Emerge: Equipping College Leaders to Continue a Life of Vision and Purpose
Emerge is the formula for helping graduating seniors and recent grads to be integrated into the local church in such a way that they continue to develop as leaders - whether they continue to serve in their campus organization, overseas, or in the local church itself. The first seven chapters are the main teaching for the emerging leaders - these are solutions to tricky riddles - riddles that derail young leaders from their quest for vision. The last two chapters contain the formula for how the local church can capture the hearts of these young leaders, and help them tap into their potential.
Chapter 1: The Emerging Leader As young Christians grow through stages of follow-up and discipleship, some will become laborers and others will ultimately become leaders. This chapter is foundational in defining that process.
Chapter 2: Know Your Friend, the Emerging Collegiate Leader Emerging Leaders in a college world have certain attributes and behaviors. They tend to develop quickly, and have strengths that follow fairly predictable patterns. These sorts of things seem to be way more mysterious than they need to be. This chapter explores who they are, what they want, and what they have to give.
Chapter 3: Who am I and What Makes Me Tick Wouldn't it be great to live in the strength of knowing yourself well? This chapter covers the basics of personality assessment, and how to grow to know who you are.
Chapter 4: Transition to the Local Church WOW! The Local Church doesn't look much like the campus world. In fact, NOTHING seems to look like dorm life. How does a college leader find their place in the world after graduation? Life will be different, even if staying in campus ministry. This chapter illuminates that crazy transition stuff.
Chapter 5: Finding Your Sweet Spot So, where are you going? How are you going to get there? Wouldn't it be great if you had some clue where you would be in five years? Maybe you'd like some ideas on how to get closer to that sweet spot - that candy store of finding your purpose amidst an ocean of choices.
Chapter 6: The Father Heart of God As you look around, does it seem that broken family life is the norm, and not the exception? What do we do about that - when the image of Father has been distorted? Could it be that God loves you in a way you cannot even imagine? What would it take for you to accept that love?
Chapter 7: Emotional Wellness Have you ever used a fork to butter your toast? What do you do when you are out of clean underwear? Have you ever tried to load your bicycle into a sub-compact? Trying to accomplish the job with the wrong tool can be pretty challenging. On the other hand, having the right tool for the job makes difficult work seem like fun. This chapter introduces four tools for improving emotional health.
Chapter 8: LEAD Team - A Model Here it is! This is the formula for how a local church can invest in Emerging Collegiate Leaders. This could be the foundation for leadership development for that incredible 20-somethings group that is so hard to influence. This is a formula for serving them that will capture their hearts. And if they bring their hearts to the local church - they will have gigantic influence, especially on their own generation. This chapter describes the infrastructure to make the whole system sing.
Chapter 9: Building the Environment for Emerging Collegiate Leaders To take the model one critical step further, there must be an environment of trust between local church and campus ministry leadership. This last chapter describes what this could look like.
My dream is that someday emerging collegiate leaders will transition well by default. The language of transition will be well known, and the well beaten path of leadership development within the campus groups would continue off the campus and into the local church.