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

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