As student leaders, sometimes we get so bogged down in the details of what we have to do to make Sundays successful that by the time we actually get to Sunday, we’ve forgotten to take the time to think about what we’re going to do when we actually step on to the stage. Whether you’re giving a talk or giving an introduction, your presence on the stage is important, and you want to make sure you’re making the most of it each and every time.
When it comes to stage presence, we consider our friend Joseph Sojourner the expert in the field! Whether he’s sharing a message, closing out a session, or just gearing everyone up for a good time (Piñata Party, anyone?), he does a great job of being prepared to take the stage to lead students. So we asked him to give you just five things he keeps in mind before stepping on stage in student ministry. Check them out below!
- Cast the vision.
Every time you step on stage, remind yourself and your students of the vision of your ministry. That’s the heart of your ministry, and it’s important to keep that in the forefront of your mind. Instead of giving announcements or reminders, give vision. Remind students what your ministry is about and how all the things you have going on fit into that vision.
- Stay humble.
The opportunity to stand in front of students in any capacity is a privilege, and that’s something I think about each time I step on stage. It’s a humbling feeling to know that God has given me the chance to speak to students about Him, and I don’t want to forget that. Remember to be humble enough to know that you don’t deserve the stage, but confident in knowing that God chose you to do it.
- Know where you’re going.
There should be a goal—an ultimate destination—every time you step on stage. Where are you trying to go? What do you want students to get from the night? What’s the ultimate win? Know where you’re going each time you step on stage and keep that goal in mind.
- Remember to relax.
While your words hold the most weight, believe it or not even your movements matter on stage. Think about your body language and remember to relax a little bit! If you’re stiff and uncomfortable on stage, your students will know. And they’ll instantly disconnect. Remind yourself to stay loose, relaxed, and just be who you are!
- What am I made to say?
Remember that you have a message to deliver to students, and that message is the amazing, unconditional love of God. Always remember that no matter what other things you might have to say on stage, that saying what you’re made to say is the most important thing you can do for you students.