One of the most important things in student ministry is developing a good team of adult leaders. Forming this team of leaders can happen pretty quickly, but it’s the building up of the team that takes time. They will not be trained in student ministry like you are and maybe not be where you are spiritually. This is why it is vitally important that you mentor them and help them grow as Christians as well as effective leaders. Here are some practical ways to mentor your adult leaders:
Meet with them as a team regularly. I meet with my adult leaders once a month. A lot of times this meeting is more “informational based” than I would like. I want to transition this meeting into more of a training meeting where I pour into my leaders and train them in certain areas of student ministry. It’s up to you when or how you want to meet with your leaders, but to mentor them you need to meet with them regularly.
Meet with them one-on-one. Most student pastors do great at having monthly leader meetings, but one area they struggle in is meeting with their leaders one-on-one. I understand why this can be difficult because the majority of your leaders will have full-time jobs and families so they don’t have all the time in the world to meet. But we must find a way to meet with them one-on-one at least once a month or every few months. It is only in one-on-one meetings that you will hear their struggles and help them the most. This, I believe, is the most important and effective way to mentor your adult leaders.
Equip them to do ministry and grow spiritually. One of the easier and fastest ways to mentor adult leaders is to share with them resources that will help them grow as a leader and as a Christian. Buy them some books that you know will help them grow and give the books to them as gifts. Send out e-mails with links to helpful articles or free resources online. However you do it, share with them resources that you know will help them.
Plug them into the ministry. Don’t miss this one! This is huge! Once you have started the mentoring process with your leaders, plug them into ministry. The best way for them to grow as leaders is doing ministry themselves! I use my adult leaders as small group leaders. So every week, my leaders are doing ministry and have ownership over part of our ministry. Also, let them teach from time to time if they are capable. Allow them to fill in when you’re on vacation. There are many ways you can plug them into ministry, but however you do it, just make sure you do it, it’s vital!
These are just a few of the many ways you can mentor your adult leaders. They are a vital part of your student ministry and without them you can’t get the job done. A student pastor would be foolish not to spend time building and equipping adult leaders to serve alongside him.
This post was originally a guest post I did for Joel Onyshuk’s blog. Joel is a pastor and a seminary student. He has one of the best blog’s I have ever seen and has a ton of great resources for Christian leaders. Check out his blog here and connect with him on Twitter @JoelOnyshuk.