How to Be a
After watching a neighbor bounce a ball off
the side of his house with a stick, a handful of sophomores learn about a sport
theyve never seen. With the consistent commitment of a volunteer coach and
supportive parents, these few boys recruit others, organize the team, and go from
beginners to the final four Tennessee State championship lacrosse tournament in just their
In Birmingham, Alabama, a high school junior
girl becomes concerned that her campus knows Jesus Christ. After attending a club interest
meeting, she shares her vision with her youth minister. Within six short months, 250
students are involved in the student ministry club on her campus.
What do these two real-life stories have in
common? Leadership! Every "alive" organization, school, church, and family has
at least one a person with the intangible quality of leadership. Can you lead? Will
you lead? What makes a person an effective leader?
A leader is a person who influences others.
Study the letters from the word lead to explore specifically how you can serve as a leader
wherever you are.
with vision or purpose. Leaders help the group discover where it is and where it should
be. Then they tactfully take steps to help the group go in that direction. Christian
leaders seek to find where God is at work and then lead others to join in.
people by both words and actions. Leaders dont just give orders. They communicate
clearly and model what they want others to say and do, thereby winning their trust and
confidence. They willingly do whatever is needed to help the group succeed.
input; serve the people. Leaders ask good questions and then listen. Leaders trust others
and value their insights. They learn from their critics without compromising their vision.
on the Lord, the greatest Leader. Courageously, leaders make the hard decisions based on
gathering as much information as possible, evaluating the options, and giving priority to
sound biblical principles. Following the Lords example, Christian leaders endure and
do not give up at the first sign of discouragement or criticism.
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