Our teen leaders are the best. They are well trained and they love to be present. BUT, they are still happy, crazy, rambunctious kids who love to see each other.
Before any and all events, pull your leaders, whether two or twenty, into a standing circle. Highlight a couple of key thoughts for the program. Give a couple of reminders about why they are present. Share your appreciation for them. Bless them and share a prayer.
Five minutes of standup is all it takes to focus your group to be relational leaders – caring, welcoming and affirming – who are present for others. It will help prevent a cliquish leadership group. It will greatly increase the quality of your program.