Day 4: The Next Generation of Leaders in Go Kids, YTH, RVLI, and 20+

“You have so much potential.” I both love and hate this phrase. I love it because it speaks of the greatness that God has invested inside the life of a young person. I hate it because it means that greatness hasn’t happened yet. Our job as the Church is to speak life into the next generation who will soon become leaders, and call that potential out of them so that we can see it become a reality.

When we do this, we refuse to look down on the next generation simply because they are young, but believe that they are capable of so much more. In doing so, young leaders, whether they are in elementary school or college, step up because somebody from an older generation made room for them with the words they speak.

In doing so, the next generation of leaders can lead the way in doing exactly what Paul told Timothy to do:

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. (1 Timothy 4.12)

We see that example already being lived out in the next generation, aptly named “Generation Z” (ages 0-18), as it’s been deemed the most published generation in history. This means that access to social media and the internet has created in the next generation the ability to publish thoughts, ideas, and dreams in real-time. This occurs whenever a young person blogs, posts on social media, comments, or simply converses with another. Generational experts are already saying that Gen Z is already displaying a work-ethic reminiscent of the WWII generation and the innovative ability of Generation X. Forbes states that Gen Z has more entrepreneurial ideas than all of the business world put together. With all this in mind, we have to ask ourselves the question, “How is the next generation in our church fulfilling the mandate that Paul gives to ‘be an example’?”

This is how: The next generation is able to be that example of speech, love, life, faith, and purity because the generations that came before began to pray, call up, and call out the potential that God has placed in the hearts and minds of kids, youth, and young adults.

Prayer points:

  • Pray that the next generation will publish Christ more than anything else in their world.
  • Pray that the next generation will be bold in their daily lives in such a way that it points their peers to Jesus.
  • Pray that the creative ability of the next generation is harnessed for the Kingdom and that the Kingdom advances more quickly because of those innovations.

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Next Gen Pastor, River Valley Church

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