Jesus Style Leadership/Parenting - Part 3

May 17, 2023

 Modeling Jesus-Style Empowerment and Trust: A Guide for Parents

 Jesus Style Leadership/Parenting

  1. You watch
  2. I do it and you are with me.
  3. You do it and I am with you.
  4. I go away and you do it.   

This blog we will look at part 3 - You do it and I am with you.  Be sure to check out the resources at the end. 

As parents, we play a pivotal role in shaping the lives and futures of our children.  (Here is a sermon I preached on parenting: Ephesians 5

One valuable lesson we can learn from Jesus is the power of empowerment and trust in our relationships with our kids. Jesus demonstrated a unique leadership style that empowered and entrusted His disciples to carry out tasks independently.

I want us to explore how parents can model Jesus-style empowerment and trust to foster growth, confidence, and a sense of purpose in their children's lives.

  1. Lead by Example:

Just as Jesus led by example, parents have the opportunity to model the behavior and values they want their children to embody. Show them how to love, forgive, serve, and make wise decisions through your own actions. Your children are watching and learning from you every day.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12 - "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

  1. Encourage Independence:

Empower your children by giving them age-appropriate responsibilities and decision-making opportunities. Allow them to experience the consequences of their choices and guide them through the learning process. This fosters a sense of autonomy, builds self-esteem, and teaches them valuable life skills.

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6 - "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it."

  1. Trust their Abilities:

Believe in your children's abilities and potential. Give them space to explore their interests, pursue their passions, and make their own unique contributions. When you trust their capabilities, they will develop confidence and a sense of purpose, knowing that you believe in them.

Scripture: Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

  1. Provide Guidance and Support:

While empowering your children, remember to provide guidance and support along the way. Be a source of wisdom, encouragement, and love. Offer assistance when needed and create an environment where they feel safe to seek advice and share their struggles.

Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."


Modeling Jesus-style empowerment and trust is a transformative approach to parenting.

By leading by example, encouraging independence, trusting their abilities, and providing guidance and support, parents can inspire their children to grow into confident, purpose-driven individuals.

Remember, as you empower and trust your children, you are equipping them to make a positive impact in the world, just as Jesus did with His disciples. Embrace this approach and witness the incredible growth and potential within your family.

Here are some resources for guiding teenagers.  You could take a book and read it together, it would make for some great connection, discussion, and training.   
The Bible Project - videos on the Bible