Lead an engaging huddle that sharpens the leadership competencies of your leaders.


To be able to create an enjoyable, relational, and skill-sharpening hour for your team leaders.


  • Assignment 1 // Read Luke 24:36-49 and answer the questions

  • Assignment 2 // Read “The 5 Hats to Wear” question-development sheet by Mac Lake ( and answer the questions.

  • Assignment 3 // Read the online transcript of “Aha Moments of Building Leadership Skills” by Dr. Becky Barker and answer the questions.


Jesus is about to have a very important huddle with the key players he is going to entrust his mission to. After reading the account below, answer the questions that follow.

Luke 24:36-49 (NIV)

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”


There are many things in this “huddle” that Jesus is doing to help make his followers ready for their ministry. Here are just a few to prime the pump:

  • He invited them observe him personally

  • He ate with them

  • He addressed their fears and concerns

  • He restated their mission

  • He gave them next steps/specific directions

  • He focused them

  • He created tension

  • He opened up scripture and connected the dots

  • He empowered them (promise of Holy Spirit)

  • He created an atmosphere of continued learning

  • He asked them questions

  • He was real/genuine

Take some time to add to this list and answer these questions:

  1. Why do you think Jesus did that?

  2. What happened later to some of these leaders that this huddle prepared them for? How?

  3. Have you ever had someone in your life who prepared you in a similar way? What was the impact of that?

  4. If you could have one skill Jesus displayed in this passage for leading an effective huddle with your leaders, which one would you pick? Why?


One of the things Jesus did in this passage was ask them different kinds of questions to move them forward in what he had for them to do. Go over the “5 Hats to Wear” by Mac Lake for asking effective questions in huddles with your leaders.



  1. Which of the “5 hats” is one you typically wear when formulating questions?

  2. Name a time when you were asked good questions by someone leading you at work, home or in the community. Why are good questions important?


Read the transcript from the Leadercast Video “Aha Moments in Building Leadership Skills” from the online transcript of Dr. Becky Barker (link on pg. 1.)

In one of the classes that I teach on campus is leadership and organization. One of the things that I love the most is the aha moments, when students get a concept and they are able to take it and make it relevant. That's really across the board, is any time you have that leadership aha moment of this is why I am the way that I am, this is my style, this is the way I approach problem solving, looking at different models or methods of decision making. Helping them to be successful and to hear those stories of how they have taken the text and made it come to life for them.

The aha moment for student or an employee or anyone is pretty neat too much. You almost see the expression on their face, you see it physically in their body, and it's just like this weight almost is lifted from their shoulders and says, "Ah, I get it. I get it," and it's an excitement. When you can do that, help that to come to life for somebody that's pretty significant. That's when it becomes very, very real and meaningful and energizing and fun. It's in the aha, of making their life a little different. And them also thinking this isn't that hard. This is not rocket science. This is not hard stuff.

A lot of it is psychology, a lot of it is understanding people. It's being patient, it’s learning to listen, not having all the answers. But also in some cases going through models or steps to get to a good decision or through a process.


  1. Have you witnessed an aha moment with someone you've led? What was your reaction when you saw the expression the moment he or she "got it"? Reach out to that person and encourage him or her to keep discovering. Ask about any recent aha moments!

  2. Aha moments come when learning truly clicks within a person. Although leaders cannot make that happen, critical thinking often stimulates the process. List a few challenges you can bring to your team to solve that may stimulate an aha moment.

  3. When was the last time you had an aha moment? Write down what happened, what concept you discovered, and how that moment made you feel.

LEADERSHIP TAKEAWAYS (to be completed during group discussion)