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31 Roles and Responsibilities For Teens

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I like a busy youth ministry. I like when kids come in and have a job; that’s why I don’t do everything. I leave things undone on purpose so kids will have something to do when they get to the church.

I believe in the economy of youth ministry. Youth Ministries are like small cities. When people are working and invested there is less crime, less blight, and less vandalism. Same is true for our ministries. More kids who serve weekly or monthly there are less complaints, less griping, less boredom, and more vision.

Here are some roles I have given out over the years. Some were a natural part of my youth ministry and some I created because I had students gifted in that area. By the way, nothing on this list is sacred or proprietary. If you can do it a student can do it with a little training and mentoring.

Create Worship Slides

Make Announcements

Take Offering

Poetry reading ( I had a kid who did this)

Pre-Rap your message (had a kid intro my message with a rap)

Share a testimony

Cafe (weekly serve snacks and refreshments)

Clean the room

Set up chairs

Lead the game

Sing A Song

Do A Dance

Do a Drama/Monologue

Play in the band

Lead Worship

Design Graphics

Weekly Photographer/Videographer

Run Your Social Media

Read Scripture

Run The Sound Board



Small Group Leader

Run the computer

Do An illustration

Edit Video

Make Movies/Slides For The Message or Fun


Follow Up Leader For New Guests

Mentor Middle School Students

Disciple New Believers

Check out my article, Is Your Youth Ministry Hiring for my thoughts on the economy of youth ministry.

Here’s a video I created that goes into more detail on my philosophy of student leadership.

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