How To Be An “Oh Boy!” YL Team Member

April 25, 2013

The Brookland Cayce YL Team from Columbia, SC

Brad Lomenick, director of Catalyst, recently wrote 15 Keys of a Make it Happen Team Culture, which inspired us to create a similar YL version below. Being on a YL team is awesome, but it’s not easy. 

How To Be An “Oh Boy!” YL Team Member

“Let Your ‘Yes’ Be A ‘Yes’” (Matt. 5:37a) 

If you told your team you would
pick up cheese balls and shaving cream for club, make sure you do it.

Take Ownership, Responsibility and Initiative  

Don’t wait for someone to ask you to
flip the lights when it’s time to sing. 
Anticipate and then just do it.

Be Constructive, Not Destructive

create an atmosphere of providing feedback and constructive criticism
within your team.  Be prepared to
brainstorm ways to improve rather than just doling out critiques. Do this in love with empathy and humility. (Eph. 4:1-3,15).

Early Is On Time 

When you’re late, you’re sending a message to your fellow
leaders that they aren’t important enough to be on time for.  Being early also lessons the likelihood that
there will be pre-club chaos. Good preparation leads to less stress and the ability to be present with people.

Clear Delegation

your team time together (whether at leadership, after club, in a planning
session, etc…) with some next steps and knowing who’s on point for those steps. Write it down. Maybe even keep a team Google Doc or closed Facebook group.

Make Ideas Happen

At the beginning of a year it seems everyone has great ideas they want to execute. Often these get lost in the shuffle when the busyness of the semester happens. If you have some crazy ideas with lots
of potential, make them happen.  Use the varied gifts of your team
members to break down the vision and execute it as a reality.

Work Together  

We are called Young Life teams for a reason. Collaborate,
edify (1 Thess. 5:11), bear
each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2).


Trust each other.  And be trustworthy. To borrow a phrase from Andy Stanley, ‘choose trust over suspicion.’  When someone shows up late, do you assume the best or the worst? Let’s assume the best about our teammates and give them the confidence to do the same with us. 


your very best (Col.
3:23). Excellence honors God & inspires people. 

Know Your Role

If you’re the team leader, assume responsibility to model these behaviors. You set the tone for your team culture. If you’re not the team leader, respect and encourage whoever is. You influence the team culture as well.


When is the last time you’ve prayed for your teammates?

Love One Another (John 13:34-35)  

The greatest model of love you can demonstrate for your middle & high school friends is how you treat one another as a team. Have you extended grace when a teammate has a week
when they fail at all twelve of these? 

Download a PDF of these 12 tips here. 

What would you add? Please comment below.

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