Adult Leader Recruitment Tip: Ask for a Meeting

You can't do youth ministry alone.

Perhaps you already know that. Maybe you even believe that.

Even so, knowing and believing that doesn't make adult leaders magically appear. You still have to work hard to recruit the right people to be leaders in your youth ministry.

When I first began working as a youth pastor, I regularly ran announcements in our bulletin, asking – maybe even begging – people to serve in our youth ministry. Unfortunately, such announcements rarely produced any fruit. Either no one responded or people not particularly suited for youth ministry responded. So I stopped.

Now, I rely on personal asks.

I ask people I trust for recommendations on who they think would be great leaders in our youth ministry. I ask my adult leaders who they'd like to serve with. I ask teens who they'd like to see serve in our ministry. I prayerfully thumb through the pages of our church directory, considering who might be a hidden gem in our congregation. I watch people on Sunday mornings and ponder who might be a good addition to our team.

Once I've compiled a list of names, I send potential leaders an e-mail or give them a call. I tell them directly that I think they'd make a great leader in our youth ministry. But I don't try to sell them on serving in that e-mail or phone call. I don't immediately make the ask.

Instead, I ask potential leaders if I can buy them a cup of coffee and spend 45 minutes with them sharing my vision for ministry along with why I think they'd make a great leader.

Here's what I've found.

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, 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 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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