9 Ways To Think Like A Leader
The wisdom of Proverbs 23:7 tells us, "For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." And, James Allen echoed it well when he said, "You are today, where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow, where your thoughts take you."
How we "think" is such a key component of success that, in this Youth Leader's Coach, we are going to cash in on ten years of study by Dr. Seymore Epstein, Chairman of the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts, on how super achievers think.
As you listen, honestly evaluate yourself on the nine distinct patterns that emerged and zero in on a couple areas where opportunity for improvement exists in your life and ministry.
You'll enjoy this Source, "A Cause Worth Fighting For." So often we preach messages to our students about keeping the future and their God-given destiny in focus in their lives, or we help them to get free from the past issues in their lives. But tonight's Source asked our students, "What cause are you fighting for...RIGHT NOW?"
Without a sense of cause in our lives, it's all too easy to slip into routine and complacency during the day-in, day-out moments. As youth ministers, let's keep before our student's eyes, these pivotal questions: What is going to be part of my signature? What matters to me that counts for eternity? Remember, youth leaders, it's in the daily decisions that lead to our ultimate destiny. So grab this Source and passionately encourage your students to find their cause worth fighting for.
Still fighting for the cause,
In this final General Session of the conference, Jeanne's goal is that all will have the opinion that "We get to do this youth ministry thing...We get to live in such a way that hell will regret that we found the purpose of our lives." She shares five principles to help us do this.
Special guest, G. H. Williams, who walked beside Martin Luther King, Jr. shares the significance of "a washcloth, a toothbrush and a dime," and challenges us to "count the cost" of what we choose to do with our lives. According to the late Martin Luther King, Jr., "If a person does not have anything in this world worth dying for, he is not fit to live." What do you burn for?
Monty Hipp, President and Founder of The C4 Group, has worked with youth full time for over 26 years. The mission of The C4 Group is to lead, facilitate, and support the people, entities, and organizations providing positive solutions for youth of the current and next generation.
Monty believes that ambiguity (being complacent, apathetic, lethargic, unclear, cloudy) is a crisis in our country and he has presented his concerns even to the President of the United States. How do we attack ambiguity? By learning how to ask questions. Listen to this session as Monty gives us some powerful questions to ask ourselves and challenge our kids with.
Dan Valentine has been in ministry leadership for a long time. His first experience was as a small group leader in Jeanne's youth ministry. Dan learned much about being an inspirational leader from Jeanne and other leaders that he has worked for. One of the main things Dan has learned is, to be an inspirational leader means you have to live an inspirational life that inspires others to be great. He also learned from Jeanne early on, that for an inspirational leader, quitting is not an option and new leaders don't just come to you, an inspirational leader raises up leaders around him. In this session, Dan shares these and many other valuable lessons he has learned about not just being a leader, but one that inspires others to be successful.
There are special challenges when you are a woman in full-time ministry, especially if you are married, you have a family and your husband is in full-time ministry. In this session, Megan Valentine who is a youth pastor, formerly at Celebration Church in Celebration, FL, goes to the Bible and compares the lives of Esther and Jezebel for some wisdom for married women in ministry. She also gives youth leaders questions to consider, is their leadership style more like Esther, or Jezebel?
Youth pastors usually go through three stages, from "Survival" to "Success" to "Significant." How do you become a "Significant" youth pastor? By making an impact in the lives of the kids you serve. In this session, Richard Crisco, the Senior Pastor of Rochester First Church and the former Youth Pastor during the Brownsville Revival, shares how to make a lasting impact through Integrity, Mentoring, Prayer, Anointing, Consistency and being Touchable.
This Youth Leader's Coach, "U.S. Presidents, Youth Pastors And You: Leadership Lessons From Four United States Presidents," presents us with seven leadership principles learned from four of our past Presidents.
I've adapted these lessons from a book by David Gergen, "Eyewitness to Power." Gergen has served alongside and close-up to four presidents in history: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Ronald Regan and Bill Clinton. Having an inside look at the lives of these presidents provides us with some very powerful lessons of leadership. I take these lessons and make them apply to you, the youth pastor and youth leader.
Your "long-distance" cheerleader,
I went way back to some notes from Francis Schaeffer that I read years ago for this Youth Leader's Coach. It's entitled, "No Little People, No Little Places!"
We often, in youth ministry, feel that we're little people if our group isn't a certain size, or we're not meeting certain imaginary benchmarks for success, or we're not as successful as others in ministry.
We've all felt that way from time to time. Let me reassure you: there are NO little people.
Lovingly your biggest fan,
The world we live in offers many quick and easy options. Our students, along with ourselves, all struggle with wanting "something for nothing." Far too often, this attitude influences our relationship with Christ. In this Source, "It Will Cost You Something," I make a challenge to your students to pursue a dream and purpose larger than themselves: A LIFE WHOLLY ABANDONED TO CHRIST.
Nothing you or your students do halfway is ever worth it. May this Source push your gang into pursuing Christ with a "Kamikaze" spirit! You and your youth group can have an authentic relationship with Christ, but IT WILL COST YOU SOMETHING!
Pursuing Christ wholeheartedly,
I love the word "INVICTUS"! It means "unconquerable spirit" and is used as the title to William Henley's powerful poem written in the 1800s. An amazing movie based on the true story of Nelson Mandela bears the name as well.
The nation of South Africa was racially divided in the wake of apartheid, when Mandela took over its presidency. However, it was not before he spent 27 years in a small prison cell as a result of his protest of racial inequality. Mandela's ability to internalize Henley's poem during those years, specifically the last two lines, "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul," enabled him not to abuse his new found position of power and authority but use it to unite a nation. In doing so, he became a living example of John 10:18 where Jesus says, "No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily."
As exemplified in the lives of Jesus and Mandela, it is in the willful laying down of our rights that we come to understand what ultimate power and authority truly looks like. Using the timeless movie, poem and Scripture, we communicate this core truth to our students in this issue of the Source. It's a huge paradigm shift from what today's youth and young adult culture are hearing. Come make the leap with us.