4. It's not about you; it's about the students. This has everything to do with leading from a place of comfort. Serving students from a place of comfort ensures the inclusion of a few and exclusion of many. This is because you will most likely pour into, hang with, and allow to lead the students with whom you connect best. The ministry will be all about you, and most likely you will end up with a ministry where everyone looks out for themselves, if it's modeled in the leadership.
5. You are a leader first. Remember you are a leader first, and the authority you have to speak into their lives is only as strong as your leadership. Your friendship with students is important, but your role as a leader is more important.
6. Time with Jesus is imperative. Just because you work in ministry doesn't mean you are automatically being ministered to. You need to be just as active in the local church as the members. You should be serving in some capacity, attending Bible study or small group, etc. It is critical that you are spiritually filled. Your time with Jesus will be something you will have to protect.
It is so important that you continue to stay open to a lifetime of learning and growing in ministry. I think ministering in a way that pleases God takes a complete entire life span. So, keep learning and growing.
Hope this helps.
Aaron Crumbey oversees pastoral care for the high-school ministry at Saddleback Church. He cares deeply about sharing Christ with students and seeing them reach their full potential in Christ.
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