Behind the coffee catchups, leadership messages & moments of correction, every Youth Pastor is looking for their leaders to step up and become mighty men like those King David had.
2 Samuel 23:13-17 During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. 15 David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 16 So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord. 17 “Far be it from me, Lord, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it.
As a youth leader or Youth Pastor, there is always going to be someone that we can be a mighty warrior for. As a youth leader, we serve the Youth Pastor. As a Youth Pastor we serve the Senior Pastor. Whatever our position of leadership may be, we should glean from the way King David’s men served him. Each leader should strive to be a mighty warrior & servant for the leader that they serve.
12 practical ways of being a mighty man (or woman) for the leader you serve under
1. Be prepared to do the things that nobody else wants to do, and don’t wait to be asked to do them but offer to do them.
2. Offer to run the setup & pack up team (if nobody already has) so that your leader can focus on other things.
3. Be faithful to the people you have been given to disciple.
4. Always speak positively of your leader.
5. Be quick to defend your leader to others.
6. Communicate openly with your leader about issues you are aware of within the leadership team – e.g, other leaders gossiping or speaking negatively about the team or leader. If your leader doesn’t know about an issue, they can’t fix it.
Your leader should be the first to know about these kinds of things.
7. Use your leader as a soundboard for your own life. Your leader would love to be involved in helping you make life decisions – Dating, budgeting, getting a job, getting married, etc.
8. Solve problems for your leader. They are busy, so any problem you can solve for them is great!
9. Ask your leader for feedback on how you can grow.
10. Find out what their vision is for the Ministry they are leading and think of ways to serve that vision more effectively.
11. Ask to meet with your leader regularly and when you meet do the following things: Drive to where they are. Ask for feedback on your own personal leadership. Ask about what holes they need filling. Tell them an encouraging story about one of your teens.
12. Pray for the person leading you. Pray that God would give them wisdom and insight so that they can make the best decisions possible.