Questions are essential to leadership. They provoke analysis and thought, driving us to confront realities we would otherwise ignore and taking us to conclusions we would otherwise never find. They bring us to an answer in a way that sticks – the type of answer than simply cannot be taught.
Jesus is the universal master of the question. Like a surgeon with a scalpel, he used questions throughout his ministry to provoke intense spiritual learning. Who do you say I am? Why did you doubt? Why are you so afraid?
As next generation ministry leaders, our lives intersect with teenagers during a season of rich questioning. We must begin to see the divine appointment that opens when a student asks a question. We must learn the nuances of asking the right question to lead to the right answer. We must learn the art of the question – of leading to answers.
Questions matter. What are you asking?