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Delegate More, Starting With These 44 Youth Ministry Tasks


How well do you delegate youth ministry tasks? Are you reluctant to hand off certain responsibilities? Do you think you’re the only one capable of tackling some jobs? Well, think again! Empowering youth ministry volunteers (and teens!) is a win-win situation. As you entrust others and build buy-in, you free up more time to build relationships with kids.

Why Youth Pastors Must Delegate

Learning to delegate is the key to accomplishing more. It frees you to begin investing in areas of ministry that bring most benefit to the mission. Then you can focus on casting vision, creating new ideas, building relationships, and setting direction.

Plus, delegating small, bite-sized roles to others lets them take part in meaningful ministry. Countless ideas exist for delegation. But here’s why I believe it’s important: You’ll become more of a coach than a doer. People in your church are gifted and equipped to do some things faster and better than you. For ministry effectiveness, you must become good at delegating roles and ministries.

44 Tasks a Youth Worker Can Delegate

Here’s a starting list of youth ministry tasks to delegate:

1. Send letters to students

2. Keep track of money from a fundraiser.

3. Oversee the checkbook.

4. Update the youth ministry Facebook page.

5. Prepare a monthly newsletter for parents.

6. Make phone calls when a student is absent.

7. Conduct publicity for the annual car wash.

8. Order T-shirts.

9. Speak during youth group meetings.

10. Lead a small group during the week.

11. Set up a texting group and contact students with youth info.

12. Build and maintain the youth website.

13. Lead worship during youth Sunday.

14. Greet and welcome students.

15. Follow up with new students.

16. Maintain the database.

17. Take pictures at events and post them.

18. Coordinate youth meals for Sunday nights.

19. Lead a game during the youth group meeting.

20. Operate the song lyrics for youth worship.

21. Plan one aspect of the annual lock-in, such as the bowling outing.

22. Pray for students individually.