"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Training Today, Leading Tomorrow?

This past weekend, thousands of young people across the state of Texas participated in LTC (Leadership Training for Christ). For the past several months, they have prepared for this weekend of Leadership Training. Participants engaged in events such as Bible Bowl, Song Leading, Scripture Reading, Speech, Sign Language, Puppets, Chorus, and many other activities that enhance spiritual training. It's always priceless to see these young people gather together once a year for the same purpose--training to become Leaders in the Lord's Kingdom.

I have always been a strong supporter of LTC. I began participating in the third grade and I continued to participate every year through High School. I now serve as a Speech Coordinator for one of the three Dallas conventions. I think it's imperative that we support the three building blocks of LTC's structure. Leadership (L) is extremely important. As the leaders of today resign their posts, who will take their place? Our young people! What better way to lead than to lead for Christ (C)? However, in my mind, the middle letter (T) is the catalyst that brings Leadership and Christ together. We must TRAIN our young people to be leaders in the church. It doesn't just happen! When they're young, we must begin go train them, and as the wheel of time continues to spin, we'll see these same young people mature into full fledged leaders.

Even Jesus, the greatest leader to ever live, was in his early 30's when He went to the cross. Have you ever thought about why Jesus didn't "finish" God's plan and show the full extent of His love at a younger age? I'm sure there are many reasons, but I have to believe that God knew Jesus needed three decades of "Leadership Training" before Jesus was ready to complete His task.

The future of the church is always right around the corner. We need Leaders to lead us to Christ, and it starts today as the church trains them! The LORD expects you to help!