a hundred different answers. My personal beliefs are that there character, heart and leadership qualities far outweigh their image, substance and style. I gave this a great deal of thought the other day when as a youth staff we were checking in on the Presidential inauguration. I am a firm believer that the leadership qualities needed to be a President of a powerful country, or to be a good CEO are the same as those needed to be good junior high leader. Our church developed the 5 E strategy a few years back…I have a tough time remembering them…but for some reason I have never forgot these 3 E’s over these many years of youth ministry.
Ethics, honesty, integrity…it is so key that we have these qualities in junior high ministry!! Students are the best fake finders out there. So what does this look like on a day to day scale? • Not playing favourites with the ‘cool’ or ‘church’ kids.
• If you get paid, making the most of the time you are ‘on the clock’.
• Not exaggerating or embellishing the stories you tell in your lessons.
• Saying an honest ‘no’ to another request instead of saying yes and becoming bitter.
A good definition of effectiveness is ‘doing the right things’. In life and ministry, there are lots of good opportunities. Effective leaders recognize that not every good opportunity is a good opportunity for them. Just because someone has an idea for an activity or suggests a new curriculum or finds a great new service project doesn’t mean you need to add it to your junior high calendar!
A good definition of efficiency is ‘doing things right’. Junior high ministry is notorious for being inefficient. We’re messy. We have a hard time staying within our budget. We procrastinate. Sound familiar? Being efficient takes work, but it is incredibly rewarding if we can learn the art of efficiency.
Until next time..
Pastor G <><