student ministry, youth worker, youth ministry

Critical Others

By Doug Franklin November 9, 2010

Who is important in your ministry? Is it the students or are there others? As a youth worker I learned the hard way who is critical to the success of the youth ministry. I always focused on the students. I even said once it’s easier to apologize than ask permission. I was an idiot. After about 3 years in ministry a group of dads came to me and said, “we think you have potential but you act like a fool.” They started meeting with me and gave me a whole other perspective on youth ministry. I started to realize that parents, adult volunteers and students were all critical to the success of the ministry and all of them needed my time and attention. So who is critical to you reaching your goals and have you spent time to connect with them?

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