STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM (SLT)
Student Leader Standards & Guidelines
Student Leadership Team
God’s Word tells us leaders are to live by a higher standard. Often people mistake leadership as a position, a title, or a place where one can be popular and powerful. This isn’t true leadership. True servant leadership is using your influence to serve others. The student leadership team is for teenagers who are willing to do what it takes to rise to a higher standard to be key influencers in extending the kingdom of God.
What is expected of a Student Leader
- Structure & Leadership
- Communication, support and direction
- Challenge to develop the ministry
- Ensure that you are successful
A student leader is expected to live a life that models what it means to follow after Christ, in other words, a “no doubt” lifestyle: there is no doubt you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. We ask leaders to model our vision and purposes. Each Core student leader is expected to live out and model God’s purposes for us and to have accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Our student leaders need to be “All In” or “Sold Out” for Christ.
Student Leader Discipline
The Youth Ministry Student Leadership Development team will hold each student leader to a “three strikes, you’re out” rule.
How is a Student Leader selected?
- Lateral accountability (student-to-student accountability).
- Adult leader meets with student leadership team member and they discuss problem and possible solutions.
- Youth pastor meets with student leadership team member, and if problem is not resolved, student leader chooses to leave student leadership team.
A student leader is selected by the Youth Ministry Student Leadership Development team.
Student Leadership Guidelines
Leaders lead by example. It is impossible to lead without consistent attendance and participation. We ask that all student leaders be present at the following:
- All weekly church services, including special activities and youth service.
- Student Leadership Meeting once a month.
- Other youth ministry events, including retreats and service projects.
- All student leaders are expected to attend Student Life Camp.
(We realize that because of time demands and schedules, there will be times that someone has to miss some things. Please COMMUNICATE IN ADVANCE.)
A student leader must model a servant attitude. Mark 10:45 says, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others”. Serving others is the focus rather than pride, ego, and boasting.
Student leaders must have a personal relationship with Christ and are expected to have a regular time alone with God in prayer and reading God’s Word.
A student leader must be active in a ministry team. For example, the First Impressions Team, Kitchen Crew, etc.
A student leader is expected to live out Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”. Student leaders are to be positive and encouraging. If there is a problem among the group, students are expected to talk with the leader about it, not other students. Student leaders are expected to support the adult leadership team.
A student leader is expected to be a facilitator to help connect new students in the group. This means keeping an eye out for new students, talking and sitting with them, and introducing them to others.
We expect that obvious Christian convictions and standards be upheld.
We especially call attention to the following:
- All movies and music must simply pass this test: Would Christ be approving of this?
- We request that all student leaders dress modestly and appropriately at all services and youth ministry activities. In order to uphold a high standard and not distract from our main purpose, we ask that leadership students refrain from wearing short shorts, mini-skirts, spaghetti straps, mid-drift shirts, or extremely tight or low-cut clothing while at any church activities.
- Because dating can be such a trouble area that Satan uses to pull down students, we ask the following:
- In keeping with Scripture, no student leader should date a non-Christian.
- Before any relationship, we ask that each student leader sit down with their adult leader and answer these three questions.
- Is this person a Christian?
- Could I see myself marrying this person?
- Does this person push me closer to God?
** Please understand these standards are not intended to be legalistic but are for your benefit to help you avoid the traps Satan often sets in this area.
A student leader must live by a HIGHER STANDARD. The Bible commands us to “reject every kind of evil” (1 Thess 5:22 ). Those in leadership should have a godly hatred of sin and should be willing to walk away from anything that might have the appearance of evil. Students are expected to avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Students are also expected to not allow themselves to be places that could appear to be a hindrance to their witness.
Prayerfully consider the commitment
We want each potential student leader to take time to pray and think through your commitment. We encourage you to seek the counsel of family and/or friends regarding your decision.
This form is completed by all selected student leaders to ensure their complete understanding of and commitment to the student leadership team.
Monthly Student Leadership Meetings
The Youth Ministry Student Leadership Development Team, or one of its members will host a monthly meeting and bible study. This meeting will allow Student Leaders the opportunity to address cares and concerns about the youth ministry, learn about leadership, and to have time to study the bible with adult leaders.
Benefits of Being on the Student Leadership Team
- Learn leadership skills that will benefit you throughout your life.
- Learn how to develop good bible study habits.
- Learn how to prepare and deliver lessons.
- Develop event organizational skills.
- Get to spend extra time with adult leaders who are devoted to helping you succeed.
- See God use you to further his kingdom.
- Know you had a large part in helping youth ministries grow.
- Grow closer to God and the group.