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As a student leader, you are part of the larger youth group team at your church. You are also part of the larger leadership team of the entire church. Teams succeed when everyone works toward the same goal, and goes in the same direction.

In order to have a great youth group, adult leaders and student leaders need to work together in unity. Everyone needs to have the same priorities and focus.

Jesus calls us to unity

Unity isn’t just something that sounds good. It’s commanded by Jesus. In fact, Jesus prayed that Christians would be unified.

John 17:21-23 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me…May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Jesus expects us to work together in ministry. When we work together as Christians, it shows the world that we have experienced God’s love.

Promote unity in your group

So, what does this mean for student leaders? It means that you need to follow the leadership of the youth group. Support what the youth group is doing. Don’t grumble and complain, but submit to your leaders, and do what they ask you to do.

In your group, be a pacemaker. If others are complaining or gossipping, don’t join in with them. Support the leaders of your group even when they aren’t around.

We accomplish more together than we do apart

We have a big vision for youth ministry. We want to see every student in our church and students in our community pursuing God. We can’t accomplish this goal on our own. We need to work together.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

This whole passage in Ecclesiastes 4 teaches us that its better to work with others than to work alone. You may not always be excited over every decision that your youth leaders make. You may not always get along with your small group leader. But as a student leader, you are committed to promoting the unity of the youth group, and helping everyone pursue God.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this article? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Have you ever been on a team where people didn’t get along? If so, what happened to the team?
  4. Read John 17:21-23. Why did Jesus think it was important for Christians to be unified?
  5. How can you help everyone in your small group to work together?
  6. Have you ever had disunity in your youth group? If so, explained how it affected the group.
  7. Why is it important to follow your leader even if you don’t like every decision that they make?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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