My name is Bobby Childs and I am currently a middle school and high school athletic director in the state of Kansas. Before my current job I have spent five summers at camp, and been a volunteer youth leader for 2 years. Attended Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. There are four people we need to partner with in order to have a successful youth ministry.
Youth. My heart is for people. First and foremost my heart is for youth. There is nothing I would rather do than be developing the next generation through God’s word and time spent with them. It is a joy to see students receive opportunities to lead and serve. Make sure you partner with students in this way in the appropriate settings to let them step up to the challenge.
Parents. I have come to realize that I don’t want to be the only one to share in this excitement. Partnering with parents in your ministry is also crucial. Give parents glimpses not only in person, but in other forms as well. Parents cannot always attend events. So create a Facebook group to give them snip its of activities. Post pictures and videos there, with the appropriate permission, to help them see what is happening in your ministry.
Volunteers. There should also be a partnership with volunteers. At some point you are going to need others to help you make your ministry successful. Other people want to help, they are just waiting to be asked. So ask away! Do not be overbearing in your asking, just present opportunities. Some volunteers will want to help out as much as they can, and other volunteers want to show up occasionally. No matter what your volunteers do to help, make sure you thank them. It could be a card, phone call, text, email, face to face. Just make sure you tell them how much they contribute.
God. This is not last on the list because it is least important. It is the most important aspect that we can often forget in our busyness. There should be a daily partnership with God. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that we should trust God and not trust our own understanding. We often have so many ideas of what it looks like to be successful that we forget to ask God.
Make sure you partner in all four areas. The work is hard, but the rewards are endless.