Here’s a thought. Let’s let students lead. “Not as easy as it looks” I said in a previous post. The hardest part is letting go. Letting go of control, letting go of ego, and letting go of the outcome of students leading is tough. So, I have pulled the trigger like never before.
We were having our regular Endeavor meeting, our student leaders, and I wanted to get out the message of the importance of being a leader to the rest of our students. I tossed out the thought of doing a boot camp, a quick shot in the arm to get students interested and involved in leadership. I asked, “What can we do to make this different?”. Andy, a senior, said, “Could we open it up to the community?” Ding!
So, Student Leadership Boot Camp was born. It took place on Saturday January 22nd, 2011. What made this different, is that, while the two main sessions were taught by youth pastors, all the smaller sessions were taught by our students. The students will take some of the lessons I have taught them in the past four months and share them, along with their own thoughts on leadership.
What happened? Mixed results. Some of our student leaders rose to the challenge and others did not. Am I disappointed? Not really, they’ve had an experience very few students have and that is to lead and share on a bigger stage.
Trust your students. Give them a chance to make a difference even if it doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would.
If you’re interested, here’s the BootCampRegistration we used.