Student Leadership

Articles and resources on the benefits and importance of providing leadership opportunities to students and empowering young people to take ownership of their youth programs.

Articles and Research (click to view)

The Importance of Student Leadership, Kevin Nelson

Student Leadership Hit or Miss?, Dave Sippel

How to Develop Student Leaders, Doug Fields

How to Help Your Teen Find Their Purpose in Life, crosswalk.com

Cultivating and Training Leaders (click to view)

DeVries, Mark. Sustainable Youth Ministry. (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008). Chapter 11: The Magnet Effect, p. 165.

Brown, Brene. Dare to Lead. (Random House: New York, NY, 2018)

Jones, Karen; Rahn, Dave and Strommen, Merton. Youth Ministry that Transforms. (Zandervan, 2001) Chapter 11: Gaining Broad Support: Shared Ownership, p. 295.

How to Develop Leadership in Your Youth Ministry, Karen Whiting

Youth Doing Ministry: Four Big Ideas for Teaching Students to Lead, Dan Islvanik

Student Leadership Basics: What to Do at Your Regular Meeting, dym blog

Helping Youth Own the Ministry (click to view)

Student Leadership: The Key to Building Ownership in Your Youth Ministry, Ben Birdsong

Developing Students Who Take Ownership in Student Ministry, lifeway.com

Agency (click to view)

Empowering Youth Change: Connecting Theology and Social Analysis, Elizabeth Corrie


Cultivating Student Leadership Training Module (click to view)