The Bible teaches us to "speak the truth in love" and "restore a person gently..." but what if they don't want to hear it? As Christian leaders we need to take seriously the privilege and responsibility of speaking truth to people we are leading...even when it's difficult. Learning to do this will help you build trust in your relationships as people realize your sincere heart is not to, "call them out," but to make them better. Taking wisdom from Galatians 6:1-2, and years of practical experience from decades in youth ministry, Jeanne shares thoughts on how navigate this crucial leadership skill effectively.
As a youth leader, have you ever thought when counseling someone, "If you only knew... If you only knew that I too wrestle with doubts, insecurities, and mind games. If you only knew that I too struggle with unconquered sin patterns. If you only knew..."? Many people enter youth ministry with high expectations and some UNREALISTIC ones. It's easy to become disillusioned when youth ministry doesn't work out the way we envisioned it. Mind games are not nearly as challenging when you know others deal with some of the same thoughts. Jeanne has been mentoring youth pastors for more than 20 years. In this podcast she shares some of the repeating themes youth pastors and leaders tell her confidentially when they feel SAFE ENOUGH to open up their honest hearts.