“I asked my principal if someone could come in to teach the staff and she said I should be the one to do it,” high school senior Josh Myers said.
Joy El’s 4.12 Leadership Training Program focuses on equipping teens in their faith and to lead for Christ even while they are young. The program’s theme verse and name are taken from 1 Timothy 4:12, which says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Josh, currently a fifth-year student in the 4.12 program, did just this at his school earlier this fall.
The 4.12 students attended their fall leadership training summit in early September, during which they participated in various sessions, activities, and small groups focused on developing their faith and leadership. Josh, along with several other older students, participated in a session about how to lead a small group. After receiving this teaching, Josh shared with his principal that the information he learned could be very beneficial to the teachers at his high school, who also lead small groups.
“The teachers were leading small groups, but I could tell many were feeling thrown into it and didn’t know what they were doing,” Josh shared. “I told my principal about the information taught at the training weekend and hoped it could be passed along to them.”
The principal then invited Josh to teach the information directly to the faculty. Josh brought the materials and, through three separate sessions, led the teachers through the same content and resources that he received at his own training. Afterward, the teachers thanked him and some personally expressed to him later that the information was very helpful. Not much later, Josh personally experienced one of his own teachers utilizing the teaching during one of his classes.
Pray that Josh will continue to make an impact at his school and that the teaching would have a fruitful impact on both students and faculty. There is truly a cause for celebration when God’s power is demonstrated through Josh’s generation!