Someone asked me what I thought was the biggest way we as student ministry leaders can impact or influence a student in their daily lives. I thought about it for a minute and as usual I probably over-answered the question. I said I would not limit it to the one most important way but I think these are the five biggest ways in no particular order.
1. Our faith is a beacon to others, especially to students. Your teenage years are a time when you want to emulate others. If I show how strong my faith is, in good times and bad, students see that I have an unshakable faith. Not just faith for the good times in life.
2. We’re examples of how to live a Christian life. I’m not perfect, and none of us is. But I need to show that I live my life the way Jesus told us to and showed us how.
3. Have a heart like Jesus. Being a Christian means loving others, even those who we think have wronged us, those who hate us and those who are non-believers. Serve others, and remember its not all about you.
4. Pray like crazy. We can impact students every day by praying for them. I have a list of my small group students and their struggles and issues. When they call or text and ask for prayer, do it right then. Don’t wait for a convenient time that seems to never come.
5. Be there. Show up. A lot of the students you lead might not have a positive adult role model, someone they can count on and someone who will listen to them. Sometimes just knowing they have someone they can turn to in times of trouble is huge. During these times be a good listener. You can’t fix every problem, but you can be there for them and just let them know, “Hey, I’m here and I care.”