At Uth Stuph, we’ve worked with A LOT of youth ministers over our 25 years as a business. We’ve dealt with group leaders who are only at a church for a brief time. We’ve met other group leaders who’ve been at the same church for almost our entire existence. And no matter who we deal with, one thing always remains true:
Youth group leaders do not get enough love.
Y’all don’t! Juggling events, herding middle schoolers, handling mood swings — and that’s before you even deliver the Wednesday night message.
Youth ministry goes beyond fun water balloon fights (see featured image) and debriefing egg tosses. Youth ministry is a powerful tool in churches; it keeps kids coming back well after they’ve gone and left to college and can be foundational (nay, transformational) to a kid’s faith. So, with that in mind, we wanted to show some love to group leaders. Here are things we LOVE about youth ministries and those brave souls who lead them:
You remind us ministry can be FUN.
It’s hard to remember sometimes that learning the Bible can be enjoyable. Studying scripture as an adult can get weighed down in all sorts of semantics. We lose the fun in learning about epic battles, miraculous signs, and incredible heroes of the faith. There’s nothing quite like a middle schooler processing how TALL the ark was to really remind you of how cool the Bible is.
Y’all find a lesson in anything.
A crazy activity with whipped cream or soda? Yeah, you managed to debrief that and tie it back to Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. We don’t know how you did it, but somehow you did — and your middle schoolers UNDERSTOOD THE CONNECTION. That’s always our favorite part to see. Youth ministers, you have a gift at making the littlest connections click for students, and because of that, they can learn to seek out God in literally any situation.
You get to inspire students to become the next generation of leaders.
There are few things cooler than seeing that shy 6th grader become a small group leader by their junior year of high school. Seeing kids step into their own, take on more responsibility, and actively want to help out their fellow youth group-er is awesome. It’s made even more impactful when your young leaders start ministering to others in the church!
At Uth Stuph, we love supporting group leaders — whether that’s a simple shirt order or connecting with a leader who wants to do something really cool for their students. Group leaders, there’s a lot of stuff on the horizon. Gearing up for your next event? Give us a call at 800-242-9166 or get a quote online.