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I hadn’t had cable in years. When my kids were little, I couldn’t afford it and I figured they didn’t need to see a lot of the junk that’s on it anyway.

Once I could afford it, I decided I didn’t need to see a lot of the junk that’s on all those channels either!

But having had cable for the last three years, I’ve kinda gotten used to it again. I enjoy the channels that play old TV shows, as well as those with all the house shows, and of course, PBS because it’s where I found Downton Abbey!

One show I found interesting chronicles what it is like to live above the Arctic Circle in sub-zero temperatures and to always be at risk because of animals, temperatures, and lack of food. I watched one episode where a guy living in this frozen land was training his sled dogs. He utilized four great points in his training that I thought were also interesting leadership principles.

Train more than one leader at a time. For the sled dogs, the owner had to train more than one leader because if the lead dog is injured, then you have no dog to lead the pack. That’s true for us in ministry too. We have a responsibility to train up the next generation of leaders. Not to mention that if you as a leader get sick, move, or are called by God into another ministry, where does that leave those who have been serving with you? The time to raise up a new leader is long before you think you need one!

Similarly, it’s also important to not let the whole team get old at once. If they do, you will be in trouble. Sometimes in ministry, we get so entrenched in the way we’ve always done things that it is hard to let new people in…especially if they are younger. But we need younger people. We need their ideas, their energy, and their enthusiasm.

Each sled dog has his or her own task to perform on the team. Each position is important and is needed for the team to work effectively together. In ministry, we can’t do all the work on our own. We need the help of others who are gifted and called to this ministry too. There is always plenty of work to go around and each position is important and needed for the team to work effectively together.

Finally new sled dogs are trained by having them run alongside the team. In this way, they get used to running and working with the team. That’s also the best way to train new leaders.Run alongside them…encourage them as they learn…and cheer for them as they succeed.

Proverbs says this,

A leader of good judgment gives stability…

We are all part of a team somewhere in our lives. Families are kinda like teams. Or we work or volunteer in teams. The thing we have to remember is that we are responsible for training up the next generation. Helping them to find their gifts and answer their calling. Teaching them to be leaders.

After all, somebody did it for us, right? 


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