Leading Without A Mic
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This iVolunteer resource is a COACHING RESOURCE for volunteer youth leaders who want to be the BEST they can be!
As a volunteer, it's sometimes challenging not being the "top dog." You might easily begin to think that you're not making much of a difference when you're not the one on the platform. You may wonder how setting up chairs every Wednesday night, or smiling at a few students and asking them some questions once a week can really be changing anything.
In this iVolunteer, "Leading Without A Mic," we'll take a look at the biblical example of David, who began his career as a "high school" volunteer in King Saul's army. David could have easily said, "I'm just a volunteer!" But, he knew it wasn't his title or amount of recognition that determined whether his life made a difference. Instead, it was the heart with which he served. So, listen in and be reminded that, "Leadership isn't a title; Leadership is influence."
Cheering you on,
When I started in youth ministry, I had about 20 kids in the youth group. My idea of success? A night together in youth service where Jesus showed up, kids laughed together and prayed together, and maybe even a new kid or so excitedly decided to give their life to Christ. I mean, back in 1970, that was my idea of a mind-blowing YOUTH MINISTRY SUCCESS.
It took only about three short months to start adding stuff to that original equation. Remember those 20 kids? Well, pretty soon, "real success" needed to include having about 30 kids show up! And somewhere through those opening, exciting months, something NEW to me was "born" in my life and head. It was small and almost a little "cuddly" at the beginning. Kind of like a friendly little "stuffed animal" from my past. But on closer examination, it wasn't that innocent and it sure wasn't that "cuddly." I had given birth to a small, not-too-scary-looking DRAGON.
So my prayerful goal for this message is to remind all of us that the "DRAGON OF SUCCESS" is maybe one of the most ferocious enemies ANY of us will ever face in our own minds...but we'll ALL face him...whether we're the "lead person" on the team, an amazing volunteer assistant, or just a career-orientated person who's just trying to get ahead on the job-site.
I'm LIVING, TRANSPARENT, VULNERABLE PROOF that THE DRAGON OF SUCCESS can hang around for a pretty long time. The point I'm trying to make is that probably all of us have VARIATIONS of this "Dragon" that Jesus and His love wants to slay – dragons that are fed by our insecurities, our fears, our needs for approval and acceptance.
For the final evening, I wanted to take you on an imaginary trip. But though our trip is imaginary, I want to help you envision something that's REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN. A place that the Word of God tells us most all of us will personally experience.
This place I'm taking us in our imagination tonight…it's the place the Holy Spirit often brings to MY mind when I get tired, when I find myself fighting discouragement or when I need to remind myself of the WORTH of this spiritual journey I've enlisted myself in. It's also where I go in my head when I see other Christians who seem pretty disengaged...sometimes even pretty flakey. I mean, lots of great folks don't seem to play by some of the same spiritual ballgame rules Jesus seems to ask of me.
At moments like that, Jesus reminds me of this place. No, it's not the Great White Throne of Judgment. Instead, the place I want to take you in this NYLC15 resource is THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. It's the SECOND eternal judgment in Heaven...the one only CHRISTIANS will take part in. But I rarely hear anyone talk about it. So let's make a run at it, our final night at NYLC 2015...an imaginary glimpse at YOUR coming moment before The Judgment Seat of Christ. WELCOME, MY FRIENDS, TO YOUR "FINAL ANTHEM."
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,