5 contributions new leaders make to your team

This year, I'm particularly excited about my adult leadership team because it includes a combination of returning and new leaders. Last week, we discussed five contributions veteran leaders make to your team. But the truth is, new leaders contribute valuably to your team, too. Here are five contributions new leaders make to your team.

A new perspective: New leaders come to your ministry with a different perspective. Perhaps they have a different church background than others on your team. Or maybe they're in a different life stage. Perhaps they just moved to the area. Or maybe they've been at your church their entire lives. My new leaders are recent college graduates. They bring with them experience from college ministries (both positive and negative) and are eager to share that experience with our team. When we listen to them, we enlarge our sphere of influence, allowing other ideas to shape our ministry.

A new lens: New leaders see your ministry with new eyes, in part because of the new perspective they bring. This enables them to see your ministry differently than you do and to unashamedly ask questions about it. Those questions can help you reexamine and evaluate your ministry, rethinking why you do what you do.

Excitement: What every veteran leader knows is that ministry is tiring. Even when ministry is going well, it's exhausting. As a result, sometimes veteran leaders are left feeling drained. In contrast, new leaders bring fresh excitement to the team. They are eager to serve and are excited about what lies ahead in your ministry! For that reason, they breathe fresh life into your veteran leaders and your ministry as a whole.

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and the forthcoming A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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