BEING CHURCH- Growing Young: Keychain Leadership
Remember the first day you got the keys to the family car and the responsibility you felt that day. Or perhaps think of a time when a coach or mentor pulled you aside and said they believed in you to contribute to the success of a team or project. Who was that person that believed in you?
When we entrust leadership opportunities to others – particularly to young people – we are handing them a deeper sense of belonging and contribution to the realm of God. Similarly, in the midst of brokenness and failure, Jesus invited Peter to take the keys of leadership and continue the work, to “Feed my lambs and take care of my sheep.” Next week, we will explore what it means to give away the keys to the church. Who gets to lead in your congregation or ministry? Is it only experienced leaders, or flawless leaders, or those of a certain age?
Research from Fuller Youth Institute has shown that people ages 15-29 are looking for a role to play right now in the church, and they want to learn alongside other leaders who can show them the way. Those leaders are taking keys off their own keychains and handing them over to young people – keys of responsibility, authority, influence, and access.
On November 18, we will be meeting Kendyll Ward, an 11th grade high school student from Havertown, Pennsylvania, and Kash Campbell, a young adult from Orlando, Florida, who will share with us who has given them the keys to leadership within the church.
In preparation, please read John 21:15-19. Begin to think about your ministry context and whether young people are being given shared responsibility in the life of your congregation / ministry.
You are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church, as well as have an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. This is where the magic happens. All of this is designed to help us process our emotions and thus create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context. You are welcome to share this invitation with any other ELCA leader, rostered or lay. #ELCAChurchTogether
We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and debrief time. We share each recording with supporting documents here, typically by the following day: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media.
You can also find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org/.
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Topic: BEING CHURCH - Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: Wednesdays 1:00 PM Central Time
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