Paul writes in the New Testament about being addicted to the work of the ministry. This does not mean being a workaholic. Leaders simply start to taste the joy of seeing teenagers lives changed and when you experience firsthand the thrill of seeing a destiny turned around, duty soon becomes delight.
Being a leader does not mean being the cleanup crew. Most of us ask people to come early or stay late, only to herd kids, pick up trash, and act as a liaison between teenagers and parents. If that is all they do week after week, the percentages of leadership retention will dramatically decrease. Leaders, once committed, need to receive the gift of seeing kids give their lives to the Lord and feel as if they played a part in something supernatural. Serving through the tangible duties are important and very necessary, but I placed so much value in leaders being with kids that I helped with the grunt work for many years. I might request fifteen minutes of pragmatic work – making phone calls, picking up trash, setting up chairs, etc. – but the rest of their time and energy needed to remain focused on loving and caring for kids.
Addiction always requires risk, and you must help pull your team out of their comfort zones, and help them get out from behind the fear of relational awkwardness and into the lives of teenagers. I guarantee authentic and persistent connecting will reap the dividends you desire. Among your leaders potential ministry champions, men and women with the call of God on their lives, inevitably emerge. Insecurity of being overshadowed must never become an issue, for as Zig Ziglar has always said, “You’ll get everything you want in life if you’re willing to help enough other people around you get what they want.”
I go out of my way to make my leaders look amazing, and sincerely want things to go well for them. They become the heroes, the ones we celebrate at the meetings, and the ones who will always take part in the credit. If you pridefully take the credit for everything, when you fall, no one will be there to cushion the blow.