Some ways to build student leadership.

Years ago, Walter A. Henrichsen’s book, Disciples are Made, Not Born, was big in Christian circles. It underscored the need to follow up and nurture young believers.

In the same way, leaders aren’t discovered, they are developed.

We say that ours is a student-led ministry. But when we don’t find leaders who can step right in, we staff find ourselves hanging onto leadership. It is important to be intentional about leadership development.

In the next few weeks, as you plan next semester’s ministry activities, consider how you develop your future student leaders. Here are a few ways:

  1. Freshman Takeover Night. ICYMI, I mentioned this very strategic way of helping freshmen see that they can make a valuable contribution to the movement.
  2. Group Talks. If the axiom “Involvement breeds commitment.” is true, this simple small group tactic, helps those who might be reticent to find their voice and contribution.
  3. Visibility/Risk Grid. When considering responsibilities for an event, it’s helpful to look at the amount of visibility and risk for each and matching people accordingly.
  4. Delegation. This piece by Bob Fuhs offers helpful insight into the delegation process.



Fall 2016 Coaching Tips


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s