Leaders Intensive Training (LIT) 2017

Leaders Intensive Training (LIT) 2017

It is early Wednesday morning on the campus of San Diego State University. There is a room of students that finishes praying as it looks up to be led by a brother and sister from Campus who have prepared a Quiet Time. Different students lead each day of the week, but today is being led by Tim and Caitlyn, focusing on how God’s Word fulfills us and how our work is not in vain if we have faith. At break: people fellowship, reflect, flock to the snack table, and some will pour more coffee as they have sacrificed sleeping-in to be here. As the call for the next round of the day sounds, there is a rush to chairs; the last person standing has to do push-ups. Everyone eagerly waits to see who it will be, as there is always one person running slowly.

Before the lessons begin, there is a quiz to see who has memorized the Bible verses of the day. The LIT program follows a Memorize Assignment Reading Challenge (MARC) schedule, designed to help those taking part of the program further develop what they are learning outside of the classroom. As per Memorize, a fill-in-the-blank sheet of each of the assigned verses is projected onto the screen, as students step up to demonstrate their knowledge of the Scripture. The rest of the morning is filled with inspiring lessons from Jon Gore and Shane Engel. Jon speaks about the importance of being a learner in order to be a leader, and makes great use of the book Lead Like Jesus—a book all students in the program are reading as part of the MARC schedule—to illustrate how the factors of pride and fear can affect the relationship between a leader and learner. Shane’s lesson revolves around chapters 32 and 33 in Genesis, which shows what Jacob goes through as he wrestles with God while he prepares to reunite with his brother, Esau. Shane teaches about Jesus as our coach, who, instead of finding those who are perfect, finds those who are the worst and raises them up.

These lessons, as well as the others, all relate back to an idea talked about on the first day: servant leadership. This lesson was given by Luis and Silvia Mendez. It emphasized the importance of leading with the motive to serve others, as opposed to serving oneself. This idea was highlighted by Jesus washing His disciples’ feet, as can be seen in John, 13. To really emphasize this idea of service, the activity at the end of the day was quite literally the students washing each other’s feet. There is an activity at the end of each day which relates to what is being taught; Shane’s lesson is followed by a mock Bible talk which gives people a chance to try and lead for the first time and offers invaluable feedback from their peers. This week is filled with several wonderful speakers taking time out of their days to come make an impact on those ready to learn: Loren Snyder, Robert and Michelle Carrillo, John Oakes, Guillermo and Terry Adame, Doug and Mae Lovgren, Jeremy and Mallory Melcher-Post, as well as Evan and Bri Grimes. All of the lessons from these speakers and this instructive program come to an end on Friday, as the more than forty students who attended LIT are sent off, ready to make a difference as servants for Christ.

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