December 1st, 2017                                                               The eNewsletter of Sligo Church

Recently our Sligo youth department leaders started a new devotional book on Sabbath mornings. Every Sabbath morning, we meet at 9:00 to have a team devotion time before we teach Sabbath school. After finishing The Purpose Driven Life, it was suggested we start a new book called "Growing young". One particular chapter that has stood out for me is that titled, "Unlock keychain Leadership". The chapter proposes that you take a moment to think about the first time you got a set of keys. Immediately I knew the set of keys that was the most important to me. These keys would change my life situation indefinitely - no more catching a bus, no more begging my parents for a ride and no more riding my bike. Of course, these keys where the keys to a car. A new and important responsibility was now placed in my hands. This new responsibility separated the boys from the men. Needless to say, I felt my importance level rise a little. The word responsible was used much more often to me, especially when the keys were placed in my hands. I now had to be responsible because I now had responsibility!

Moving the same concept into church leadership, the chapter suggests that we must prepare a young generation to be responsible. How do they become responsible? They do so by having been given responsibilities and by leaders' willingness to hand over the keys.

When I started driving I went to driving school; I completed my road hours and I completed the Maryland drivers test. However, without the keys to a car those things didn't mean anything. Someone had to give me the keys. My parents knew the risks that were associated with driving and had to pay a higher insurance but they still took the risk on me. Keys don't have to be a literal or tangible thing; they can be an opportunity 
In 2004 I was 18 years old Sligo's youth pastor at the time, Terry Johnsson. created the concept of youth department leaders. He asked our young people to volunteer at a high level right out of high school. That year Pastor Terry took a risk on me by asking me to become a leader, a leader with responsibility. I accepted this leadership role and at the same time was wondering why me, because I felt I was the most unlikely person to be a good leader. I asked Pastor Terry years later, "Why did you pick me?"  He said, "Yeah, you were the wild card, but I saw something in you." He took the time to mentor the wild card.
Working with the Sligo youth department for the last 13 years has put me in a position to now be a mentor to high school youth. After what was done for me I always have to ask myself and I implore you to now ask yourselves "What opportunity am I giving and what risk am I taking to potentially make a young person a leader and a leader for God?"
Ross Patterson

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Events and Info
Sligo's Advent Schedule is packed with amazing offerings from our talented singers and musicians. Join us this Advent season and celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus! Click here for a full schedule. 

Come Reset with us this Saturday afternoon.
Listen to a story from someone you can relate to.
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This Sabbath
Our Speaker:

" The Hope of Glory - The Mystery From Within"

Senior Pastor Charles Tapp

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