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5 Qualities of a Strong Student Ministries Leader

Without strong leadership, your student ministry will not be able to reach its full potential, and your church will be missing a major component in sharing the gospel.

Student Ministries Leader

When you hear the phrase “student ministry leader,” what thoughts come to mind? Knowing the latest trends and jargon? Being able to eat 13 hot peppers in one sitting? Youth leaders are a vital but often misunderstood part of a church.


The truth is, without strong leadership, your student ministry will not be able to reach its fullest potential. Your students will not be discipled, and your church will be missing a major component in sharing the gospel.


Here are five qualities of a great student ministries leader:


1. Casting Vision - A strong leader will cast vision for the youth ministry and take the needed steps to execute that vision ... always keeping the vision of the church in mind.

2. Ministers to the Entire Family - A great youth leader has an impact on the ENTIRE family.
  • They provide students and parents with the tools they need to disciple others in their sphere of influence.
  • They help students discover, develop, and be responsible for their own faith - rather than adopting a faith walk from their family and leaders.
3. Impacts Their Worldview - Great youth leadership not only helps shape a student's faith, but it impacts their entire worldview. Great youth leadership provides opportunities for students to step out of their comfort zone and live out their faith in their day-to-day lives and show the love of Christ.

4. Creates Community and Security - Great student ministry leaders help create community and provide students a safe place to belong… space to process what's going on in their lives at school and home and helps put things into perspective. It provides an atmosphere where they feel supported and loved.

5. Relational and Influential - A great youth minister is relational, self-motivated, and influential. You typically can't be influential without being relational ... and you can't be relational without being intentional and self-motivated about it. 


Of course, knowing the latest trends and jargon and possessing a unique skillset (like the ability to win at Scatterball) can be an added asset on the job! But the essentials are what will carry a youth leader far.


Chemistry Staffing is currently partnering with several churches to find GREAT student ministry leaders. If you think you might make an incredible addition to an amazing church family, please check out the current openings and start your profile by clicking the link below.


Current Student Ministry Openings


P.S. Is your church looking for a dynamic and gifted leader to serve your youth ministry? We’d love to walk alongside you in your search. Let's talk.


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Kelly Norris

Kelly Norris

Kelly Norris has nearly 30 years of experience in Children’s, Operations, Communications, Church Planting, Creative Arts, Associate, and Executive Pastoral positions. She is also the owner of Kelability, LLC, a Kingdom-minded company supporting and developing ministries and leaders. She and her family of five reside in central Ohio. Her work with Chemistry Staffing allows Kelly the opportunity to use her diverse coaching and ministry background to help candidates navigate their journey of finding the right position and to help churches find the right candidate for a long-term, healthy fit.

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