Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to catch up with YOKE and to remember us in your prayers. This month’s letter is dedicated to the topic of leadership. YOKE is committed to transforming communities by equipping leaders for a lifetime of ministry wherever God may lead them.

YOKE is constantly recruiting leaders – like Kelly, but we’re also committed to growing leaders – like Gary. In his book Making Neighborhoods Whole, Coach Wayne Gordon talked about the frustration he felt trying to find volunteers to help his new ministry in the Lawndale community of Chicago. One of his own mentors provided some advice that changed his whole perspective. “The reason you can’t find the leaders you’re looking for is that you’re looking in the wrong places,” he said. “The truth is the best leaders you can find are already here, right here in Lawndale.”

Experience has taught us that the best potential YOKE Folk for South Doyle, Rutledge, Alcoa, or Hardin Valley are today’s YOKE kids at South Doyle, Rutledge, Alcoa, and Hardin Valley. It’s a longer term solution, but it’s the best one. We’ll never stop recruiting, but we’re focused on growing. As Gordon says, “a community’s residents are the vested treasures of its future.”