Trust, Inspire, Support
13 The next day Moses sat as judge for the people, while the people stood around him from morning until evening. 14 When Moses’ father–in–law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?”
— Exodus 18:13–14
Young Adults Don’t Want Us to Lead Like Moses Did!
A common concern expressed by corps officers is the need for local leaders. I wonder if we’re not making the same mistake Moses made. Are we working endlessly from morning to evening while others stand around? Jethro gave Moses great advice about empowering others to lead. Leaders who successfully empower others, especially young adults, practice the following behaviors.
TRUST Create a climate of trust by resisting the tendency to supervise work so closely. If leaders cannot trust young adults under their leadership, the young leaders will become resentful and frustrated.
INSPIRATION Motivate young adults to action. If a leader helps them understand The Salvation Army’s mission and how it connects to their passion, inspiration will result. Inspired people have more energy, creativity, and ability to attract others.
SUPPORT Requires a leader to provide training, ministry tools, and, most importantly, appreciation! Rather than leave young leaders on their own, help them along the way.
Jethro’s words to Moses are good advice. Young adults want to be involved and to help grow God’s Kingdom.
Invest in them.
— Major Philip A. Lloyd
Territorial Youth Department Secretary