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Leader Expectation

Youth Leader Expectations
WHY WE LEAD GROUPS
We lead groups because the relationships that we build with students aid them in building and growing in relationships with God and others. Groups are SO important to students because they build a community in what can be an overwhelmingly large ministry. When students feel welcomed and included, they are more likely to engage in conversations that challenge and grow their faith. Having time with a smaller group of fellow students gives ALL students a space to contribute to faith conversations. Groups allow leaders to contribute, care for, disciple, and guide students in their faith. Students that have relationships built with peers and leaders will harbor a faith that sticks.

BEFORE SERVICE
LEADER MEETINGS
Every campus has a mandatory meeting with their leaders before or after their service. Connect with your youth lead regarding specifics of the weekly meeting. This is a chance for your youth lead to:
Encourage leaders
Inform leaders
Connect with leaders

BE CONSISTENT
Our ministry thrives on leaders that consistently arrive on time eager to connect with students and get the evening started. We completely understand that life happens and there are occasions when being on time or present isn’t possible. In that case, we just ask that you alert your youth lead about your attendance.

DURING SERVICE
EYES & EARS
Youth leaders are the eyes and ears on the ground and being aware of the students surrounding us can make a huge impact on the trajectory of a student’s night in RSM. During programming:
Our attention is on students
Leaders should not be sitting with other leaders
Leaders should not be standing in the back
Leaders are encouraged to sit with students

2. SEE THE NEEDS
Hop into any area of the programming that might need extra assistance or ask your youth lead where there is a need to meet. Help may be needed in corralling rowdy students, welcoming students and parents, or something as simple as keeping the room tidy.

3. LOOK FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED EXTRA ATTENTION
It is easy to hang out with students who are like you. It’s also just as easy to forget the quieter students who sit by themselves in the corner.
Lookout for students who get less attention, give them that attention
We are here for the outcasts, loners, and hurting students
Step into their lives to show them the love of Jesus

LEADING WELL
Group leaders are our strongest point of impact that we have with our students because they are the ones on ground level with students in groups and relationships with parents. Our leaders make a huge impact in the faith of our students by loving, encouraging, guiding, and supporting them.
THE QUALITIES
Follower of Jesus
Passionate about students and about their relationships with Jesus
Committed to being a consistent voice in the lives of your students
Lead a lifestyle that is committed to Biblical standards
Willing to learn names
Trustworthy
Responsible
Relational

EXPECTATIONS
Attend youth group every week
Connect with your students regularly (outside of Sunday
Take ownership of group
Be willing to walk through difficult issues with your students
Guide conversations without teaching
Be available to walk through difficult issues with your students if and when they arise
Attend events for students and volunteers throughout the year
Practice safety and healthy boundaries with students at all times (no meeting one-on-one with students of the opposite sex)
Attend our church on the weekends
Be in a community group yourself

SELF CARE BEFORE “OTHERS” CARE
We expect our leaders to be walking in a relationship with God at all times. We don’t expect perfection in a walk of faith, but we do expect an eager and growing relationship with God.
DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS
We highly encourage our leaders to commit to at least a year with their group.
Relationships take time
Invest time and effort in connecting with students inside & outside of church
We encourage leaders to spend time with students 3-5 times a year outside of church + connecting once a week

FACILITATE OVER TEACHING
Students have a desire to be heard, understood, and cared for.
Avoid teaching or lecturing
Actively listen
Ask questions that challenge our students to discover truth and practical application

THERE IS SAFETY IN BOUNDARIES
As we build strong relationships with students, practicing healthy boundaries is critical to the safety and security of leaders and their students.
Physical boundaries (side hugs, high fives, avoid extended frontal hugs, etc.)
Conversations via text, social media, or internet
Social media is a great tool for ministry, but it’s also the downfall for many.
Don’t initiate messages or DM’s.
Wait to be “followed” by them, don’t initiate a “follow.”
Lead by example. Posting inappropriate content, drinking or smoking on your feed is not leading well.

EMPOWER THE PARENTS
Building relationships with parents is almost as important as building relationships with students because parents hold the greatest impact in the life of a student.
Reinforce the authority of parents
Keep parents informed
Utilize their knowledge of your students!

WALK THE WALK
Modeling our faith assists students in learning and practicing their own faith.
Attending church
Consistency in serving
Sharing stories and being real
Be in a group yourself
Participate in healthy relationships

AFTER SERVICE
HANG WITH STUDENTS
Every minute that we get to spend time and build relationships with our students is crucial to the impact that we get to make in their lives.
Tag along
Hang with your students + their friends
Follow up on group conversations
Build relationships
Don’t leave immediately after groups finish

CONVERSE WITH PARENTS
When students are being picked up is a great time to get to know parents, exchange phone numbers, or continue building a relationship. Utilize this time to get to know them. We can learn so much about our students through relationships with their parents.

WEEKENDS
HANGOUT WITH STUDENTS
Weekend services at church are the best time to connect with students outside of groups
Check into the youth section
Sit with students in service
Grab a coffee with a student/s before or after service
Get to know parents!
Exchange numbers
Build relationships

BE CONSISTENT
The best way that we can model the ways that we live out our faith is by being with them in that. Show your students that your commitment to your faith is important in your daily and weekly tasks such as attending church, reading the Bible, and praying.

TRAINING
2-WEEK SHADOW TRAINING
We highly value leaders as learners. Download Youth Ministry University is an online interactive video training platform that teaches our leaders what a “win” looks like in our ministry. DYMU walks through topics such as:
Relational ministry
Pastoral care for students
How to be a leader first and a friend second

FURTHER TRAINING
In order to continue developing Sandals Youth group leaders, we request that the final three courses (about three hours total) of DYM University be completed two months after being placed into a group.

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