If you’re in youth ministry then you’re in leadership.
It’s really that simple. The question is, “are you a great leader for a bygone era?”
We need to think differently about leadership for the 21st century. Students deserve solid leadership for the now and future. Here are 3 things we all need to know and a TED Talk every youth leader needs to see!
On Twitter I saw a tweet by Jason Frizzell on leadership with a link to a Ted talk. His tweet simply said, “This is a brilliant conversation about leadership, growth, development & emerging trends.” This caught my attention so I clicked the link and watched the video.
You NEED to watch this video. It will only take 9 minutes of your life. WATCH VIDEO
lets Youth Ministry-ize (not an actual word) this video…
3 Questions a great YOUTH leader in the 21st century will ask:
1. Where are you looking to anticipate change?
The church has a bad habit of reacting to the culture around it. Look at your group of students. Can you anticipate some of the changes that are coming? Can you get out ahead of those changes and help shape them?
2. What is the diversity measure of your network?
Let’s put this one into “youth ministry speak”. Your volunteers, how diverse are they? The mentors in your life or the ones you go to for advice, how diverse are they?
You NEED diverse people on your team and in your life. This diversity of opinion will only help to strengthen your ministry. The key though is that every one of those people need to be focused on the goal of introducing students to Jesus and helping them to be more like Him.
3. Are you courageous enough to abandon the past?
I once worked to a leader that loved his formulas. He did things the same way each time. They were safe and they had been successful.
Are you willing to not look like and talk like the typical youth leader? Are you willing do something differently in order to go from good to great?
How about you? What do you think is needed for great leadership in our youth ministries?