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When the class of 2018 heads into their future there will a be a big hole in our youth ministries. The absence of their leadership and personalities leaves big shoes to fill. If you’ve got natural leaders coming up right behind them this transition may be something you’ve braced yourself for and maybe even feel ready for. But the reality is, sometimes we don’t know who will step up to lead, we don’t know if our youth ministry will feel as connected, we don’t know what will happen this summer.
Like the high school basketball coach who has been starting 5 seniors, we have to start thinking about our team for next season. We’ve got to start recognizing students who are ready to contribute more playing time and are willing to lead. We have to trust new students to make up our starting line up. The team is going to look different, this new starting line up will have different victories than the team before them, but they are still YOUR team. Sometimes the hardest part of being a coach is letting your seniors go and showing your new line up that you have complete confidence in them.
Skyler - Starter - Youth - Ministry - Leader
Skyler was a “starter” for our youth ministry. She was such a natural leader. She brought people together, she was a connector, motivator, and encourager. She’s been away at college for less than a year now. Those first 6 weeks of youth ministry after Skyler left for college seemed like an eternity. Our team just didn’t look or perform the same. When youth group started each week, it was quieter than usual. Some kids didn’t know who to talk to. And some kids decided to skip youth group altogether after Skyler left because she was their main connection.
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