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Chaplain’s Chat – 30th March 2023

Next Generation Leadership

Listening to a podcast (while I mow my lawns), I was challenged by a new idea (well new to me) about the story of David and Goliath. See account in full in 1 Samuel 17.

When David stood up to take on Goliath, King Saul wanted to equip him with all of the King’s own armour. See verses 38-39  And great as it was for Saul, it wasn’t suitable for David. It didn’t fit, David wasn’t able to function Instead, David did it differently. Instead of the protective armour that had successfully been used before by Saul in battle, David chose to use his staff, a sling and 5 stones. See verses 39-40  He used the tools that he was comfortable with. And experienced great success. And ultimately God was honoured.

Next Generation LeadershipAs we all consider who will take on future (or even present) leadership roles, how are mentoring these people? Are we like King Saul and assume they will lead like we have/do? Or will we release them to lead with the tools and skills that they have received from God and have developed/developing?

It’s not easy seeing something that we have invested much of our time, energy, emotions, (and finances) being done differently. I can personally attest to that, yet I also see the progress and positive influence it has on the next generation. Times are changing and without dismissing our foundational principles and values, seeking to prayerfully follow God’s plan, the process may look different. And that is exciting. Remember when you started in your current role – did you do it exactly the same as those before you? Is this the time for change? Are we rising up the next generation to serve with confidence and in God’s strength?

I encourage all to take advantage of the access GB has to the Global Leadership Network Next Gen videos (contact the National Office if you need access) that are educational, inspiring and challenging. Let us all be a part of God transforming girls’ lives and God’s world being enriched.

To God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:21. Amen