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Next Generation Leader: The Competence Principle

NGLA book that has greatly influenced my ministry is “The Next Generation Leader” by Andy Stanley. This book was first published 6 years ago yet the principles are very much applicable for those who work with the youth today. For the week, I’ll share to you these principles broken down into 5 parts as well as some thoughts on how this can be applied to our ministry to young people. This is the first part.

1. Accomplish more by doing less.

From the get-go, the book shares an astonishing idea: concentrate on that which makes you most effective. Where others would preach the need for balance and improving weak areas Andy asks us to focus on where our gifting lies, echoing Romans 12:6&8 “If a man’s gift is…serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;”

For example, my gifting is in teaching rather than music. Instead of trying to lead the youth in singing, I should spend time honing my communication skills and equipping young people on Biblical principles.

One thing that keeps people from playing to their strengths is the idea of being a well-rounded leader to which Stanley says: “…read the biographies of achievers in any area of life and you will find that over and over that these were not well-rounded individuals. They were men and women of focus.”

When we focus on our leadership strengths, we raise the bar for our ministry and allow other individuals (with gifting where we are not gifted), to work alongside us. In my case, other leaders with a talent for music could step up in the youth ministry.

One thing you can do for your ministry is use the 80/20 principle, which states that 20% of your work is most likely producing 80% of your effectiveness in ministry. Can you identify that 20% of your work that needs to be added more time to it?

These are usually the things that only you can do and where your abilities are maximized.

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