10 Things a Youthworker Should Do When You Have a New Principal…

It’s that time of year again. School is coming soon, Districts are replacing staff as we speak. The county where I live has three High Schools and all three of them have new principals this year. Here are ten things to do as a youthworker to establish the partnership between the ministry and the school. (in no particular order…)principal

10. Treat them as a “real person”, not just a title.

9. Call/Meet with them and welcome them to the area.

8. Realize that they will not do things the same way as their predecessor, and be ok with that,

7. Offer to be a “guest presenter” to teachers in a department where you have professional expertise.

6. Offer to be a resource for tutoring or mentoring programs in the district

5. Assure them that your goal of being on campus is to invest positive attention into the lives of their students.

4. Offer to be a chaplain to one of the sports programs.

3. Make yourself available for “post-crisis” situations.

2. Stand by any guidelines they give you for your time on campus.

1.  Pray for them. Often.

 

That is my list. What would yours look like?
Share your additions in the comments area below!

 

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at SimplyYouthMinistry.com and on the Kindle Store.

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