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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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Becoming a leader - part 2

Leadership is a process

Being a leader is not a status in the first place, but rather a process. The moment you stop to learn, grow and develop further you actually stop to lead. It is no surprise that Moses (or others) had ups and downs as a leader. But God still used him to make a difference. Moses loved the Lord with all his heart and obeyed him. Moses took risks for God, and learned that he could not lead by himself. You will make mistakes, the question is if you are willing to learn from them and see your leadership experience as a process. Or do you give up?

Now let's look at how Jesus developed leaders:
(Training of the 12, 1979, Kregel Publications)

Leadership stages

Jesus gave his disciples information. He taught them his ways through different teachings, stories and the “Sermon on the Mount”. (Mt. 5-7)

This happened as his disciples walked with Jesus and observed him. They were close enough to Jesus to go beyond just information as they were able to see the person. We need to be role models as leaders. (Mt. 8:23; Mk. 2:23)

Jesus focused especially on twelve rather then reaching the mass. Personal contact and individual time is necessary in developing others. (Mt. 11:1)

Growth usually happens the most in crisis situations. Whether it was a boat in a storm (Mk. 4:36-41) or feeding the 5000 (Lk. 9:11-17) the disciples grew in their understanding of leadership through each experience. Therefore stay with your young people in the crisis.

On the job
Jesus sent his disciples out to experience ministry first hand. He sent them out for on-hand experience and then briefed with them afterwards. (Mt. 10)

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