Junior Junior Leader Training (Updated)

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A while back I posted about our Junior Junior Leader Training as part of our overall Leadership Development plan in our area. Since then I’ve updated our training and thought I’d outline it here.

Similar to before this is for committed 8th graders and it is an invitation-only event. At this training here is what I did:

  1. Read and briefly walked through John 15:1-5, with the main point being: To be a great WL junior junior leader you need to stay connected/abiding in Christ (this is our #1 leadership principle for all levels of leadership in our area).
  2. We played a game (electricity, see below). I used it as an illustration about how the source (the first person in the line) is critical to pass the fruitful information along. The source (the leader) impacts everyone else, this is the role of the leader, to remain focused on Christ.
  3. Then I continued by giving them the handout (see below) and walking through it.
  4. I finished by giving them time to fill it out and then move into gender-specific small groups with their leaders to discuss further.
  5. I also gave them all a small gift (a custom YL lanyard for our area) and prayed for them.

Here is the handout for the training: Junior Junior Leader Training Handout (Updated)

Game: Electricity (see the diagram below)

  1. Divide into two teams and have them get in parallel single file lines facing the same direction (away from the main leader).
  2. Have them sit down, so effectively they are all sitting away from the leader in two lines, thus looking at the person’s back in front of them.
  3. Have them put their left hand behind them and their right hand in front of them to connect with the person in front of them and behind them.
  4. Have the person leading the game (me) sit near the first person in line (at the back of the line effectively) flip a coin.
  5. If the coin is “heads” then the person looking squeezes the hand of the next person in line, who squeezes the next person’s hand and so on, until it goes all the way down the line and the last person grabs a ball that is sitting in between the last people in line. Winning team gets one point.
  6. If the coin is “tails” they do nothing and you flip again. If a team mistakenly squeezes hands and grabs the ball then that team loses a point.
  7. After each “heads” then person at the end (the ball person) goes to the back, so it rotates, everyone moves down, and eventually everyone rotates through each position.
  8. Everyone stays silent to make it more fun and the people grabbing for the ball can get a little aggressive too which makes it more fun.

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