Every leader needs mentors and models – typically other leaders just ahead of where we are in our growth and our journey. And every leader also needs to be mentoring and modeling leadership to those just behind us. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul recognized the value of developing Timothy into a more effective minister of the gospel. Paul carefully selected Timothy to work with him in the ministry. He then equipped him for leadership, empowered him for success, employed him in a challenging ministry environment, and communicated to Timothy the value of their relationship. Paul reminded Timothy in his first letter to him in verse 12, "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." Through the LEAD Four:Twelve experience each student participant identifies and executes their own unique Timothy Project.
The Timothy Project is the culmination of the year-long cohort that is designed to equip students as leaders in the Kingdom of God. To that end, the type of projects are as varied as the students themselves based on their unique experiences, gift mix, and passion for ministry.
The intent of the Timothy Project is to give each participant in LEAD Four:Twelve an opportunity to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of their community. This could be through their church, youth group, school, or neighborhood.