I think a really critical component to Children's Ministry is student leadership. I started last year with the PowerPlant Leadership Team. These are 5th-9th graders who have gone through the training with me to help with running the technology in the Power Plant, the check-in tablets, or greeting families at the main check-desk next to Sanctuary. Something that I have been trying to work on is taking the leaders who are already serving and do some activities for what I call "next level" leadership. I see these 5th-8th graders as some excellent leaders and believe that they are capable of great things. I also believe it is critical that at this age level, they begin to learn how to serve and have opportunities to stretch themselves. We're planning on calling this new leadership team S.A.L.T. - Student Advisory Leadership Team.
While I'm working on applications for this team, and a parent agreement sheet, I'm not there yet. I'm just trying to get the ball rolling a little bit at time. There's some basics of having positive behavior at home, at school, and at church. We want them to be able to set a positive example for other believers both young and old. We want them to continue to grow in their faith. I attended a workshop on student leadership teams recently, and they shared how they had students do devotions every day! I thought, "wow!" I am not sure how to figure that out yet, but man I loved the concept!
When I presented the idea of "next level leadership" to the teens and pre-teens, they jumped right in. They had ideas of leading games, prayer, skits, puppets, videos and even teaching or planning curriculum! I am looking at allowing these student leaders to plan and teach Easter Sunday morning in Power Plant (April 16 second service). I will be in there with them, but they have already begun the planning process with thinking of games, videos, and activities for Easter Sunday.
The next leadership team meeting is April 2 after church. We will also need to meet on the Friday or Saturday before Easter for the teens to do a run-through of the service. Can you tell me which one works better for you and your fam?
If you have questions, please let me know.
Thanks Parents for your support! Excited to see how God is using your children and creating dynamic leaders for His Kingdom! I would love to see this student leadership team continue to grow in leadership and faith!
Mom of 4, children's pastor, Director of Upward Sports, middler summer camp, & regional Bible quiz.