A couple of weekends ago, I was able to pass along an old lesson to a group of heroes at Young Life’s Saranac Village. It was the Greater Northeast Region’s Leadership Weekend, and I was given the privilege of coaching up 425 dedicated volunteers and staff who gathered that weekend for training and encouragement. From 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, it was my task to deliver the training element of the weekend. My topic was the importance and practice of discipleship, which in Young Life we call “Campaigners.”
Twenty five years ago, my Young Life leader invited me to my first Campaigners meeting, and began the process of discipleship with me. I began learning the lessons that would draw me closer to Christ, and that would set my life on a completely new trajectory.
One of the first lessons I learned was 2 Timothy 2:2:
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)
The lesson is simple. Pass what you know on to others in such a way that they can pass it on to the next generation; In other words, develop disciples. In a mission like Young Life, where we desire to reach “Every Kid”, we are tempted to focus our ministry activities on gathering large groups, to the exclusion of developing dedicated disciples that have the ability to reproduce and replicate. However, the longest lasting fruit is borne when we do the simple work of life-on-life discipleship.
My Young Life leader, Mike began the process of discipleship when I was in high school, and twenty five years later, I’m still passing on the lessons he taught me. Can you imagine how many lives could be transformed over the next twenty-five years if even a handful of the 425 Young Life leaders that gathered at Saranac follow Mike’s example, and the example of the Apostle Paul?
Thanks for being a part of Team Cook as we take the lessons we have learned and entrust them to reliable people . . .