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Leadership Development for all ages in Faith Communities

Leadership Development for all ages in Faith Communities



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    • Leadership development for all ages
      • Background
      • Aspects of Leadership
      • Leadership Development and Healthy Congregations
      • Ideas and Suggestions for Your Congregation
    • Background & history
      Age segregation is recent cultural phenomenon in human history
    • Unique opportunity in congregations
      People of all ages can
      • Worship together
      • Learn with and from each other
      • Work for justice together
      • Celebrate and honor life’s passages together
      • Develop strong relationships across generations
    • Congregations can be the whole village
      Young people need many role models; parents need other adults to have healthy relationships with their children.
    • Aspects of leadership
      • Everyone can be a leader
      • Everyone needs leadership skills at some point in life
      • Leadership development and faith development are closely related
      • Leadership experiences can lead to spiritual growth
    • Generational differences in leadership styles
      • Mature (born 1922-1945) ~ respectful, practical, hard-working, stable
      • Baby boomers (1946-1964) ~ clear sense of mission/vision, team-focused, dedicated
      • Gen X (1965-1980) ~ independent, adaptable, results-oriented
      • Gen Y (1981-2000) ~ hopeful, optimistic, value positive, collaborative leaders
    • Leadership can be taught
    • Six Components of a balanced, healthy congregation
      For All Ages:
      • Opportunities for worship and spiritual development
      • Community building and encouragement of building healthy relationships
    • Six components, continued
      For all ages:
      • Structured educational & formal learning opportunities
      • Occasions to learn and practice leadership development skills
    • Six components
      For all ages:
      • Meaningful contributions & social justice work
      • Many strong relationships across the generations
    • Youth who participate in Faith Communities and Leadership Development experiences are:
      • More likely to do well in school
      • Be involved in their communities
      • Make healthy choices about alcohol, drugs and sex
      • Transition positively through adolescence to adulthood
    • What can your congregation do?
      • Look at all activities and groups; ensure that all ages are represented, included, invited
      • Create mentoring or buddy programs for newer and/or younger members so they know someone in a group or on a committee
      • Invite & support family teams for worship-related roles and tasks
    • More ideas for your congregation
      • Invite and mentor young people to take leadership roles on committees, at events, in planning groups
      • Implement leadership development training beginning in older elementary grades
    • Closing thoughts ~ multigenerational leadership development
      Start with what you can do!
      Trust in the creativity and commitment of all members in your religious community, regardless of age, length of membership, or life experience.
      Encourage & support all who step up!