Help Your Next Generation of Leaders Rise Up
Leadership is a learned skill, a gift from God that can be exercised for the transformation of the world. The Leadership Lab series of resources from Young People’s Ministries is a tool to help develop youth into leaders through active learning. Leadership Lab resources are completely adaptable and reproducible after initial purchase – no additional workbooks or continued cost. You print and project everything to keep costs down while using this resource again and again.
Try out an activity from each Leadership Lab Resource to see how well they work for your group!These free samples are activities taken directly from each Leadership Lab, for your use! Each sample activity includes the leader's script, participant handouts, and PowerPoint slides. Download the PDFs and use them as a way to 'dip your toes in the water' of leadership development activities from these resources.
Jr High: "Card Conflict"Download - This learning game involves a deck of cards, plenty of running around, and discussion questions about communication and conflict within a group. The game is great for groups of all sizes, and takes about 25 minutes to play, then an additional 20 minutes to discuss and unpack. Highlights the need for effective communication, even in the face of inevitable conflict.
Sr High: "Know Who You Are: Core Values"Download - 2 different activity options will help your youth determine what they most value in terms of their personal traits. Start with a list of 56 different traits, and slowly eliminate them through forced choices down to the 2 traits each youth holds most dear. Great for all sizes of groups, activities can take up to 30 minutes, with an additional 20 minutes for discussion.
Why Use the Leadership Lab to Help Youth Develop Into Leaders?
Young People Want to Lead Now
The passion and enthusiasm of young people is undeniable. Many young people want to impact the world, and believe they can make a difference. Passion and enthusiasm become agents of practical change when leaders focus that energy. If faith communities want to be relevant to and for young people, they must give young people opportunities to lead, and also prepare them to succeed in leadership roles.
Developing young people into leaders benefits your church, not just your group
Imagine a church where intergenerational teams work together to work alongside God in ministry. See a community where young people have voices of equal worth on decision-making teams. Helping young people develop leadership skills sets them up to succeed in living out their faith. Len Kageler, PhD cites the benefits of youth leadership in a study of 524 churches; Len found that an important factor impacting numerical growth in youth ministries was empowerment and ownership. Specifically, the number one indicator of numerical growth in youth ministry was the percentage of time young people were up front leading at the main youth group gathering.
Hear and Forget, See and Remember, Do and Understand
Instruction alone without practical hands-on experience does not prepare young people to lead effectively. Leadership Lab resources are designed with the adage ‘hear and forget, see and remember, do and understand’ as core principles. These resources help participants actually put what they learn into practice. Leader scripts, participant handouts, customizable slideshows, and group activities all help leaders allow youth to practice and discuss their learnings. Most importantly, participants practice what they learn to prepare them for future opportunities in leadership.
Leadership looks different for Christians
Some cultures define leadership in terms of power and control reserved for an elite few. Jesus lived and taught leadership in ways that were in stark contrast to the ways of the prominent leaders of his day. The Leadership Lab is modeled after the higher values taught by Jesus. Discover faithful ways to become leaders while staying true to our call to be disciples – yes, to be leaders and followers of Christ at the same time.
Using Leadership Lab Resources
Create a Coordinated Experience
Leadership Lab is most effective when all participants go on the entire journey together. Use Leadership Lab with a student leadership team during their terms to develop new leadership traits. Create a leadership development retreat around the sessions. Use the sessions as discernment tools for youth interested in taking a larger role in your youth group or church.
Maximize Active Engagement
Leadership Lab engages young people in ways that maximize participation and retention. Lecture is minimal and is always followed by an activity or discussion. Through sharing and active participation, participants actually help shape many of the learning experiences. Young people have opportunities to apply what they learn through various challenges and tasks.
This resource includes clear and detailed instructions, easily adaptable content, and several optional activities. Some planning and preparation are essential; however, everything needed to host a successful experience is provided – including: - Leader’s Script - Participant Handouts/Handbooks - PowerPoint Slides - Optional Activities - Activity modifications for smaller and larger groups
Age Appropriate Sessions
Leadership Lab for 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Youth includes 4 adaptable lesson plans:
What is Leadership?
Team Work and GroupDynamics
Communication and Conflict
Leadership Lab for Senior High Youth includes 7 adaptable lesson plans:
Leaders Know Themselves
Leaders Know God
Leaders are Learners
Leaders Lead Now
Leaders Focus on Others
Quotes from Youth Participants
"The activities that demonstrated the point communicated it about 50,000 times more effectively than any flat out lecture. The talks and topics were effective and have opened my eyes to how I can better my own skills in leadership." – John, 17
"The power point presentations really helped me understand more about what leadership meant. I loved how everything was active." – Taylor, 17
"I have been unsure if I have been going in the right direction… the presentations have really helped me realize or reassure myself that I am going in the “right direction.” I know that I will grow and be a great leader." – Korinne, 17
"I came here to learn and take a lot home and you should know I will be doing just that." - Colette, 17
"The activities were very good and got us all thinking. I will be taking everything I have learned home to my friends, church, and family." – Amber, 17