The Culture of Christian Leadership

Recently a number of friends have been telling me about how they found it unhelpful to be pressured into becoming a leader for certain ministries in their respective churches or other Christian organizations and circles. It was hearing about these attitudes being passed around by Christians which made me reflect on the nature of Christian leadership in our culture, and how at times it seems to be steadily deviating from the picture of the leadership that the Bible paints. Note that I am in particular talking about my experiences in my home city; and they may not necessarily reflect the Christian culture in other parts of the world.

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Fears of a Youth Group Leader #5–Leading Leaders

It’s not over till it’s over and looks like even for this year, given my circumstances in ministry, my youth ministry isn’t over just yet. As most of you may know, this semester I have been given the chance to return to my old high school to help my pastor out with the ISCF group there. Back then I was a student leader (not a very good one, but was learning vital leadership skills those final two years of high school), and I consider myself very lucky to be given the chance to go back, see what things are like, and to put the last 4 years of my experience back into something I was a part of in the past. I suppose another way you could word is that I got a second chance to be a leader of the ISCF group and do better than I did the first time round.

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Return to Soul Purpose I

On Friday we were asked to return to Soul Purpose, to see how things were going and to see how each of us ex-leaders were doing. Well I’m impressed, the congregation grew to like 100; not sure if it was because it was the last day of term, and that attracts more people; I’m doing statistics on this anymore, I’m retired from that haha!

 

Well they didn’t seem to be running things any different from the way we did it, still some funny games; today’s one was feeding a person donuts hung on a string. A bit different from Matthew’s games where injury was more than 50% likely to occur haha! Kenny gave a talk about time; yeah the quality of talks at Soul Purpose has obviously increased ever since Kenny took over from the last speaker, ie, me. I haven’t given a talk in ages; but I suppose if you made me do a lecture on the Christian Living posts on this blog then yeah maybe I can get somewhere.

 

The music team was really good, later they told us they didn’t practice much so yeah pretty proud of how that turned out. So many new faces I didn’t know, the leaders in particular. They were the year 10s from last year; the only grade which didn’t have any attendees last year; we like had this weird grade gap back then and good thing they’ve managed to fill it in this year. I would of course question the quality of the leaders but I guess enthusiasm should be first priority when numbers are an issue. The crowd was rather well behaved which is good; and so many people came, yeah I said that already.

 

I saw Rebecca again today she just waved at me, I didn’t really have anything in particular to say to her as she ushered us ex-leaders to come inside. I also saw that weird Karen girl; I couldn’t remember her name until I saw her again after school; and clearly she didn’t remember mine, calling me the “Kenny-look-a-like” or "the “RICE-guy” as suggested by my RICE T-shirt. Whatever; it was good to see her again too and just as enthusiastic about RICE and Soul Purpose as last year. There were some people I didn’t get to see, like Carina and Stella; I saw that one kid I sort of befriended at the end of last year, this guy that goes to Hillsong; I forgot his name but I could tell he had a sense of enthusiasm as well.

 

After Soul Purpose we all met behind the TLC to have a leaders’ reunion. We met people from the previous year, down to graduation year 2005; consisting of Anna, Livingstone, RICE secretary; I honestly never knew she went to Baulko, I only met her at Livingstone like a few odd years back; I could never remember her as a leader back when we were…year 9? Yeah; oh well. But yes we all met and chatted, shared how we were all going; and because there were so many of us, we ended the afternoon with prayer and then photos. Ms Corfield wasn’t there because she was attending a funeral.

 

But yeah that was our reunion, it was short-lived but perhaps we’ll see more of Soul Purpose in the future; I’ve finally let go of it, I don’t feel any need to go back and help as a guest leader or something, not much point. I have bigger fish to fry in a sense haha! But it was good to see how each of us have impacted Soul Purpose in a way to build it up to what it is today; I’m proud to have been a part of God’s plan for the Christians at our high school!

SMAC – February 1st

Well haven’t blogged on church for a while, and the last two weeks have been rather pleasant as opposed to some of the other randoms Sundays which were oddly sad for me. But anyway might as well since I won’t be at church for the next few weeks. Had a few church things on during the week, check last Wednesday’s post. Another hot day today and we had a few fans running throughout the hall. Luckily it wasn’t too hot, could’ve been worse.

 

Athena was set up for her first public Bible reading. The poor girl was quite anxious and slightly nervous, even if she isn’t going to admit that. Joked around with her a bit to lighten the mood up. I gestured her to move the microphone closer to her; but she didn’t quite manage to read that sign at first. Fair enough she hasn’t had enough time at the microphone to understand the mechanics of controlling it. But she did the reading rather well; of course that’s because she practised it a fair bit. I heard she rehearsed in front of Ling and other friends a few times. Well it’s good she pout in all that effort for a Bible reading, good commitment. And that’s why Kenny chose her to be the elite representative of year 10.

 

We started a new series on the book of Matthew this week. Shame I won’t be there for the next three talks on them; but nonetheless we felt it was best to start taking notes. And by we I mean me, Jess, Nat and Eva, who after “next generation” felt compelled to take notes for talks and sermons. What we learned at camp was that the talks did provide information that would help us write a Bible Study; or at the least provide information we could re-produce, and so we finally saw the benefits of taking notes. But before today, I didn’t really have anything against taking notes; I kind of didn’t feel there was a need to, but I guess it does help with our roles as leaders now. Had to buy a large book considering the amount of notes I manage to take for a 30 minute talk. Good practice for university lectures I can tell you that =)

 

After church while we were setting up for our monthly lunch, Donna brought back the topic of the two cans of “potion” she got for me while she was in Japan. They were basically like cans of soft drink; I don’t really know what’s in them but it’s probably some fizzy drink of some sort. Both cans are different and apparently if you mix both of them together, the drink turns clear; kind of cool albeit I didn’t want to open either can. Both of them were Final Fantasy-themed cans, one white with Sepphiroth and Cloud on one, and the other is black with Tidus, and some other character I’m not familiar with. But anyway the art and decoration on both cans is so nice I just couldn’t bring myself to open either can. They both look good as collectables so I’m just going to keep them as they are, just to look at haha. I don’t know; I really want to collect them the way they are, undamaged, but I guess yeah they’re just cans of drink so fair enough next time we have like a barbeque or whatever at church, I’ll bring them and show everyone since it’s only fair I guess.

 

And then for lunch we randomly went into discussion about the Child Protection course us leaders were meant to do. I won’t be there for it because I’m in Hong Kong; but it is compulsory for me T.T” So that means I’m going to have to do the course elsewhere, the next one Kenny told me was in the City in March, whatever. But anyway Donna saw Ally (Kenny’s daughter) crying and she was like: “Aww, so cute!” To which  Quentin replied: “Donna, looks like you need to take the Child Protection course…” Wow, never knew he had a dirty mind. And of course the topic shifted to that of paedophilia. So it would now appear that any chick that calls a baby cute or looks at them in an adoring way, then it makes them paedophiles haha! The logic isn’t exact although it is funny. Hmm, I mean would we ever think of Donna as a paedophile. She did mention something about all the babies in Japan looking cute, who knows haha!

 

Erica finally came back from Hong Kong herself this week; and strangely she’s gotten heaps taller; very strange indeed. It’s actually like she grew 10cm or something, I really don’t recall her bring so tall since last year. And now she’s clearly like 12+ cm taller than Donna. Last year Erica was only taller by a small bit, noticeable but not openly obvious. Oh and on that note about changes after heading overseas, Hanako, Donna’s homestay sister was claimed to have gained 8 Kgs while in Australia. Wow, is Australia really such a fat country? Donna said she didn’t notice it but then after comparing with the before photo she was shocked haha. And then there’s another claim that another Jap chick that came with Hanako at the same time then, picked up more than 10 Kgs in weight, wow. Scary stuff huh?

 

And now this week for church, there’s still that leader’s meeting on Wednesday I think, and then a forced youth group social on Friday for my group and Nat and Eva’s group, the so-called “Super Llamas”, what type of name is that?! Busy week ahead still just at church only before I head back to HK.

next generation 2009 – Monday

As most of you should know, I have been gone the entire week on a Christian in Katoomba. KCC, Katoomba Christian Conference organises several functions throughout the year. This one in particular they newly named it “next generation”; which is a 5-day camp aimed at year 12 and above Christians who are leaders or will be leaders of a church group or something.

 

Anyway, the last 5-day camp I’ve ever been to was iLight back in ‘07 and those were perhaps the best 5 days of my life ever. Nevertheless I will try to match blog lengths here; slightly remembering that back then I had about 1500 words everyday, bringing a grand total to a 7500 word blog. This time round I will split this camp into a blog per day to make it easier.

 

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