As my ministry grows and shrinks and and I grow and shrink, I have found myself wrestling with this challenging question. ”Do I pour my life into leaders, or into the least of these?”
I totally get the strategy and potential multiplication that happens when you take the cream of the crop and invest into them. The potential pay off is huge. They become spiritual leaders among their friends, at their schools, in their companies, and even follow a call into ministry. Many of us youth pastors were “leader” kids that were given some extra love and attention by our youth pastor and helped shape a larger view of ourselves and ministry and that is why we are doing what we are doing.
Leader kids are the best.
They are all in. They are normal. They have social kids and it feels good when they like us. And while I am a product of some extra love and have seen the fruit of that in some of my leader kids, I wonder if the strategy of ministry to leaders trains our hearts, our leaders, and our ministries to miss the very heart of the ministry of Jesus Christ.