It’s so great to see former young people become ministry partners. We currently have over 20 former young people, including 7 young people from the last two years who are now serving as volunteers in our ministry. I think there’s a few really great things about seeing your ministry come around full circle:
Former young people “get” your ministry vision & strategy – Sometimes they can’t explain or articulate it, but ultimately they know the culture and feel or your ministry. So, if the culture and feel is the direction you’d like to be heading, they can be a huge asset to continuing that in your ministry.
Former young people “get” you – It can take time to feel comfortable with a new volunteer sometimes and for them to feel comfortable with you. The former young people who are drawn to your ministry are typically going to be ones you’ve had a good rapport with. From Day One of serving they will probably more comfortable than the average volunteer.
Former young people help you stay in it for the long haul – Youth ministry is tough! We don’t get loads of encouragement, and it can be hard to stay focused long-term. But when you see former young people coming to serve alongside you, you know that you have made an impact. You know that God has used you. And that means that we must always realise how much potential is in each young person – we must imagine where they could be in five or ten years time.