LeaderTreks Blog

  • Growing Students Confidence

    Mentoring, Student Leadership

    Posted on August 23, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    Confronted with a river of raging lava and only a single pair of magic shoes, my students began to plan their strategic escape. They stood on the edge considering options, asking questions, and devising next steps to complete a challenging team building initiative. Then came my fateful question, “Carlie, what do you think we should […]

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  • Challenge Takes Encouragement To The Next Level

    Adult Volunteers, Leadership

    Posted on August 17, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    We live in a culture that thinks encouragement will solve developmental self-esteem issues. If we just tell students enough that they are awesome, then they will be awesome. This approach kind of works; many students do grow up to think they are awesome. The truth is they haven’t done the hard work to be awesome. […]

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  • The Fine Line Between Friendship & Mentoring

    Adult Volunteers, Mentoring

    Posted on August 16, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    There is a fine line for youth ministry volunteers between being a friend or a mentor. Often times adult volunteers want to be liked by students, so they cross the line between friend and mentor. They tell students what they want to hear instead of hard truth they need to hear. We must consistently remember […]

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  • Do You Know Where the College Students Went?

    Adult Volunteers, Youth Ministry

    Posted on August 10, 2016 by Guest Contributor

    By Cheryl Franklin Baertschi Awhile back, I wanted to send some college students encouragement letters for finals week and I was quite saddened to find that no one in the church office seemed to know where our former students were. This made my heart sad. We pour into our students’ lives all through their elementary […]

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  • Hitting the Ministry Reset Button: Preparing Yourself for the New Ministry Year

    Youth Ministry, Youth Worker

    Posted on August 9, 2016 by Frank Newburn

    We all love summer. It’s a time to relax, slow down the pace of life, spend quality time with friends and family, and work on all those projects we’ve been putting off so far this year. Sadly though summer doesn’t last forever. As the end of summer quickly approaches, the start of a new school […]

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  • After The Students Go Home

    Youth Ministry

    Posted on August 4, 2016 by Andy Lawrenson

    Last week we had our first ever Night Camp. This camp came about as the result of a “failed” attempt for another event. So we experimented and Night Camp was born at our church. The great news is that our “failure” became a great success! What about after the event? You know how it is […]

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  • Small Group Leaders’ Biggest Mistake

    Adult Volunteers, Discipleship

    Posted on August 3, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    What do you do when a student responds to a Bible study question, but you know there is more for the student to uncover? Do you ask a follow up question or do you just let it go? Often times I find adults leaders make the mistake of not pushing to go deeper in learning. […]

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