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How Do I Set Leaders Free?

You are about to watch a video that could possibly revolutionize the way you lead your team of youth leaders. This is Anton Krupicka. He is a minimalist runner and a member of team New Balance. This is a shoe advertisement and a story wrapped up in one. As you watch the video (embedded below) you’re gonna be amazed at the epic beard for sure but at the same time you’re going hear story.

While Anton talks about running and his relationship to the tools and the sponsor who supplies the tools I want you to imagine that you’re New Balance and your leaders are Anton.

Your leaders want to run. They want to experience the chase and have their roles trimmed down to the barest essential. Along the way they want to take the journey all in. The more we are tempted to make the simple complex the more we will possibly slow down and hinder their performance as well as their joy.

There are times when you turn around and you see your leader taking matters into their own hands in the same way Anton took a knife to his running shoe. In those moments it’s not a time to force your tools back on to the leader but instead to ask your leader why they chose to think differently. You might discover a better way or a new tool that can help them feel more secure, free, and equipped to do what they love most.

Leaders want to win. They want to be faithful. They want to be in the race for the lives of students. They will laugh at their falls and be able to get up again if you as the leader seek to be genuine in your responses and resources to set them free. Find out why they run, what compels them, and meet them where they are at.

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Chad Swanzy has served in youth ministry for 15 years and currently works as the student ministry director at Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas. Learn more from Chad and ask him your questions at ChadSwanzy.com.