Youth Leader Expectations - MS005
Youth Ministry is, above all, a place where students are provided opportunities to grow in their relationships with the Lord. We also have a lot of fun—but a youth leader’s primary role is to both model and encourage a living and active relationship with Jesus Christ.
Youth leaders are representatives of Jesus Christ and Cornerstone Chapel and are therefore called to a high standard.
Youth leaders commit to growth in their relationships with the Lord.
It is impossible to serve well without nurturing your own relationship with Christ. You should regularly spend time studying God’s Word, talking with Him in prayer, and in fellowship with other believers.
Please read Galatians 5:16-26. The Apostle Paul discusses the tension between what he refers to as the “lusts of the flesh” and a life lived “walking in the Spirit.” The lusts of the flesh, which Paul says are evident and obvious, cannot exist while walking in the Spirit.
Youth leaders commit to purity in relationships.
Romantic RelationshipsRomantic relationships must be pure and above reproach. The way you act with a significant other in private and in public is vital to your ability to lead students according to God’s Word. Relationships must be within the bounds of Scripture and therefore include only one man and one woman and be free from sexual immorality. If you are unclear as to what is considered sexual immorality, please speak to a ministry staff leader.
Team Member RelationshipsLeaders are to be peacemakers and should not provoke contention. There must be mutual respect between team members, and you should seek to build one another up spiritually and emotionally, both through the words you use and the attitudes you display.
Substance Use/AbuseOur bodies are gifts of God to be well stewarded, and as a youth leader, you are in a position of significant influence over the students you lead. You are to refrain from tobacco use, vaping products, marijuana use, illegal substances, and drunkenness. Alcohol consumption is highly discouraged.
Social MediaThe reach of social media is significant. Whether you post on social media yourself or appear in the posts of others, your images, language, and dress should be above reproach.
Church Involvement/AttendanceOutside of scheduled ministry opportunities, there must be a true and honest effort to regularly attend youth and church services.
Maintaining ResourcesAs most of the ministries of our church share resources, we expect youth leaders to respect, maintain, and care for the resources in community spaces.
Student InteractionWhile engagement with students is vital for a youth leader, there are important boundaries:
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