Leaders Gonna Lead
By Josh Sanchez
Youth Ministry Consultant
There’s an old saying—“haters gonna hate.” In a nutshell what that means is that if you’re a hater, no matter how much good there is, you will always find something to be pessimistic about and hate it. I feel like in our current culture hate is one of the dominating emotions of our people. If you don’t agree with me, you hate me. If you did anything slightly offensive to me, you hate me. I don’t know if it’s the pandemic making everyone annoyed and bitter, or if it’s social media that is toxic to our souls, but I feel as if so many people have hate brimming out of their ears these days. I hate to start out this article with such a negative tone, but it has a point. In the same way that “haters gonna hate,” I believe that “leaders gonna lead.” I’m currently in the process of training and recruiting new leadership for my youth group. One of the main ways I evaluate the leadership qualities in people is to see if they will naturally step into a leadership role and if they take initiative. People may be shy at first, but as they get comfortable and have been empowered to make decisions, then leaders are going to naturally lead.
What does this mean for you? If you’re reading this, you’re probably a leader already. To you, I would say that this simple concept is helpful for both identifying leaders and also for shutting out the negative voices that criticize your ministry. If someone criticizes you or your ministry you must ask if that person is a constant squeaky wheel (remember: haters gonna hate). And as you bring up new leaders you can see how they do when you empower them. Do they go above and beyond and even fill in the gaps of your leadership or do they simply fulfill your requests to a tee? Followers will follow your commands, but leaders will make your instructions better.
Second, this can also be a moment for self reflection. If leaders are going to lead, how are you doing right now during this pandemic? Are you blazing new trails into unknown territory or are you just waiting for someone to tell you what to do? If it turns out that you’re not fit to be the main leader in your ministry, then perhaps this is the time to find that person that God has called so you can partner with that person to fill in your gaps.
I pray that you will lead well in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you’re feeling weak, may God’s power be shown perfectly in your weakness.