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Youth Ministry Roles and Responsibilities: 5 Areas Kids Can Fill

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One key area of any community is the various roles people play. Many leaders must come to grips with the reality that they can’t do everything themselves. The positive side? Tweens and teens are well-qualified to fill many youth ministry roles and responsibilities.

Youth leaders need to appreciate this key truth. Every community member, from volunteer to new student, plays a unique role. Each has God-given gifts and can tackle a range of important tasks.

Youth ministry roles and responsibilities may be formal. For example, some kids lead small groups. Or these roles may be informal, such as motivating participants during a game or activity. Either way, it’s helpful to get creative. Engage your imagination as to who is playing what roles. That way, you can build and encourage kids’ talents and gifts.

5 Important Youth Ministry Roles and Responsibilities

1. Consumer

This individual looks for lessons, activities, events and social connections. Then he or she engages with them.

2. Creator

For this role, a person creates, shares, and improves the lessons. Plus, he or she leads or fuels discussions.

3. Connector

This person thrives on helping other people understand and get connected to others and to  activities.

4. Carrier

Through various forms of communication (personal relationships, media, technology), this individual takes the group’s way of life to others.

5. Caretaker

For this responsibility, someone cares for the group’s needs. Examples include remembering birthdays, visiting or sending cards to sick members, and counseling kids who have a conflict. This list can go on and on!

Calling Kids Via Youth Ministry Roles

It’s crucial to think about each person involved in your youth group community. What roles have they played in the past? Where do they seem to thrive? What new roles might interest them? Then the next step is to think about how you can encourage their gifts and talents through various youth ministry roles and responsibilities.

As kids and youth leaders get connected to their gifts in meaningful ways, they’ll achieve a sense of purpose or calling. Plus, they’ll be more likely to see the value of their participation in a vibrant community of Jesus followers. As a direct result, they all will form an identity in Christ.

What other youth ministry roles and responsibilities have you identified? How can we encourage teenagers to use their gifts and talents?

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Paul Sheneman is an author, speaker and youth pastor. He serves with the Macedonia Methodist Church in Ohio. He drinks way too much coffee for his own good. His main interest is exploring Christian formation. You can follow most of his ramblings on his blog at www.discipleshipremix.com or on Twitter @PaulSheneman.