One of the main components of our Student Leadership program is leadership development. Since our student leaders are responsible for a lot in our ministry, it is so important that we are building them up as leaders that are capable of succeeding in their roles. Recently, we have been using podcasts to help develop leadership skills in our students, but we figured that it was time to go through another book with them. I wanted this next season of our teaching to help our students discover how God has uniquely gifted them for leadership. After doing some research, I found the perfect book to help our students: Student Leaders Start Here by Doug Franklin.
Student Leaders Start Here is a workbook that is broken down into three sections: Leadership Design, Balancing Act, and Mission First-People Always. The thing I love about this book is that, in each section, students are not only taught an important leadership principle, but they also take quizzes and assessments that help them discover more about the leader God created THEM to be. Each section also ends with a preplanned small group time that helps students process their thoughts together (a huge help for us as we lead the students through the book).
I once heard that a high-schooler’s biggest desires are to find their identity and be understood. That is why I think that this book will be a hit in any youth ministry because it helps the students learn more about themselves, and provides them with a way to communicate these discoveries with other people. I really believe in this 94-page book. It may be a short read, but I believe that it will have long-term results in our students, and ultimately our ministry.
To order it, or find more information about it, head on over to their website!
How about you, what are doing to develop your student leaders?
Colton Harker is the Student Leadership Coordinator at Saddleback HSM. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter at @ColtonHarker.