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Where are the Young Leaders


Where are the Gospel Leaders?

Where are the young men and women of this generation who will hold their lives cheap, and be faithful even unto death? Where are those who will lose their lives for Christ’s sake, flinging them away for love of him? Where are those who will live dangerously and be reckless in his service? Where are his lovers, those who love him and the souls of men more than their own reputations or comfort or very life?

Where are the men and women who say ‘no’ to self, who take up Christ’s cross to bear it after him, who are willing to be nailed to it in college or office, home or mission field, who are willing, if need be, to bleed, to suffer and to die on it?

Where are the men and women of vision today? Where are the men and women of enduring vision? Where are the men and women who have seen the King in his beauty, by whom from henceforth all else is counted but refuse that they may win Christ? Where are the adventurers, the explorers, the pioneers for God, who count one human soul of far greater value than the rise or fall of an empire? Where are the young people of glory in God-sent loneliness, difficulties, persecutions, misunderstandings, discipline, sacrifice, death?

Where are the young leaders who are willing to pay the price of vision?

Where are the men and women of prayer? Where are the men who, like the psalmist of old, count God’s Word of more importance to them than their daily food? Where are the men who, like Moses, commune with God face to face as a man speaks with a friend, and unmistakably bear with them the fragrance of the meeting through the day?

Where are God’s men and women in this day of God’s power?[1]

The calling to become a Gospel Leader in the church begins with Jesus Christ. “Pay careful attention to yourselves [spiritually and emotionally] and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).


[1] Howard Guinness, Sacrifice (Leeds, England: Young Life, 1989), pages 71-72.