Involve your youth in taking ownership of the ministry by empowering them to:
- Serve on a Hospitality Team - Train some of your youth with strong interpersonal intelligence to intentionally welcome guests and new students and help them to know what to do on their first visit.
- Be the Group Photographer - Tap into your teens' creativity by rotating responsibility for capturing images of your gathering for slide shows and publicity. This is a particularly good task for an introverted student because the camera gives them a reason to be interacting with the group.
- Open Each Meeting - Empower youth, with the help of an adult, to develop and lead an ice breaker or community builder to open each meeting with the activity perhaps linked to the theme or topic for the gathering.
- Close Each Meeting - Invite youth, with the help of an adult, to develop and lead a closing prayer or worship time for each of your gatherings.
- Lead the Program of Study - Sure, it's easier for you to do it yourself, but it is so much more meaningful for the youth and their peers if they are at least occasionally invited to develop and lead the discussion, Bible study, or activity for a meeting (with the help of an adult mentor).
- Prepare the Meal or Snack - Yes! Teens can cook and for some it's a way for them to share their creative talent. It's great to have parents provide meals and it's always easier to order pizza, but don't overlook the chance for a teen to practice hospitality by preparing the food for your meeting.
- Maintain Your Facebook Page - Encourage teens in your group to take responsibility, with your direction, for your various social media such as Facebook and Twitter, regularly updating your pages to keep your youth, parents, and Church connected to your youth ministry activities.
- Connect with other Teens - Challenge a team of youth to intentionally nurture other members of the group by sending encouraging notes, writing cards to those who are sick, praying for group members, and actively encouraging youth who have no church home to come and visit your ministry.