Session 6

Working with Volunteers and Other People

Youth Ministry is not a task that can be undertaken lightly, and it takes more than one adult to help youth become their best selves. Aside from the safety issues involved in having too little adult presence and input, youth groups need volunteers, parents, and other stakeholders to provide necessary support. Someone has to drive vehicles. Someone has to restore order. Someone has to advocate for the youth of the congregation. Someone has to teach. With all the necessary tasks involved, it is very important to formulate a plan to ensure that everyone works together as smoothly as possible. This session focuses on how to work with people in actually “performing” ministry with youth.

Session 6: Working with Volunteers and Other People

Big Idea: You will interact with a lot of people who are not teenagers. Thinking about and being prepared for these moments is essential to a healthy and sustainable ministry.

Session Video Lectures

Things To know about volunteers
How To prepare your leaders for events and the everyday
Working with outside groups and vendors
How to survive a road trip/h5>
Dealing with the unexpected

Suggested Resources

When you can, please give attention to these suggested materials:

11 questions to ask your volunteers regularly

3 things you should know about volunteers

10 road trip games

How to remain calm in the face of the unexpected

5 Minute Youth Ministry – Volunteer Insight with Mark Matlock

For Fun: read up about enneagrams or some other personality (Meyers-Briggs) assessment. Find one you like, and have yourself and your volunteers take quizzes to see where they land. Take time to discuss as a group. This will greatly help you understand each other better.

Dr. Adams forced us to put these essays in here:

So you’re going on a youth trip

Youth and food

After the Session: Research, Action, and Reflection

Below are suggestions for further research and activities to engage in as you look to start a project for you group. There are no grades! We want to encourage trying something new and learning from mistakes and successes. Let us know how it goes. Feel free to use the public question board to post your reflections or send a private note to the leaders.

Write (just for yourself) – why are you doing this? What is the point? What is the purpose? Why will it matter in 10 years?

Ask others involved in youth ministry with you – why are we doing this?

Sara Clarke Turpin


Rev. Sara Clarke Turpin is Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, where she has served since 2013. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown College with majors in Religion and Business Administration: Management and minors in Church Music and Psychology. She has been both a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Scholar and Fellow and served on the CBF Kentucky Coordinating Council and Execitive Committee. Before coming to Buechel Park, Sara served as the Youth Minister at Melbourne Heights Baptist Church in Louisville for four years.

Andrew Noe


Andrew Noe serves at East Leonard CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigian as the Pastor of Faith Formation. He is a proud graduate of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, is passionate about bringing creativity to ministry, and enjoys working with teenagers. He is married to the wonderful Hannah, and they have two spectacular kids – Gwen and Benjamin. His side passions are comic books, lego and video games.

Justin Sizemore


Justin Sizemore is the Minister to Youth at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and a proud Georgetown College Tiger! He has been involved in Youth Ministry as a volunteer, assistant, chaperone, and now minister for over 14 years. Youth Ministry is his passion and calling.

Justin is married to Abby Sizemore (The FABULOUS Director of Admissions for the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky!!!) and they have two wonderful daughters, Ann-Thomas and their most recent addition, Edith (Edie).

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