Starting a Youth Ministry

This 6 week course will walk you through the steps to launch a teen ministry.

Week 1 - Youth Ministry Matters
Week 2 - Choosing a Type of Ministry
Week 3 - Forming a Leadership Team
Week 4 - Planning Out Your Year
Week 5 - Promoting Your Youth Group
Week 6 - FAQs

WEEK Three: Forming a leadership team


  1. Discuss the importance of working with a youth ministry team.
  2. Walk through some potential roles to fill in a leadership team.

We are a Body

We are part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12), which means we will have the greatest impact when we welcome the help of other members with different gifts and abilities. This is a great thing to remember when getting a youth ministry off the ground. While it can be more convenient to work alone, it is usually not the best approach. Setting up a solid leadership team to oversee your teen ministry allows you to join together all the different gifts and talents of everyone and use them to build a stronger ministry. That said, our goal is not to discourage you from starting a ministry until you have the perfect team together. Rather, we encourage you to get one started and actively seek out other people that God has put in your church to join you in order to help and support your efforts.

Youth Ministry Team Roles

The Leader 

While having a leadership team provides a great variety of gifts and abilities, it is important to still have one person or couple who take the visionary role and lead the charge with the ministry. The leader needs to be passionate about reaching teens and willing to keep the rest of the group focused.

The Coordinator

It is incredibly helpful to have someone on your team that is gifted in organizing and coordinating. While the leader may bring the passion and vision for the ministry, they may not be as gifted in the area of organization. It is important to have someone who is willing to make sure everyone shows up for leadership team meetings, gets announcements to the church, creates invitations to events, and keeps the team focused on keeping up with projects.

Other Supporting Roles

There are many other roles that you may feel your youth ministry needs. Don’t hesitate to ask for church members to step up and fill some of these needs:

  • Assembling a praise band
  • Designing a logo and look for your youth ministry
  • Taking photographs and promoting your ministry
  • Planning events
  • Providing snacks each week
  • Keeping parents updated through emails
  • Putting together a prayer team

Recruiting help

The first step in recruiting is to go to God in prayer. This is his youth ministry and he knows the people he wants to lead it. After this, if God has put someone on your heart, then you should approach that person and ask them if they would be willing to get involved. Otherwise, consider just placing an announcement out there and praying that God would move the right person to respond. The key is to leave the recruitment process in God's hands because as imperfect humans we can often look at the outward appearance of a person, but God knows the heart and who will be best for each role.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Defining Roles & Setting Expectations

Once God has brought together your team, it is important to establish goals and expectations for everyone. While it may take a bit more time to figure out what each person will be doing and when it needs to be done, knowing what is expected of a person keeps your ministry running smoothly and helps avoid conflicts.

Too often ministries drift around because of lack of organization and leadership. Regular meetings, clear deadlines and accountability are important and necessary to keep things focused and organized. In addition, volunteers and others helping out your ministry thrive knowing what you expect of them and where they fit in the mission of your group. 

Finally, make sure to set aside time during your meetings to pray specifically for wisdom and guidance for you ministry as well as the teens you are ministering too. This is an awesome way to unite your group and will help keep the focus on God rather than yourselves.

Continue to week 4: Planning Out Your Year