Bryson Corey - former leader with me in junior high ministry - current manager of the inflatables at nymrentals.com
1 Timothy 1:2 - To Timothy my true son in the faith
2 Timothy 2:2 - To Timothy, my dear son
Paul wrote letters. Most of the New Testament is full of his letters to churches. Only a few of his letters were to individual people. 1 and 2 Timothy fall into that category.
Timothy was a leader for the church in Ephesus. Paul had raised him up and planted him there to lead the church. Paul was a planter - he would move into a new area and raise up a church from scratch. Then he would put a pastor in charge, and move on to the next new area. Timothy was a pastor he raised up for that purpose. Paul moved on, Timothy stayed put.
Who are you raising up to stay put if you had to leave? If God moved you on to the next place in your life, who have you raised up to take over when you are gone? Too many times I've seen a youth pastor leave and then I had no one left to work with for leadership in the abandoned youth group. Building a work that will last means pouring into leaders who will be there long after you're gone.
Start small. Build a team. Figure 1 leader for every 7 students. Plan regular meetings. Pour into your leaders like you want them to pour into the students. Give them specific tasks (contacting students once a week, providing transportation, room decorations, followup, media roles, birthday celebrations, etc.) Find a Timothy and let them shadow you in all the things you do for your group. Empower your leaders to make decisions. Brainstorm together for new ideas. Reward them for a job well done. Give them the mentor that you had, or wish that you had.