I love seeing search terms like this pop up in my stats: tips for being a good Christian youth leader. It means that someplace, somewhere, someone is doing his or her very best to grow in his/her role as a youth leader and that makes me happy. So I’m going to try and help you take your leadership to the next level with these tips for being a good youth leader.
One of the things to invest time in each week to grow as a youth leader is reading. The old adagio ‘leaders are readers’ is really true! Here are a few things you can ‘feed’ yourself with:
- Books on (Christian) leadership: there’s hundreds of them coming out each year. You don’t need to read them all, but find some authors you like and that challenge you.
- Books and up to date info on youth culture: youth culture is changing so fast that it’s important to stay on top of this. Two of my favorite sites for this are the Youth Culture Report and Jonathan McKee’s blog.
- Books on youth psychology and development: one of the hot issues at the moment is extended adolescence for instance – it will really pay off to stay current on topics like this.
- Blogs from youth leaders and youth ministry organizations: I follow about 50 youth ministry related blogs and I’m learning tons every day.