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What is inductive Bible study?- YWAM Asheville

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What is Inductive Bible Study? 

Introduction 

Studying the Bible is a gift and a blessing within the Christian life. In my life, being given the tools I needed to digest the Bible for myself made an impact I can barely put into words. The Bible can be difficult to approach, confusing and intimidating people into complacency towards it. Unfortunately, it seems like most Christians are unaware of the many tools and methods available to make Bible study not only accessible but transformational. The Inductive Bible Study method showed me that understanding the scriptures is not, as I had assumed, beyond my grasp. It taught me that God’s Word is timelessly relevant, deeply informative, and indeed, Good News. 

Purpose and Goal of Inductive Bible Study 

Every Bible study method will serve a different purpose and aim at a different goal. Some methods seek to collect data and categorize topics. Some serve as meditation and reflection tools. The Inductive Method is a little of both. It combines the scholastic need for information with the active voice of the Holy Spirit, allowing the breath of God to fill the student with well 

informed, timeless, transformative truths. 

As a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) student, I was first introduced to this method of Bible Study in my Discipleship Training School (DTS). During the DTS lecture phase, Bible Overview gave me a new appreciation for the Book I had always felt weary of. Instead of feeling guilt, anxiety, and confusion, I began to feel curiosity, amazement, and awe. 

The purpose of Inductive Bible Study is to allow the reader to use pertaining historical and cultural context (inside and outside of the text), to illuminate the author’s intent for the passage being studied so that the reader can make educated interpretations, appropriate conclusions, and finally, meaningful applications. Every student of the Inductive method will tell you that the goal is always application. If we do not allow our studies to produce actionable avenues of growth within us, we are not allowing our hearts to engage with the Bible fully. The Bible is, of course, a vast collection of intellectual concepts, conversations, and ideas. But, at its core, it is the primary vessel through which God continues to reveal who He is to His people. It’s meant to be a relational, interactive, communal, and personal means to grow closer in likeness to Christ – and draw us into a deeper abiding with His Spirit. 

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I appreciate what LaRosa Johnson writes in his article on the topic. He writes, “A large part of understanding the Bible rightly requires looking at it through the proper lenses. Unlike many books we read today, the Bible is old, a compilation of many writings, and a religious book. As

such, we must remember all those things when we study the Bible. In addition, each facet plays a key role in the right interpretation of Scripture. 

First, the Bible is a historical book. It is several thousand years old and was written over centuries. This means we cannot approach it like a book written in the 21st Century. There is a different cultures and backgrounds we must keep in mind when we study. The Bible’s authors wrote in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine (common) Greek. Each language is old and requires translation into modern vernacular. We must keep this in mind when studying. Second, the Bible contains many different literary genres. We cannot read each book of the Bible the same way. Scripture contains history, prophecy, letters, apocalyptic literature, poetry, and so on. Each passage needs to be read and understood based on its given genre, which, in turn, affects how we interpret it. 

Finally, we must understand that it is a theological book. God wrote and teaches us about himself in the Bible. This is another fact we cannot ignore in our interpretation.”

Steps of Inductive Bible Study 

 

1. The first step of Inductive Bible study is prayer. We ask God to give us the ability to take off the lenses we wear that cloud our vision, skew our perspective, and lead us toward partiality. We ask that He lead us, open our eyes, ears, and heart and that we would yield to His Lordship in the process. We want to approach the Bible with as little bias, preconceived notions, and other hindrances as possible. 

2. Next, we read the entirety of the book we are reading, if possible, in one sitting, out loud. When we read the whole book out loud, in one go, our brains can absorb more of what we are reading. 

3. Then, once we have completed one reading of the book, we read through it again. But this time, we are reading to make observations. We are making a note of things like who, where, and when, as well as literary tools like lists, metaphors, and figures of speech…we notice promises, commands, questions, repeated words, key ideas, parables, and genealogies..and we physically mark them on the paper we are reading from. Most Inductive Students will make their own “legend” that allows them to mark up their text with their own symbols. For example, my mark for a promise is a yellow star. My mark for a figure of speech is a purple triangle. This stage of study is meant to get you to slow down, notice what is happening in the text, and warm up your brain to start asking questions. 

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4. From these observations, we can begin to ask questions. This is where the CONTEXT of the book comes into play. You will want to have a good handle on these things before drawing ANY conclusions about what you have read:

What type of literature is it? 

Who wrote it? 

When did they write it? 

Who did they write it to? 

Was it happening at this point in history? 

What was the political, religious, and cultural setting? 

This contextual information will guide you as you ask questions. You can find contextual information in a variety of places. A few of my favorites are: 

5. Now that you have asked some educated questions, begin to use the contextual information you’ve gathered to make interpretations…AKA: answer your own questions using the information you’ve gathered. Can you see what the author was trying to communicate? Given their circumstances, what might the audience/reader have needed to hear? What are the implications of this passage to those originally involved?

6. You’ve read the book in its entirety, made observations, gotten some basic context, and asked and answered educated questions..now you can draw some conclusions. Time to come up with some TIMELESS TRUTHS. You can pull these truths from your interpretations that remain true for all kinds of people throughout all of time. 

For example, “God is not limited to man’s methods” is a timeless truth. It is true no matter who you are, where, or when. 

7. Lastly, and most importantly, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to a pertinent APPLICATION of this truth in your life, or the life of the contemporary reader. Using the example above, a personal application of this may be trusting that God can solve the issue you are facing using methods you know nothing about. Trusting that God knows a way through even when you see no options with your human capacities.

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Inductive Bible Study at YWAM Asheville 

During the Discipleship Training School, students are given a whole week to go through the Bible. Bible Overview is built into the YWAM DTS curriculum. This week gives students a chance to look at the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, and it is often taught from an Inductive perspective. Other YWAM courses are dedicated to teaching students the Inductive method, such as the School of Biblical Studies and the Bible Core Course. Here in Asheville, YWAM values giving DTS students a basic understanding of Inductive Bible Study so they can become users of the method in their own lives. Students are also invited to return for the Foundational Leadership Course where they will be given even further training and education on Inductive Bible Study. 

Conclusion 

I saw a recent post on Twitter from a fitness account that said, “Strength training will make every other problem you have easier to solve.” I would argue that the same could be said about Bible Study. The more you engage with God’s voice, doing the heavy lifting of observation, interpretation, and application, you will find that life’s problems are brought into perspective; an eternal perspective.

5 Reasons to do a DTS – YWAM Asheville

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5 Reasons to do a DTS

Introduction 

So you might be thinking about applying for a YWAM DTS, or maybe you already have. You might also be thinking, “God has called me, but what am I getting myself into?” That’s totally valid, and there is so much to look forward to when applying to your Discipleship Training School.
 

YWAM’s motto is To Know God and Make God Known. Our entire foundation is built upon those words. That is our ultimate goal here is to make sure each person has a deep, personal relationship with God and to evangelize, starting with the one. But there is SO much more that comes out of a DTS than that– and here are just a few that I could think of. 

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Reasons To Do A YWAM DTS 

 

1. Learn More About Other Nations and Cultures 

No matter where your DTS location or Outreach is, you’ll learn more about where you’re at and the people around you. Even I, who is from a small town right outside of Asheville and would visit Asheville frequently as a teenager, came to do my DTS at YWAM Asheville, and it really blew my mind how much I didn’t see in Asheville even though it was right in front of my eyes.

At DTS, you’ll learn how to get down and dirty and place yourself behind the scenes of wherever you’re at, you will also learn how to slow down and really see people as Jesus does instead of just glancing over the surface of the world. YWAM is full of diversity so you’ll live with other students and staff from all different cultures and backgrounds. 

2. Expand Your Knowledge of the Bible 

We get it, sometimes, when you explore the Bible on your own, it’s really difficult to understand. There are areas that seem intimidating and you don’t want to touch in fear of not being intelligent enough to understand. No worries! Our DTS curriculum is full of helpful ways and tools to help you better understand the Word.

We have an entire week dedicated to Biblical Overview, this week gives a simple, easy to follow, and enjoyable deep dive into the Bible. Students always say that this week is especially helpful in their faith journey. It opens your eyes to new things, and brings you to a higher level of understanding! 

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3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone 

It’s easy to keep your relationship with Jesus between you and Him. However, that’s not what God intended. He has called you to go out and make disciples, and that can’t happen if you’re not willing to do things that make you uncomfortable. As Christians, we’re not only called to be okay with discomfort but to seek it. Requirements of DTS include being flexible and willing to die to yourself and the comforts of your flesh. In your Discipleship Training, you’ll learn how to have the confidence in evangelism, spreading love, and preaching the gospel to every tribe, tongue and soul – you just have to ask yourself, is Jesus worth any awkwardness, criticism or judgment you may encounter? (The answer is, “heck yeah, He is.”) 

4. Grow deep, real connections with other Jesus lovers 

Being a Christian is hard, but being a Christian without a supportive community that shares your love, values, and beliefs is even harder. So here at YWAM, we are all about community, coming together from different cultures. Our hope is that you come and feel at home with the people around you. You deserve to feel loved, cherished, and worthy. Everyone who comes to DTS is so different yet we all have one thing in common: We love Jesus. 

5. Become a New Creation 

In Galatians 6, Paul talks about how religion, circumcision and all that other stuff don’t really matter, but what’s most important is whether or not we have become a New Creation. Meaning, we let our old selves die and allowed the Lord to transform us and make us new, pure, holy, and whole. This is the main reason I chose to do DTS. You might have a rough past and are new to Faith and Jesus and everything. You might have unprocessed with trauma, pain and shame. Or maybe you have just never known the Lord as your own Father, Friend, Counselor, etc. Whatever your story is, the Lord can redeem it. Whoever you are, you can grow even more. He wants to give you freedom. A YWAM DTS is a great place to start that process. 

 

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Conclusion 

It’s so hard to capture the essence of everything you’ll experience in your DTS- but trust me when I say that whatever the reason is that you’re doing a DTS, the Lord can do abundantly more than you can ask, think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

We call DTS the pressure cooker for your faith, and after those five months you will leave with so much more knowledge, wisdom, passion, and excitement for life. If you believe that God is worth 5 months of your life, then surrender to Him and allow Him to show you what He’s capable of. This is just a starting point. Let Jesus take you on an adventure and apply for a DTS today.

Why I Believe In The DTS – YWAM Asheville

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Why I Believe In The DTS

Introduction 

I believe in the DTS. A YWAM Discipleship Training School is just what it says it is. It not only teaches one how to disciple the nations, it also (perhaps even more importantly) teaches one how to BE DISCIPLED. Why is this so critical? Isn’t our aim to reach the lost for Christ? Why worry about ourselves?

Becoming A Disciple Before Becoming A Missionary 

Indeed, Youth With A Mission’s goal is to send waves of missionaries into every corner of the world, to see the lost found, the hungry fed, the lonely met. But in order to sustainably do this, we must first learn to be continually molded into vessels capable of delivering His perfect peace. In order to be effective in the Christian life, let alone missions, we must never overlook our own heart for the sake of the nations. If the gospel isn’t radically real to us, if its stunning messages don’t awaken us first, we will fizzle out and be serving from numb hearts. And when this happens, which is sometimes inevitable, we must know how to be discipled, how to be led, and how to be helped.

We aren’t built to carry the Great Commission on our own strength, intellect, skills, or anointing. Through every step of our life, we must depend on the faith family to support us in many ways.

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Why I believe in the DTS

The DTS is a place that allows a young person to look in the mirror, for perhaps the first time, and analyze the scars, the beauty, the design, and the purpose of their being. During the DTS, you are able to ask the deep down questions, seek out the Face of Truth, develop your faith, and receive teaching from those who have gone before you.

During my DTS lecture phase, I was challenged to think differently, become aware of my assumptions and wrong beliefs about who God is, and face my fears about my future. The different speakers and topics that get addressed during DTS are specifically designed to draw the student into deeper trust in the Lord, and nothing short of that happened for me! When you are surrounded by new people, new ideas, new methods, new values, in a new place…you get pushed into the deep end of the pool of relying on Jesus. And the beauty of it is, you are in a group of other students going through the exact same thing. This leads to such incredible friendships and community. Some of my longest and closest friendships today began during DTS, over 12 years ago!

Then on outreach, everything gets amplified! Desperation for the voice of God becomes one of the hallmarks of your life because you are literally depending on His leadership every moment of every day. Outreach instilled in me a deep reliance on God’s voice, and a trust that when He speaks, His words are trustworthy, no matter how crazy it may seem. This short 2 month trip across the world taught me one of the most vital aspects of being a disciple of Jesus: listening and obeying my Shepherd’s voice.

In my DTS, I learned that my answers to my own questions would fall short every time. I need the wisdom of Scripture, the experience of my elders, the insight of my leaders and love of my peers to experience Christ. I learned that in order to grow into the woman I am made to be, I must have people around me speaking truth into my life, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. To lift my face when it has fallen, to breathe life into me when I’ve grown weary. The DTS taught me how to be discipled, how to be loved, and how to sustain a life of discipling others.

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In Closing

The truth is, becoming a disciple of Jesus takes a lifetime to figure out. But a YWAM DTS is honestly one of the very best tools out there that will enhance and deepen that journey in a very short amount of time. I believe in the Discipleship Training School for SO many reasons. It’s changed my life for the better, given me the spiritual tools I lacked as a young high school graduate, and I consider it a major moment in my life that God used to get me on the right path. 

When it comes to choosing the best DTS location for you, I highly recommend not searching for the cheapest DTS only. Money is important, and God knows you need finances for tuition. But PLEASE let the Holy Spirit guide you in that decision making process. Lean into prayer and words of wisdom from others that know how to hear from God. And if you still need help, we are here! One of our DTS coaches would be pumped to walk with you through that process, and help you discern what the Lord is saying to you! We want you to be exactly where He’s calling you, wherever that may be. 

7 Effective Ways To Enhance Teamwork – YWAM Asheville

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7 Effective Ways To Enhance Teamwork 

 

Introduction 

Before I started my YWAM Discipleship Training School I was a loner. I had a couple jobs here and there but I really had no idea what it meant to be in community or to be a part of a team. But very quickly into my YWAM training I realized how much they valued team building. (Spoiler Alert: Functioning in Teams is literally one of YWAM’s values.) Whether it came to intercessory prayer, community responsibilities, local or global ministry, lecture phase or outreach phase, we were using teamwork, and it very often included some kind of team activity that enhanced our unity. Through this I learned so much about being an effective teammate, and I want to share some of those gems with you! 

 

Stay Goal and Relationship Orientated

 

It’s so important to be on the same page with the rest of your team. Even though sometimes that means a bit of debating. You’re all here for the same reason, to get the work done effectively. So instead of wasting time bickering about who’s way is best, press on in humility, gentleness, patience and grace. You need to be willing to die to yourself at times and the way you want things to go in order to reach your goal. Have team building activities, spend time with each other when you don’t ‘need’ too, be intentional with one another to deepen those relationships!

 

Always make the Holy Spirit ‘Team Captain’

 

Whether you’re the team leader or not, having the Holy Spirit be the main decision maker and running the show is always the best idea. So be intentional with the Holy Spirit and let Him lead, even in the little things. During our discipleship class curriculum we learn lots about how to do this effectively. 

Enhance Teamwork

Reflect Jesus

If you’re prone to gossipping, complaining, being lazy, tarty, or even just 

constantly having a bad attitude, then you are going to hold your team back from flourishing. In DTS, you’re bound to have spiritual growth, so bring that to the table. Be intentional in growing and becoming a better person, and a perfect place to practice that is around your team! Give your teammates the respect you want to be given and forgive mistakes easily as Jesus has forgiven you. Walkout in barring the image of Christ. 

Accept Criticism

Going off of Reflecting Jesus, we also need to be willing to accept criticism from our teammates. If they notice areas of growth that need to take place, listen. Step out in humility and allow those you work with and trust to point out what needs to be changed, getting you a step closer to Jesus each time.

 

Don’t Compare Yourself

Everyone is different, but all are needed. Some people are introverts, some are extroverts. Some work best outside and some work best on a computer. Some prefer the slow and steady life and some thrive off adrenaline. However it is that you work best, use it. Each person plays a different part in the team and brings different ways of thinking, and they’re all beautiful and handcrafted by God! Darlene Cunningham quotes in her book ‘Values Matter’: “Our teams are to be a mirror of the unity with diversity that exists within the Trinity. And people not only bring their personal strengths but also their cultural strengths.” Our differences are our strengths! 

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    Take Initiative

    As Christians, we are called to take action. So do those dishes that have been piling in the sink, clean that bathroom, volunteer to read that passage in the bible, wash the feet of your enemy, when engaging in intercessory prayer– speak and don’t hold back. Don’t wait around for someone else to do it. Get rid of the ‘it’s not my job’, ‘I’m not good enough’ mindset and take initiative. Ask the Lord for boldness and courage. If we are not willing to do the small jobs, God won’t call us to do the big things we dream of. If you have Jesus you are qualified to do anything He puts in front of you. Be obedient. 

    Breathe and Remember

    It’s normal to get overwhelmed. It’s easy to feel burdened. But guess what! With Jesus, we don’t need to feel that way. Whether it’s one really big assignment or a bunch of little tasks that keep adding up, just breathe and remember – you’re not alone! Not only do you have the Holy Spirit with you but you also have a team and community behind you, supporting you. If you need help, ask for help. Humble yourself enough to admit when things get to be too much to handle and let your teammates walk alongside you. Be a good team member by allowing others to be good team members. Also, don’t be scared to admit you need a break. It’s so much more beneficial to your teammates for you to be fully alive and present than for you to be overworking yourself and eventually leading to burn out. Pay attention to how you’re feeling! 

     

    The Power of Forgiveness – YWAM Asheville

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    The Power of Forgiveness

    What is forgiveness? 

    Psychologists define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. Though I agree with most of this definition, none of us has the right to decide whether or not someone deserves forgiveness.

    When Jesus died on the cross and chose to forgive people who would continually sin against Him, He proved that no one on earth has the right to deny forgiveness to another. When we choose to receive God’s forgiveness, we forfeit our right to withhold it from anyone. 

    Forgiveness, according to the Bible, is God’s promise to not count our sins against us. Though given freely in amount, God’s forgiveness does come with a warning: “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins,” says Matthew 6:14-15. 

    The Bible makes it clear that the extent to which we forgive others is the extent to which we will be forgiven. As every other command the Lord gives us, this too is covered in His divine omniscience and drenched in unconditional love. This is easily shown when we look at what follows unforgiveness. 

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    Why is forgiveness important? 

    “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die,” says Marianne Williamson. Science has proved this to be true when medical books began classifying unforgiveness as a disease. 

    Unforgiveness has been linked to heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, sleep deprivation, anxiety, and depression. Studies continually show that our emotional health is directly linked to our physical health and that the effects of unforgiveness can be detrimental. 

    On the other hand, the act of forgiveness can lower the risk of heart attack, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce blood pressure. The power of forgiveness not only applies to the physical realm but the spiritual realm as well. I had the privilege of experiencing this first hand a few months ago. 

     

    The Power of Forgiveness

    My Mom and I’s relationship has been strained for the majority of my life. During my DTS at YWAM Asheville, God continually brought up the subject of forgiveness. In the last week of my outreach, I finally obeyed what the Lord was calling me to do and chose to forgive her. 

    One major lesson I learned in DTS is that you have to fully accuse (acknowledge the pain and wrongdoing) before you can fully forgive. For me, that looked like writing a letter to my Mom where I could explain how deeply her actions hurt me and the things I wished she had done differently. 

    Writing the letter wasn’t for the sake of sending it and making my Mom understand my pain, it was so that I could express and release everything that had been brewing inside of me. I burned the finished letter as a symbol of my decision to release and forgive her. 

    In those moments, God taught me how to separate my Mom from her actions and how to see her as an individual whom He loved and died on the cross for. Nearly 6 months after burning that letter my Mom confessed that the Holy Spirit had convicted her for the ways she had treated me, owned up to things I had never even mentioned being upset about, and asked for my forgiveness. 

    I had no idea that God was moving on her heart the way He was or that forgiving her would release a miracle! 

    What forgiveness isn’t

     

    Now that we have established what forgiveness is and what it can look like, it’s important to address what it isn’t. Forgiveness often isn’t a one-time event and it doesn’t mean that you forget what happened, or feel differently right away. 

    When I find myself picking up past offenses, I choose to surrender it to the Lord again and again, reminding myself that I have already laid it at the foot of the cross. Our emotions can make us feel as if we can’t forgive, but feelings have nothing to do with forgiveness. Choose to obey God with your will and mind and your emotions will fall in line. 

    Forgiveness also does not equal reconciliation. Though I always hoped for the restoration of my Mom and I’s relationship, my ability to forgive her was not contingent upon her apologizing to me and trying to better our relationship. 

    The heart posture behind forgiveness must be one that does so out of obedience, expecting nothing in return. Additionally, forgiveness is not synonymous with trusting someone again. The Lord calls us to forgive, but He does not call us to be doormats. 

     

    How does YWAM Asheville value forgiveness? 

    Here at YWAM Asheville, forgiveness, restoration, and reconciliation are more than just lecture topics…they are realities lived out in everyday life by everyone. As a team, we are continually working towards unity. 

    This often means that we have to apologize, empathize, and be vulnerable with each other. Part of why I love Youth With A Mission is because there is such an emphasis on Christlikeness in relationships. As students, whether that’s in Discipleship Training School, the Foundational Leadership Course, or another secondary school, you are equipped with tools to love others like Jesus does. 

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    Final Takeaway 

    In a word, forgiveness is powerful. The lack of it can cause harm and distance us from the Lover of our souls and the act of it breeds peace, life, and miracles. Forgiveness is never easy, but it will always be worth it. 

    Choose to believe that the God who sees you is even more aware of your pain than you are, and trust that His commands are best because He will always love you most. Whatever your journey of forgiveness, no matter how impossible it may seem, His grace is sufficient and He will walk alongside you every step of the way!

    Leadership: Top 9 Ways to Become a Better Leader

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    Leadership: Top 9 Ways to Become a Better Leader

    Introduction 

    “True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader,” says John C. Maxwell. If leadership is meant to benefit the follower, then what is a leader? And how do you become a better one? We are going to look at the top 9 ways to become an effective leader.

    Who Is A Leader? 

    “Leadership is the act of serving others out of Christ’s interests in their lives so they accomplish God’s purposes for and through them,” says Bill Lawrence. This definition makes it plain to see that everyone is called to be a leader because as Christians, we are all called to serve God and others! Throughout the New Testament, Jesus gave us many examples of what it means to lead others and what it should look like. Youth With A Mission’s value to exhibit servant leadership is partly derived from the passage in John when Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. We see over and over again that the heart of Jesus was to serve and not to be served. As we step into the reality that we are all called to be leaders, we must keep this truth on the forefront of our minds: to be a leader is to be a servant. If you are looking to grow as a leader, grow as a servant! 

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    Top 9 Ways To Become a Better Leader

    1. “Leader” is defined as an example for others to follow. Developing discipline in every area of your life is crucial to becoming an effective leader because you set the example. Choosing to implement good habits like being on time, being organized, or simply just keeping your word will greatly impact your leadership. If you do a Discipleship Training School, you will be given the time and structure to gain discipline in your life. During both the DTS lecture phase and outreach phase, there are scheduled times of prayer, worship, intercessory prayer, local ministry, and Bible study. 

    2. One of YWAM’s values is to communicate with integrity. Communication is part of everyday life as a leader, but the ability to do so truthfully, accurately, and in a timely manner takes practice and genuine effort. Knowing what to say, when to say it, and how to say it is essential to life as a leader. Learn to communicate expectations, feedback, and details effectively. 

    3. Being a leader means being part of a team so learning to connect with and champion those around you should be a top priority. Choose to value each individual and always be ready to offer encouragement and guidance. Make a conscious effort to call out and utilize people’s strengths to best support the team.

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    4. As a leader, you set the tone and the atmosphere. Keeping a positive attitude and being able to motivate those you are leading is so important! If you are negative and complaining, the attitude of the team will follow the example you set. Choose to uplift with your words and be a presence that boosts the atmosphere. 

    5. Leadership does not equate to dictatorship. While you lead others, remember to keep an open mind to new ideas and always be open to receiving feedback. Encourage the involvement of your team and make it known that you want their contributions. Becoming a better leader means learning how to listen well and truly hear your team. 

    6. Leaders shouldn’t just seek to check things off of a to-do list; they should be enthusiastic about the projects they work on. Great leaders have a genuine passion for the goals of the group and spark excitement in the rest of the team. This is especially important in ministry. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day logistics of the ministry God has called you to, so consistently come back to the “why” behind what you are doing.

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    7. Nothing goes right 100% of the time, and leading comes with the responsibility of resolving issues that arise. Knowing how to resolve conflicts well and in a way that honors individuals requires discernment. While resolving conflicts, our words, facial expressions, and actions should all display honor to our relationships with our team. Leaders should always be growing in discernment and their problem-solving skills. 

    8. Leaders have never fully arrived and should always be striving to grow and improve. God calls each of us to go from glory to glory and as we choose to go through the refining process of becoming more like Jesus, growth is inevitable. As we become more like Jesus, we will become more effective and impactful leaders. 

     

    Leadership Program at YWAM Asheville 

    9. Last but not least, to grow in your leadership you can join the Foundational Leadership Course at YWAM Asheville You will have the opportunity to serve in different aspects, discover your passions, and get hands-on experience with leading in several areas. The FLC is a 6 week secondary school packed with great information on leadership while also offering opportunities to apply and put into practice all that you learn. Our leadership program will not only help you grow as a leader but spiritually as well.

     

    Final Takeaway 

    It really doesn’t matter what you’re in charge of, what realm of work you’re in, or who is in the team you are leading…these basic leadership principles will help you guide your team to success, unity, and longevity every time.