The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Leadership lessons

The Lutheran magazine asked several people who have taken on leadership roles in ELCA congregations what they've learned through their experiences:

  • • Terry Guzallis, youth leader at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Omaha, Neb.: "Not everybody wants to be a leader, and there's nothing wrong with that. If they didn't there'd be no one to follow," Guzallis says. From his experiences leading youth at church and in a local Boy Scout group, Guzallis says he learned that "the most important thing is to be a fair leader and to plan [ahead]."

  • Kurt Rames, Hans Anderson, Cindy Augustine and Sally Runge, Sunday school teachers at St. Paul: "It's important to be honest, never put on a front and maintain confidentiality so students can say how they really feel," Rames says.

    Team-teaching the class not only allows them to rotate responsibilities, he says, but "having a team with both sexes means we have more participation, even from the quiet high-schoolers."

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