YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Story 9: Washing feet and washing cars - Servant Leadership

I think that one of the most exciting & challenging stories in the Bible is when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples (John 13). Many sermons have been preached about it and endless discussion groups were held...the fact remains that Jesus' idea of leadership is different to the way many of us would view/ understand it.

I want to share a short story that I experienced recently and reminded me again to be humble, patient, commited and full of love in your daily walk:

Some weeks ago I had the priviledge to visit a church for a weekend, I was asked to do a leadership training for young people as well as to share how to reach young people through soccer. We had a wonderful time of learning, fellowship, worship and physical exercise together.
The whole weekend was great, but then on Sunday morning (just before we wanted to go to church), I learned a lesson (again). As I made myself ready I heard that someone was outside, so I wet to see what was going on. Next to the house I found the pastor whasing my car. Totally surprised I asked: "Why do you wash my car?" With a smile on his face he replied: "I just wanted to show you our thankfulness. And by the way, a nice car should not look dirty."

Wow, I was really challenged by this act of love. Being a leader of a congregation he still decided to clean someone elses car. (This does not happen every day - at least not to me)

So how do we react if we read stories like these?

I wonder how many people who saw or heard what Jesus did thought that it was wrong to do such a thing... If you have the chance to be of service to someone else - with no reward in return - would you humble yourself?

If you want to read further about Jesus' example, I want to encourage you to focus on these verses:
1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13 "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.

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