Bishop's Youth Synod - Lego & Leadership
8 April 2019 by Joel Wilson

Bishop's Youth Synod - Lego & Leadership

The Bishop’s Youth Synod is a regular gathering of young people from parishes around the Diocese with Bishop David. On the last Saturday in March, fuelled by lunch in the Bishop’s garden in the glorious sunshine, the participants grappled with the topic of leadership, with an emphasis on its various expressions & challenges.

Damien Herbert (Growing Younger facilitator) lead a ‘Lego Serious Play’ session – a very hands-on activity designed to boost creative thinking by building Lego sculptures in a series of increasingly elaborate challenges. The main focus was how the participants perceived good and bad leadership and how they themselves could step out into leadership within their own contexts.

One of the challenges was to build something that represented either a leader from heaven or a leader from hell. This led to some great discussions and very interesting Lego sculptures. Bishop David seemed to particularly enjoy the exercises and certainly put the serious into ‘Lego Serious Play'. Rarely is theology and Lego so intertwined!

James Brumwell (Communications & Facilities co-ordinator for Gas Street Church) spoke on his experiences of God has calling him unexpectedly & growing him as a leader over the last two years. The key message was that young people should feel empowered to become decision-makers within their churches and other spheres of influence.

James' top tips for growing in leadership throughout the ongoing process of gaining responsibility are:

  1. Find a mentor - someone who can be a spiritual, practical & friendly guide in your life. Be vulnerable with this person and allow them to speak truth into your life.
  2. Be ready for the adventure - expect God to interrupt your plan and be obedient to what He is calling you into.
  3. Be excited for what God’s going to do - life isn’t meant to be boring; start dreaming, be adventurous and let God take your dreams and multiple them.
  4. Be grounded - by digging deep in faith, knowing the truth that you are a child of God & prioritising spiritual disciplines, you’ll grow as a follower of Jesus. His compassionate perspective will begin to permeate every aspect of your life.

If you have young people in your church community who would enjoy being alongside other young people to discuss, explore and serve the wider church through meeting with Bishop David four times a year, then contact Emma Sargeant on emmas@cofebirmingham.com

Article based on report by James Brumwell