Melody Grijalva

How did you view leadership before the internship and how has your perspective changed?

Before the internship, I thought leadership was to be a pastor, a director, or “the boss”; to know exactly what you are doing and to be ahead of everyone. Once I got here, my perspective changed fast. Leadership is all about lifting people up and staying close to the Lord. Everyone is a leader to someone, you don’t have to have a high title to be a leader. While being here the interns and I have gone through a book called “Spiritual Leadership” and God has opened my eyes to what biblical leadership really looks like.

 

How have your leadership skills developed in the time you have been here so far?

It has been a process to develop leadership skills while being here. At first, God taught me what true leadership is and then He started to help me in the areas that He wants me to be a leader in. Some of the things that God has been teaching me are: how to put others needs before my own needs, what it truly means to be humble, and serving Him with the right heart. These qualities are a few of which that are in a biblical leader. I am excited to keep growing and putting into action what God is teaching me.

Meghan Sytsma

How did you view leadership before the internship and how has your perspective changed?

I used to view leadership as something that you had to be in a certain ‘position’ to utilize. I looked at it as something that you either have or you don’t. Even though I have literally taken a course in Leadership in school, I still never saw myself as someone with influence. My view of leadership has changed to now believing that everybody is a leader, whether they are properly prepared for it or not. There is always someone looking to you. People look to others to learn from them, and this influence can easily be ignored and easily be misused. As Christians we have a call to set an example, and by seeking the Lord in everything you are in a sense leading.

 

How have your leadership skills developed in the time you have been here so far?

I think that most of all I have come to be more intentional and prayerful in leading. Even small decisions to be made have consequence, and so everything must be taken to the Lord in prayer. I’ve learned a lot about the value of a united team as well. A team that understands the inner workings and understands values and mission is more effective than a sole leader commandeering a team of well intentioned, but differently intentioned people.

Jesus Hernandez

How did you view leadership before the internship and how has your perspective changed?

Good leadership is about training up and shepherding the flock. There is no better example to follow than Christ. He declared, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). It is within this verse that we see the perfect description of a Christian leader. He is one who acts as a shepherd to those “sheep” in his care.

The shepherd is one who has several roles in regard to his sheep. He leads, feeds, nurtures, comforts, corrects and protects. The shepherd of the Lord’s flock leads by modeling godliness and righteousness in his own life and encouraging others to follow his example. Of course, our ultimate example—and the One we should follow—is Christ Himself. Paul understood this: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). The Christian leader is one who follows Christ and inspires others to follow Him as well.

This is very true with the leadership here at CTC; they train and equip us for the work of the ministry. There is a genuine care for the individual, along with purposeful discipleship that encourages us to pursue God with all that we are and have!

 

How have your leadership skills developed in the time you have been here so far?

God is growing us constantly and molding us more and more into the image of Christ. While I’ve been here God has used my gifts and allowed me to be more loving and Christ-centered in my walk. He’s made me more confident in my call, and allowed me to make clearer decisions when stressful situations arise. God has definitely shown me what it means to lead others in humility and love.    

Kailey Torres

How did you view leadership before the internship and how has your perspective changed?

Growing up, I had always felt like I was a leader. This is probably due to the fact that I’m the oldest sibling in the family, and I spent a lot of time caring for my younger brothers. However, throughout my life, I experienced being disappointed and really hurt by the leaders that I looked up to, and that caused me to fear the responsibility of leading. It caused me to be intimidated by those in leadership around me and resentful towards them.

Of course, I had those bad experiences, but as I got older I also met wonderful pastors and leaders. During the internship, I’ve been able to meet a lot of leaders that love Jesus and live for Him. They aren’t perfect, but they try their best. Through the internship, I’ve learned a lot about how to be the type of leader that causes people to feel Christ’s love and encouragement.

 

How have your leadership skills developed in the time you have been here so far?

Throughout the internship, God has been challenging me to grow in the area of my speech. He reminded me that giving all of myself over to do His will, includes giving my mouth to speak His words. I understood the importance of this as a believer, and even as a missionary. But having so many people pouring into us and speaking words of encouragement and correction to us taught me the importance of words in the context of leadership. I know that I still have much growth to do, but I am grateful for the work that God is doing in me.

Julia Whittaker

How did you view leadership before the internship and how has your perspective changed?


Prior to the internship, I viewed leadership as an almost unattainable position, as all leaders I had met, whether in the church or elsewhere, were what I deemed to be highly “qualified.” They have undergone rigorous training or already have the natural qualities required specifically for their current leadership role. I have learned that although some people do have these natural leadership abilities, God supplies everything, and nothing comes from solely ourselves. With time, prayer and development these leadership qualities can arise and grow. God works through us as leaders despite whether or not we think ourselves to be “qualified,” His great work has no boundaries or limits. 

 

How have your leadership skills developed in the time you have been here so far?

In 5 months I have learned an incredible amount of what it means to be a leader. Having numerous leaders to look up to and to be discipled by is a blessing. They have and continue to teach me that being a leader is not always something that happens overnight, that it is often a continuous time of growth and developing skills, something that can only be done through God. I have realized that as a leader I need to rely not on myself, but constantly on God. Leading others means taking on responsibility always, especially during times of distress, and when those you are leading succeed, to give them all of the credit. God continually builds me up and raises me as a leader and I am so thankful for His sovereignty in my life.