7 Qualities of a Youth Ministry Volunteer


Last night I was sitting at a Dennys’ restaurant with my buddy Seth and we were talking about volunteers in youth ministry. Seth and I are volunteers with a very small church and we’re in the beginning stages of developing a youth ministry.

Our conversation revolved around what we might want to be looking for as we develop a team of youth workers.

Typically I’ll think of a leadership team and develop expectations based on

  • What I want them to KNOW
  • What I want them to DO
  • Who I want them to BE

Below are some qualities that we came up with on “who we want them to be” based on this 1 Peter passage:

Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.1 Peter 5:2–3

1. Caring (Care for the flock)
2. Positive (willingly)
3. Pure motives (not for what you will get out of it)
4. Enthusiastic to serve (eager to serve God)
5. Humble (don’t lord it over people)
6. Leader (lead them)
7. Lifestyle worthy (by your own good example)

Obviously, there are other character qualities that are important. What would you add to this list? Share it here.


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  • David Hertweck

    Great list – can’t wait to steal it and use it. :)
    One more thought…and this is right from a talk I heard you give at YS Palooza near Philly: Someone who REALLY believes the mantra “we’re better together” (aka team player)

    • dougfields

      I do believe it! I know you do too David…thanks for all you do to poor into people.

  • Scott Slawson

    I would add AVAILABLE!

    A big part of ministry is simply showing up and being present in the lives of students.

    • dougfields

      That’s good!

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  • Jeremy

    Great list. I would also love to see the the lists for “Be” and “Do”

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.eckstein Todd Eckstein

    Love it Doug! I just forwarded this post to my leaders with one addition:

    8. general amazingness

    Thanks for all YOU do to make the rest of us look, feel and BE all of the above in our leadership of OUR OWN leaders.

    • dougfields

      You’re welcome Todd! Thanks!

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