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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

Are you a good leader?

How is that evidenced?

One checkpoint worth noting is if your title has become your first name, you’ve crossed the line the wrong way.

Are you a good follower?

How is that evidenced?

Another checkpoint worth noting is if people need to know what you did then you may not have done what you did for the right reasons.

campfireI was sitting around a campfire with our student ministry recently on one of the last nights of our retreat. One of our adult leaders was being the life of the party – from telling stories that got everyone laughing to making sure kids felt included.

It was awesome.

I kept thinking, though, “I’m the guy who usually does that.” It was as if I was a little jealous, even though I was more consciously thankful that he was building connections instead of it being me. He was even pulling in other adults who would otherwise have remained quiet.

Still, I sort of felt lost between whether I was supposed to be a leader and amplify what he was doing to the next level… or if I was supposed to be a follower and simply sit on the sidelines laughing along with everyone else.

In the past, I would have done the former. This round, I opted for the latter.

Steven Covey said it well: “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” That means how the world defines leadership isn’t to be the same way that Christ-followers do.

We are to lead when we serve, and serve when we lead.

  • Maybe it’s worth asking what kind of a leader do you want to be.
  • And then… maybe it’s worth asking how that is getting in the way of being the leader God needs you to be.

campfire2An interesting thing about a campfire, by the way… for it to be most effective, the wood must burn up. That means something that once was alive has to be chopped down and placed into a context where flames can consume it so others are warmed by its disintegration.

Now… read that last paragraph again, only replace the word “campfire” with “ministry,” and replace “wood” with “ego.”

Thank you for loving students!

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