What an Inspirational Leader Looks Like
Ken Rudolph is one of my all-time favorite preachers because he is genuine and transparent in his teaching/preaching style. I will always remember my first summer at Lake Ann Camp, sitting under his teaching every summer night, week after week. And as a sophomore in college, studying to be a youth pastor, I wanted to be like Ken, for instance:
I wanted to preach like Ken.
I wanted to impact others like Ken.
He also inspired me, for instance:
Ken inspired me to study the Scriptures with purpose.
Ken inspired me to look at the Bible differently, to see Personal Life Application as I read my morning devotionals.
Over time, Ken’s inspiration helped me to outline (to see a sermon outline) as I studied the scriptures. As a result, those outlines became lessons and the lessons then gave me material to teach.
Here’s a simple continuum for learning at an exponential rate.
- Take in new information (from a book, a lecture, a podcast, a sermon).
- Internalize the new information (i.e. how does it apply to my personal life).
- Teach the lessons I learned from the internalization process to others.
- Leaders never stop learning and leaders never stop teaching what they learn to others.
However, for the lesson to truly be internalized the leader must live out the lessons. Ken Rudolph modeled this, and that’s why he inspires me and so many others.
Skills to Learn as a Leader
Read: Leaders are readers (check out yesterday’s blog post). Never stop learning, never stop reading.
Share: What are you learning right now (from a podcast, from a book, from your Bible reading, from a seminar you attended)? Schedule a time with a friend and share what you are learning with them.
Expand: Take a new idea that you are learning and expand on it. Make it your own and share it with someone else.
21 Blog Post in 21 Days
Day 3, December 8, 2021
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