This past weekend our youth worship band had the opportunity of leading worship at the “Influence” Youth Conference in Sacramento! It was so rewarding to see our students & leaders step out onto that stage and do what they’ve been challenged to do, equipped to do & what they were destined to do – lead their generation in worship to Jesus Christ!
Just five months earlier, they had seen Planet Shakers lead them in worship on the same stage at another conference, & now despite their age or relative lack of experience, they were the ones God had chosen to use for his glory!
When students get the opportunity to lead ministry, when they get a taste of what they were destined for, they come alive! Here are 3 benefits of student-led-ministry as we experienced this past weekend…
1. Greater Unity
This opportunity united our students & team like never before as they were rehearsing & praying together all week in preparation for the moment they got to minister together! From hanging out in the green-room, to going out to eat at In-N-Out afterwards, the result was much deeper friendships & greater unity! When a youth ministry has the team mindset that every student has a gift & something to give & then when those equipped students get the opportunity to lead ministry – everyone rallies & everyone celebrates!
After rehearsing more than ever, playing tighter than ever & leading worship to their largest audience ever, our worship band came away with a higher vision of what God had destined them to do & be! One of them made the comment afterwards “We should practice & prepare like that every week!” When students get a taste what it’s like to be used by God to change lives, they will have a much higher vision for their future & prepare for it like never before!
All week our students had been challenged to spend time with God through prayer & Bible meditation – to get filled up so they could be poured out in ministry to others! They did & the result was a deeper hunger & passion to know this God who had chosen to use them! When students get the opportunity to use their gifts in ministry & see someone else’s life positively impacted, the result is often a deeper hunger to know God!