Are you raising leaders in your children’s
ministry? Most formal leadership training doesn’t even begin before
the age of 25, when corporations provide staff with assessments,
coaching, and training. Helping your kids grow as leaders will help
prepare them for the world, give them the tools to help others, and
grow stronger as a team. Here are some ideas that you can use to
help raise leaders for God today.
1. Servant Leadership. Years ago, I took
a class that looked at the ways Jesus demonstrated leadership, and
I still remember it to this day. Every lesson centered on the fact
that Jesus was a servant leader. The leaders you raise should be
willing to get involved and help others. Encourage team building by
giving kids a service project and letting them figure out how to do
it. Allow them to come up with a plan and figure out the steps to
make a difference. Later, you can start challenging your kids to
come up with their own service project ideas. This helps them start
looking for ways they can make a difference every day.
2. Talents and Gifts. We want kids to know that
they are uniquely made by God. Leadership training can get that
point across. Kids learn what their spiritual gifts, hidden
talents, and special abilities are in order to think about how they
can use them in a team setting. When you teach your kids how to be
leaders, they also learn to see other people’s skills and
abilities. This helps kids work together as a team, not only at
church but also at school and in sports. By doing a quick search
online, you can find hundreds of self-tests that kids can use to
find their leadership styles, but if you spend a lot of time with
them, you may already know what talents they have. Give kids
responsibilities around the church. Have the artistic ones create
signs and flyers for upcoming events. Let the actors come up with a
skit to start Sunday school. Let kids lead in areas they enjoy.
3. Tips and Tricks. Little things you do while
working with your kids can help develop their
leadership skills. Some quick tips: mix age levels and genders.
Younger kids will look up to older kids as examples, and the mixed
gender group will match what they see in the real world. Also, any
time you can step back and let kids take the lead, either by having
them lead the discussion or taking an active role in praise, that
gives them more time to take ownership of their faith growth.
Something else I encourage is leadership training for
volunteers. I know it can be hard. There are only so many hours in
a day, and you already have tons of meetings with your team. But if
you haven’t held a leadership workshop, you may be missing an
opportunity to give your ministry a boost.
Leave a comment below telling us how you help your kids and team
grow as leaders!