There is a lot of talk these days about why it is so difficult for most people to connect with Millennials. They are complex, some of them have no interest in interacting with us and a few of them think they are entitled.
Of course they don’t have it all together. If they did, we would need them to teach us, because we certainly don’t have it all together.
Here are some reasons why we MUST invest in the next generation of leaders:
- We won’t live forever; someone needs to be prepared to take over once we are no longer able to lead.
- Some of us need to step aside before we are ready. One of the problems with growing older is our awareness of our effectiveness or ineffectiveness may be compromised. Let’s prepare younger people to lead before we reach the place of ineffectiveness.
- Someone invested in us. We have a responsibility to pass on the valuable insight and wisdom that was generously given to us. To do otherwise is selfish. One of my favorite Bible passages is II 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.” I see four or five generations involved in the teaching process. Let’s follow that pattern and pass on what we know.
- We love them. Because we care about young leaders, we will invest in them.
- Because the church and other organizations need young leaders in place now and in the future. The current lack of leadership in our world is evidence that we need strong leaders to emerge.
- We have things to learn from young leaders. They have a handle on some concepts that we must learn in order to be effective.
- Because we are better together. Mono-generational existence is boring, unhealthy and unproductive.
I’m excited about the young leaders I know. They are authentic, bright and well-informed. If we do our part to help them get ready, the future will be in good hands. If you know anything that can make the world a better place and can prepare people for what is ahead, do your best to share it with those younger leaders who will then share it with others.