Empowering Young Leaders

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In his book, Sticky Teams, Larry Osborne, the Senior Pastor at North Coast Church in San Diego, CA, provides encouragement and insight into how to build and maintain a healthy, unified ministry team that sticks together in the long haul. In this training post, Larry talks about one of the key issues in his book—Making Room at the Top.

Before we hear from Larry, take a look at this video about a firefighter in training. It's one thing to mentor another person; it's entirely something else to let them go and do what they've been trained to do.

While the video's main point was to encourage churches to get outside their walls and bring Christ's hope to the hurting world around them, it also makes a significant point about actually doing the job you are trained to do.

In this next video, Larry talks about what it means to make room at the top in leadership.

Larry talks about "letting young eagles fly". What do you think about Larry's ideas to not have leadership positions be decided by tenure, to include young leaders on stage and in prominent leadership positions, to include them in key meetings and to be part of the core of what you are doing? Are these good ideas or not? Why?
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If that's something you are currently doing, how has it worked best? What struggles are you having? If you don't currently have younger people in leadership positions at your church, what can you do this coming week or month to begin to explore the possibility?
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Delegating responsibility, especially to someone younger and less experienced than you, can be difficult. Take some time this week to think about what Larry has introduced in this post. Pray that the Lord will bring the right leaders to your ministry, and that He'll grow them, and you, through the process.

For more RightNow Media training posts, teaching videos and Bible study resources with Larry Osborne, click here

If you'd like to read more about how to build and maintain a healthy, unified ministry team that sticks together, you can find Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne book HERE.