As a role model, your lifestyle is part of the equation. What you present within a Lifehouse Youth or Lifehouse Service should be consistent with who you are in every other part of your week.
Three issues we like to be very specific about in our current culture is: Sexual Relationships, Substance Abuse, and Social Media. The last thing we want to do is put you in a position where you feel pressured to teach, represent, or appear to give assent to a view on these subjects that you do not personally embrace. So on these three subjects, here is what expect volunteers to communicate and model:
- If you are involved in a sexual relationship and are not married, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.- If you are pursuing a same sex relationship, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.- If you're single, but living with a person of the opposite sex, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.- If you are married and are currently involved in a sexual relationship outside of your marriage, we ask you not volunteer at this time.
- If you have been arrested for or convicted of an alcohol or drug related offense in the past 12 months, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.- If you are currently being treated for alcohol or drug abuse, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.- If you have used marijuana or any other illegal substance in the last 12 months, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.- If consuming alcohol to the point of being unable to drive is a part of your regular week, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.- We would further ask you to reconsider any alcohol intake as part of being a role model for our students
- We ask that you use sound judgement on what you represent on social media
2. Be a role modelAbove all, model Christ to our students. As leaders you represent Lifehouse Youth, Lifehouse Church, THE church, but most importantly Christ. This includes our services as well as your everyday life.
3. RelationshipsBuild healthy, God centered relationships with students. We all want to be friends with our students, but we're called to mentors and role models first. Your relationship with students should ONLY operate under the principal of pointing them to a closer relationship with Christ.
It should go without saying, but we say it anyway:- Leaders are NOT permitted to date a student- Married Leaders that serve together are held to the same NO PDA rules as students
Outside of Youth- If you want to hangout with any Lifehouse Student outside of a Youth Service or Weekend Service... Awesome! Thanks for your passion to live out your leadership in other areas of your life. We do ask that you follow a policy that protects you, the student and Lifehouse Youth. - Please inform and get permission from Corey or Lauren Broadwater (Youth Pastors) of what you plan to do.- Fill out the Outside of Youth Policy and have students parents fill out permission forms- Have more than one Lifehouse Youth Leader present for your event/activity (Both Male and Female Leaders are needed if the activity involves male and female students)
4. Grow in Your relationship with ChristNot only as leaders, but also as followers of Christ, we should always have a deep desire to know Him more. Our leadership to the next generation is only as good as our own relationship with Christ. To give, we must first receive.