7 Leadership Lessons I Learned From Leading A Youth Group

With the decision to step down from our leadership position in our youth group and to begin looking for a new church, I’ve started to reflect on my time as a youth leader.

I miss youth group

Being a youth leader was a lot of fun. It’s where my wife and I have felt called for all of our marriage and then some. We love the students we’ve had the opportunity to minister to.

We’ve learned so much from leading these precious kids. We’ve also learned so much FROM those same kids.

1. Be authentic: There’s nothing I’ve learned more from leading students than the need to be authentic.

What we preached to our kids, we had to make sure we were living out in our lives. Why? Because if we weren’t being true to the message we gave, the students would call us on it.

Where Did All The Good Leaders Go?

Have you looked around lately? If you have, you might have been surprised to see a shocking lack of good leaders.

We see leaders failing all around us.

Leaders are failing in their marriages

Leaders are failing in their willingness to speak up for what is right

Leaders are failing in taking care of those they lead

Leaders are failing in their push for more

According to the Barna Research Group, 82% of Christians believe the nation is facing a crisis of leadership because there are not enough good leaders.

Now, that’s scary!

Whatever the reason, we see leaders failing to do what is right. We see leaders failing to move forward. We see leaders failing to equip others.

It’s a sad reality¬†and leaves us wondering:

Where did all the good leaders go?

4 Times Not To Give Up

I want to give up! This isn’t worth me putting in the time and effort anymore.

These are a few thoughts that have gone through my mind lately.

You don't have to give up

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And while there are times to give up, there are also times we shouldn’t give up. Even those these thoughts have filled my mind, I know it’s not time to give up yet.

There’s so much more to do and so many more lives to impact.

Have you been there? Have you felt like giving up?

I’m sure you have. We all go through periods where our desire to lead feels like it’s misdirected.

We believe we need to give up when:

1. We want to give up when we feel our leadership is not producing results: We’ve been taught that results are the product of our effectiveness.

Stop Getting Lost In The Process

We’re all trying to get somewhere or become something better.

We purchase programs that promise to make us a better person. We attend seminars that are supposed to improve our self-esteem. We watch videos that promise to show us the way.

What’s The Process?

 

The process is simple. The process is the journey we take from where we’re at to where we belong.

God has a plan for our lives. In the end, we should wind up there.

But we struggle and fight and resist the plans God has for us.

We think we KNOW where we’re headed so we push and pull and trip and fall and mess up.

We want our way in the process.

And when we want our way, we get lost.