How to guide team members through stressful or challenging situations.


Prepare and equip leaders with vital tools to use in a multitude of circumstances.


  • Assignment 1 // Read Mark 4:35-41 and answer the corresponding questions.

  • Assignment 2 // Read “Leading Through Crisis,” by John Maxwell and answer the corresponding questions.

  • Assignment 3 // Watch “Calm is Contagious,” video and respond to the appropriate questions.


Mark 4:35-41 New Living Translation (NLT)

 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”


  1. Describe a situation in which you were afraid or overcome by fear.

  2. How did you react to your encounter? What did you experience physically, emotionally and mentally in that moment?

  3. What was the immediate response of the disciples as the storm set in around them and overtook the boat? And what happened to the disciple’s fear once Jesus calmed the storm?

  4. As Jesus commanded the wind and waves to be still, there was, what the author described as, “a great calm.” Explain the significance of this in the passage.

  5. In moments of high stress or worry, what can we do personally that will allow us to continue to move forward to accomplish our goals at home or on an Eastside campus?


Click to read: Leading through Crisis


  1. What are some mistakes that people commonly make in a time of crisis?

  2. “Leaders must wade into the mire in order to learn precisely what has happened and to make sense of current conditions.” Describe a time in your life that you had to make sense in an unclear moment.

  3. “Provide reassurance.” List some of the ways you feel you could do this for your team in a time of crisis.

  4. In number 7, the author addresses the right way not the easy way. Have you ever encountered a time when a leader or someone around you chose the latter in a time of uncertainty? What was the outcome?

  5. Which of these principles could be taken and applied to your daily life or help define your role as a leader on an Eastside campus?


Rorke Denver - Leadercast 2016

“Calm is Contagious”



  1. In the video, Rorke Denver says that “as leaders, people at a minimum are going mimic your behavior.” Do you believe this statement to be true or false? Explain.

  2. “_______ is contagious.” Write down a list of the behaviors you would expect to find in a leader. Which of them do you carry? Which of them would you like to?

  3. Who is a leader in your community, church, small group, family or work environment, that conducts themselves in a manner worthy of following and how does that impact the people around them?

  4. In the midst of a crisis, people will turn to leaders to be lead. What image would you like to portray to them and how do you attain that boldness?

LEADERSHIP TAKEAWAY (To be completed during group discussion)