Developing student leaders is a slow process. It takes time, patience, repetition, and lots of reminders. But, when a student gets “it”, very little compares.
Over the past year I’ve had several discussions with one of our students, giving her permission to take ownership of running the computer on a Wednesday night. That doesn’t mean she’s the only one who runs the computer (we have a team for that), but it does mean if she’s sees a problem or deficiency, she can take the necessary action.
Last night, during worship, one of the songs did not get put up on the screen. The kid running the computer was having a hard time and couldn’t find the song. I knew this student leader was in the room, and pushed forward leading worship. As I did so, I saw her walk back to the sound booth, help the other kid find the song, and got us back on track.
She saw a need (the kid running computer needed help) and met it.
My goal in developing student leaders is not to have a private group. Instead, my goal in developing student leaders is to see students step up, take initiative, and make a difference (big or small). When it clicks, it’s amazing.
What conversations are you having with students giving them permission to step up and meet needs that they see?
Some students more naturally see the needs, where others need help with the beginning.
Some students need permission to step up, whereas others may need to be reigned in.
Some students need a conversation giving them ownership, where others get it from the beginning.
The same is true for adults.
What steps do you need to take with those you are leading to give them permission and ownership? What’s holding you back?