Preparing Yourself to Work with Students
Develop Your Own Relationship with God
Your first calling in ministry to students is to be growing in love and intimacy with Jesus Christ, as described in John 15:4,5:
"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
Look at Pauls style of ministry in 1 Thessalonians 2:8,10.
"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous, and blameless we were among you who believed."
Notice the goal of Pauls instruction in 1 Timothy 1:5. "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."
If you believe Gods Word and love students in this way, it might motivate you to:
In loving students, it is important to remember that this love is not a friendship kind of love based on liking the student or the student liking you. It is Gods kind of unconditional love, the very servant love Christ demonstrated for us as He went to the cross. We are to love students the way Christ loves us.
One of the most important things you can do as a loving leader of high school students is to be yourself. Being able to relax in who God made you, as a new creation in Christ will open the door to students feeling they can enjoy relating to you.