For those investing in the next generation, the central goal – second only to building their faith – ought to be raising up tomorrow’s leaders. Youth leaders should incorporate activities that allow teens to shine and lead from their strengths while nurturing their weaker areas. This kind of challenge and support will allow teens to feel more equipped for life.
Daniella Brittingham expressed her thanks for training she received as part of a youth ministry. She said, “Throughout middle and high school, I was a part of the puppet ministry at my church. In my later teenage years, I was given more and more responsibilities, and eventually I was made a director. I was given creative and logistical freedom, which taught me to trust in my own voice. I learned how to resolve conflicts, delegate, and most importantly, I learned that a leader works twice as hard as the people they lead. I carried these lessons with me into every aspect of my life, from delegating at home, to working hard at my job, to resolving conflicts with friends. The experience of being trusted to lead at a young age gave me the tools I needed to enter adulthood with confidence.”
Youth group ought to be a place where teens like Daniella can grow because of the leadership opportunities offered to them. Here are 12 ways to intentionally invest in your teens, allowing them to step up and mature into the spiritual leaders God calls each of them to be.
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