What kind of expectations should we have for volunteers working in youth ministry?  Is it just enough to have volunteers?  Should we have high expectations of them?  Should we just be glad someone showed up?  These are questions that have come up several times over the years as I have been working with youth ministry.  A few years back I decided to write job descriptions for those working in our youth ministry.

Here are a couple of reasons why I think it is important to articulate job descriptions:

  • I believe we are held responsible for the commitment we give to raising up our youth.  I do not believe it is appropriate to just randomly show up and call it youth ministry.  Yes it probably can happen like that, but I do not think that should be the norm.
  • YOUTH LEADERS – Look at Ephesians 4:11-13.  I believe part of our calling is to equip others to do the work of ministry.  Part of that equipping is preparing them to be successful.

So, here’s what all of our youth workers received.  If you are a…

Sunday School Teacher (~5 hours weekly)

  • Background check
  • Doctrinal survey
  • Belonging class/membership
  • Youth staff meetings (each 5th Sunday)
  • Quarterly commitment
  • Commit your study and the youth to God in prayer.
  • One male and one female (preferably not married) should be in the classroom with the youth.
  • Sunday morning (1 ½ hours) – Be there at least 15 minutes early to have all things prepared and greet the youth.
  • Lesson preparation (1-2 hours) – More or less depending on your style.  Use provided curriculum unless otherwise approved.
  • Outside contact (1 hour) – Approximately 3-5 contacts weekly.  Get to know the youth and their families.  The contacts can be done by email, face to face, events, phone call, etc…

3D Small group leader (~5 hours weekly)

  • Background check
  • Doctrinal survey
  • Belonging class/membership
  • Youth staff meetings (each 5th Sunday)
  • Semester commitment (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Commit your study and the youth to God in prayer.
  • Sunday evening (2 ½ hours) – Be on time and prepared to engage with the youth in all activities.  Plan on staying until the youth are picked up (as long as we have at least 2 adults in the building).
  • Lesson preparation (1 hour) – Have lesson prepared using provided curriculum (if given in advance).
  • Outside contact (1 hour) – Approximately 3-5 contacts weekly.  Get to know the youth and their families.  The contacts can be done by email, face to face, events, phone call, etc…

D-Group Leader (3+ hours)

  • Background check
  • Doctrinal survey
  • Belonging class/membership
  • Youth staff meetings (each 5th Sunday)
  • Commitment – Year-round
  • Commit your study and the youth to God in prayer.
  • Invest in a group of 3-5 same gender youth as they grow towards maturity in Christ emotionally, spiritually, and socially.  Offer appropriate help to families as need arises.  This is a group you should get to know very well.  You will take on a mentor/discipler role in their lives.
  • Meet weekly (1 hour) for accountability, Scripture memory, Bible study, and relationship building.
  • Lesson prep (1 hour) – This will vary depending on what is being covered.
  • Outside contact (1 hour) – Touch base with each person in your group regularly.  Get to know them and their families.  The contacts can be done by email, face to face, events, phone call, etc…

Drivers

  • Background check
  • Driving history
  • At least 25 years old
  • Responsible for safety of youth while they are in your care.
  • Responsibility extends to following all GEC rules and expectations, speed limits, appropriate music/video selections.
  • You will have at least 2 students or another adult in your vehicle with you.
  • Gas is typically covered (keep track of receipts).
  • You are responsible for the rest of your expenses unless stated otherwise.

There are obviously other ways people can serve in a youth ministry but these are key in our church.  What do you think?  Are they appropriate or not?  How would you respond if you were given a copy of these?  Is there anything I’m missing?  Feel free to leave feedback in the comments.  I’d appreciate it and so would others, I’m sure.

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