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Importance of Community for Students

Importance of Community for Students

Student leadership brings so much to the table for students. It brings belonging and something that they can have purpose in. It brings leadership development to prepare them for living a life on mission. However, one of the most important aspects of student leadership is the community it brings for student leaders.

A lot of students believe they are living a good life if they just keep themselves from partying or doing “bad” things. There is a problem with this mentality. That mentality tells us that what measures our life in Christ is the decisions we make. Honestly, most of them could probably keep themselves from doing all of the “bad” stuff, however, following Christ alone just does not work and students do not realize their need for community until they experience it and see how important it is for their walk with Christ.  If we are honest, we as leaders need our community to encourage us as we follow Christ just as much as the students! I need people in my life to stay on mission everyday. I get distracted and there are other things begging for my attention that are a whole lot easier than making disciples. If we choose to live life outside of community, we are truly missing out…and so are these students!

Students need to have a place that is so safe and so inviting that they would do whatever it takes to be there because of how well they feel known by those people. That is real community for them. So, how do we create that community for kids? Well, it begins with teaching them what it means to really follow Jesus.

Matthew 4:19-20

19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

They barely even knew Jesus at the time. Why would these guys leave their family, friends, career and so on so quickly?  Because, the mission that Jesus invited them on was way greater than anything they could of dreamed up. Jesus was inviting them to come alongside Him (God’s son) and change the coarse of the world with him! He could have done it all on his own but he chose to do it with others. He was modeling to us what he wanted us to repeat.

Being on mission together is about investing your life in something that is actually going to last. The decisions kids make right now will impact the rest of their life. Think about it! When you choose to give your life away to loving others, the impact it has on those people creates a ripple. I tell my student leaders to think about who modeled Jesus to them? They all think of a person who had a profound impact on the reason they follow Jesus today. Now just think about 5 years from now. Who is going to say your name? And who is saying that person’s name and so on and so forth? Before long, your life has impacted a ton of people, all because you chose to give your life to something greater. Now, think about the impact you can have when you are mission with others… you can change your WHOLE SCHOOL!!

So ask yourself these questions:

1.    What am I inviting kids into? Is it a culture where we just get a bunch of planning done? Or is it a place where student can share their lives with one another and spur one another on?
2.    How am I modeling the importance of community to these student leaders? Do I live out my walk with Christ through community as well?
3.    How can I encourage these students to be a community beyond Young Life meetings? How can I encourage them to live it our in their schools, in the lunchroom, at a basketball game, etc.?

What it will look like varies. The most important part is making sure it is something that draws them in and re-energizes them for the work ahead of them. Maybe it is a once a month student leadership time where for an hour of the time you are listening to one another talk about the most joy-filled and hardest moments of being on mission and THEN you get to your planning done after that. Maybe it is a shared meal before club each week? You decide what works for your students but make sure you are cultivating time with them in the same way that you cultivate time with your adult leaders on your team. We are better together in a tight bond than we are as scattered members. Take joy, my friends. Community is doing the hard but important work of Christ, TOGETHER. Hallelujah that we do not have to do it on our own!

 

Your FIRST Student Leadership Meeting

Your FIRST Student Leadership Meeting

This is an example of a way you could lead your first Student Leader meeting. This is with a focus on student leaders who are following Christ/Campaigner kids. There are several ways to run student leadership...this is just ONE of many ways! 

“Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” Tom Landry 

Devotional: Joshua 6 and the walls of Jericho.
 No one went out or in, two 30 foot walls 15 feet apart, one 12’ thick, one 6’ feet thick, from the bottom, these walls appear to be 10 stories high.

Question to ask kids: What are the walls around your school? What are the obstacles? 

Student leadership is YOU being a leader among your peers! They are dying to hear about Jesus! 

Titanic Clip: Row back for more!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaObaj-gKRI
start clip at 4 mins and end at 5 mins.

There were enough lifeboats to save everyone on board, yet most of the lifeboats that were launched off the Titanic were not filled to capacity. For instance, the first lifeboat to launch, lifeboat 7,  from the starboard side, only carried 24 people despite having a capacity of 65. However, it was lifeboat 1 that carried the fewest people - only seven crew and five passengers (a total of 12 people) despite having a capacity for 40.

Don't let the voices of your peers go unheard. There is always room for more in Young Life!

Devotional: Matthew, feeding of the 5000 - solitary place, crowd of 12000 greets him, had compassion on them and healed their sick, disciples wanted Jesus to send the crowds away for food. It’s getting late. Disciples were saying, this is too big, we can’t handle this many people. 

If club (the way it looks and the execution of it) is ONLY what you can handle...then we’re in trouble. Are we going to turn people away? Invite less people to hear the gospel? Be the people on the titanic who rowed away?

Jesus replied, "you give them something to eat." Then Jesus feeds them. He was saying, "I’ll help you with a plan." He broke the bread and then gave it to the disciples who then fed the people. 

12,000 people were present including women and children.

This is where it goes from insane to sane. One basket could feed 50 people… but they come back to Jesus  and he fills the baskets again, again and again. As long as you come back to Me you will have what you need.  

We ask all the questions of how are we going to do this. Jesus isn’t panicked about this. We keep going back to Jesus to provide what we need. He can meet our needs. He allows us to participate in what he is about to do. What if the disciples walked away? They would have missed the spectacular – what Jesus was about to do. Step out and I will meet you there. God’s heart moves toward the multitudes and the crowds. Set up a system of always going back to Jesus. 

Let’s take everything we talk about tonight to Jesus and let him work. Let’s dream big and trust him with the details of how he will and can use us!

Now dream BIG for your school.  How do you want YL to be represented at your school? How can you make YL NOT just club? What kind of events do you want to put on? How do we reach our whole school for Christ? He can do it...just keep coming back to him!

Student Leadership Meeting Plan

Student Leadership Meeting Plan

This is an example of a way you could lead your first Student Leader meeting. This is with a focus on student leaders who are following Christ/Campaigner kids. There are several ways to run student leadership...this is just ONE of many ways!

“Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” Tom Landry

Devotional: Joshua 6 and the walls of Jericho.

No one went out or in, two 30 foot walls 15 feet apart, one 12’ thick, one 6’ feet thick, from the bottom, these walls appear to be 10 stories high.

Question to ask kids: What are the walls around your school? What are the obstacles? 

Student leadership is YOU being a leader among your peers! They are dying to hear about Jesus! 

Titanic Clip: Row back for more!

start clip at 4 mins and end at 5 mins.

There were enough lifeboats to save everyone on board, yet most of the lifeboats that were launched off the Titanic were not filled to capacity. For instance, the first lifeboat to launch, lifeboat 7,  from the starboard side, only carried 24 people despite having a capacity of 65. However, it was lifeboat 1 that carried the fewest people - only seven crew and five passengers (a total of 12 people) despite having a capacity for 40.

Don't let the voices of your peers go unheard. There is always room for more in Young Life!

Devotional: Matthew, feeding of the 5000 - solitary place, crowd of 12000 greets him, had compassion on them and healed their sick, disciples wanted Jesus to send the crowds away for food. It’s getting late. Disciples were saying, this is too big, we can’t handle this many people. 

If club (the way it looks and the execution of it) is ONLY what you can handle...then we’re in trouble. Are we going to turn people away? Invite less people to hear the gospel? Be the people on the titanic who rowed away?

Jesus replied, "you give them something to eat." Then Jesus feeds them. He was saying, "I’ll help you with a plan." He broke the bread and then gave it to the disciples who then fed the people. 

12,000 people were present including women and children.

This is where it goes from insane to sane. One basket could feed 50 people… but they come back to Jesusand he fills the baskets again, again and again. As long as you come back to Me you will have what you need.  

We ask all the questions of how are we going to do this. Jesus isn’t panicked about this. We keep going back to Jesus to provide what we need. He can meet our needs. He allows us to participate in what he is about to do. What if the disciples walked away? They would have missed the spectacular – what Jesus was about to do. Step out and I will meet you there. God’s heart moves toward the multitudes and the crowds. Set up a system of always going back to Jesus. 

Let’s take everything we talk about tonight to Jesus and let him work. Let’s dream big and trust him with the details of how he will and can use us!

Now dream BIG for your school.  How do you want YL to be represented at your school? How can you make YL NOT just club? What kind of events do you want to put on? How do we reach our whole school for Christ? He can do it...just keep coming back to him!