Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Leading Leaders in Student Ministry

How to Invest in the next Generation of Leadership (Staff & Volunteer Leadership)

*Notes taken from a session led by Chris Lovell; Student Pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church

We have to model disciplines
You have to give them opportunities to lead (speak, fail, etc.)
You have to provide accountability

Modeling Disciplines: It's hard work! We should be the hardest working people in the world because we have the greatest calling in the world; eternal implications. We are proclaiming the Gospel to the world, therefore, we should be working hard.

1 Thes. 5:12
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Prov. 10:4
4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Model hard work for those under your leadership.

Also, help your people by modeling time management. Sometimes, it's not about working harder... it's about working smarter. Manage your time well and your people will manage their time well. Your team will work harder... they won't burn out... they'll keep their marriages, etc.

We've also got to model for our team Professionalism.
Dress the part. Speak like a professional, not a grown up teenager. Show up on time. If we model professionalism, our team will be prone to do the same.

Opportunity:
Be a good 'sharer.' Be willing to give things away in your ministry to members of your team. It grows them and allows you to refocus your energy. Opportunities should be earned.

Accountability:
Accountability without consistency is worthless.
We have to consistently hold our team accountable on the big things and the small things.
*Have a weekly document that keeps record of what your team is working on. It protects you as the leader and them as the staff person.

Model. Give them opportunity. Hold them accountable.

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