LeaderTreks Blog

  • Value Your Volunteers

    Adult Volunteers

    Posted on July 21, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    It’s time to rally the volunteers and get them ready for a new year. Instead of just giving them the new t-shirt with this year’s theme on it, maybe we should think of some new ways to show them we care. Nothing says I value you like time. Time is one of those precious commodities […]

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  • 3 Stages of a Youth Worker’s Development

    Youth Worker

    Posted on July 20, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    When I started in youth ministry, a good night of programing meant wacky games mixed with a few words about the Bible. The evening usually ended with a wrestling match between the boys and myself. The way I measured a success was to ask myself these questions: “did students have fun?” And, “do they like […]

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  • Youth Ministry Insanity: Doing the Same Things, Year after Year

    Youth Ministry, Youth Worker

    Posted on July 12, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    Whether this ministry year has been a good one or a disappointing one, you should ask yourself one question during the summer: How will next year be different? Many of us do the same thing year in and year out, but if we want to see our ministries grow, we have to change what we […]

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  • Lessons from the Shelter

    Mentoring, Youth Ministry

    Posted on July 5, 2016 by Brad Widstrom

    My daughter just moved back to Denver after five years in China. The first thing she did, even before renewing her driver’s license, was go to the Dumb Friends League shelter to adopt a dog. And so, for the foreseeable future, my wife and I are no longer empty nesters. We now have both Lindsey […]

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  • 4 Ways to Get Volunteers Addicted to Youth Ministry

    Adult Volunteers, Youth Ministry

    Posted on June 28, 2016 by Frank Newburn

    People often say it takes a village to raise a child. That is also true in youth ministry. As any good youth worker knows, in order to lead a successful youth ministry we need the cooperation of parents and adult volunteers. I love my adult volunteers. They are some of the most compassionate, dependable, loving, […]

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  • The Awesome Potential of a Failed Event

    Youth Ministry, Youth Worker

    Posted on June 21, 2016 by Andy Lawrenson

    As youth workers, we are always planning—for the future of the ministry, for our messages over the next year, for our weekly youth group worship, for our events. If you are like me, when you plan, you dream big. I tend to focus on the potential. I may plan for 45 kids at an event, […]

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  • A Mentor’s Biggest Mistake


    Posted on June 14, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    A mentor can support struggling students as they move through the refining fires that fortify their faith. A mentor can help hesitating students take the challenging journey from their head to their heart (a journey many Christians have not taken). A mentor can encourage overly comfortable students out of the shallow end of the spiritual […]

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