My dad was a youth pastor during my childhood years. I clearly remember him demonstrating leadership in the home and at work. These were many occasions when members of his youth group needed direction and guidance. I cannot tell you exact details, but I can tell you this; he regularly met with students. He invested his life in theirs, and showed them, through his actions, how to be Godly leaders. I also remember him telling me over and over as a youngster, "Jim your attitude and how you respond to situations shows people a lot about you. If you can't control yourself, you will end up causing yourself and your family a lot of pain." He constantly worked with me, teaching me how to be a person who responded well to crises.
- First step - Model Godly Leadership and Appropriate Responses
- Second - Encourage Risk-Taking
- Third - Mistakes are Okay and Provide Character-Building Experiences
As you think about how to nurture your students to be leaders, please remember to pray for them. There are many lessons they will learn on their journey and your prayers are vital. Model Godly leadership in your daily life. Encourage them to take risks, and allow them to fail.