Student Leadership ConferencePosted: April 21, 2011
I’m taking a small group of students from our high school ministry to Doug Fields’ Student Leadership Conference this July 5-8 (which if you’re not….you should definitely think about it). I’ve used several different ways to “recruit” students for this conference. Hopefully these might be helpful for you as well.
Method 1 – The first year we went to this conference we used it to launch a student leadership team. We hadn’t done any type of student leadership in our ministry for a couple years. So, I looked around to see who were the students who were serving and had leadership potential. Then we sent a letter to this small crew of students inviting them to take part in the conference. A month or so after the conference we did a full-blown application process to kick off our student leadership “program.”
Method 2 – The next year we did the application process earlier. We had students apply for leadership in late Spring to then serve the next school year. We announced it and explained it in our large group settings. We had students fill out applications and go through an interview process. Then we basically enfolded the leadership conference as a part of that year’s leadership training.
Method 3 – This year is a little different, but pretty similar to Method 1. We haven’t done student leadership in a while so we’re back to square one. I’ve announced it a tiny bit to our ministry, put a blurb in the church bulletin, and did a blog post on our student website. We’ve painted a picture of the type of student we’re looking for (either serving in ministry this year or interested in serving next year). Then I’ve asked our adult leaders to suggest students who they think would be good leaders in our ministry and then I’ve sent them a personal invite on either Facebook or email.
We’ll probably again use the Student Leadership Conference as a launching point for next year’s student leaders. Although my gut is that student leadership in our ministry next year will look much more organic than it will programmed.
How do you recruit student leaders? Are you taking students to the Student Leadership Conference?