Monday, October 29, 2012

Developing Leaders

As you might already know, youTheology is all about “Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World, Now and In the Future” but what about today’s leaders?

As we approach Election Day, how should we speak to our youth about the process and the people?  Churches and other non-profits are not allowed to officially endorse a candidate and deciding whom or what to vote for is a very personal decision.  Still, we should encourage our youth (especially high school seniors that might be voting for the first time) to be informed about the issues and to find their voice.

Also, whether your candidate wins or loses, keep the leaders of our church, community, state, nation and world in your prayers.  We need to lift them up and ask for God’s guidance to make the world a better place.

We also should look at our own leaders and our place within the church and community.  When we select leaders for our church, is there a place for our youth?  Look at their talents and see if there’s a way to realistically have them play a role in your congregation.  You just might be surprised by the great ideas that our youth bring to the conversation.

Would you like to know more about youTheology?  To find out how it is developing faithful leaders for a diverse church and world, now and in the future, please attend our Movie Benefit & Auction (on Tuesday, November 13 @ 6:30 p.m. @ Barrywoods AMC) or visit one of these links: 

Videos at or or watch “youTheology: The Journey” by clicking here.

Thank you!

by Mark Whitaker, youTheology Advisory Board Chair
Youth & Communications Director @ Avondale United Methodist Church in KC North
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

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