So many people are beginning their school year with leadership training. It always pays off when you invest in training leaders.
I try to meet with leaders at least a couple of times before the school meetings start. In that time, I share direction, here concerns, review last year’s issues and train in a way of leading that few get to see.
Here’s what I mean. Often leaders in student ministry are not given much direction or expectation. Some times they are just childcare, other times they resemble entertainment directors. While there is nothing wrong with filling those roles, I make a bigger ask of my leaders.
I want them to invest in people. My hope is that when they meet, they are looking at each student and seeing part of their created identity. I ask leaders to encourage, challenge, poke and prod their young adults into the person God created them to be.
My talking points are almost always the same. I broke down and wrote a book about the way I try to disciple leaders, and just I heard about a friend who led their entire leadership team through this book as a leadership retreat. Here they are my highlights for my leaders this year:
- Commit to the process, not outcomes – Celebrate small steps as progress and let go of the idea of getting it completely right.
- Be dynamic, not static – It’s ok to have a plan, but the plan should only serve the goal of relationships, not the other way around.
- Strive for internal value in students, not external – Help them level out their lives by not getting caught up in approval or power struggles.
- Give autonomy, not formulas – Help them develop finding their own solutions instead of giving specific advice.
If you are interested in more ideas to train your leaders, here are some great resources:
The War of Art – A great “secular” book that helps people resist inner condemnation.
Waking the Dead – One of my favorite books to help people see God more clearly.
Socrates Cafe – As the title suggests, this book refines meetings as discussions centered on questions.
Masterpiece the Art of Discipling Youth – My book on helping leaders help teenagers see themselves through God’s eyes.