One reason why I'm particularly excited about this group of leaders is that half are returning and half are new. There is, I think, a sacredness in that combination. Returning leaders bring so much to a leadership team. For me, the five biggest things veteran leaders bring to my team are:
Institutional knowledge: Veteran leaders know how things in your ministry are done. When it comes to your youth ministry, they have institutional knowledge. They understand your vision and have chosen to continue saying yes to serving because they agree with it. They know why you start with a game at your midweek program and why your summer calendar includes a mission trip. They know the flow of your programming year and are energized by it.
Wisdom: Veteran leaders bring wisdom to your ministry. Because they have a working understanding of your ministry's vision, they can be trusted to make decisions that support it. Veteran leaders also bring wisdom to the team about how to do ministry in your specific context. They know how to prep the curriculum you use. They know the best way to relate to their specific small group. They know how to minister to parents and which parents will need extra care throughout the year.