CONTENT

"God uses these volunteers mightily to impact students, parents, and the community for Christ; and we strive here at Cornerstone church to cultivate leaders who understand their role in the ministry."

"We know that we are all imperfect beings before Him, yet we are amazed at how God still uses us to impact the lives of students."

"We seek to allow God to determine what the essentials are for His ministry and what the adults that serve alongside us need."

When it comes to youth ministry, one of the most important elements are the adult volunteers who serve in the ministry. From Sunday mornings and life groups, to special events and Hume Lake, the adults who volunteer and pour their lives into students make a huge difference. They can often be the difference in a students’ long-term healthy relationship with God. God uses these volunteers mightily to impact students, parents, and the community for Christ; and we strive here at Cornerstone church to cultivate leaders who understand their role in the ministry. When it comes to our incredible volunteers, there are many ideals that we connect with them on for the health of our students here at Cornerstone church and the ministry itself. These ideals help create the atmosphere of success that only God has blessed us with.

 

1. We create a clear definition of what it means to serve in every area of our ministry. We seek to allow God to determine what the essentials are for His ministry and what the adults that serve alongside us need. We strive to communicate these ideals with our leaders, and ensure that there is extreme clarity for them at all times. There is nothing more frustrating than serving in a ministry area and not fully understanding what is expected of you. Likewise, we, as youth ministry leaders, cannot expect success when we haven’t defined it for our people.

 

2. God can use anybody in Youth Ministry. Anyone can serve in student ministry, but not everyone should. I have seen older, younger, introverted, extroverted, married, single, and just plain crazy adults serve well in youth ministry. I have also witnessed leaders who were serving for the wrong reasons, or simply not willing to embrace the strategy and vision of the ministry. It is problematic when we assume someone isn’t cut out for the role based upon their age, stage of life, or personality. While these things do factor in at times, we look to allow God to direct, through His grace, who can serve. We know that we are all imperfect beings before Him, yet we are amazed at how God still uses us to impact the lives of students.

 

3. Pour into them. Leaders need to know that you will equip them, pour into them spiritually, and walk with them through the often difficult challenges that face every leader in youth ministry. We make sure our leaders know what these steps are and how we will help to empower them to serve as God has gifted them and called them. How can one pour out over and over again without the blessing of being poured into? We as a youth staff take the honor and privilege to heart to pour into these volunteers who are so giving of their time and love.

 

It can be a very rewarding process when we properly unleash leaders in our youth ministry. When we look back after months and years of serving with leaders we have bonded with, we see all that God has done in the lives of students and in our leader’s lives as well. We are so grateful for the people that God has brought to live life with these students because we would not be able to pour into these students in the same capacity without them. Pray for us as a youth ministry as we continue to serve our students and walk with them through some of the most difficult times of life.

"We are so grateful for the people that God has brought to live life with these students because we would not be able to pour into these students in the same capacity without them."

©2013 CORNERSTONE CHURCH

1000 N. STUDEBAKER RD.

LONG BEACH, CA 90815