I was at a fall retreat a week ago and met with the student leaders from the various campuses attending. Someone asked about developing emerging leaders. I shared with them a grid that compares visibility with risk. What I like about this is that there can be a place for anyone to serve. Over time what a student can handle in terms of visiblity and risk may increase as they develop their gifts and abilities.
Here is a very helpful exercise that your student leadership teams can do:
- Think through the various functions that need to occur any given week in their ministry.
- Plot each function on the grid and notice which quadrant that it goes into.
- Then begin to consider what level of risk and visibility students involved can handle.
- Finally, delegate responsibilities to students.
Here is a picture of what this looks like.