Jesus expected leaders to serve. Jesus gave His disciples an image of leadership that we used as our standard for Student Leadership within our High School Ministry.
“Jesus called them together and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28
Jesus shattered what most people think leadership style is all about: being in charge. He goes even further to define true leadership as serving others. “Serving
We’re not looking to fill our leadership team with cute/handsome, fun, and popular. We’re looking for students who love Jesus and are willing to make this style of “servant-leadership” the standard that their lives reflect.
We’re asking a lot from student leaders and because of this, we realize leadership isn’t for everyone. That is one of the reasons the leadership team is open only to Juniors and Seniors. Many people won’t want to rise to the high level of commitment we are expecting. If student leadership isn’t for you, don’t worry about it. Not being involved in student leadership isn’t necessarily a measure of your spiritual maturity. We are committed to you and want to help you continue to grow spiritually regardless of your involvement with our leadership program. We know you can be a leader without our help!
Although we’re asking for a considerable commitment from our student leaders, there are also benefits. Student leadership has high requirements, but it also has high rewards. Part of the high reward student leaders receive is more intense and personal time with the student ministry staff. We want to invest in the lives of our leaders. You’ll be held accountable to biblical standards for leadership.
In addition to this, you’ll have opportunities for training and service that will only be available to student leaders. You’ll have access to Bible studies, articles, etc. that focus on leadership so you’ll have the resources and training you need for more effective ministry.