I had the joy of not showing up to an event, until later, for our youth group last night. Why the joy of being not showing up? Because I wasn’t in charge of the event, one of my leaders and a few students were.
At the end of May we tossed around a few ideas and this is what we came up with.
I didn’t call these events because events are something the traditional youth leader thinks up and runs. Instead, I called the projects, Fusion Project to be exact. The youth group had to choose a project, headed by a project leader, to work on and take responsibility for it to make it happen.
I walked into our Nerf Night event and everything was fine. No chaos, except normal teenage chaos. Every was happy and enjoy the evening. One student gave a devotion. One student ran the scenarios. Everyone had a good time.
My responsibility? I brought the pizza and sat around and talked with everyone. I think I should show up less, more.
My adult leader did a a great. The students did a great job. We had two new guests and they had a great time. What else could I ask for?
What if you didn’t show up? Or did’t have to show up?
Would things go as smoothly?
Would kids show up at all?
Would your leaders succeed?
If the answer is no, you may need to step up your training game, your trust game, and your belief game.