Influence is something earned and entrusted to those who have a passion for and track record in their calling. One responsibility of those who have influence is to train up others who can take on a similar influence and use it to continue their work. We may not see any better pictures of this than Jesus investing in His disciples and Paul investing in other believers, like Timothy. In fact, Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2, “You then my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
Paul invested in Timothy as a fellow believer who was also passionate about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul took the time to lead Timothy by example, through the servant leadership and investment of his time and wisdom into Timothy’s life. Timothy then takes what he has learned from his mentor Paul and begins to lead, influence, and mentor others who can continue the work with him.
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior, then you have received God’s grace. And if you have received God’s grace, then you are also strengthened by it. You are strengthened to go forward in your calling, and that calling includes influencing your students. There is an important process involved in leading in a way that is reproducible.
If we are merely influencing students to just be saved, but not leading them to then influence others with and through their faith, we are missing a large part of being an influencer. Imagine if Paul had just preached the gospel in various towns, saw many conversions to Christ, and then left without continuing to invest in the leadership of those new believers? The spread of Christianity would have been altered without this type of influence. So, how do influencers influence others to become influencers?
4 Steps to Influence Others to Influence
- RECOGNIZE- Recognize what you are called to and what your passion is. God calls all believers to make disciples, but within that calling, what and who are you called to?
- RESEARCH- Research your plan to influence others. What have others done in your position with similar callings in their life? Seek guidance from someone who has done it before and has a model for you to follow.
- RECRUIT- Recruit people who are passionate about and called similarly to you. Invest in a relationship with them and get to know them personally. Then begin a more formalized training time where you are leading them to influence others for the passion that you share.
- RUN- Run the race together. Lead others by example as you provide wisdom and training. You are all working toward the same goal but you must pass on the desire and know-how to influence the next generation of passionate influencers.
Scott Huff serves as the Student Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He holds a degree in History from Hannibal LaGrange College and a Masters of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Scott has served in student ministry for 10 years and serves on our student pastor advisory board. Scott is married to Lori, who is a Neonatologist. He loves the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats. You can connect with Scott on Twitter (@scotthuff) or through his resource website for student pastors – www.stuminsidekick.com