Young People Learn Loads When Leaders Are Good

The influence of good leadership extends beyond immediate responsibilities; it shapes the lives of the next generation. 1 Peter 5:5-7 highlights the impact of godly leaders on young people and the importance of humility in building strong, intergenerational relationships within the church.

The Power of Example

Young people are keen observers. They learn not just from what leaders say but from how they live. As Peter advises, “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders.” This submission is not about blind obedience but about learning from the wisdom and experiences of older, mature Christians.

Building Respectful Relationships

My experience in my first church was profoundly shaped by the older men who became spiritual fathers to me. They provided guidance, support, and wisdom, which was invaluable in my spiritual growth. Similarly, young people today need to seek out and build relationships with trusted spiritual mentors.

The Role of Humility

Peter calls for humility in our interactions: “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” Humility allows for genuine connections, free from pride and pretence. It fosters an environment where young and old can learn from each other, growing together in faith.

Avoiding Isolation

Isolation is a significant issue in today’s society, including within the church. Jesus modelled a life of community, constantly engaging with others. Churches should strive to create spaces where people of all ages can connect, share, and support each other. Whether through regular church services, small groups, or informal gatherings, these connections are vital.


Good leadership in the church profoundly influences young people. By modelling humility, respect, and genuine care, leaders can guide the next generation in their faith journey. Encouraging intergenerational relationships within the church helps combat isolation and builds a stronger, more connected community.

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