Emma Wilcox is an A-level college student who took part in the Christian Apprentice last October. Sharon Prior caught up with her to find out what impact it has had on her.
Tell us about your experience on the Christian Apprentice
It was great fun and really takes you out of your comfort zone. Before the weekend I never would have thought that I would lead worship in a church where nobody knew me and that I had never been to before, but I did it on the Sunday morning of the event and people in the congregation were really positive about it afterwards. It was very scary, but we were all challenged to do something that we had never done before and I did!
What did you learn about leadership?
I realised I had had the common misconception that to be a leader you have to be loud and bossy and tell people what to do all the time. On the Christian Apprentice I learnt that these stereotypes are wrong. Listening to the leaders and learning about the different ways they lead I saw that it is important to share ideas and voice your opinions, but at the same time listening is just as important for a leader. I also learnt that in a task the process of achieving the task is just as important as the outcome. If a task is lead and done well and everyone is feels like they contributed then that is sometimes more important than getting the outcome 100% right.
What did you learn about yourself?
I learnt a lot more about myself and how I relate to others. I also learnt how I communicate and the ways in which I lead groups of people. I learnt the differences between an introvert and an extrovert leader and then thought more about my personality and which category I fit into.
What are you going to do in your church as a result of this experience?