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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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