3 Aspects of Your Environment That Affect Leadership Development


Raising up leaders is one of the goals within a supernatural school of ministry. We encourage you to watch this clip of Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton as they discuss three components of a school culture that guide them as they develop others.

Healthy Soil

Think of school like a greenhouse. As Bill mentions, work to keep the soil of your school environment healthy so that every student planted will experience growth and transformation. Make sure to include the elements that will strengthen, nurture, and develop your students. Theses elements include teaching kingdom principles, opportunities to take risk, and fostering relationships and community between students and staff. Growth will look different for each person, but creating an atmosphere that fosters transformation will ensure that each student has the opportunity to grow as a leader.

For more information on how to create a thriving school environment, check out Tap into the Power of Core Values and Design a Curriculum Plan that Transforms Lives.


Students attend school because they are eager to learn and experience transformation both personally and in the world around them. Their hunger for more of God actually draws out strength from leadership and creates an atmosphere of expectancy! Teaching students to cultivate and steward their hunger is an important aspect of leadership development and growth. Connection times like revival group and small group will allow you to see how your students are processing and applying new revelation. Individual student meetings will also give you the space to ask questions that will reveal how your students are connecting what they are taught in school to their personal lives.

To learn more about connection times and student meetings, read our resource, 3 Ways to Develop Community in Your School and our blog post,10 Tips for Life-Changing Student Meetings.

Qualities and Values

Kris encourages leaders to pay attention to specific qualities and values when developing someone. As a leader, you are unique with your own strengths, convictions and gifts to share with others. How you lead will differ from other leaders in your environment as well. Knowing yourself will help you develop others into becoming more of who God created them to be.

As you lead students throughout the year, take time to identify the gifts you have and what you have to impart and be intentional and creative in how you release your giftings and grace to your students!

Watch Kris Vallotton share more about being you, as a leader on his blog post, Be You!

As you continue to lead and develop the students in your environment, we pray these keys provide additional insight and encouragement for you. May your environment and students continue to grow and thrive as radical transformation happens through leadership development!

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