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The craziness of Christmas has past and the new year has arrived much like we anticipate every 365 days. As a leader, it’s normal to reflect on the success and regrets of last year and vow to be different and make this year a better one. Reflection is a strong trait of healthy a leader. It’s important to take a deep breath and commit one’s heart, mind and soul to another year of youth ministry and leadership.

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A cohesive, comprehensive plan for your small groups.
Over 144 lessons included.

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It’s because of your commitment to be more effective that we want to begin this year by highlighting THREE OBSERVATIONS we’ve made of catalytic leaders. That term describes leaders who seem to do something a little different in their leadership decisions and lifestyle than normal leaders. We tried to identify what these types of leaders are doing that other leaders seem to forget or not prioritize. We’re positive there are others than the three we’ve identified, and we’d love for you to weigh in and share your ideas with us. Here is the first of three specific actions that we see in men and women we respect in youth ministry.

ONE: catalytic leaders keep learning

It’s nice when teenagers like us, because their respect and admiration positions us as an influence in their lives. However, likability isn’t enough to being a catalytic leader. It’s vital that a leader’s charisma is tempered with wisdom. With wisdom, we’ll lead students according to God’s way and not lead according to our own hunches and/or selfish desires. The wisdom gained from a commitment to learning can be the game-changer in youth ministry.

In the midst of school, sports, Facebook, lessons, TV, gaming and parental expectations, teenagers are looking to youth ministry leaders for direction and hope. They’re not looking to be busier with more activities–youth ministry isn’t about getting students to do stuff. Youth ministry exists to develop relationships and help teenagers meet and follow Jesus. In order to facilitate that type of spiritual growth, leaders must keep learning to develop their minds. It’s not enough to simply rest on what you know and/or have experienced, strong leaders are always looking to learn.

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A cohesive, comprehensive plan for your small groups.
Over 144 lessons included.

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What are you doing to grow your mind this year? Seminars? Books? Asking questions from mentors? Have you made any plans to keep your learning moving forward?

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