Middle School

Respecting Godly Leaders

Lesson 10 


Fall 2019


By: Kelsey Grulke 


November 03, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Godly leaders deserve our respect.

Bible Basis:

Judges 4:1-16, 5:1-2, 7

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • Whiteboard and markers

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video giving someone’s assessment of the five greatest leaders of all time as they explore why godly leaders deserve our respect.

Memory Verse:

Acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and admonish you.
—1 Thessalonians 5:12b

Step 1:

Students will watch a video giving someone’s assessment of the five greatest leaders of all time as they explore why godly leaders deserve our respect.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Whiteboard and markers

Write the words “Great Leaders” on the whiteboard. As your students enter and settle in, engage in conversation about who they think the greatest leaders (past or present) in the world are. Have the students write down the name of the leader(s) on the board while you discuss.

Here’s one person’s opinion of the greatest historical leaders of all times. While we watch, try to notice what characteristics the creator of this list seems to value in a leader.

Share this video with your students [3:47]:
5 Greatest Historical Rulers of all Time


  • What traits did the author if this video seem to value in a leader? (Military might, ruling large areas of land, being strong, being tall, being ruthless, etc. Write the students’ answers on the board as they share them.) 
  • What do you think? Do those traits make a good leader? What traits would you add or subtract? (Answers will vary. Write any additional traits on the board.)
  • The leaders in this video were all military leaders. What other kinds of leaders are there in the world? (Presidents, pastors, teachers, coaches, leaders among peer groups, etc.)
  • What other traits would you add to the list if we include these types of leaders as well? (They’re kind, thoughtful, willing to work hard, fair, charismatic, etc. Write these traits on the board as well.)

Different people in different time periods value different traits in their leaders. In God’s view, though, the most important trait is always that the leader trusts in Him. Today’s lesson will teach us about a leader that trusted God, even when those around her didn’t.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils
  • Optional: Markers/colored pencils or smartphones

Ask a volunteer to read 1 Thessalonians 5:12b.

  • Who are some of these people in your life? Who works hard and cares for you in the Lord? (Students might mention: teachers, pastors, parents, coaches, etc.) 
  • What are some ways that you could show these godly leaders respect and acknowledge their work? (Answers might include: listen to them, thank them, stick up for them if others are acting up, etc.)

There are many ways we can show the godly leaders in our lives respect and acknowledge their hard work. Let’s watch this video of how some students honored some important leaders in their lives.

Share this video with your students [3:43]:
Entire Basketball Team Surprises and Thanks Coach


  • What reactions did you notice from the leaders when they were being thanked? (They were happy, they cried, they were touched, etc.) 
  • Do you think your thanks could have that kind of an impact on a leader in your life? Why or why not? (Answers will vary) 

This week challenge your students to show respect to a godly leader in their lives by acknowledging their hard work and thanking them.

Give out paper and pens/pencils to the class. Add markers and colored pencils if you have time for them to get creative. Ask each student to choose one leader in their life that they can acknowledge this week (someone they know personally, not a national leader or famous person). Then, have each student write a letter of thanks to that leader. Encourage them to list specific things they are thankful for (thank you for staying after school to help me with math, etc.). When they’ve had time to write, encourage them to either deliver the letter to the recipient or (even better) read it aloud to the recipient at some point this week. An alternative would be to have them write out their tribute and then have someone film them reading it on their smartphone so they can send it to their leader of choice via text message.

Come back together as a whole group. Ask for volunteers to share who they wrote to and how they plan to deliver their letter this week.

End with a prayer, thanking God for the godly leaders in our lives and asking for God’s help in respecting and acknowledging those leaders.

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