Why The Best Leaders Won’t Join Your Ministry

By Doug Franklin November 5, 2013

A person who is a 10 on the Leadership Scale does not want to work with someone who is a 6. A Leadership 10 understands what it takes to lead and can’t follow someone who doesn’t. True, they may join for a year but you will lose them very quickly.

Some youth workers tell me that leadership doesn’t matter; loving students is what is important. This is true if you want to have a youth ministry that falls at a Leadership 5 because that is about the number of students you can love at one time. Being a leader allows you to attract volunteers that will help you grow the ministry. Remember this: A Leadership 6 will only attract Leadership 3’s and 4’s.

When you run away from learning about leadership or embracing leadership principles, you are paying a high price. Your lack of leadership is driving away the best people who can volunteer in your ministry. Grow your leadership, and you will grow the pool of people who have the potential to impact students.

I believe leadership can be learned. It requires that you start by taking an honest look at yourself and your work ethic. Yourself because it’s the start of understanding leadership; your work ethic because growing as a leader will take hard work.

For the past four years, I have been leading Refuel Retreats. These retreats focus on youth workers developing as leaders. If you’re ready to grow your leadership, come join us! I am confident you will learn about yourself and your leadership.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More