Leadership Lessons Luncheon

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

We had our first Leadership Lessons Luncheon this afternoon. For those of you who have not heard about this yet… after the Undergraduate Retreat the staff and I had a greater burden to help develop leaders in our church. If we are going to see a strong church then we need to influence people while they are young and in their formative years.

We thought that having a “brown bag” lunch discussion on various aspects of leadership would help accomplish several goals. First, the staff will have an opportunity to impart principles to the younger generation. Secondly, we would be able to spend time with some of the younger students without taking extra time out for an appointment.

I laid down the objectives with the 3 D’s – Discipleship, Dialogue and Direction. As we talk about leadership issues and other topics that come up, it is an opportunity for people to learn and grow. We also know that people learn best from discussions and dialogue. This helps in the process stage as well as sharpening each other. Lastly, we want to be able to help the young students go in the right direction as they are making important decisions in life.

We are going to try to have these gatherings bi-weekly or at least once a month. I am hoping that will be a catalyst for future leaders to be developed and trained for building up God’s Kingdom.

The Youngest Governor

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vision

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This past week history was made. Bobby Jindal, son of Indian immigrants became the youngest governor in United States history. You can read up on the story here.

Couple of things about this newsworthy event struck me:

1) He is a minority. This is huge because he became the governor NOT OF California or New York BUT the state of Louisiana. Yes, Louisiana. The state that has had history of racism and KKK activity. Do you remember David Duke who ran for the position years back? He was the Grand Wizard of the Knight of the KKK. Even though we have a long way to go, this shows that America is getting more open to people of color and that anyone can live out the American Dream. Jindal said, “My mom and dad came to this country in pursuit of the American dream. And guess what happened. They found the American Dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana.”

2) He is young. I don’t think being 36 years of age is old :-)… but in the political scene it is a young age. I am wondering if people nowadays are looking at character and integrity more than anything else, especially when it comes to politics. The political landscape is changing. People are tired of getting burned with empty promises. Maybe this is why the Apostle Paul told Timothy, who was young, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Ti 4:12). Jindal won big! As votes were coming in, Jindal carried more than half the vote (53%) to defeat 11 opponents with about 92% of the votes tallied at that time. The nearest competitor was at 18%. Hmm… substance over style… character over charisma.

I am praying that in the future we will see many Christians entering into the political scene with Christ-like character. It is possible, regardless of your ethnicity or your age. This is what we are trying to promote with the whole Transformasphere Movement.

Jindal is living proof and now he has raised the bar. May we be people of conviction, compassion, and courage.