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6 Ideas to Refresh Your Student Leadership Team

By Doug Franklin September 4, 2013

After a while our student leadership teams can become routine and boring. The same students do all the talking and most students aren’t leading, they are following. It’s time to change this up and refresh the student leadership team. Here are a few ideas to help:


1. Make the team smaller

Most student leadership teams are too big, 10-12. Reduce the size of the team to 3-5. This is to get the students on the team working together.


2. Students lead programing

Allow the students to run programing for one month. Your weekly event totally led by students. It will be messy but the teachable moments will be awesome.


3. Shorten the term on the team

Most student leadership teams go for one year. This in my option is too long. Students have so much happening in their lives they can only focus for a few months at a time. Have four student leadership teams meet for 3 months. More students get to lead with more focus.


4. Service projects student-led

Challenge the team with the only service you will do this year must be student started and led. Students are always willing to serve but seldom see a need and rally the youth group to meet the need. This challenge will teach you a lot about the students’ hearts to serve.


5. Each team leads one project

Have a group of smaller leadership teams that serve for one project. A leadership team for fall retreat and one for winter retreat. One for welcome team and one for the summer mission trip. You get the idea. The team serves until the project is complete.


6. Student leaders mentor

Challenge your student leaders to mentor one other student. Maybe a jr. higher or it maybe another student in the ministry. This challenge may change their view on leadership. Student leaders think leaders just tell others what to do but this challenge will help them see the power of doing life with another person. Use your team meetings to share how it’s going and what struggles they are facing. This could be a powerful experience for your student leaders.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More