May 22, 2013 |
Inside Out 17: School Bible Club
When youth leaders get together, you can count on someone saying that teenagers are not, in fact, in training to be leaders someday. When given the opportunity, they are leading right now.
I spoke with two remarkable examples of this very kind of leadership for this Inside Out segment: Ashley Reefer and Danielle Barlett. The two Redbank Valley Jr-Sr High School seniors are part of a 16-member student leadership team that guides what their club advisor calls “the largest Bible Club in the world.”
We’ve been keeping up with Joe Harmon, the New Bethlehem, PA teacher and Bible Club advisor since early 2009 when Redbank Valley’s Bible Club attendance began climbing. By April of that year the club was attracting fifty percent of the school’s approximately 600 students at its weekly in-school meetings. By November of that year up to 400 students were coming to the club meetings and the student leaders were handing out Teen Study Bibles to interested students. Today, in the autumn of 2010, the student leadership of the four year-old club is excited to say that students in other area schools are organizing Bible Clubs of their own---clubs that fit the schedules and meet the needs of their own school communities.
Join me to listen to Ashley and Danielle---leaders not for tomorrow, but leaders right now, today.