Equipping leaders is in Christian Endeavor’s lifeblood. The positive stories we receive from youth workers we have empowered, encourage us in our purpose to Biblically develop youth as Christ-Centered leaders. For me, modeling this with the C.E. Team is important. Recently we ate lunch at a local Chick-Fil-A. I made contact in advance with the restaurant’s owner/operator because I have been impressed with their customer service each time I have pulled through the drive-in for waffle fries! The leader gave us two hours of his time when we only asked for fifteen minutes! Four critical insights were shared that are essential in our efforts to equip youth as leaders.
1. Requirements for hire- Teens interviewed at this Chick-Fil-A are watched for their eye contact, smile, engaging conversation, and ability to stay connected to a conversation. These four items are not as easy to live out for our tech-trendy teens as they may seem. Youth and adults alike put their noses in phones instead of eye to eye with people in their presence. Jesus engaged the people He met. The four requirements for hire listed above help youth be better equipped for life and leadership.
2. Solutions not Problems- The staff at Chick-Fil-A are taught to bring solutions if they are going to bring problems. This approach develops proactive thinking, avoids whining, and trains people as problem solvers instead of problem enhancers. The Body of Christ needs young leaders equipped to stand and make a difference by working toward solutions.
3. Raise the Bar- Chick-Fil-A does not settle for low expectations. Society tends to minimize the impact youth can make. At Christian Endeavor, we agree with Chick-Fil-A, don’t accept or settle for low expectations! Holding this attitude with youth in your church causes them to see the value both you and God see in them.
4. Skills can be taught, Character cannot- I disagree on this one, but I’m not hiring youth to run a multi-million dollar business. Chick-Fil-A’s position makes perfect sense because they don’t have time to mold a youth into someone with trust, honesty, and integrity. These things take time to nurture and Chick-Fil-A must hire people for immediate productivity.
5. The CE Leadership Academy, Imagine the Impact, teaches character comes before competency. Developing skills before deepening character can cause a person to be successful without being humbly grounded in Christ.
Thanks for handing off ministry to youth so they can carry the cause of Christ. Let me know how we at C.E. can serve you on the journey. Peace!