Help leaders learn how to grow in their faith personally and by doing so, inspire kids’/students’ faith by their example.
The influence of a leader is both defined and limited by their own influences and community that surrounds them. In this session, you’ll be challenged to be the best leader you can be. We will help you grow in your personal walk with Christ, and encourage you to be the type of leader that is authentic 24/7, 365 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year).
Assignment 1 // Read 1 Timothy 4:12 and answer the question.
Assignment 2 // Read Chapter 4 in the book Lead Small , by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas and answer the questions.
Assignment 3 // Read “Who To Lead Before You Lead,” by Kelly Stockdale at Leadsmall.org and answer questions.
Assignment 4 // Fill in your Spiritual Priorities in your journal, and then start a journal.
Being a leader is a great honor and responsibility. We lead not only by being in front of others, but in our speech, how we act, and how we love others unconditionally. We lead them in faith by pursuing our own spiritual growth, and in seeking to live our lives above reproach. We can’t lead others to places we have not been ourselves.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
- 1. Regardless of age, you are a leader. How are you setting an example for others?
Read chapter 4 in the book Lead Small , by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas (pp. 112-135).
In order for us to be better leaders, we need to be in a community where we are encouraged, prayed for, challenged, and held accountable. We also need to make our own spiritual growth a priority, along with important relationships. We need to remember to be authentic and real at all times, so that those we lead see that we are the same everywhere.
Are you in a community/small group? If not, why? Our Small Groups have several start times a year, so it’s easy to jump into one at the next Small Group Expo. What benefits do you think could come from being in a small group?
One of the ways that we can be authentic and lead is in our social media. You can tell a lot about a person, or what a person wants to portray, by their social media. What does your social media say about you?
This chapter in Lead Small also talks about being real and being authentic. Have you known someone who you found out wasn’t “real” and different than you thought they were? How did you feel when you discovered that? How can you be more genuine, open and authentic to others?
Read the article, “Who to Lead Before You Lead,” by Kelly Stockdale, one of the blogs from our ministry partners at Lead Small.
What takeaways do you have from reading this article?
As was asked in the article, what priorities are you making for yourself to keep you healthy spiritually and emotionally?
What questions did this module raise in regards to helping a student or child take a next step spiritually?
What 1-2 next steps could you take personally and share with students this week?
What 1-2 strengths did this module affirm about your leadership?
What growth areas did this module reveal about your leadership?
Spiritual Priorities and Journal
Take some time to pray over and write out your Spiritual Priorities in your journal. As with anything important, if we don’t take time to think through what is most important to us, and how to make it a priority, other things will crowd in and take over. You can also use your journal to write down scriptures, prayers and praises to God, along with answers to prayer. You can write down on a regular basis the four faith skills, or use your journal however you want to.
SPIRITUAL PRIORITIES BASED ON THE FOUR FAITH SKILLS:
List your Spiritual Priorities based on the four faith skills mentioned in Lead Small (pg. 124) and the steps you are taking to make them a practical reality in your life.
Don’t set a goal so high that you can never achieve it. We want to make sure that we are growing but not creating something that will be unachievable.
Here’s a sample:
PRIORITY: I want to make memorizing scripture a priority.
GOAL: I will do this my memorizing one memory verse every week.
HEAR: LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
PRAY: PRAY HONESTLY AND GRATEFULLY TO GOD
TALK: DIALOGUE ABOUT FAITH WITH OTHERS
LIVE: HONOR GOD THROUGH YOUR WORSHIP AND LIFESTYLE