Leaders Are Raised Up
Note to the Teacher
This week we focus on leadership. What it is, what it looks like, what kind of leadership we hope for.
|Description of Activity
1. Ice Breaker: The Voting Game
Youth are going to vote on who they’d rather have as their leader. Share two Leadership Profiles, and have the group vote. Then reveal the well-known historical figure they just selected. Repeat for three rounds.
Or we have another man who has a long history in politics. But he has lost almost every campaign he has run, including at least one re-election campaign. During one of his campaigns, he used soldiers at the polls to intimidate voters. While in office, he was opposed to those who were critical of him, so he arrested thousands of citizens without just cause and then held them without trial. And although the claim is sometimes controversial, it’s likely that this man was treated for syphilis. (Abraham Lincoln)
First we have a wealthy, likeable guy. Pretty good looking, actually. His good looks may have helped him deceive the public when he hid ongoing health issues from them. He has lots of friends, but he annoys them by often borrowing money and not repaying it. Not because he doesn’t have the money, but just because. And his good looks get in his way sometimes. He is a family man, but he has been known to cheat on his wife repeatedly. That doesn’t impact his ability to govern, but his poor ability to negotiate foreign relations almost caused a nuclear incident. He was well-known for using his faith as a basis for his politics. Even when people didn’t like it, he stuck to his values. (John F. Kennedy)
Second, This man came from poverty, but he was determined to make a life for himself. He worked his way through college and eventually through law school. When his country went to war, he was exempt from serving in the military, but he enlisted anyway. After the military, he was the youngest elected circuit judge in county history. As his political career continued, he was publicly critical of using torture as a means to gather intelligence. Though he voluntarily served in the military during a war, he greatly exaggerated his accomplishments during the war in order to gain popularity among voters. (Joseph McCarthy, once voted “the worst politician in the Senate”)
Second, we have a clear choice. If the first candidate looks like a leader, this guy looks like he lives in his car. He always seems to have enough money to get by, but there’s no paper trail. No one can trace the source of his finances. And he spends his money in weird places – most of it behind the scenes, leaving him looking kind of shabby in public. He is known to associate with criminals and frauds, and there are accusations (though unproven) that he has incited riots. Not only does he have no previous political experience, he is only supported by a small minority of people, but they seem like they would give up everything for him. (Jesus Christ)
2. Scripture (Acts 1:15-17, 21-26)
We’re moving backward a bit this morning, back to the beginning of the book of Acts. This book picks up where the Gospel of Luke leaves off. So Jesus has just ascended into heaven, and now the eleven disciples are trying to figure out what’s next.
Read Acts 1:15-17 and 21-26
Let’s explore this scripture.
It turns out that our lives are filled with not only official leaders, but those who lead despite not having any specific election, title, or role to fill.
Can you name any of those people in your life?
4. Activity – leadership silhouettes
Take this lesson to the next level by getting student’s hands and imaginations involved using the activity Silhouettes of a Leader: A Crafty Tool to Explore Acts 1 from the Youth Worker Collective available at https://youthworkercollective.com/silhouettes-of-a-leader-a-crafty-tool-to-explore-acts-1/
Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then asking for a volunteer to close in prayer.
 Judas is dead, and the disciples still want to be a group of 12. So they need to select someone to be the fill in.
 Important: They did NOT vote. Casting lots was a common ancient practice more like divination (reading tea leaves or flipping a coin). A basket of lots (branches, stones, etc.) was tossed in the air. Where they fell determined the answer to the question asked.
 May be certain friends, for sure the church secretary, those people who do stuff without being asked, etc.
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