Building Healthy Leaders

by Joseph Parker

I just returned from a week long trip to Indiana, where I was part of a four day workshop on Building Healthy Leaders by Leader Source, SGA. I mentioned them a couple weeks ago in a previous post (The Walk), sharing with you my excitement over our first meeting together.

Think about it, how did Jesus build his disciples…leaders?

With no seminary education, how did these men become capable of turning the world upside down? Leader Source, SGA does a fantastic job (being very clear we do not need to get rid of seminaries) of articulating a very clear message of what we need to do to build healthy leaders within the church today…using the very model Jesus used with his own disciples.

I am so excited because this is exactly what KidTrek is doing. We are seeking to raise up children to become Christ-changed, hope-filled, productive adults who will change their communities at large through the presence of long term, committed adults willing to be intentional in every aspect of their discipleship of these kids.

Have you read Deuteronomy 6 lately?

What about Matthew 18: 1-10; or Mark 10: 13-16?

The Lord God Almighty desires we do not push the children from him, but that we nurture them and raise them in his precepts that they may grow to not only fear Him (in a healthy way), but to love him with all their heart, soul and might.

We need to stop waiting till children become adults to disciple them; we need to stop solely “educating” children about the precepts in the bible through memory verses and activities…we need to start walking with them through life in such an intentional, long term manner they will grow to believe those verses we are cramming down their throats every week!

Do your children have this in their life?

What is the local church doing to walk with your kids and the kids in your community through life?

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2 responses to “Building Healthy Leaders

  1. Joseph, This is a great article about the BHL you attended in Indiana! Thank you for your encouraging words and the reminder to disciple our kids NOW before they become adults.
    May God bless your WONDERUL ministry to kids!
    Lisa Nagle

  2. Lisa,

    Thank you for your kind words. I am looking forward to KidTrek and Leader Source, SGA continuing to develop our ministry relationship.

    I hope everyone at Leader Source, SGA had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    God bless you!

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